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Donald Trump Is Not A Christian – Pope Francis

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Pope Francis, on Wednesday, said that President Donald Trump of the United States of America “is not Christian.”
The Pope was reacting to Trump’s campaign promises to deport more immigrants and force Mexico to pay for a wall along the border.
Francis spoke when a reporter asked him [Pope] about the President on the papal airliner as he returned to Rome, Italy, after his six-day visit to Mexico.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” he said.
The pontiff stated this barely three hours after he had concluded his Mexico trip by presiding over a huge Mass in the border city of Ciudad Juárez.
He added that he “was not going to get involved in that” when asked if he was planning on influencing Catholics in how they vote in the presidential election.
“I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that,” Francis maintained.
“We must see if he said things in that way and in this I give the benefit of the doubt.”

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Seychelles holds presidential, parliamentary elections today

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Most Seychelles voters will cast their ballot Saturday in presidential and parliamentary elections spanning three days across an idyllic archipelago that has been economically hammered by the coronavirus.
Polling stations will open at 7 : 00 am ( 0300 GMT ) on Mahe , Praslin and La Digue — the three main islands of Seychelles , home to the majority of its 74 ,600 voters , with the rest living on further -flung territory of the Indian Ocean nation .
Voting took place Thursday and Friday on a few dozen of these outer islands , mainly for employees of hotels or the island management authority , who attended pop -up polling stations with election material carried by plane or boat . Some on the main islands deemed essential workers , such as hospital and nursing staff, also voted Thursday .
The opposition , narrowly defeated in a presidential election in 2015 and buoyed by a landmark victory in a parliamentary poll a year later , is hoping for its first presidential win in the 40 years since Seychelles independence .
It is up against the incumbent Danny Faure , 58 , who is running under the recently renamed United Seychelles ruling party which has been in power since 1977 .
The main opposition parties did not manage to unite and Faure — who was not elected but took over after his predecessor James Michel resigned — faces two challengers .
His main rival is the Anglican priest Wavel Ramkalawan, who is taking his sixth shot at the presidency and lost by only 193 votes to Michel in an unprecedented second round of voting in 2015 .
He is the candidate of the Linyon Democratik Seselwa ( Seychelles Democratic Alliance ) opposition party , the majority party in parliament after winning 19 of 34 seats in the last election .
The other candidate is Alain St Ange , who was in the opposition before joining the government as tourism minister from 2012 -16 , but switched back and is now running under the flag of a new party, One Seychelles .
– Tourism downturn –
The campaign took place mainly over social media , with rallies banned due to the coronavirus.
The Seychelles has recorded only 149 cases , mostly imported , but the pandemic has been a burning campaign issue as restrictions on global travel bottom out the tourism industry — a major earner for the Seychelles and employer for many of its 98 , 000 people .
Visitor numbers have collapsed since March in the archipelago nation of 115 islands , normally a popular destination for honeymooners and paradise -seekers wanting fine sandy beaches and turquoise waters .
The economy has slowed significantly since the start of the pandemic and unemployment has risen from 4. 8 to 6 .3 per cent , according to government figures .
While average income is among the highest in Africa, the national statistics agency says about 40 per cent of Seychellois live in poverty because of the high cost of living.

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Over 30 Millions Americans Have Voted As Early Voting Starts

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Florida shattered its opening day record for in-person early voting Monday, with at least 350,000 people casting ballots and election officials continuing to count statewide late into the night.
The trend continues a record-setting pace in the battleground state that is viewed as a must-win for President Donald Trump. Voting by mail, which started earlier this month, racked up more than 2.5 million ballots headed into Monday, more than double the 1.2 million during the same timeframe in 2016.
More than 350,000 voters, some of whom were treated to pizza by singer Ariana Grande while they waited in line, easily surpassed 2016 numbers when 291,000 people voted on the first day of in-person early voting, which includes 52 of Florida’s 67 counties. All counties begin early voting on Saturday.
Democrats have a significant pre-Election Day lead, built by a more than 450,000 vote-by-mail lead, through Monday, but Republicans insist they are just “cannibalizing” their in-person vote. Put another way, they say Democrats are not gaining additional voters, but that voters in candidate Joe Biden’s party are just changing how they participate because of Democrats’ greater emphasis on voting by mail during a global pandemic.
“Democrats know they can’t compete with our unrivaled ground game,” said Trump Victory spokesperson Emma Vaughn.
Kamala Harris, a California senator and Biden’s running mate, held in-person rallies in Orlando and Jacksonville to boost enthusiasm on the first day of in-person early voting.
“Today I had to come here on kickoff of early voting in Florida, because y’all are going to make it happen,” Harris told an audience in Orlando. “What you will do here in Florida … by early voting is you will be the first to put our country back on the right track.”
Her Florida rally locations were not accidental. Orlando is in the middle of the fabled I-4 corridor, a 19-county swath of the state notoriously packed with swing voters. Jacksonville, on the other hand, has long been Republicans’ home turf, but for the first time in recent political history was won by Democrats during the 2018 midterm elections, an outcome they hope to replicate in 2020.
Trump’s campaign, which has blanketed Florida with surrogate appearances in recent weeks, held “Team Trump On Tour” bus events throughout conservative North Florida, including stops in Pensacola and Tallahassee that featured Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Panhandle Republican and top Trump ally.
“Today is really the start of our get out the vote movement, with our supporters wanting to vote in person, or turn their absentee ballots in person at voting locations,” said Leon County GOP Chair Evan Power, who attended the Trump events. “We are confident that our voters will turn out between now and Election Day to support the President and our Republican team.”
Early in the day, there was anecdotal evidence across the state that signaled there could be record turnout. Lines formed in some of Florida’s largest counties before polls opened at 7 a.m., even as rain soaked portions of South Florida.
In Broward County, Parkland Mayor and incoming Democratic state Rep. Christine Hunschofsky posted a video of long lines at a polling site in that county, one of Florida’s bluest.
“It is the longest line I have ever seen at early voting in Parkland,” she tweeted.
Pinellas County, a bellwether that has voted for every winning presidential candidate but one since 1980, also quickly amassed record-setting numbers.
“Over 6,300 people have voted so far in Pinellas County during a record-breaking first day of early voting!” Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Julie Marcus tweeted at 3:30 p.m.
The Orange County Supervisor of Elections office tweeted just before 4:30 p.m. that it had already seen more than 11,000 votes with more than two hours to go. In 2016, the county saw 16,912 total votes on the first day of early voting.

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UK unemployment rate rises to 4.5%

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Britain ’s unemployment rate has jumped to 4 .5 percent as the coronavirus pandemic continues to destroy jobs , official data showed on Tuesday .
The reading for the June- August period compared with an unemployment rate of 4 .1 percent for May to July , the Office for National Statistic said in a statement .
Early estimates for September meanwhile “ suggest that there is little change in the number of payroll employees in the UK ; up 20 ,000 compared with August ” , the ONS said.
Since the start of the UK pandemic in March, the number of payroll employees has dived by a net 673, 000 , the data showed .
“ The latest batch of data show that the labour market has been somewhat weaker than previously thought and that the fallout from the Covid-19 recession is intensifying ,” noted Paul Dales, chief UK economist at Capital Economics research group .
“ What’ s more , the prospect of the latest Covid- 19 restrictions leading to the economic recovery stalling , if not going into reverse, means worse lies ahead .”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday tightened virus control measures as the UK experiences a surge in cases .
The northwest English city of Liverpool was the first area to be designated at “ very high risk ” under a new three -tiered system .
From Wednesday , Liverpool will see inter -household mixing banned indoors and in private gardens — while pubs , bars , gyms , betting shops and casinos will close .
This has dealt a further huge blow to the hospitality sector and comes as the UK government ’s virus furlough scheme paying the bulk of wages for millions of workers is replaced from November by a watered -down scheme .
Kate Nicholls , chief executive of UKHospitality , last week warned that more than 560 ,000 jobs would be lost to the sector this year as the pandemic kills trade in bars , hotels, nightclubs , pubs and restaurants .
Britain ’ s death toll from the virus is the highest in Europe at almost 43 ,000 .
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