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Australian Man Jailed Six-Month For Escaping Quarantine Through Hotel Window

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Australian Man Jailed Six-Month For Escaping Quarantine Through Hotel Window

An Australian man has been sentenced to jail for six-month after using a ladder to repeatedly sneak out of his quarantine hotel to see his girlfriend.

According to Australian media reporting court documents, Yusuf Karakaya was ordered to quarantine for two weeks at the Mercure Hotel having returned to Perth after a visit to Sydney to visit a sick uncle on July 30.

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However, the 31-year-old repeatedly escaped out of his hotel window and met an accomplice nearby who drove him away for over three days.

Karakaya was arrested hiding in a bedroom cupboard at his girlfriend’s house, and told police it was her birthday and he would have been in trouble if he hadn’t see her.

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The Perth man will spend one month in prison after the sentence was suspended.

The Perth Magistrates Court was told it was not known how he managed to climb down into the laneway on the first occasion, but when he and the accomplice returned, CCTV cameras showed they had a ladder on the roof of their car. At one point hotel staff had removed the ladder from the lane outside, but Karakaya and his friend replaced it with another.

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More than 24,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Australia, at least 3,100 of them active. The country has recorded at least 652 deaths.

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Biden, Trump Prepare To Debate At A Time Of Mounting US Crises

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Biden Trump Prepare To Debate At A Time Of Mounting US Crises

The first presidential debate in this year’s U.S. General elections takes place tonight. The duel between incumbent Donald Trump and the man who intends to wrest the office from him, Joe Biden, could be an inflection point in an American election year like no other in living memory.

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This year’s White House race has remained unchanged for months, fueled to some extent by the coronavirus pandemic and a sinking economy.  The sustained demonstrations on racial injustice, police brutality and by black lives matter group have also played a role.

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These events have sharply outlined partisan feelings that have been hardened over the most polarizing of presidents.  As the race stands today, there are very few undecided voters left.

For Trump, the contest is one of his last opportunities to reshape the race and color voters’ impression of his opponent.

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The debate comes just five weeks before election day, and voting is already underway in some key battleground states.

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NY Times: Trump ‘Paid $750 In Federal Income Taxes In 2016 And 2017’

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NY Times: Trump 'Paid $750 In Federal Income Taxes In 2016 And 2017’

New York Times has obtained a copy of president Donald Trump’s federal income tax and has revealed the president paid just $750 in taxes in 2016, the year he ran for the U.S. Presidency, and the same amount during his first year in office.  The newspaper also reports Trump paid no income taxes at all in ten of the previous fifteen years.

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Trump has faced and is still facing legal challenges for refusing to share documents concerning his fortune and business dealings.

He is the first president since the 1970s who has refused to make his tax returns public.  Even though making tax returns public is not legally required of presidential candidates or presidents, those who occupy the White House have always showed their tax returns in an act of transparency.

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Trump says the times report was “fake news.”  The newspaper says the information carried in the story was provided by sources with legal access to it.

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Switzerland Referendum: Voters Reject End To Free Movement With EU

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Switzerland Referendum: Voters Reject End To Free Movement With EU

Six in ten Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to end an accord with the European Union allowing free movement of people.

Switzerland is not an EU member, but it has a series of interdependent treaties with Brussels which gives it access to Europe’s free trade area.

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The move to rein in immigration was proposed by the Swiss people’s party but opposed by the government.    A similar initiative to introduce quotas on immigrants from the EU to Switzerland narrowly passed in a 2014 referendum, damaging Swiss-EU relations.

The Swiss are given a direct say in their own affairs under the country’s system of direct democracy.  They are regularly invited to vote on various issues in national or regional referendums.

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Supporters of the anti-free movement plan say it would allow Switzerland to control its borders and select only the immigrants it wants.

Opponents argue it would plunge a healthy economy into recession at an uncertain time and deprive hundreds of thousands of Swiss citizens of their freedom to live and work across Europe.

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