Morning news brief: Trump backtracks on Proud Boys, Covid toll and more

WION Web Team
NEW DELHIUpdated: Oct 01, 2020, 08:57 AM IST

In a few hours the Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden (R) and US President Donald Trump will take part in last presidential debate.  The two leaders had earlier met for the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 2020. Photograph:(AFP)

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On Wednesday, during the first national presidential debate, the US President  Donald Trump not only missed an opportunity to condemn the white supremacist groups, but rather told them to "stand by".

“Yes, he asked. But the pope had already said clearly that political figures are not received in election periods. That is the reason,” Vatican diplomat Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said, according to Reuters Wednesday.

The actual number of deaths due to COVID-19 is "certainly higher" than 1 million, Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday said.