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Australian beach closed after hundreds gather in defiance of ‘social distancing’ rules

Australian beach closed after hundreds gather in defiance of ‘social distancing’ rules

World
Australia's most popular beach has been closed after hundreds of people gathered there on Friday in defiance of "social distancing" rules.Prime Minister Scott Morrison had asked Australians not to gather in groups of more than 500 outdoors, while an indoor limit was set at 100. It was also advised that people stay at least 1.5m away from each other.So Friday's scenes at Bondi Beach in Sydney sparked anger from many, including Australia's health minister Greg Hunt. Mr Hunt told reporters that those pictured on the beach had been "putting others at risk". ...
Turkey’s Erdogan says Europe borders open as refugees gather

Turkey’s Erdogan says Europe borders open as refugees gather

World
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that his country's borders with Europe were open, as thousands of refugees gathered at the frontier with Greece. Migrants played a cat-and-mouse game with Greek border patrols throughout the night and into Saturday, with some cutting holes in the fence only to be turned back by tear gas and stun grenades. Greek authorities also fired tear gas to repulse attempts by the crowd to push through the border. The move by Turkey to open its border, first announced Thursday, was seen in Greece as a deliberate attempt to pressure European countries. It comes as tensions ratcheted up between Turkey and Syria. More than 55 Turkish troops have been killed since Turkey began sending further reinforcements into areas of northwest Syr...
World leaders gather in bid to resolve escalating Libya civil war

World leaders gather in bid to resolve escalating Libya civil war

World
Boris Johnson will join other world leaders - including Russia's Vladimir Putin - at a summit in Berlin on Sunday aimed at trying to resolve an escalating civil war in Libya.The rival heads of the two sides fighting for control of the North African state are due to attend the long-awaited gathering. They are respectively backed by different foreign powers in a conflict that risks turning Libya into the latest proxy warzone after Syria. Image: Damage to a building following an airstrike in Tajura, east of Tripoli, last month Before the talks even began, rebel forces blocked oil exports from Libya's main ports, ramping up pressure on the internationally-recognised government of Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj.German Chancellor Angela Mer...
Thousands gather for police-approved Human Rights Day protest Hong Kong

Thousands gather for police-approved Human Rights Day protest Hong Kong

World
Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to keep up pressure on the government six months after sweeping pro-democracy protests began. Organizers estimated that about 800,000 people participated in the protests in Victoria Park on Sunday afternoon carrying banners that read "Free Hong Kong" as the region continued to call for greater democratic freedoms. While protests in recent months have been marked by violence and mass arrests, deployment of tear gas and threats to use live ammunition by police, Sunday's event featured an exhibition of posters and exchanging of Christmas cards. It was also the first march organized by the Civil Human Rights Front to be granted police approval since mid-August. Hong Kong's police commissioner, T...
Apple launches Research app to gather customers’ healthcare data

Apple launches Research app to gather customers’ healthcare data

Technology
Apple is making a bid for its customers' healthcare data by launching a new "Research app" which will collect information from iPhone and Apple Watch users and share it with academic studies.The app is being pitched to Apple's estimated billion customers as a way to "contribute to groundbreaking research studies". It is an opt-in programme which will share the data captured by Apple's existing monitoring of users' menstrual cycles, electrocardiogram sensoring, as well as a decibel measure to analyse the noise of the environment. Image: The Research app will allow users to volunteer data to scientific studies This data could be used in academic studies to improve the design of healthcare provision, which could then allow Apple to devel...