German government defends curfews and domestic-travel bans

A bar owner closes up at a bar in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district on October 10, 2020. - Stolz, along with other bar owners in Berlin, has challenged local authorities over the re-introduction of a curfew for bars in the capital, which are, from October 10 onwards, forbidden to operate between 11 PM and 6 AM. (Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP) (Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images)
A bar owner closes up at a bar in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district. Bar owners in Berlin have challenged local authorities over the re-introduction of a curfew for bars in the capital between 11pm and 6am. Photo: John Macdougall AFP via Getty Images

Helge Braun, the chief of staff at the chancellory in Berlin, has defended the government’s decision to tighten restrictions again amid a surge in new coronavirus infections in Germany.

“We are now right at the beginning of a second wave,” Braun told public broadcaster ARD on Sunday.

He said that the government wants to keep the economy functioning and keep schools and kindergartens open, which is “why we have to be a little stricter where the chains of infection are primarily spreading — namely celebrations and unfortunately also through travel.”

He said that the ban on people from high-risk areas of Germany going to other states for

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Israel bans mass protests as Covid lockdown tightens



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Israel has passed a law that bans mass protest during the country’s coronavirus lockdown in a move government opponents have claimed exploits the health crisis to suppress demonstrations calling for Benjamin Netanyahu to resign as prime minister.

The contentious legislation was approved at 4:30 am local time (1:30 am GMT) on Wednesday after an all-night session by the country’s parliament, the Knesset. It allows the government to restrict people from travelling more than 1km from their homes to demonstrate and bans outdoor gatherings of more than 20 people.



a group of people holding a sign: People gather in front of the Israeli parliament to protest against the decision to curb mass rallies.


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People gather in front of the Israeli parliament to protest against the decision to curb mass rallies.

Critics say it, in effect, criminalises weekly rallies in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, where thousands have voiced their anger over Netanyahu’s handling of the pandemic as well as charges of alleged

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California’s Kobe Bryant law bans photos of the dead by first responders | Sport

California will make it illegal for first responders to take unauthorized photos of deceased people at the scene of an accident or crime, a law inspired by the death of the basketball star Kobe Bryant.

On Monday, the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, approved the legislation, which will take effect in January. The bill was authored after reports emerged that some Los Angeles county sheriff’s department deputies had snapped photos of the site in Calabasas where Bryant and seven others died in a helicopter crash, and shared the images.

His widow, Vanessa Bryant, sued the sheriff’s department earlier this month, claiming invasion of privacy, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress over the alleged sharing of photos of the site where her husband and daughter, 13, died.

Eight deputies were accused of taking or sharing graphic photos of the scene, said Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles county sheriff, adding that he

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California’s Kobe Bryant law bans photos of the dead by first responders | Kobe Bryant

California will make it illegal for first responders to take unauthorized photos of deceased people at the scene of an accident or crime, a law inspired by the death of the basketball star Kobe Bryant.

The state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, approved the legislation on Monday, which will take effect in January. The bill was authored after reports emerged that some Los Angeles county sheriff’s department deputies had snapped photos of the site in Calabasas, where the Bryant and seven others died in a helicopter crash, and shared the images.

His widow, Vanessa Bryant, sued the sheriff’s department earlier this month, claiming invasion of privacy, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress over the alleged sharing of photos of the site where her husband and daughter, 13, died.

Eight deputies were accused of taking or sharing graphic photos of the scene, said Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles county sheriff, adding that

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he will sign law that temporarily blocks local plastic bag bans

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday he plans to sign a bill into law that would temporarily ban local governments, including Cuyahoga County, from setting local bans on plastic bags and other single-use containers.

DeWine in December said he opposes the proposal to ban local bag bans. But he said Tuesday because the bill expires after 12 months, and because of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic, he’s been convinced to support it.

“My general principle is, unless there’s a compelling reason why we need uniformity throughout Ohio that we should stay away from telling local units of government what to do,” he said. “They’re elected by the local citizens, they’re accountable to the local citizens and if the local citizens don’t like them, they can get rid of them.

“So unless there’s a compelling reason to do it, I would normally veto this bill. But

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New California law bans sharing crime scene photos after images leaked of Kobe Bryant’s chopper crash

By Sarah Moon, Scottie Andrew and Stella Chan, CNN

A California bill inspired by leaked photos of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant passed this weak, banning law enforcement from sharing graphic crime scene photos off the job.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an invasion of privacy bill on Monday which would make it illegal for first responders to share photos of a deceased person at a crime scene “for any purpose other than an official law enforcement purpose.”

Crews behind a screened fence remove Kobe Bryant’s memorial at L.A. Live on February 3, 2020 as a few scattered items are left around Staples Center. A new law in California bans the sharing of crime scene photos after images of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash were leaked.(Sarah Reingewirtz/MediaNews Group) 

AB 2655 was first introduced by Assemblymember Mike Gipson after Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies allegedly shared graphic photos of the

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