Mayor impostor arrested - Police in South Africa have charged a 28-year-old man for extortion after he was arrested for impersonating a mayor. The man, who has not been named, is accused of attempting to extort a woman with a promise to give her a tender. The woman was promised by the man to be the first lady. She grew suspicious and reported the man to the police. He appeared in court on Monday.
Animal skins seized - Authorities in South Sudan discovered more than 700 pounds of wild animal skins smuggled from South Africa. An arrest was made as it is believed that the animal skins were to be sent to Europe. The skins were discovered at an international airport. Animal skins are used for things like clothes, shoes, handbags and more.
Bollywood star questioned by India narcotics board - Deepika Padukone was questioned with two other actresses as she is allegedly linked to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. His girlfriend was arrested earlier this year for allegedly buying drugs for him. Rajput was found dead in June and no one has been accused of any wrongdoing. His death was originally ruled a suicide.
Australian theme park fined for deaths - After a raft at Australia’s Dreamworld theme park crashed and killed four people in 2016, investigators discovered the park operator breached safety laws. Now, the park has been fined $2.5 million for the deaths. The victims, who were all adults, died on the Thunder River Rapids Ride. The crash was caused by a pump malfunction.
Spanish health minister calls for tougher restrictions - Spain Health Minister Salvador Illa said tougher measures are needed in Madrid to slow the spread of COVID-19. Madrid recently rejected a city-wide lockdown as the country recorded 12,272 cases last Friday. Spain has the highest infection rate in western Europe, and the World Health Organization issued a warning about the virus as winter approaches.
Mayor reelected after death
Ion Aliman won a third term as mayor of a village in southern Romania as he secured 64 percent of the vote. Although he died from COVID-19 complications earlier this month, Aliman’s name was already printed on ballots and could not be removed. Another election will be held and residents have been visiting his grave to honor the late mayor.
How many people have died from COVID-19 in Mexico? - Mexican Assistant Health Secretary Hugo Lopez-Gatell said it may be a few years before country officials know how many people have died from the virus. The Johns Hopkins University said the country has registered more than 730,000 cases and has had more than 76,000 people die from the virus. Testing figures in the country are low, and Mexico only counts people who died after receiving a positive test. Health workers in Mexico have died more than in any other country.
Cases are on the rise in Brazilian city Manaus, the largest city in the Brazilian state of Amazonas, was hit hard by the virus in April and May according to a recent study, the city may have reached herd immunity. The website medRxiv estimates that up to 66 percent of the city’s population had antibodies to COVID-19. However, cases are on the rise again as the city has banned gatherings and parties for 30 days and restricted hours for shops and restaurants.
Trump paid $750 in federal income tax in 2016 - The New York Times reports President Donald Trump paid $750 in federal income tax in 2016, the year he ran for president. Trump’s tax records show he has not paid income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years. Trump called the reports fake news and said his tax returns have been under audit for a long time. He has recently faced legal issues for not releasing documents related to his wealth and business.
Joe Montana stops kidnapping - NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana rescued his nine-month-old grandchild from a kidnapping attempt. Him and his wife confronted a woman who grabbed the infant from a playpen. After a fight, Montana and his wife were able to get the child back. Montana tweeted that it was a scary situation.