Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.
Five things you need to know
In an unprecedented move, US President Donald Trump posted an "uncut version" of his 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl on Twitter two days after reports suggested that he “abruptly ended” it around 45 minutes. CBS issued a statement in response saying it would go ahead with the scheduled airing of the program on Sunday, which will also feature VP Mike Pence, presidential nominee Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.
Spain and France each surpassed 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases this week as Europe battles outbreaks and record numbers throughout the continent. https://t.co/Ml0D7A2yNj— NPR (@NPR) October 22, 2020
Spain has become the first country in western Europe to report over one million cases. France hit one million cases just hours later, as the country reported more than 40,000 cases in a single day for the first time.
BREAKING: A judge dismissed the third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin for the police killing of #GeorgeFloyd.— AJ+ (@ajplus) October 22, 2020
But the judge upheld the more serious second-degree murder and manslaughter charges, meaning he faces up to a total 55 years in prison. pic.twitter.com/WRaOIulDps
On Thursday, a Hennepin County judge dismissed a third-degree murder charge against Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer captured on video pressing his knee against George Floyd's neck. The former police officer still faces the more serious charge of second-degree murder, as well as a second-degree manslaughter charge for the May 25 death of Floyd.
Travellers entering Canada by land or air through Alberta will soon have the option of being tested for COVID-19 at the border in a move that could shorten quarantine times — in a pilot project that's the first of its kind in Canada https://t.co/290HLUIlxw— Andree Lau (@alau2) October 22, 2020
The Alberta government and the federal government are collaborating on a pilot project designed to replace the mandatory 14-day quarantine for international travellers with rapid COVID-19 testing. Starting November 2, those entering the country at the Coutts border crossing or the Calgary International Airport can choose to have a rapid test, and will be allowed to leave quarantine if negative for the virus.
NEW: DNI Ratcliffe says Iran and Russia have taken specific actions to influence public opinion in our elections, including acquiring some voter registration information; warns American voters to be vigilant: "This is not a partisan issue." pic.twitter.com/RR9FwJv5vW— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 22, 2020
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Iran and Russia have obtained information of registered voters and have been sending out “spoofed emails” to influence public opinion relating to the US election.