Unemployment: New Stimulus Is Close, But Unlikely To Arrive Before Election Day

Belarus leader Lukashenko, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo speak on phone: media

FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko chairs a meeting with high-ranking officials in Minsk, Belarus October 21, 2020. Nikolai Petrov/BelTA/Handout via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday spoke with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko by phone, Belarus state media reported.

Coronavirus: UK records another 174 COVID-19 deaths and 23,012 more cases

The UK has reported another 174 coronavirus deaths and 23,012 more cases, according to the latest government data.

The number of cases is higher than the 20,530 infections confirmed on Friday, while the number of coronavirus deaths is fewer than yesterday’s total of 224.

'Of course not': McConnell responds to questions about whether there are health issues the public should be warned about concerning his bruised hands

  • After photos of his bruised hands raised concerns about his health, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he does not have health issues. 
  • When asked if there are any health concerns the public should know about, he answered "of course not" and said the bruises raise "no concerns," CNN reported. 
  • His mouth had appeared to have small bruises as well.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shut down concerns over his health raised from photos of his bruised and bandaged hands. 

At a press conference on Tuesday, photos showed McConnell's hands appear to be bandaged and bruised. His mouth appeared to have small bruises as well. Social media users raised concerns about his health based on these photos. 


McConnell told reporters on Thursday that there are "no concerns" about his health when asked about the bruises, according to CNN. When asked if he had any health issues he should inform the public about, McConnell responded "of course not," CNN reported. 

On Friday when McConnell spoke on the Senate floor about Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, his mouth no longer appeared to have bruises, the Associated Press reported. 

Swedbank Chairman Persson Increases Stake After Earnings Report

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Swedbank Chairman Goran Persson bought 10,000 shares in the bank on Wednesday at a price of 149.87 kronor each, according to afiling with the Swedish FSA.

Swedbank on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income that rose more than analysts had expected. Persson, who was elected as chairman in June last year, held 25,000 shares prior to the acquisition, according to the bank’swebsite.

READ MORE: Swedbank’s CEO Says He Wants to Resume Dividend Payments

UFC 254 live blog: Real-time updates from the Khabib Nurmagomedov-Justin Gaethje fight night – The Denver Post

Live updates, tweets, photos, analysis and more from UFC 254 on Oct. 24, 2020.

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Herald morning quiz: October 25

Test your brains with the Herald's morning quiz. Be sure to check back on nzherald.co.nz at 3pm for the afternoon quiz.

Social Media Buzz: Trump Casts Ballot, SpaceX Launch, McBroken

What’s buzzing on social media this morning:

A mask-wearing President Donald Trump cast his ballot in person in West Palm Beach, Florida, Saturday morning. “I voted for a guy named Trump,” he told reporters.

Brooklyn Museum is trending as people share photos of long lines, hours before early voting started in New York state.

SpaceX is targeting to launch Starlink this morning after delaying it from Oct. 22 to allow more time for mission assurance work. The weather today is 60% favorable, the companysaid in a tweet. Projected launch time is 11:31 a.m. EDT.

Former Fox News host and Trump loyalist Kimberly Guilfoyle, who was recently accused of sexual harassment, put her Manhattan apartment overlooking Central Park up for sale for about $5 million, Daily Mailreported. The pad, formerly “a taxidermist’s dream,” was transformed by Guilfoyle, who dates Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son.

A McDonald’s fan, who earlier failed to order an ice cream due to an out-of-service machine, created awebsite called McBroken.com to track which locations’ McFlurry machines are broken. The fast-food chainsaid it’s “exciting to see customer passion translate into customer-innovated solutions.”

Unemployment: New Stimulus Is Close, But Unlikely To Arrive Before Election Day

The Push Me/Pull You of Washington politics over a new round of economic stimulus appears close to an agreement. But the timing of when money will arrive to your home remains in flux.

“I think we are about there,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday after meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, according to Fortune. Still, no agreement has been reached, which means the odds are strong that things will continue to drag out for another week or so. That means a possible Christmas bonus for those eligible for a payment.

The two sides had set a Monday deadline, but that came and went without a breakthrough. That left both to finger-point as to who was to blame for yet another stalemate.

President Donald Trump said Pelosi “would rather wait till after the election — she thinks it’s a good point for the election.” He echoed Mnuchin, who said she was “dug in,” a remark likely echoed on the other side of the table.