The Daily Populous

Tuesday December 1st, 2020 night edition

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PARIS (Reuters) -French President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party agreed on Monday to completely rewrite a draft plan that would have curbed the freedom to share images identifying police officers, after large protests over the weekend against police violence.

More than 133,000 people, including 46,000 in Paris alone, demonstrated against the draft bill and in favour of free speech on Saturday.

The rallies followed the publication of video footage of a Black man being beaten up by three police officers inside his own music studio earlier this month that Macron has branded “shameful” for France.

A provision in the draft law known as article 24, a key plank in Macron’s plans to court right-wing voters by being tougher on law and order ahead of his 2022 re-election bid, had sparked outrage in the media and on the left of his own party.

French journalists and even the government’s own independent ombudsman on human rights said the article was too vague and could have a chilling effect on people wanting to expose police brutality.

Many of Macron’s more centre-left followers have expressed dismay at what they see as the president’s “conservative turn” in recent months.

The stated aim of the broader “general security” bill is to provide better protection for French police officers, whose unions said were under heavy strain after months of violent “yellow vest” protests. »

Mike Tyson says he smoked marijuana before fight vs. Roy Jones Jr.: 'It's just who I am'

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Mike Tyson says he smoked marijuana before fight vs. Roy Jones Jr.: 'It's just who I am'.

Show Caption Hide Caption Mike Tyson smoked weed before fight with Roy Jones Jr.: ‘I can’t stop’ What actually happens to all those letters to Santa?

LOS ANGELES — Mike Tyson said he smoked marijuana right before he fought Roy Jones Jr. Saturday night in his celebrated return to the boxing ring at the age of 54. »

AI solves 50-year-old science problem in ‘stunning advance’ that could dramatically change how we fight diseases, researchers say

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A 50-year-old science problem has been solved and could allow for dramatic changes in the fight against diseases, researchers say.

For years, scientists have been struggling with the problem of “protein folding” – mapping the three-dimensional shapes of the proteins that are responsible for diseases from cancer to Covid-19.

Google’s Deepmind claims to have created an artificially intelligent program called “AlphaFold” that is able to solve those problems in a matter of days. »

Thailand Removes Cannabis from Narcotics List

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Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board on Wednesday voted to remove cannabis plants from the list of Category 5 narcotics, which will allow wider use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Permanent Secretary for Public Health Kiarttiphum Wongjit and Food and Drug Administration Secretary-General Paisan Dankhum told a media briefing that the NCB resolved to remove leaves, stems, stalks and roots of cannabis plants – including both Kancha and Kanchong – from the narcotics list.

The draft ministerial regulation stipulates that cannabis plants, officially allowed to grow or be extracted in Thailand will no longer be considered as the Category 5 narcotics. »