Students staged protests in Belarus on October 26 in response to calls by opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya for nationwide strike action if President Alexander Lukashenko had not resigned by October 25.This footage, shared by local news outlet Tut.by, shows hundreds of students gathered outside the TsUM department store in Minsk. Tut.by reported the students then marched to Victory Square in the center of the city.Local news outlet Onliner.by said there were reports of security vehicles parked outside a number of factories in Minsk in anticipation of strike action. Videos posted to social media showed workers walking out on the job.The protests followed a number of demands made by opposition leader Tikhanovskaya who called for nationwide action if they were not met.The demands included Lukashenko’s resignation, an end to police use of force and a release of all political prisoners, reports said. Credit: Tut.by via Storyful
Chileans poured into the country's main squares Sunday night after a majority voted to draft a new constitution. Over three-fourths of voters have chosen to scrap the country's dictatorship-era constitution in favor of a new charter written by citizens. As votes were counted on live television, spontaneous parties broke out, drivers honked their horns, others banged pots and pans. It was a full-circle moment for protesters who gathered here just last year demanding social reforms. Many Chileans expressed hopes that the new charter will guarantee more equal rights to healthcare, pensions and education. "If it were not for the brave young people who fought for us, no one would have gone out onto the street. I wanted this to happen for a long time and it happened and thanks to them! Today we win," said Juan Pablo Naranjo, a demonstrator at Sunday's celebrations. Fireworks rose above a crowd of tens of thousands of jubilant people singing in unison as the word "rebirth" was beamed onto a tower above in Santiago's Plaza Italia. The flag of the country's indigenous Mapuche people was seen flown proudly, as they will seek greater recognition under the new charter. President Sebastian Pinera, whose approval rating plummeted after protests escalated in 2019, said from now on they should unite behind a new text that can provide "a home for everyone." "Today citizens and democracy have triumphed, today unity has prevailed over division and peace over violence. And this is a triumph for all Chileans who love democracy, unity and peace." Four fifths of voters said they wanted the new constitution to be drafted by a specially-elected body of citizens, made up of half women and half men, over a mixed convention of lawmakers. Members of a 155-seat constitutional convention will be voted in by April of next year. They will have up to a year to agree to a draft text, with proposals approved by a two-thirds majority. Chileans will then vote again on whether they accept the text or want to revert to the previous constitution.
Thousands of people protested during mass at Polish churches against a court ruling, with some spraying slogans on the buildings and others stringing up lines of black laundry. It is first time protests have been held directly at churches, both inside and out, in the predominantly Catholic country where the Constitutional Court ruling has now triggered four days of demonstrations. The ruling that abortions due to fetal defects were unconstitutional ends the most common of the few legal grounds left in Poland and sets the country further apart from the European mainstream. The leaders of the protests say that Poland's conservative ruling party, Law and Justice (PiS), used the court to change the policy to satisfy the influential Polish Roman Catholic Church. The party denies that. Church leaders have also denied wielding political power.
A new coronavirus outbreak at the White House involving Vice President Mike Pence's staff comes as the United States reported a near-record number of new cases on Saturday (October 24). The United States reported 79,852 new infections on Saturday, closeclose to the previous day's record of 84,244 new cases. Hospitalizations are also rising and have hit a two-month high and deaths are also trending upwards, according to a Reuters tally. Late on Saturday a spokesman for Pence said Marc Short, Pence's chief of staff, had tested positive for the new coronavirus. Pence and his wife tested negative earlier in the day and the vice president will not alter his schedule as he campaigns ahead of the Nov. 3 election, the spokesman said. Speaking to reporters in Detroit on Sunday (October 25), Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris said Pence should adhere to CDC guidelines to avoid contracting and possibly spreading the virus. "I think what we have modeled the right and good behavior, and they should take our lead, you know," Harris said. Earlier in the month, two members of Harris' staff also tested positive for coronavirus.
Tropical Storm Quinta brought strong winds and heavy flooding to parts of the Philippines on Sunday, October 25.The storm lashed several areas in the archipelago including Metro Manila, Laguna, the Calabarzon region and the island province of Catanduanes.TS Quinta was tracking west on Sunday, information from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) stated.Footage uploaded to Facebook by Erwin Olarte shows wild winds clearing one of the area’s shopping districts.“‘QUINTA’ is forecast to continue moving generally westward until its landfall over the Catanduanes-Albay-Sorsogon area this afternoon or evening,” a PAGASA alert issued on Sunday read. Credit: Erwin Olarte via Storyful
Women from the Qatar Airways flight, including 13 Australians, were forced to undergo a medical examination in an ambulance on the tarmac after a newborn was found in a bathroom at the Hamad International Airport, television network Seven News reported. Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne confirmed on Monday the women had contacted the Australian government at the time of the incident, earlier this month, and the Australian government had taken up the matter with the Qatari Ambassador. She said the "extraordinary incident" had also been reported to the Australian Federal Police. "This is a grossly disturbing, offensive, concerning set of events. It is not something I have ever heard of occurring in my life, in any context. We have made our views very clear to the Qatari authorities," Payne told media. Hamad Airport has issued a statement saying the newborn remained unidentified and was receiving medical care, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. "Medical professionals expressed concern to officials about the health and welfare of a mother who had just given birth and requested she be located prior to departing (the airport)," the statement read. The Australian government expected to see a report from Qatari authorities, who were still investigating the incident, by the end of the week, Payne said. She said there were significant concerns over consent for the medical examination, adding "these are very private and personal matters".
Security forces in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, fired stun grenades at anti-government marches on October 25 according to reports.Footage filmed by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty showed people running from flashes and loud bangs.Earlier in October, opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya called for an October 26 nationwide strike if Lukashenko had not resigned by October 25.Demonstrations erupted across the region in opposition to President Alexander Lukashenko after he claimed a landslide victory and announced his sixth election win on August 9. The win has been widely viewed as rigged. Credit: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty via Storyful
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are threatening to sue a group of anti-Trump Republicans over political billboard ads in New York City's Times Square. In one, President Donald Trump's daughter is shown smiling alongside the rising death toll from the coronavirus pandemic. In another, her husband is shown alongside a quote attributed to him in magazine report dismissing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on New York City. A lawyer representing the husband and wife, who are both senior White House advisers, on Friday sent a letter to the Lincoln Project calling the ads "false, malicious and defamatory," and saying they constituted "outrageous and shameful libel." The Lincoln Project, which includes former campaign consultants to President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain, is the most prominent Republican-led organization opposing Trump's re-election on Nov. 3. The group responded "Nuts!" and said in a statement, "the billboards will stay up." The group went on to say, quote "While we truly enjoy living rent free in their heads, their empty threats will not be taken any more seriously than we take Jared and Ivanka." The attorney's office representing the couple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - SEPTEMBER 4, 2011) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. RONALDINHO GETTING OFF OF BUS SURROUNDED BY FANS 2. VARIOUS OF RONALDINHO TRAINING WITH BRAZILIAN NATIONAL TEAM AHEAD OF AN INTERNATIONAL FIXTURE AGAINST GHANA MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (FILE - SEPTEMBER 12, 2014) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 3. RONALDINHO POSING WITH GALLOS BLANCOS JERSEY AT HIS PRESENTATION AFTER SIGNING FOR THE MEXICAN SIDE 4. RONALDINHO PUTTING ON JERSEY STORY: Former Brazil striker Ronaldinho Gaucho said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating. The ex-Barcelona and Paris St Germain player was in Belo Horizonte, where he played for local side Atletico Mineiro, when he got his diagnosis. "I arrived in BH (Belo Horizonte) yesterday, I took the COVID test, I tested positive, I am good, asymptomatic so far," the two-time FIFA World Player of the year said on Instagram on Sunday (October 25). The former AC Milan, Flamengo and Gremio player said he would remain in a hotel until his condition improved. The charismatic forward spent a month in a Paraguayan jail with his brother and business manager earlier this year, accused of entering the country with a fake passport. (Production: David Grip)
Winter weather prompted snowfall and icy conditions in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, on Sunday, October 25, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).The NWS warned of icy bridges in the Minneapolis-St Paul metropolitan area and advised drivers to slow down. There were 173 crashes and 43 spinouts in Minnesota between 7 am and 4.30 pm on Sunday, local media reported, citing officials.This footage, posted by Quinn E Casey on Sunday, shows snowfall in White Bear Lake. Credit: Quinn E Casey via Storyful
Footage shot by photographer Carol Bauer, captured cold air moving across a lake in Graceville, Minnesota on October 23.Bauer told Storyful she filmed the video when it was 10 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 degrees Celsius) outside and thought the cold wind blowing across the lake under the moonlight looked “cool.” Credit: Carol Bauer via Storyful
"I loved during the hearing when Senator Cornyn said, 'What do you have on your notepad?' Nothing. Nothing. No notes at all," McConnell said. "Nobody's seen anything better than this. This is something to really be proud of and to feel good about," McConnell went on to say.
A dog owner drove 1,200 miles to a Tennessee animal shelter to reunite with his missing pet on October 18, the Washington County Animal Shelter said.“Just over 6 months ago, Blue went missing,” the animal shelter wrote on Facebook. “His owner Pat searched and searched but couldn’t find him. And then he had to move to Texas for his work. He thought he’d never see Blue again.”The shelter said Pat’s friend spotted a video showing his beloved pet playing ball at their facility, prompting Pat to contact them immediately to make arrangements. Footage posted to Facebook shows the moment Pat was reunited with Blue after making the trip from Texas to Johnson City, Tennessee, where the shelter is located.“We don’t many happy endings like this one,” the shelter wrote. “There were some tears, tons of doggie kisses and lots of smiles. What a great story!” Credit: Washington County Animal Shelter via Storyful
A snowstorm moving across Nebraska brought winter weather to the region on Sunday, October 25, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).The NWS said 2.3 inches of snow accumulated in Norfolk, Nebraska, as of 7 am on Sunday. Bob Read posted this footage on Twitter and said it showed snow falling in Norfolk at around 1.40 am on Sunday.The Nebraska Department of Transportation warned drivers of icy roads and said snow plows will be working though the storm. Credit: Bob Read via Storyful
At least two people had died and thousands forced to evacuate as the East Troublesome fire continued to burn in northern Colorado on October 25, local media reported.The fire had burned through more than 192,500 acres and was 10 percent contained as of October 25. It remained unclear how many homes were destroyed by the blaze, but Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin told local media on Thursday there was “lots of structure loss.”Steve Warden said this footage shows flames surrounding his home in Grand Lake on Wednesday night. Warden said nobody was home when the fire approached but the blaze “destroyed” his property.A cold front moving through Colorado on Sunday was expected to provide relief for firefighters. The Denver Post reported that more than a foot of snow was forecast to fall in areas where the Cameron Peak fire and East Troublesome fire were burning. Credit: Steve Warden via Storyful
The skirmishes came as hundreds of Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad and some southern cities to hold anti-government protests, marking a year since mass unrest that killed more than 500 people. Security forces Wwer deployed in force to control protests that began in the morning, and to stop demonstrators crossing Jumhuriya bridge, which leads to the fortified Green Zone that houses government buildings and foreign missions. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Sunday's protests were more subdued than demonstrations last year where thousands rallied in Baghdad and the south, facing off against security forces and militiamen in clashes that maimed and killed mostly young, jobless demonstrators.
Spain has declared a new state of emergency in an effort to curb soaring coronavirus infections. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Sunday (October 25) that the measures to come into force that evening will require all regions except the Canary Islands to impose a nighttime curfew and limit the number of people allowed to meet to six. Travel between regions will also be banned in certain cases. Spain imposed one of the toughest lockdowns early on in the pandemic and then relaxed curbs over the summer. But like many other European countries it has seen a second wave hit in recent weeks, and now has one of the highest numbers of infections in Western Europe. Total cases have now passed a million and the death toll is nearing 35,000. The state of emergency will need parliamentary approval to last beyond 15 days and Sanchez said he would be asking for its extension up until May 9.
A winter storm warning went into effect for Denver, Boulder, and other nearby areas early Sunday, October 25, as a cold front moved through Colorado.The cold front was good news for those battling the state’s wildfires. The Denver Post reported that more than a foot of snow was forecast to fall in areas where the Cameron Peak fire and East Troublesome fire were burning.The heaviest snow was falling from Fort Collins to the Wyoming border, the National Weather Service (NWS) said on Sunday morning, creating icy and snow-packed roads. The snowfall was expected to continue through Sunday night and taper off on Monday morning.This footage was posted to Twitter by Anne Sage, who indicated it was filmed in Centennial on Sunday. Credit: Anne Sage via Storyful
The comments come in the wake of the French leader's criticism of Islamists; on Saturday Erdogan said Macron had a problem with Muslims and needed mental checks. That rebuke prompted France to recalls its ambassador from Ankara. Macron this month declared war on "Islamist separatism" which he believes is taking over some Muslim communities in France. His country has been shaken since the beheading of a teacher by an Islamist radical.
Pope Francis named 13 new Roman Catholic cardinals on Sunday (October 25), and the move included a first. Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington D.C. will become the first African-American to hold the rank. Nine of the new cardinals are eligible to enter a conclave to elect Francis' successor after his death or resignation. All 13 will be elevated to the high rank at a ceremony at the Vatican on November 28. The selection of more cardinal electors increases the possibility that the next pope will be someone who will continue Francis' policies. Francis has now appointed about 57% of cardinal electors, whose number rises to around 128 with the naming of the new cardinals. The others were appointed by Francis' two more conservative predecessors.
Supporters of Joe Biden rallied in Pasco County, Florida, on Friday, October 23, as the Biden and Trump campaigns made a final push for the state’s 29 electoral votes as election day neared.High profile surrogates stumped for the candidates at competing events over the weekend, including former President Barack Obama at a drive-in rally in Miami and Vice President Mike Pence in Lakeland. President Trump cast his ballot at a polling station in West Palm Beach on Saturday, as polls indicated a tight race in the Sunshine State.This footage was filmed in New Port Richey, Florida, on Friday. Credit: Smitty’s Sports and Politics via Storyful
Protesters beat drums, waved flags and shouted "strike" as they streamed through the capital on the 11th straight weekend of action since a disputed election plunged the country into turmoil. The president's main opponents have been jailed or fled into exile following the Aug 9 election, which Lukashenko's opponents accuse him of rigging to win a sixth straight term. He denies electoral fraud. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, his main electoral challenger, has led calls from exile for a national strike to begin on Monday (October 26) if Lukashenko refuses to release all political prisoners and resigns to make way for a new election. Lukashenko has signaled that he would ignore the ultimatum.
A winter storm warning went into effect for Denver, Boulder, and other nearby areas early Sunday, October 25, as a cold front moved through Colorado.The cold front was good news for those battling the state’s wildfires. The Denver Post reported that more than a foot of snow was forecast to fall in areas where the Cameron Peak fire and East Troublesome fire were burning.The heaviest snow was falling from Fort Collins to the Wyoming border, the National Weather Service (NWS) said on Sunday morning, creating icy and snow-packed roads. The snowfall was expected to continue through Sunday night and taper off on Monday morning.This footage was posted to Twitter by Mike Coletta, who said he captured it in Fort Collins on Sunday morning. Credit: Mike Coletta via Storyful
Hundreds of people rallied in Taiwan's capital on Sunday (October 25). They were calling for China to release 12 Hong Kong citizens arrested at sea by mainland authorities. The rally is part of a global campaign to support the pro-democracy movement in the financial hub. "Hong Kong's today is Taiwan's tomorrow," said one protester, "our Taiwan will become Hong Kong if we don't step forward." The 12 were arrested in August for alleged illegal entry into mainland China after setting off from Hong Kong in a boat bound for Taiwan. Hong Kong's Security Bureau has said all 12 were suspected of committing crimes including manufacturing or possessing explosives, arson and rioting in Hong Kong. Authorities added that ten of them were on bail and not allowed to leave Hong Kong. Beijing considers Taiwan its territory and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.
An entomology enthusiast from Queensland, Australia, managed to capture footage of a huntsman spider’s moulting process, which shows the arthropod shedding its own body.The footage, which garnered thousands of views, was filmed by Lisa Van Kula Donovan. She subsequently posted the footage online in timelapse form on September 20.In a description alongside the video, Donovan said, “It was amazing and stressful all at the same time.”She added, “I named her Sophia after my goddaughter who was as excited as me to see this.” Credit: Wannabe Entomologist via Storyful