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World 5 things to know for October 15: Covid-19, Capitol riot, Lebanon, United Nations, China

14:16  15 october  2021
14:16  15 october  2021 Source:   cnn.com

Tensions flare as Chinese flights near Taiwan intensify

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Two people wait to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Providence Edwards Lifesciences vaccination site in Santa Ana, Calif. on May 21, 2021. © Jae C. Hong/AP Two people wait to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Providence Edwards Lifesciences vaccination site in Santa Ana, Calif. on May 21, 2021.

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1. Coronavirus

FDA advisers are set to meet today to consider authorizing a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. They'll also discuss whether a mix-and-match strategy of using a booster from a different vaccine maker is safe or even beneficial. The same advisers voted yesterday to recommend emergency use authorization of a Moderna vaccine booster for those at high risk of Covid-19 -- the same groups authorized to receive a booster dose of Pfizer's vaccine. Third doses of the Moderna and Pfizer shots are already authorized for some immunocompromised people. Some experts, however, note that while antibodies may wane over time, the initial two-dose regimen for both vaccines is still holding up against severe infection.

Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger looks to put department on new trajectory

  Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger looks to put department on new trajectory Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger is determined to ensure his department is not defined by the Jan. 6 pro-Trump insurrection. Since taking over a department hemorrhaging officers, consumed by low morale and criticized over its handling of the Capitol attack, Manger has sought to put it on a new trajectory. He engages in ways […] The post Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger looks to put department on new trajectory appeared first on Roll Call.

2. Capitol riot

The House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection is moving forward to hold Steve Bannon, the architect of former President Trump's national populism, in criminal contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena. It's an aggressive attempt to hold Trump's inner circle accountable but may have the unintended effect of further politicizing US democratic institutions, CNN's Stephen Collinson writes. The move sets up a legal battle between Bannon and the federal government that could take years, as criminal contempt cases have historically been derailed by appeals and acquittals. In other news, a New York judge has ordered Trump to sit for a video deposition next week involving an alleged assault during a 2015 demonstration outside Trump Tower.

Risky business: Some Capitol riot defendants forgo lawyers

  Risky business: Some Capitol riot defendants forgo lawyers Some of the defendants charged in the storming of the U.S. Capitol are turning away defense lawyers and electing to represent themselves, undeterred by their lack of legal training or repeated warnings from judges. That choice already has led to some curious legal maneuvers and awkward exchanges in court. A New York man charged in the Jan. 6 insurrection wants to bill the government for working on his own case. A Pennsylvania restaurant owner is trying to defend herself from jail. A judge told another New Yorker that he may have incriminated himself during courtroom arguments.

3. Lebanon

Lebanon saw its worst violence in more than a decade after a protest yesterday descended into deadly street battles. Supporters of two Shia Muslim parties -- Hezbollah and the Amal movement -- were calling for the removal of a popular judge in charge of an investigation into Beirut's August 2020 port blast when snipers on rooftops fired at the crowd. At least six people were killed. Hezbollah and Amal accused right-wing Christian party The Lebanese Forces of being behind the sniper attacks. The party rejected those claims. The epicenter of the clashes is near the birthplace of Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war, and some activists say the latest fighting has prompted feelings of "deja vu."

4. United Nations

The US is officially a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council again, three years after the Trump administration withdrew over what it called bias against Israel and a failure to hold human rights abusers accountable. The council has long been criticized for including countries accused of grave human rights abuses, and yesterday was no different, with Cameroon, Eritrea and the United Arab Emirates elected to the council despite their domestic records. The Biden administration has said that while the council has its flaws, rejoining will help push it to "live up to its mandate." Reelection of the US is the latest effort to restore the nation's standing on the global stage.

Liz Cheney says privilege claims indicate Trump 'personally involved' with Capitol riot

  Liz Cheney says privilege claims indicate Trump 'personally involved' with Capitol riot Rep. Liz Cheney said former President Donald Trump appears to have been "personally involved" with the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. © Provided by Washington Examiner The congresswoman, one of two Republicans on the House Jan. 6 Select Committee, drew a line connecting Trump to the siege of Congress during a meeting Tuesday in which the panel unanimously voted to recommend charging Trump ally Steve Bannon with contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena.

5. China

China is about to send off the first female astronaut to work on its new space station. Wang Yaping, 41, will be part of a three-member team heading today for the space station, where she's expected to become the first Chinese woman to conduct a spacewalk. Her impending departure comes at a landmark moment for female astronauts and China's rapidly expanding space program. The country aims to complete the station and have it fully crewed by December 2022 -- an ambitious target that it seems to be on course to hit.

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Prince William has some thoughts about billionaires who are into space

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Butterball is recalling more than 14,000 pounds of turkey

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Judge holds DC jail officials in contempt in 1/6 riot case .
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case involving a Jan. 6 Capitol riot defendant, a federal judge held the District of Columbia’s corrections director and jail warden in contempt of court Wednesday and asked the Justice Department to investigate whether inmates' civil rights are being abused. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth had summoned the jail officials as part of the criminal case into Christopher Worrell, a member of the Proud Boys who has been charged in the Jan. 6 attack. Capitol. He has been accused of attacking police officers with a pepper spray gel and prosecutors have alleged he traveled to Washington and coordinated with Proud Boys leading up to the siege.

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