New anti-graft centrist party seen winning Bulgaria’s election

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Reuters

By Tsvetelia Tsolova SOFIA (Reuters) -Bulgaria’s new centrist political party was seen winning parliamentary elections on Sunday, according to four exit polls, increasing chances of an end to a political deadlock in the European Union’s poorest member state. Political wrangling prevented opponents of former Premier Boyko Borissov from building a government after the previous two elections in April and July. Bulgarians have grown tired of the impasse, which was seen hampering the country’s economic prospects amid a rise in COVID-19 cases overwhelming hospitals. The new centrist anti-graft party… Read More “New anti-graft centrist party seen winning Bulgaria’s election”

PAS bans gaming shops

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Malaysiakini (English)

Good morning, here’s a quick rundown of what happened over the weekend. __Key Highlights __ PAS bans gaming shops Ronnie Liu ousted BN’s mega reclamation project __PAS bans gaming shops__The PAS-led Kedah government will [make it impossible](https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/599165?utm_source=email&utm_medium=textlink&utm_campaign=kinimorningbrief) for lottery outlets such as 4D to operate in the state. Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor announced that municipal councils won’t renew the business licences of such outlets, telling punters to go to neighbouring Penang instead. Sanusi al… Read More “PAS bans gaming shops”

Ever-reliable buttresses

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The Bangkok Post

Despite the severe impact of Covid-19 on many sectors this year, the Thai ecconomy is expected to perform well next year, contributed by some key sectors after the country’s reopening on Nov 1. Some core sectors believe that they are still reliable income sources and even expect to see business growth next year but some of the country’s problems need to be tackled to create a more favourable environment. Other factors like higher vaccination rates and stronger domestic travel demand will also attract more international travellers following the Nov 1 reopening and ultimately contribute to a mor… Read More “Ever-reliable buttresses”

Can an AI Make You Laugh? “SNL” Found Out.

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InsideHook

By Tobias Carroll The list of things that artificial intelligences can do is growing at a substantial rate. This year, news came of AIs being used for everything from completing symphonies to helping people grieve. For anyone concerned about certain jobs ceasing to exist, it’s more than a little worrying. But AIs seem unlikely to take over certain lines of work — stand-up comedy, for one, seems relatively secure. Or so you might think. But on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, Weekend Update saw the debut of Laughingtosh 3000, a comedian who also happens to be a robot. Turns out an AI … Read More “Can an AI Make You Laugh? “SNL” Found Out.”

Biden advisers say pandemic, not policies, fueling inflation

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Reuters

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden’s economic advisers defended his policies on Sunday amid rising inflation that they said was a global issue related to the COVID-19 pandemic, not a result of the administration’s programs. U.S. consumer prices https://www.reuters.com/business/us-consumer-prices-surge-weekly-jobless-claims-fall-2021-11-10 last week posted their biggest annual gain in 31 years, driven by surges in the cost of gasoline and other goods. Republicans have pounced on inflation worries, claiming that the increase reflects Biden’s sweeping spending agenda. … Read More “Biden advisers say pandemic, not policies, fueling inflation”

COP26 outcome not enough: UN chief

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Azer News

By Trend UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Saturday that the outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, or COP26, is not enough, Trend reports citing Xinhua. “The approved texts are a compromise. They reflect the interests, the conditions, the contradictions and the state of political will in the World today. They take important steps. But unfortunately, the collective political will was not enough to overcome some deep contradictions,” he said in a statement on the conclusion of COP26. “Science tells us that the absolute priority must be rapid, deep and sustain… Read More “COP26 outcome not enough: UN chief”

Georgia reports 3,700 coronavirus cases, 5,277 recoveries

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Azer News

By Trend Georgia reported 3,700 coronavirus cases, 5,277 recoveries, and 81 deaths on November 14, the official figures show, Trend reports citing 1tv.ge. 38,817 tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours throughout the country. Among them, 19,158 tests were rapid tests, while the remaining 19,659 were PCR tests. The daily test-positivity rate stands at 9,53%, while 9,60 % in the past seven days. Georgia’s total case tally reached 784,091, among them, 716,382 people recovered and 10,975 died. There are 51 people placed in government-assigned quarantine facilities, 6,838 Covid-19 patients a… Read More “Georgia reports 3,700 coronavirus cases, 5,277 recoveries”

Turkic Council currently experiencing its most active period

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Azer News

By Trend The eighth Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council) is being held in Turkey’s Istanbul city. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban are participating in the summit. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov is also participating in the summit for the first time as an observer. The leaders of the countries are discussing many impor… Read More “Turkic Council currently experiencing its most active period”

Joan & Irwin Jacobs Pledge $100 million to Salk Institute

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San Diego Jewish World

Artists rendering of Joan and Irwin Jacobs Science and Technology Center at Salk Institute for Biological Studdies. {Graphic courtesy of Salk Institute) By Elizabeth IrelandTimes of San Diego Elizabeth Ireland LA JOLLA, California — The Salk Institute announced Friday that Irwin and Joan Jacobs, longtime supporters of the renowned scientific research organization, pledged $100M to launch Salk’s five-year, $500M philanthropic and scientific Campaign for the Future. The gift, the largest in Salk’s history, is structured as a challenge match, adding $1 to every $2 pledged by June 30, 2022 as a do… Read More “Joan & Irwin Jacobs Pledge $100 million to Salk Institute”

Interview: ‘Proud to be on the right side of history,’ says Australian singer Kimberley Chen after China parody censored

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Hong Kong Free Press

Australian singer Kimberley Chen has been reading a book her producer gave her: Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck*. “I think it’s a great book for everybody,” she said. It’s also a fitting title for this stage of the 27-year-old’s career, as she shrugs off China’s censors and rides a surge in popularity worldwide following her new collaboration with Malaysian artist Namewee on the satirical love song “Fragile.” The runaway hit pokes fun at easily-provoked Chinese sensibilities. Since its release in mid-October, the song’s music video has been viewed over 27 million times on Yo… Read More “Interview: ‘Proud to be on the right side of history,’ says Australian singer Kimberley Chen after China parody censored”