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[Homework]BBC 2020-10-13

BBC news, I'm John Shea.


President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court Amy Coney Barrett has told the Senate confirmation hearing that she should approach the cases based on the law not on her personal views. Mrs. Barrett, a devout Roman Catholic and stauch conservative, told the judiciary committee a judge must apply the law as it's writeen. Democrats have argued that her appointment would threaten the Obama-era Affordable Care Act.


Facebook says it will ban any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust in a update to its policy on the hate speech. The Head of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg said he'd struggled with the tension between freedom expression and harm caused by Holocaust denial.


A man has been shot dead by police in the Nigerian city of Lagos as protests continued against police brutality in the country. The police are reporting that an officer was also killed.


There have been more protests in Belarus despite a government warning that police have been also authorized to use legal force if necessary. The Deputy Internal Minister said the anti-government protests had been radicalized.


The Czech Republic has announced the closure all restaurants and bars from  Wednesday to curb Europe's highest coronvairus infection rate. Most schools will move to online learning. The government has warned that without new measures hospital capacity could run out.


Police in Pakistan say they have arrested the main suspects in a high profile gang rape which led to widespread protests about sexual violence. They say the accused man had been in hiding since the attack last month.


And a largest ever science expedition to the Arctic has completed its journey with the Polarstern research vessel arriving back to its home port in Germany. The ship spent a year in Poland North, drifting with the sea ice to study the changing arctic climate. Researcher says the ice sheets have completely disappeared even at the North Pole. On his return, the leader of expedition Markus Rex warns that the sea ice is dying.


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