WASHINGTON - United States President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden went head-to-head in the final presidential debate on Thursday (Oct 22), making their case on why Americans should vote for them, with just under two weeks to go to Election Day. Here are some highlights from the debate. 1. Coronavirus: As different as night and day The debate highlighted stark differences in both men's views of the Covid-19 situation in the US, which is experiencing what some are describing as a third surge in cases, this time focused in the Midwest. The audience was left to weigh whether they thought Mr Trump had a plan, decide whose prediction of the future they found more sensible, and choose whether to find Mr Trump responsible for America's 220,000 coronavirus deaths so far. Mr Trump made a rosy prediction that the virus "will go away" and that the US is "rounding the turn", asserting that the vaccine could be just weeks away - a claim he has been making for weeks. In contrast, Mr Biden warned that America was about to enter a "dark winter", echoing earlier warnings by public health experts and officials.
NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - Tropical Storm Zeta strengthened into a hurricane on Monday (Oct 26) and was expected to bring torrential rains to the Yucatán region of Mexico, offering further evidence that not only has this hurricane season been extremely active, it has also been extremely wet. Zeta is the 27th named storm of the season and the season is far from over: Storms could continue to form for another five weeks, and possibly longer. That is one shy of the record set in 2005, when 28 storms grew strong enough to warrant names. The National Weather Service said Zeta could dump up to a foot of rain on some parts of the Yucatán by Tuesday. The storm was then expected to cross the Gulf of Mexico and hit the United States, where the forecast was for up to 15.2cm of rain in the coastal Gulf States. If the forecasts hold, Zeta will continue a pattern that has been playing out this year where much of the damage from storms has come not from wind but from water. And that destructiveness is linked to climate change. Of the 27 named
PARIS/NICE: France stepped up security nationwide on Friday to guard against Islamist attacks after the fatal stabbings at a church in Nice, while protests flared in parts of the Middle East, Asia and Africa over French caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.President Emmanuel Macron deployed thousands of soldiers to protect sites including places of worship and schools, and the nation was at its highest level of security alert after the second deadly knife attack in its cities in two weeks.Police were holding a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant, identified by a French police source and Tunisian officials as Brahim al-Aouissaoui, over the attack in which a man shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) decapitated a woman and killed two other people in Notre Dame Basilica in Nice on Thursday.The attack took place at a time of growing anger among Muslims in many countries over the issue of French cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, which they deem insulting and blasphemous.It occurred almost two weeks after Samuel Paty, a school teacher in a Paris suburb, was beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen. Paty had shown his pupils such cartoons in a class on freedom of expression.France, home to Europe's largest Muslim community and hit by a