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India India tightens laws on NGOs, freezes Amnesty International’s funds

New Delhi — Global human rights organization Amnesty International has halted operations in India, accusing the government of an “incessant witch-hunt” and “constant harassment” over its reports criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.  Indian authorities froze Amnesty’s bank accounts earlier this month for allegedly receiving foreign funds illegally, a charge the rights group denies. The organization…


Business Trump campaign senior advisor Brad Parscale is ‘stepping away’ from the campaign. He was hospitalized over the weekend after threatening self-harm.

Brad Parscale, a senior adviser to Donald Trump’s campaign, said he was “stepping away” from the campaign on Wednesday, Politico reported.  Parscale was involuntarily detained by police this weekend after his wife called 911 and said he pulled out a firearm and threatened to harm himself. According to a police report, his wife Candice also…


Business Trump administration move could slash wages for over 200,000 farm workers

Migrant farm laborers with Fresh Harvest working with an H-2A visa rest in their company dormitory on April 28, 2020 in King City, California. Brent Stirton/Getty Images The US Department of Agriculture published a notice on Wednesday announcing plans to stop conducting a wage survey of farm workers. Daniel Costa, an expert at the Economic…


Business Twitter took down a network of 130 fake accounts in Iran that tried to spread disinformation during the US presidential debate (TWTR)

Twitter removed around 130 fake accounts based in Iran that tried to “disrupt the public conversation” during Tuesday’s US presidential debate, the company announced Wednesday. Twitter said the FBI alerted it to the accounts, which ultimately “had very low engagement and did not make an impact on the public conversation.” Twitter is still investigating the…


Business American Airlines to begin furloughs for thousands of workers on October 1, but says it will reverse layoffs if Congress reaches deal on COVID-19 relief

American and United Airlines will begin furloughing tens of thousands of employees on Thursday as Congress fails to reach a deal on a COVID-19 relief bill. American Airlines is set to furlough 19,000 employees, and United is expecting about 13,000, according to company announcements. The federal Payroll Support Program (PSP) under the CARES Act passed…


Business Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says any bipartisan stimulus deal will include more $1,200 direct payments for Americans

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said any bipartisan stimulus agreement would include another round of $1,200 checks for Americans. “We have reached an agreement that if there is a deal, there are direct payments similar to last time that are in the package,” he said of talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Millions of $1,200 federal checks…