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U.N.: Nuclear weapons ban treaty to enter into force

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations announced Saturday that 50 countries have ratified a U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons triggering its entry into force in 90 days, a move hailed by anti-nuclear activists but strongly opposed by the United States and the other major nuclear powers.

Surging coronavirus colors White House race in closing days

DALLAS, Pa. — President Donald Trump assured supporters packed shoulder to shoulder Saturday that “we’re rounding the turn” on the coronavirus — despite spiking cases — and mocked challenger Joe Biden for raising alarms about the pandemic. Meanwhile, Biden bemoaned to a smaller gathering the need to campaign at a distance but said he understood the public health reasons behind it.

Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

BOSTON — Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data showing who is being micro-targeted by political ads on the world’s dominant social media platform.

Guinean president wins a 3rd term, electoral commission says

CONAKRY, Guinea  — Guinea's electoral commission on Saturday declared that President Alpha Conde had easily won a third term with 59% of the vote, setting the stage for potential clashes with the opposition whose candidate claimed victory days ago. The opposition quickly announced it would contest the results in court but offered no immediate evidence of fraud.

Around the Remote: Kidman, Kelley team for another addictive thriller on HBO

DON’T MISS: “The Undoing” – Nicole Kidman and writer David E. Kelley, part of the team that brought us “Big Little Lies,” serve up another instantly addictive six-part mystery thriller largely rooted in marriage, wealth, deceit and the blind spots that can develop in relationships over time. 

Voter advocates hoping to stave off intimidation at polls

BOISE — Voting rights advocates and state officials are on high alert over fears that U.S. polling stations could attract the same strain of partisan violence and civil unrest that erupted on American streets this year, fueled by a deadly pandemic, outrage over police brutality and one of the most contentious elections ever.

Four years in, Trump has plenty of unfinished business

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump swept into office nearly four years ago as an outsider who promised to get things done quickly on behalf of the American people through sheer force of will and unrivaled knowledge about the art of the deal.

As Trump casts doubt on election, new agency contradicts him

WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, President Donald Trump was predicting on Twitter that this election would be “the most corrupt” in American history. A day later, the head of an obscure government agency he created offered a much different message.

U.S. sets coronavirus infection record; deaths near 224,000

BOISE — The U.S. coronavirus caseload has reached record heights with more than 83,000 infections reported in a single day, the latest ominous sign of the disease’s grip on the nation, as states from Connecticut to the Rocky Mountain West reel under the surge.

United Nations chief urges G20 to unite on coronavirus fight

 The U.N. chief says it’s “very frustrating” that leaders of the 20 major industrialized nations didn’t come together in March and establish a coordinated response to grapple with the coronavirus in all countries as he proposed.

Goldman Sachs subsidiary pleads to U.S. charges in 1MDB probe

A subsidiary of Goldman Sachs pleaded guilty on Thursday and agreed to pay more than $2.9 billion in a foreign corruption probe tied to the Malaysian 1MDB sovereign wealth fund, which was looted of billions of dollars in a corruption scandal.