Turkey Plans to Release Data on Asymptomatic Cases From Thursday

Israel Opposes Qatari Purchase of F-35s, Even at Cost of Ties

Israel will oppose Qatar’s request to buy F-35 fighter jets from the U.S., even at the price of preventing the normalization of ties with the Gulf Arab country, Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said on Sunday.

Maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region takes precedence over other considerations, Cohen said in an Army Radio interview. Qatar hasruled out normalizing ties with Israel before its conflict with the Palestinians is resolved.

Qatar Formally Requests to Buy F-35 Jets: Reuters

The United Arab Emirates, which signed a U.S.-brokered normalization pact with Israel in September, has similarly asked to buy America’s most sophisticated warplane. The Trump administration is expected to submit the request to Congress, where it is likely to generate some tough questioning about how it affects Israel.

Cohen added that other countries he didn’t identify have put in confidential requests to purchase the jets.

Some 50 protesters detained after clashes with Belarusian police in Minsk: Interfax

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Some 50 protesters were detained in the Belarusian capital Minsk on Sunday after clashes with police, the Interfax news agency reported, citing witnesses.

Belarus, a former Soviet republic with a population of 9.5 million, has been rocked by mass protests and strikes since an Aug. 9 presidential election that the opposition said was rigged by veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko. He denies the charge.

Israel to Begin Steps to Reopen Economy, Defense Minister Says

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Israel will begin easing lockdown conditions in the coming days given the drop in new coronavirus infections, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Sunday.

Among the first steps the government will consider will be “a controlled, gradual, managed and supervised opening” of businesses that don’t see customers, Gantz said at a tour of an underground coronavirus ward at Rambam Hospital in Haifa. “We will take measured and controlled steps into the corona routine,” he said.

The rate of spread has slowed down the past week, as Israel enters its fourth week of lockdown. There have been more than 290,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Israel, including more than 1,900 fatalities.

PRESENTING: How a freelance writer made over $10,000 in September

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Previously a senior manager at a strategic branding agency, Méndez was able to transfer her skills in keeping a meticulous editorial database and detailed tracking doc for pitches to freelancing. She now uses an Excel spreadsheet to track any pitches, articles, and outstanding payments.  

After hitting her first five-figure month in September, she shares with Business Insider her best practices on landing clients — even during the pandemic — and keeping her gigs organized. 

"Freelance writing is my career — not a hobby," Méndez said. "I don't aspire to hit this milestone monthly, but I'm thrilled to have reached this financial accomplishment."

Subscribe here to read our feature: I made over $10,000 in September as a freelance writer. Here's how I landed gigs quickly and the system I use to stay organized.

Inside Lucid Motors' plan to take on Tesla

Lucid Motors is a California-based electric vehicle start-up, and in September it revealed the Air, its vision for an electric, luxury sedan.

The company promises some impressive specs, such as an estimated 517 miles of range. But starting up an electric vehicle company is notoriously difficult, and it faces steep competition from Tesla and other automakers entering the EV market.

CNBC spoke to Lucid CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson, who was the former chief engineer on the Tesla Model S, as well as to Lucid's VP of hardware engineering, Eric Bach, to learn about how the company plans to take on Tesla and other competition. Watch the video to learn more. 

Turkey Plans to Release Data on Asymptomatic Cases From Thursday

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Turkey will start releasing the number of its asymptomatic coronavirus cases from Oct. 15, according to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

“Hereafter, we will share cross-sectional screenings even if there is no symptom,” Koca was quoted as saying in an interview with daily newspaper Hurriyet on Sunday. “We will report these to theWorld Health Organization.”

Turkey stopped announcing all of its coronavirus cases at the end of July and has since only disclosed the number of patients who test positive and showed symptoms. Koca acknowledged that shift in policy last month, triggering criticism from opposition parties.

Official data as of Oct. 10 showed 334,031 people in Turkey have been identified as coronavirus patients since the outbreak began, with 8,778 deaths.