Guinea Former Prime Minister to Challenge Conde in October Poll

Sophy Ridge On Sunday: Brexit, protests… and dancing | Dominic Raab & Diane Abbott

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says this week is “the moment of reckoning” for a trade deal between the UK and EU.

He also defends new trade adviser Tony Abbott after previous comments about lowering standards to secure agreements.

And former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott defends Extinction Rebellion protesters – and reveals she was asked to appear on Strictly Come Dancing.

Italy’s Gualtieri Sees Stronger-Than-Forecast Economic Rebound

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Italy’s economy will rebound more powerfully than expected in the third quarter, Finance Minister Roberto Gualtieri said.

The country’s output will expand more than the 9.5% forecast in the government’s latest financial plan, Gualtieri said in an interview at Ambrosetti Forum in Cernobbio, Italy, on Sunday. Even so, gross domestic product will only return to its pre-coronavirus level in 2022, he said.

Gualtieri also announced that Italy will set a “significant” long-term target for reducing its debt in coming weeks. This plan will be sustainable thanks both to the government’s fiscal measures and to stronger growth in coming years thanks to the investments financed by the European Union recovery funds, the minister said.

Amazon Bans Foreign Seed Sales In U.S.

Amazon has banned sales of foreign seeds in the U.S. after thousands of people received unsolicited packets of seeds in the mail, most from China, according to reports.

The packages of seeds are believed to be part of a “brushing” scam.

A “brushing” scam is when a seller sends items to people that they didn’t order then posts false customer reviews to boost sales.

As per the reports, thousands of U.S. people received the unsolicited seeds in the summer. The packages were postmarked from China, and many of the shipments were marked as jewelry or toys.

Amazon will now only allow the sale of seeds by sellers based in the U.S., the reports said.

Amazon’s new guidelines, which took effect from 3 September, also reportedly prohibit the sale of seeds within America by non-US residents. It added that sellers may be banned if they do not follow the new guidelines.

The online retail giant’s ban also applied to plants and plant products.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in July that it had identified more than a dozen plant species among the mystery packages, including mint, lavender and roses.

In mid-August, the US Department of Agriculture said experts analyzing the seeds found few problems with them, and that China was assisting with investigations.

The US authorities have warned people not to plant seeds of unknown origin, saying they could be non-native species or carry pests and diseases.

President Trump Says Steve Jobs Would “Not Be Happy” About His Wife “Wasting Money” On The Atlantic

President Trump said Sunday that the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs wouldn’t like his wife Laurene Powell Jobs, “wasting money” on The Atlantic, the media outlet where she’s a major stakeholder.

Trump is angry at the publication for its recent article claiming he disparaged slain military members as “losers” and “suckers.” Supporters of the President have denied the claims.

“Steve Jobs would not be happy that his wife is wasting money he left her on a failing Radical Left Magazine that is run by a con man (Goldberg) and spews FAKE NEWS & HATE,” the president wrote on Twitter. The “Goldberg” is Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor who wrote the article. “Call her, write her, let her know how you feel!!!”

Jobs apparently is a major financial supporter of Joe Biden, Trump’s opponent in the 2020 presidential election.

“This is more made up Fake News given by disgusting & jealous failures in a disgraceful attempt to influence the 2020 Election!,” Trump said.

 

One killed in Saturday night shooting in Denver near S. Julian Street

One man is dead and another is in custody after a shooting late Saturday night in Denver.

The shooting was reported 11 p.m. in the 200 block of South Julian Street, according to a Denver Police Department tweet. The victim died after being transported to a hospital.

The victim and the suspect have not been identified.

Earthquake of magnitude 6.3 strikes near Mindanao, Philippines – USGS

(Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck 82 km (50 miles) east-northeast of General Santos in Mindanao, the Philippines, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said on Sunday.

The quake had a depth of 120.9 km, according to USGS.

Guinea Former Prime Minister to Challenge Conde in October Poll

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Guinea opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo said he’ll challenge incumbent President Alpha Conde in the Oct. 18 election.

“I agree to represent our party in the presidential election,” Diallo told a meeting of his Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea in the capital Conakry after accepting the nomination Sunday. “Our fight must continue,” Diallo said.

It’s the third time Diallo, 68, has faced Conde in a presidential election after losing the vote in 2010 and again in 2015. Diallo, a former prime minister, first said he wouldn’t participate in an election where Conde was a candidate.

“We will be at the polls and in the streets, and we will counter any attempts to steal the vote,” Diallo said Sunday. “We will be in the streets, protesting until the last day to prevent Alpha Conde from obtaining a third term.”

Conde earlier this week accepted his ruling party’s nomination to run for re-election in October, despite widespread protests against his bid for a third consecutive term. The 82-year-old leader’s plan to extend his decade-long rule is a snub to the U.S. and France, which have both urged him to quit to avoid fueling civil unrest in the world’s top bauxite producer.