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Covid: US parties wrangle in Congress after Trump shuns stimulus bill

Covid: US parties wrangle in Congress after Trump shuns stimulus bill

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Worried Morocco bans parties to stem holiday virus spread

Worried Morocco bans parties to stem holiday virus spread

Health
Morocco has imposed a curfew, closed restaurants in major cities and banned public and private gatherings for three weeks to curb the spread of the virusByThe Associated PressDecember 24, 2020, 9:56 AM• 1 min readRABAT, Morocco -- Morocco has imposed a curfew, closed restaurants in major cities and banned public and private gatherings for three weeks — including the usually festive New Year's Eve — to curb the spread of the virus.The curfew between 9 p.m and 6 a.m went into effect Wednesday night and is set to last until Jan. 13.All restaurants in the cities of Casablanca, Marrakech, Agadir and Tangier must close for that period, according to government orders this week. Elsewhere, restaurants, coffee shops, shops and supermarkets will have to close at 8 p.m.Morocco has reported more than ...
U.S. Forces Korea apologizes for maskless parties during pandemic surge

U.S. Forces Korea apologizes for maskless parties during pandemic surge

World
SEOUL, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- United States Forces Korea said Wednesday it "regrets" a pair of crowded dance parties that were held on its installations in recent weeks, at which guests ignored social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines. A party that was held at a venue in USFK's Camp Humphreys last week drew criticism from local citizens and South Korean authorities after images and video were uploaded to social media and reported on by news outlets. Camp Humphreys is located in Pyeongtaek, roughly 40 miles south of Seoul. Advertisement A similar party was held earlier at nearby Osan Air Base. "United States Forces Korea is aware of two recent on-installation events that displayed poor judgment and actions inconsistent with USFK's core tenets and COVID-19 health protection mitigation measure...
How political parties are using GIFs to boost their campaigns

How political parties are using GIFs to boost their campaigns

Technology
Here's a question. What's performed really well online for the SNP this year?It's not an incendiary tweet or an aggressive video, or any of the sort of things normally associated with political success online. No - it's a GIF of Nicola Sturgeon raising her eyebrows. Since this second-long moving image was created by the party in February, it's had more than 1.4 million views - more than 30,000 times the SNP's most popular video on YouTube.This isn't a fluke, but a triumph of digital strategy. Advertisement Since 2016, the SNP has been creating content for use inside mobile apps. The Nicola Sturgeon GIF is just one of 408 items it has uploaded to its channel on GIF database Giphy. More from General El...

Israel’s Arab parties unite to make gains in upcoming vote

World
Israel's four Arab political parties have announced a merger ahead of September elections, hoping to boost turnout among the minority, which makes up a fifth of Israel's population. Ayman Odeh, head of the Hadash party, said Monday that now that the parties have reunited as Joint List, they can address the "great challenge" facing the country's Arab minority. The four factions first united in 2015, earning 13 seats in the 120-seat Knesset. But infighting later split the Joint List into two parties, which only won a combined 10 seats amid low Arab turnout in April's election. Israel faces an unprecedented repeat election in September after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a majority coalition government. Israel's Arab citizens largely identify with the Palestinians and have...