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Harvey Weinstein breached his bail conditions by mishandling an electronic tag which had been fitted to monitor his whereabouts, a New York prosecutor has argued.

The Oscar-winning producer’s location was unrecorded for hours at a time because of the “manipulation” of the ankle bracelet, prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said.

Ms Illuzi made the claim at Friday’s pre-trial hearing for Weinstein, 67, while asking a judge to increase his bail from $1m (£760,000) to $5m (£3.8m).

New York prosecutor Joan Illuzzi claims Weinstein deliberately mishandled his tag
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New York prosecutor Joan Illuzzi claims Weinstein deliberately mishandled his tag

She accused the movie producer of leaving a piece of the monitoring technology that keeps the ankle bracelet activated at home.

Defence lawyer Donna Rotunno denied it was deliberate and blamed “technical glitches” such as dead batteries.

Ms Rotunno said after leaving court: “It has nothing to do with any manipulation of the bracelet.”

She acknowledged that on at least one occasion Weinstein forgot part of the device when he left the house, and added: “The minute he realised he forgot it, he made a phone call.”

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Weinstein's lawyer Donna Rotunno denied the electronic tag had been tampered with deliberately
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Weinstein’s lawyer Donna Rotunno denied the electronic tag had been tampered with deliberately

The judge adjourned any decision about whether he should face stricter bail conditions over the alleged electronic tag violations until next week.

Weinstein was in court for one of many proceedings scheduled across the state to inform defendants of reforms to New York’s bail system.

The reforms are set to take effect on 1 January.

State politicians passed a law this year eliminating cash bail for most non-violent crimes.

For poorer defendants facing lesser charges these appearances could mean release from jail in the New Year, or refunds for those who have posted bail.

The reforms are unlikely to affect Weinstein’s case, which is scheduled to go to trial in January.



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The producer has pleaded not guilty to charges he raped a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006.

He is free on $1m bail (£761,200) and denies that any sexual activity was non-consensual.

Weinstein’s wealth has given him plenty of freedom as he awaits trial on the charges, which could put him in jail for the rest of his life.

He has been socialising at New York City nightclubs and was jeered at a recent actors showcase.

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Coronavirus: 56 people killed from outbreak in China | World News

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Fifty-six people have died from the coronavirus outbreak in China, the country’s state media has reported.

It comes as China’s Hubei province reports 13 new deaths from the virus.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in China is now at 1,975.

Shanghai also reported its first death from the outbreak and 323 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infections.



More than 50 million people are on lockdown in China as the government warns the virus is "accelerating its spread".







President Xi warns of ‘grave situation’ as Coronavirus infection spreads

Separately, the province of Henan reported one death from the virus.

The virus originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei late last year and has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing.

President Xi Jinping told a politburo meeting the country was facing a “grave situation” where the virus is “accelerating its spread”.

A report on state TV said resources and experts are being concentrated at designated hospitals for treatment of severe cases, with no treatment delayed due to cost, and supplies of materials to Hubei province and its capital Wuhan to be guaranteed.

Around two dozen cases in all have been confirmed outside mainland China, nearly all of them in Asia: Hong Kong, Macao, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Nepal, Australia, Malaysia and Canada.

Canada declared on Saturday that Toronto had identified its first coronavirus case – a resident who recently returned from Wuhan.

France confirmed three cases on Friday, the first in Europe, and the US identified its second, a woman in Chicago who had returned from China.

Pharmacy workers wearing protective clothes and masks serve customers in Wuhan
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Pharmacy workers wearing protective clothes and masks serve customers in Wuhan
Chinese tourists wearing masks walk through the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo, Japan
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Chinese tourists wearing masks walk through the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo, Japan

“The individual is stable and is hospitalised” the government said in a statement.

China has announced further transport restrictions in a bid to stop the outbreak from spreading, with Hong Kong declaring a virus emergency and scrapping Luna New Year celebrations that began on Saturday.

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Coronavirus: President Xi warns of ‘grave situation’ as China infection spreads | World News

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China has confirmed 1,372 people have been infected with coronavirus and 41 people have died.

It comes as President Xi Jinping told a politburo meeting the country was facing a “grave situation” where the virus is “accelerating its spread”.

A report on state TV said resources and experts are being concentrated at designated hospitals for treatment of severe cases, with no treatment delayed due to cost, and supplies of materials to Hubei province and its capital Wuhan to be guaranteed.

The latest tally comes from 29 provinces and cities across China and includes 237 patients in serious condition.

All 41 deaths have been in China, including 39 in Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, and one each in Hebei and Heilongjiang provinces.

China added three cities to those cut off from transportation, bringing the total to 16 in Hubei province and covering a population greater than that of New York, London, Paris and Moscow combined.

Authorities are trying to limit further spread of the disease by preventing people from leaving Wuhan, the city of 11 million where the outbreak originated, and the surrounding area.

The Chinese military dispatched 450 medical staff, some with experience in past outbreaks including SARS and Ebola, who arrived in Wuhan late on Friday night to help treat the many patients hospitalised with viral pneumonia.

Two new dedicated hospitals are being built in the city to cope with rising number of cases.

Construction has already started on the first facility, with enough space for 1,000 patients, which is expected to be completed by 3 February.

The second, which is designed to have 1,300 beds, is due to be finished within three weeks.

The Ministry of Commerce is coordinating an effort to supply more than two million masks and other products from elsewhere in the country.

An unprecedented national lockdown that has kept people from travelling has been expanded to more than 50 million residents, and authorities have cancelled a host of Lunar New Year events.

Temples locked their doors, Beijing’s Forbidden City, Shanghai Disneyland and other major tourist destinations closed, and people cancelled restaurant reservations ahead of the holiday.

The vast majority of cases have been in and around Wuhan or involved people who visited the city or had personal connections to those infected.

About two dozen cases in all have been confirmed outside mainland China, nearly all of them in Asia: Hong Kong, Macao, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Nepal, Australia and Malaysia.

Liang Wudong (Pic: People's Daily)
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Liang Wudong (Pic: People’s Daily)

The virus has also been detected in the US and France.

While most of the deaths have been older patients, a 36-year-old man in Hubei died on Thursday.

State-run China Global Television Network also confirmed that a doctor who had been treating patients in Wuhan, 62-year-old Liang Wudong, had died from the virus.

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Turkey earthquake: Dozens still trapped as 20 killed and 500 injured | World News

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At least 20 people have been killed after an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck eastern Turkey.

Turkish officials have said more than 553 people are injured, including 11 who are in a serious condition, while around 30 were left trapped in the wreckage of toppled buildings.

The quake struck at 8.55pm local time (5.55pm GMT) at a depth of 6.7km near the town of Sivrice in Elazig
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At least 20 people have died following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey

Hundreds of residents were left homeless or with damaged homes as buildings collapsed in affected towns near the centre of the tremor, which was felt in several neighbouring countries.

The quake jolted Elazig province, which is around 340 miles (550km) east of the capital Ankara, and was followed by dozens of aftershocks.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 16 people were killed in Elazig and five more in the neighbouring province of Malatya.

He said two people suffered heart attacks and five others died in Malatya.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu described the earthquake as a “level 3” incident, according to Turkey’s emergency response plan – meaning that it called for a national help response but did not require international help.

Around 30 buildings collapsed from the quake in the two provinces, according to Environment Minister Murat Kurum.

State broadcaster TRT showed footage of police and emergency workers searching a partly collapsed building in Elazig, as well as smashed windows and balconies that had crashed to the ground.

Rescue teams could also be seen working by hand to remove bricks and plaster from the ruins.

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The quake jolted Elazig province, which is around 340 miles east of the capital Ankara
Turkish officials and police work at the scene of a collapsed building following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Elazig
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More than 500 people were injured in the disaster

Elazig residents whose homes were damaged were being moved to student dormitories or sports centres amid freezing conditions.

Mr Soylu added that the country, which is prone to earthquakes, had learnt lessons from past disasters which helped it address Friday’s quake.

Drones were deployed in search operations and communication between provinces.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a tweet that all measures were being taken to “ensure that the earthquake that occurred in Elazig and was felt in many areas is overcome with the least amount of loss”.

Turkish officials and police work at the scene of a collapsed building following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Elazig
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Many people have lost their homes

The quake struck at 8.55pm local time (5.55pm in the UK) at a depth of 4 miles (6.7km), near the town of Sivrice in Elazig, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said.

Several aftershocks followed, the strongest at 5.4 and 5.1.

The AFAD warned residents not to return to damaged buildings because of the risk of further aftershocks.

It said beds, blankets and tents were being sent to the area, where the overnight temperature was below 0C (32F).

Syria and Iran both reported feeling the earthquake, according to the countries’ state media.

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The overnight temperature in the area was below 0C (32F)

Turkey straddles seismic faultiness and has a history of powerful earthquakes.

In 1999, more than 17,000 people were killed when a 7.6 magnitude quake struck the western city of Izmit, around 55 miles (90km) southeast of Istanbul. Around 500,000 people were made homeless after the disaster.

And in 2011 an earthquake struck the eastern city of Van and the town of Ecris, killing at least 523 people.

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