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Rights group: More than 300 detained at Minsk women’s march

Rights group: More than 300 detained at Minsk women’s march

World
Police in the capital of Belarus have cracked down sharply on a women's protest march demanding the authoritarian president's resignationBy YURAS KARMANAU Associated PressSeptember 19, 2020, 8:07 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleKYIV, Ukraine -- Police in the capital of Belarus cracked down sharply Saturday on a women’s protest march demanding the authoritarian president’s resignation, arresting more than 300 including an elderly woman who has become a symbol of the six weeks of protest that have roiled the country.More than 2,000 women took part in the march in Minsk. Such anti-government marches have become a regular feature of the unprecedented wave of large, persistent protests that began after the Aug. 9 presidential election. Officials said President A

Dow futures jump more than 150 points as Wall Street tries to recover after tech struggles

Finance
People walk by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on May 18, 2020 in New York City.Spencer Platt | Getty ImagesU.S. stock futures rose on Sunday night after a sell-off in tech shares led to the market's first back-to-back weekly declines in months.Dow Jones Industrial Average futures traded 158 points higher, or 0.6%. The S&P 500 also climbed 0.6% and Nasdaq 100 futures were up by 0.8%. The S&P 500 fell by 2.5% last week. It was the broader-market index's worst one-week drop since June 26. That decline also marked the first time since May that the S&P 500 closed lower in two straight weeks.Those losses were driven in large part by a steep drop in tech, the best-performing market sector year to date. The S&P 500 tech sector plunged more than 4% for its biggest weekly lo...
Fewer than 60% of Americans believe vaccines are safe, effective, study finds

Fewer than 60% of Americans believe vaccines are safe, effective, study finds

Health
Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Less than 60% of Americans believe vaccines are safe and effective, according to an analysis published Thursday by the Lancet. Although that figure is on par with much of Western Europe -- and is far higher than those in many eastern European and Asian nations -- it may be "masking pockets of dissent," study co-author Heidi Larson told UPI. Advertisement The findings are significant, given the global quest for a vaccine against COVID-19, which as of Thursday afternoon has infected nearly 28 million people globally, including 6.4 million in the United States, based on figures from Johns Hopkins University. The pandemic won't end until there is a viable vaccine and large numbers of people take it, experts have said. "Our U.S. data is from a nationally representative sampl...
New veterans have 93% higher risk for suicide than general public, study finds

New veterans have 93% higher risk for suicide than general public, study finds

Health
Sept. 11 (UPI) -- New military veterans are 93% more likely to die by suicide than the general public, an analysis published Friday by JAMA Network Open found. The assessment, which focused on nearly 1.9 million service members that left the military between 2010 and 2017, found that more than 3,000 service of them died by suicide, with the vast majority of them -- just over 94% -- men. Advertisement The study found men were more than three times as likely to die by suicide after transitioning to civilian life than women, the researchers said. Younger members, 17 to 19 years old, were 4.5 times as likely to die by suicide after leaving the service than older veterans -- those 40 years old and older -- according to the researchers. "National leaders at the highest levels of the U.S. gover...
Air is ‘purer than outside’ in my theatres, Andrew Lloyd Webber tells MPs

Air is ‘purer than outside’ in my theatres, Andrew Lloyd Webber tells MPs

Entertainment
Andrew Lloyd Webber has told a government hearing the air in his theatres is "purer than the air outside".Speaking at a meeting about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the arts, the composer and theatre impresario said the industry is "at the point of no return" and that it would be economically "impossible" to run venues with social distancing. Lord Lloyd-Webber has spent £100,000 on a pilot project at the London Palladium in the hope it can allow theatres to get back up and running, after a production of his musical Phantom Of The Opera was able to continue in South Korea with strict hygiene measures - but no social distancing. Image: Phantom Of The Opera is to close permanently on the West End, it was announced earlier this year