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Amir Ramses Challenges Taboo With Cairo Film ‘Curfew’

While it may seem a bit odd that the artistic director of the El Gouna Film Festival is world premiering his new film, “Curfew,” at the Cairo International Film Festival, the director in question Amir Ramses says it makes perfect sense. “There was no way I would consider El Gouna for my film because it’s a direct conflict of interest,” he says. “I have a strong bond with Cairo Film Festival, and I don’t consider that we are competing with each other; one way or another we are completing Cairo and Cairo is completing us.”

Ramses has been artist director at El Gouna since its inception in 2017, and this is the first time he has helmed a movie since then. Early in his career, Ramses was prolific, making a handful of films in quick succession. His documentary, “Jews of Egypt,” and ensemble narrative, “Cairo Time,” were invited to festivals

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Businesses in Calif. Display ‘Do Not Comply’ Signs as Residents Say COVID Curfew is ‘Against Everything America Stands For’

Some businesses in California have indicated they will flout a month-long coronavirus curfew which police have said they will not enforce and will instead urge people to comply with voluntarily.



A waiter delivers an order to a diner on November 17, 2020 in Alhambra, California, in this illustrative image. Some 41 counties in California face a month-long curfew to curb the COVID pandemic.


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A waiter delivers an order to a diner on November 17, 2020 in Alhambra, California, in this illustrative image. Some 41 counties in California face a month-long curfew to curb the COVID pandemic.

Following an order by Governor Gavin Newsom to curb the spread COVID-19, 41 counties will fall under the most-restrictive “purple tier” status affecting over 90 percent of the Golden State’s population. It means that from Saturday, all non-essential gatherings between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. will be prohibited.

However a number of police departments have said they do not plan to arrest people or issue fines to those who do not comply and will rely on asking people to voluntarily follow the

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Who’s enforcing the state’s curfew? And can you sue over a mask?

Plus: Should farmworkers be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine? And sacked San Francisco lab worker may have tainted more than 800 cases.



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Police car lights at night.

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Who’s enforcing Newsom’s curfew?



a laptop computer sitting on top of a car: If a police officer turns on his lights, it's probably not because you're not wearing a mask.


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If a police officer turns on his lights, it’s probably not because you’re not wearing a mask.

One of the questions that had people scratching their heads Thursday after California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the statewide evening curfew was: “Just who is going to enforce this?”

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California imposes overnight curfew to rein in coronavirus

Drivers wait in long lines at a COVID-19 testing site in a parking lot at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday in Los Angeles.


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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is imposing an overnight curfew on most residents as the most populous state tries to head off a surge in coronavirus cases that it fears could tax its health care system, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday.

What officials are calling a limited stay-at-home order requires people not working essential jobs to stay home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Saturday. The order will last until Dec. 21 but could be extended if infection rates and disease trends don’t improve.

The curfew covers 94% of the state’s nearly 40 million residents. It’s in place in 41 of the state’s 58 counties that have the most significant increases in virus cases and face the most severe restrictions under California’s

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Philadelphia under curfew as it awaits release of new details in fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr.

Philadelphia officials will soon release the 911 call that brought police to their fatal encounter with Walter Wallace Jr.



a view of a city at night: PHILADELPHIA, USA - OCTOBER 28: A drone photo shows a view from West Philadelphia, United States on October 28, 2020 after curfew comes in effect for the city, on the third night of protesting and unrest after the fatal shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. by police. Mayor Jim Kenney announced a nighttime curfew on October 28 following two nights of unrest over the latest police killing of a Black man whose family said suffered from mental health issues. Thousands of people have taken to Philadelphia's streets, with looting and violence breaking out, since police on Monday shot dead 27-year-old Walter Wallace, who Philadelphia police officers claimed was armed with a knife. (Photo by Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)


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PHILADELPHIA, USA – OCTOBER 28: A drone photo shows a view from West Philadelphia, United States on October 28, 2020 after curfew comes in effect for the city, on the third night of protesting and unrest after the fatal shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. by police. Mayor Jim Kenney announced a nighttime curfew on October 28 following two nights of unrest over the latest police killing of a Black man whose family said suffered from mental health issues. Thousands of people have taken to Philadelphia’s streets, with looting and violence breaking out, since police on Monday shot dead 27-year-old Walter Wallace, who Philadelphia police officers claimed was armed with a knife. (Photo by Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Within “the next couple of

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Italy imposing early curfew for eateries and closing gyms, pools and movie theaters as COVID-19 cases rise

Italy’s leader imposed at least a month of new restrictions across the country Sunday to fight rising coronavirus infections, shutting down gyms, pools and movie theaters, putting an early curfew on cafes and restaurants and mandating that people keep wearing masks outdoors.

Worried about crippling Italy’s stagnant economy, especially after 10 weeks of a severe lockdown earlier in the pandemic, Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte opted against another heavy nationwide lockdown. The new decree goes into effect Monday and lasts until November 24.

“Our aim is to protect health and the economy,” Conte said.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte adjusts a face mask as he speaks during a news conference as the outbreak of the coronavirus continues, at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, on Sunday, October 25, 2020.

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A day earlier, Italy surpassed a half million confirmed coronavirus cases since February, when it became the first

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Spain orders nationwide curfew to stem worsening outbreak

BARCELONA, Spain — Spain declared a second nationwide state of emergency Sunday and ordered an overnight curfew across the country in hopes of stemming a resurgence in coronavirus infections, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said.

The Socialist leader told the nation in a televised address that the extraordinary measure will go into effect on Sunday night.

Sánchez said that his government is using the state of emergency to impose an 11 p.m.-6 a.m. nationwide curfew, except in the Canary Islands.

Spain’s 19 regional leaders will have authority to set different hours for the curfew as long as they are stricter, close regional borders to travel and limit gatherings to six people who don’t live together, the prime minister said.

“The reality is that Europe and Spain are immersed in a second wave of the pandemic,” Sánchez said after meeting with his Cabinet.

The leader added that he would ask Parliament this

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The Unhinged Scene at Tootsie’s As Miami Coronavirus Curfew Is Lifted and the City Parties Hard

MIAMI—Shortly after midnight on Sunday, a line of at least 50 men and women snaked from the entrance of Tootsie’s Cabaret to the sidewalk lining the perimeter of the massive strip club in Miami Gardens, a small city in South Florida that has clocked nearly 5,000 coronavirus cases since the coronavirus pandemic began. Two Miami Gardens police cars directed traffic to a satellite parking lot because Tootsie’s main lot was completely full.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Tootsie’s owners had won a court injunction at least temporarily nullifying Miami-Dade County’s 12 a.m. curfew. The party was just getting started.

Johnny Fernandez, a 33-year-old Miami Gardens resident waiting in the line and sporting a wide grin, explained young Miamians like him were nocturnal creatures. He wasn’t surprised to see so many people waiting to get inside Tootsies after being forced for months to stay indoors during the wee hours on weekends.

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French Try Curfew to Avert Lockdown; Kurz’s Plea: Virus Update

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The curfew in Paris and other French cities should help curb the coronavirus outbreak while averting the damage that comes from a lockdown, said Prime Minister Jean Castex.

Austria’s chancellor urged citizens to curb social contact and observe health measures to avoid a lockdown, echoing comments from Germany’s Angela Merkel a day earlier.

“If all of us do without private festivities, large gatherings, parties, we can slow down the spread and keep open schools, the economy, and large parts of social life,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said.

Italy approved a draft budget that seeks extended measures to support the economy. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held talks Saturday about efforts to craft a stimulus package to help the world’s biggest economy. Victoria, the worst-hit state in Australia, announced an easing of restrictions.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases top 39.7 million; deaths exceed 1.1

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