Apple Joins 5G Revolution With Four New IPhones For Fast Networks

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Apple joined the move to 5G on Tuesday, unveiling four new iPhones which use the new standard in what could be a turning point for the high-speed wireless technology.

“Today is the beginning of a new era for iPhone,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook said during a streamed launch event from the company’s headquarters in California.

“This is a huge moment for all of us. And we’re really excited. 5G will bring a new level of performance for downloads and uploads, higher quality video streaming, more responsive gaming, real time interactivity and so much more.”

The new models include the redesigned iPhone 12 — successor to the top-selling iPhone 11 launched last year — with a display of 6.1 inches at a starting price of $799, available October 23.





In this photo released by Apple, Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about 5G during an Apple event at Apple Park in Cupertino, California
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A smaller iPhone 12 mini with a 5.4 inch display will start at $699 and will be in stores November 13.

With more features, the iPhone 12 Pro will launch this month from $999 and the 6.7 inch Pro Max from $1,099 in

Thousands Of Indigenous People March To End Colombian Violence

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Thousands of indigenous people demonstrated in southwestern Columbia on Monday demanding an end to violence, on the day commemorating Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas.

Dressed in green and red and carrying traditional sticks, the demonstrators converged on the city of Cali where they hope to meet President Ivan Duque.

“The main reason we’re marching is the systematic massacres happening in our territories without the government taking any interest,” said Franky Reinosa of the Regional Indigenous Council in the western state of Caldas.

The demonstrators are demanding to be consulted on major development projects and for the full implementation of the historic 2016 peace plan that ended a half century of armed resistance by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels.

Interior Minister Alicia Arango said on Twitter a government delegation was traveling to Cali to meet the protesters.





Colombian indigenous people are heading to Cali in the southwest in the hope of meeting President Ivan Duque to demand concrete action on ending violence
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The demonstration coincides with the commemoration of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492 — known in many countries in the region as the “Day of Race.”

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Extinction Rebellion Unfurls Banner On Eiffel Tower

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Eight activists from climate change protest group Extinction Rebellion scaled the outside of the Eiffel Tower on Sunday to hang a banner reading “REBEL” at the first level, kicking off a week of civil disobedience events around France.

Organisers said that in addition to the eight climbers, another dozen Extinction Rebellion activists were inside the monument to help with the unfurling of the giant pink banner emblazoned with black letters.

The climbers were arrested and are set to appear before a magistrate, the group told AFP.





The coronavirus pandemic has shown that governments “can’t pretend that they can’t act”, Extinction Rebellion said
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“The public health crisis reinforces our message,” activist Lea Lecouple said outside the Paris landmark. “Covid is just a symptom. It takes a virus to bring the economy to its knees. We’ve seen that CO2 emissions can stop, that airplanes can be grounded.

“We want to say: ‘Stop everything! Let’s open our eyes, this is an emergency’.”

Extinction Rebellion is a network of climate activists which uses acts of civil disobedience to spotlight inaction on global warming.

The movement launched its first major action in April 2019 with 11 days of street blockades

Colombian Ex-president Uribe Released From House Arrest

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A Colombian judge on Saturday ordered an end to house arrest for former president Alvaro Uribe, who is under investigation for alleged witness tampering and fraud.

The conservative Uribe, 68, is considered the most influential politician in Colombia of this century, and is currently its most popular one and the political mentor of the current president, Ivan Duque.

Uribe served from 2002 to 2010 and was known for his tough approach to fighting leftist FARC guerrillas and later for opposing an historic 2016 peace accord with them that ended a half century of war.





A man walks past a mural with an image of former Colombian President (2002-2010) Alvaro Uribe, in Bogota on August 21, 2020
 AFP / Juan BARRETO

The Supreme Court had placed him under house arrest in August in a case involving a leftist senator, Ivan Cepeda, who Uribe said hatched a plot to falsely link him to right wing paramilitary groups — one of the players that fought in Colombia’s long, complex war. Uribe was accused of manipulating a witness against Cepeda.

On Saturday a lower court judge accepted a defense motion for Uribe to be released from house arrest while the probe continues.

The former

White House To Propose $1.8 Trillion Stimulus, Trump Says Go Bigger

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With the presidential election fast approaching, the White House is preparing a $1.8 trillion economic rescue plan to try to coax congressional Democrats into an agreement, according to media reports Friday.

President Donald Trump, who this week has veered wildly in his position on stimulus to help the world’s largest economy recover from the damage done by the Covid-19 pandemic, now seems to be making a major push to roll out funding before his November 3 bid for re-election.

The new proposal, an improvement over the administration’s previous $1.6 billion offer, brings them closer to the Democrats’ latest package costing $2.2 trillion.

But Trump, who is trailing in the polls against Democratic rival Joe Biden, said he wants an even more robust plan.





It’s unlikely that Congress will be able to pass a new stimulus package for the US economy before the November 3 election, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said
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“A lot of people are being hurt. I would like to see a bigger stimulus package frankly than either the Democrats or the Republicans are offering,” Trump said in an interview with conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.

“I would like to see money going

Canada Announces Can$590 Mn Investment In Ford Electric Car Plant

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government and the province of Ontario announced Thursday investments of Can$295 million (US$223 million) each in a Ford factory billed as the largest electric vehicle plant in North America.

At a joint news conference with Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Trudeau called the investments totaling Can$590 million “one of the first steps to build a next-generation auto industry.”

It will also help Canada — if Canadians buy the electric vehicles produced at the plant — move toward its goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, he said.

The Oakville, Ontario assembly plant is to be repurposed as part of a deal announced last month between the Ford Motor Company and the Canadian union Unifor, to build five new electric vehicle models and the batteries that will power them.

The project is valued at Can$1.8 billion and will secure up to 5,400 Ford jobs in Canada, including over 3,000 at the Oakville plant.

“Today’s announcement represents the largest investment in Ontario’s auto sector in over 15 years,” said Doug Ford, adding that the plant “will be the largest electric car manufacturing facility anywhere in North America.”

“This is a historic moment,” he said.

According to Statistics Canada,

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