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Judge dismisses Trump challenge to Nevada mail voting law

LAS VEGAS – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit from President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign challenging Nevada’s new vote-by-mail law, saying the campaign failed to show how it could be harmed by the law.

The campaign, which has filed lawsuits in several states over voting rules, had asked the judge to block a new Nevada law that calls for mail-in ballots to automatically be sent to all active Nevada voters, a change prompted by efforts to contain the coronavirus.

The campaign has argued the law passed by the Democrat-led state Legislature is unconstitutional, removes election safeguards and would allow people to cast votes after Election Day.

U.S. Judge James C. Mahan, in a ruling Friday, dismissed the case...

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Ontario reports 18 additional COVID-19 cases in publicly funded schools for a total of 90

Ontario is reporting 18 additional active COVID-19 cases among students and staff in publicly funded schools across the province over the weekend for a total of 90.

The latest report Monday morning reveals that there are 75 schools affected across the province, with 45 of them in the GTA. The report does note that 75 schools is 1.55 per cent of the 4,828 publicly funded schools in Ontario.

Of the 90 cases overall in the province, 33 are students, 26 are staff and 31 were individuals weren’t identified.

Nineteen schools in Ottawa have an active case.

The province’s latest numbers don’t include two Toronto students who have tested positive, which was reported Sunday by the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

The students attend St. Gerald Catholic School and St...

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Saudi Arabia to launch app for Mecca pilgrims amid virus

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia on Monday released new details on how it plans to gradually allow Muslims back to Islam’s holiest site in Mecca to perform the smaller, year-round pilgrimage, which has been suspended for the past seven months due to the coronavirus.

Hajj Minister Muhammad Benten said the kingdom will launch an online application that allows citizens, residents of Saudi Arabia and visitors to apply and reserve a specific time and date in which they can perform the pilgrimage, known as “umrah,” to avoid crowding and maintain social-distancing guidelines.

The minister, who spoke during a virtual seminar, did not say when the pilgrimage would be permitted to resume nor how many people would be allowed to perform it at the same time.

The kingdom held a dramatically d...

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‘We felt that we won’: Vancouver shipyard fights second icebreaker battle

OTTAWA—Mark Lamarre is making his latest pitch for why Ottawa should choose Seaspan ULC to build the Canadian Coast Guard’s next flagship, the CCGS John G. Diefenbaker.

The pitch involves an arrangement in which, if the Vancouver shipbuilder gets the contract to build the polar icebreaker, it will hire Newfoundland-based Genoa Design International to do part of the work.

The aim of Lamarre’s presentation is to highlight both Genoa’s potential and how giving the contract to Seaspan, which announced a similar deal with Ontario-based Heddle Marine in June, will benefit different parts of the country.

Yet there is something else to his spiel, an underlying frustration over the fact he is having to sell his yard as the best place to build the desperately needed polar icebreaker...

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Greece: 243 positive COVID-19 cases among migrants in Lesbos

ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s government spokesman says more than 200 people have tested positive for the coronavirus among thousands of asylum-seekers admitted to a new camp on the island of Lesbos after the old one burned down.

Speaking during a regular briefing Monday, Stelios Petsas said 7,064 people who entered the new camp at Kara Tepe had been tested, and 243 of them were found positive.

The average age of those confirmed positive was 24, and most were asymptomatic, Petsas said. A further 160 people, mainly police and administrative staff who had come into contact with the migrants, were tested and all were negative for the virus.

Petsas said the positive cases from Lesbos would be added to Greece’s official coronavirus figures Monday...

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2020 Watch: Is this suddenly a new election?

NEW YORK – Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:

Days to general election: 43

Days to first debate: 8

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THE NARRATIVE

The October surprise of 2020 came early.

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg injects another generational fight to an election year that already featured the deadliest public health threat in a century, the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression and the most significant civil unrest since the civil rights era. Six weeks before Election Day, the fight to replace Ginsburg is set to dominate headlines, with the prospect of reshuffling voters’ priorities and campaign strategies, especially for President Donald Trump.

Still, the pandemic rages on. Millions of school children are stuck at home...

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Israel to extradite woman to Australia in child sex case

JERUSALEM – An Israeli court on Monday approved the extradition of a former teacher wanted in Australia on charges of child sex abuse, paving the way for her to stand trial after a six-year legal battle.

Malka Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing several former students, has been fighting extradition from Israel since 2014. Leifer maintains her innocence and the battle surrounding her extradition has strained relations between Israel and Australia.

Earlier this month, Israel’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Leifer’s attorney over a Jerusalem court’s ruling that she was mentally fit to stand trial, saying it was “putting an end to the saga that has been drawn out for many years.”

On Monday, the Jerusalem District Court ruled that Leifer would be depo...

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Tropical Storm Beta forecast to make landfall Monday

HOUSTON – Tropical storm conditions were expected to begin Monday morning in parts of Texas and Louisiana as Tropical Storm Beta slowly worked its way into a part of the country that’s already been drenched and battered during this year’s exceptionally busy hurricane season.

No longer expected to gain hurricane strength, forecasters also decreased expected rainfall totals from Beta early Monday, saying in a U.S. National Hurricane Center advisory that up to 15 inches (38 centimetres) of rain could fall in some areas. That’s down from earlier predictions of up to 20 inches (51 centimetres).

Beta increased speed Sunday afternoon and was set to make landfall along Texas’ central or upper Gulf Coast late Monday night, forecasters said...

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Asian markets lower after Wall St declines for third week

BEIJING – Asian stock markets were mostly lower Monday after Wall Street declined for a third week and Britain reported a rise in coronavirus infections.

Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney retreated. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday.

On Friday, Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 index lost 1.1%, led by a sell-off of tech companies that led this year’s rebound. Investors worry they might have become to expensive.

Market momentum shifted after the Federal Reserve said last week the U.S. economic outlook is uncertain. Growth in some industries has slowed after additional unemployment benefits that supported consumer spending slowed. Congress has yet to agree on a new support package.

“With 43 days to the U.S...

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Asia Today: New Zealand to begin lifting virus restrictions

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – All remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday with the exception of the largest city, Auckland, which will continue to have some restrictions for at least another 16 days.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Monday after meeting with top lawmakers. The nation of 5 million people reimposed some restrictions last month after the Auckland outbreak, which now appears to be under control.

Under the plan, maximum gathering sizes in Auckland will be increased from 10 to 100 on Wednesday and then caps removed two weeks after that.

“Auckland needs more time,” Ardern told reporters in the city...

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