Dr Fauci predicts a ‘significant drop’ in Covid cases as US nears 40% of its population vaccinated

Dr Anthony Fauci is finally giving Americans some good news. America’s top infectious disease doctor predicts a ‘a real change, the start of a precipitous drop’ in new daily COVID-19 infections now that the share of U.S. adults vaccinated against the virus is nearly 40 percent.  ‘When you do that, that’s when people are going […]

Bill Cassidy on GOP: ‘If we idolize one person, we will lose’

“If we idolize one person, we will lose,” Cassidy told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.” “And that’s kind of clear from the last election.” Cassidy, a moderate, was one of seven GOP senators who joined all Senate Democrats in voting to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial, but the 57 guilty […]

Opinion: Biden is walking a tightrope on Saudi Arabia

While the four-page report supports a conclusion already reached in 2018 by the CIA — that the man known as MBS was responsible for Khashoggi’s murder — it sends a new signal: that President Joe Biden is willing to publicly challenge what he once called a “pariah” state. The US State Department also announced on […]

These Trump supporters are convinced he will be president again on March 4

Donald Trump lost the presidential election. But some of his supporters have bought into a conspiracy theory that says Trump will be president again on March 4. CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan reports. Source link

McConnell says he’ll ‘absolutely’ support Trump in 2024 if he’s the GOP nominee

While McConnell maintained that the 2024 presidential election cycle would be a “wide-open race,” when pressed by Fox News’ Bret Baier about supporting Trump if he captured the Republican nomination, McConnell offered, “The nominee of the party? Absolutely.” The Kentucky Republican’s comments come just weeks after he delivered a pointed rebuke of Trump on the […]

Republicans react to 2020 defeats by trying to make it harder to vote (Opinion)

According to the federal government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and election officials of both parties, the 2020 election was the most secure and well-run election ever. There was record turnout and zero evidence of massive voter fraud. States made it easier to vote while also ensuring that valuable integrity measures were in place. So, […]

Arizona Republicans propose giving lawmakers — not election officials — final review of election results

The effort by GOP legislators in battleground states to drastically change voting laws comes after last year’s elections saw record numbers of early and mail-in voters, many of them Democrats, after rules were relaxed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The high numbers triggered baseless claims of fraud by then-President Donald Trump and other Republicans that […]

Ron Johnson: Why the senator’s fringe conspiracy theories are so alarming (opinion)

It would be OK, for example, to guffaw at Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, after he sat in the Senate on Tuesday, during the first hearing investigating the January coup attempt by followers of then-President Donald Trump, and offered an alternative reality about what occurred. The notion was so far from the plain truth that it […]

MyPillow and its CEO Mike Lindell for $1.3 billion

The company is seeking about $1.3 billion in damages for Lindell’s numerous unfounded public statements by allies of former President Donald Trump that Dominion rigged its machines in favor of Joe Biden in the 2020 US presidential election. The 115-page lawsuit filed Monday in Washington, DC, cites Lindell’s media appearances and social media posts pushing […]

Why Joe Biden went to Wisconsin — and will be back

Arguably, no state tells us more about Biden’s or any president’s political standing in the last 30 years than Wisconsin. It’s also likely to tell us whether his party does well in the 2022 midterms. If you wanted to know who won the presidency in the last three elections, you needn’t look further than the […]

Feds investigated Roger Stone ties to Proud Boys as part of possible threat to judge

The threat investigation did not lead to charges. But its existence, now revealed by CNN, sheds new light on how federal prosecutors had already looked into the far-right organization’s ties to someone in former President Donald Trump’s orbit ​before the siege of the US Capitol in January. Stone was accompanied on January 6 in DC […]

Opinion: Mitch McConnell may still get the last laugh

But McConnell has generally been successful against his political opponents, and this time may be no different. His decision to speak forcefully against Trump immediately after his vote to acquit was, in reality, the only way that McConnell could guarantee his position at the center of the debate over both the policy and political approaches […]

Biden to press for Covid-19 relief package during CNN’s Wisconsin town hall

Biden’s first work trip outside Washington since taking office signals his intent on making a public sales pitch for his agenda after spending nearly a month in the shadow of the impeachment proceedings, which ended in acquittal on Saturday. Aides say the President, known for his outgoing style with voters, has been eager to escape […]

Hundreds arrested in fresh Belarus protests against Lukashenko

Issued on: 06/12/2020 – 18:45 More than 300 people were detained in the Belarusian capital on Sunday, where crowds of people took to the streets for the 18th consecutive weekend, demanding the ouster of the country’s authoritarian leader who won a sixth term in office in an election widely seen as rigged. Thousands of people […]

A decade on, Strauss-Kahn to give his version of New York sex-assault case

Issued on: 04/12/2020 – 14:25 Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief and presidential hopeful whose career was derailed in 2011 by a sensational New York sex-assault case, has said he will give his version of events “for the first time” in a documentary due to be released a decade after the events. “For the first […]

Central African Republic court rejects ex-president Bozizé’s election candidacy

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 16:57 The top court in Central African Republic (CAR) rejected on Thursday the candidacy of former President François Bozizé in a December 27 election being held despite security concerns because of fighting between rival militias. Bozizé planned to run against President Faustin-Archange Touadéra. But the court said Bozizé, 74, did not […]

Key dates in the life of former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing

Issued on: 03/12/2020 – 08:45 Following are key dates in the life of former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who died Wednesday, aged 94, of complications linked to Covid-19. February 2, 1926: Valéry Giscard d’Estaing is born in Koblenz, Germany. 1944: Enters the École Polytechnique in Paris, graduating in 1951 from the respected École Nationale d’Administration […]

US attorney general says no evidence of fraud to alter election result

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 02:53 The US attorney general rejected Republican claims of significant voter fraud in the presidential election on Tuesday, adding to the pressure on President Donald Trump to give up his quixotic effort to overturn Joe Biden’s clear victory. “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have […]

US Justice Dept investigating potential White House ‘pay-for-pardon’ scheme

Issued on: 02/12/2020 – 02:43 The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a potential crime related to funneling money to the White House in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to court documents unsealed in federal court. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell on Tuesday released a heavily redacted order that described what she called a “bribery-for-pardon” […]

President-elect Joe Biden picks Janet Yellen for US treasury secretary

Issued on: 01/12/2020 – 03:25 President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday he will nominate former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen to lead the Treasury, topping a slate of economic officials who would break racial and gender barriers in the US government. The rollout of Biden‘s economic team comes after running mate Kamala Harris made history as […]

Trump questions whether Supreme Court would hear election challenge as options dwindle

Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 20:56 President Donald Trump on Sunday questioned whether the Supreme Court would ever hear a case airing his unproven allegations of widespread election fraud as senior U.S. Republicans said a transition to a Joe Biden presidency looked inevitable.  Trump‘s comments in a telephone interview with Fox News Channel suggested a growing resignation to the results of […]

Burkina Faso’s Kaboré fails to reach parliamentary majority

Issued on: 29/11/2020 – 07:46 Burkina Faso’s leader has been unable to secure a parliamentary majority despite winning the presidential election earlier this week, the country’s electoral commission announced.  Marc Roch Kabore‘s party won the first round of the election with his People’s Movement for Progress gaining 56 seats — falling short of the 64 […]

Burkina Faso’s Kaboré wins re-election, according to full preliminary results

Issued on: 26/11/2020 – 14:48Modified: 26/11/2020 – 14:50 Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has won re-election in the November 22 poll with 57.87% of the vote, according to full preliminary results announced by the election commission on Thursday. Having won more than 50% of the total ballots cast, Kaboré has secured enough votes to avoid […]

In appointing John Kerry to top role, Biden shows he’s serious about climate

By appointing former senator and secretary of state John Kerry as the first ever US climate leader, President-elect Joe Biden is sending a clear message. He’s not only reversing President Donald Trump’s reversal of America’s commitments to fighting climate change – he also plans to push these commitments much further. “For the first time ever, the […]

It’s Time for a Digital Detox. (You Know You Need It.)

When is enough enough? Even though the presidential election is over, we’re still doomscrolling through gloomy news about the coronavirus surge. The rest of your daily routine is probably something like mine while stuck at home in the pandemic: Divided among streaming movies on Netflix, watching home improvement videos on YouTube and playing video games. […]

Pennsylvania certifies Biden as winner of presidential vote

Issued on: 24/11/2020 – 18:31 Democrat Joe Biden was certified Tuesday as winner of the presidential election in Pennsylvania, culminating three weeks of vote counting and a string of failed legal challenges by President Donald Trump. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf first disclosed in a tweet that the Department of State had certified the vote count […]

Hundreds arrested in fresh Belarus demonstrations over presidential elections

Issued on: 22/11/2020 – 21:04 The Belarusian human rights group Viasna says that more than 300 people were arrested and many of them beaten by police during protests calling for the country’s authoritarian president to resign. The demonstrations that attracted thousands were the 16th consecutive Sunday of large protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. There have […]

Burkina Faso votes in presidential election under shadow of jihadist violence

Issued on: 22/11/2020 – 07:38 Polls opened in Burkina Faso on Sunday for a presidential election dominated by jihadist violence, which has cost over 2,000 lives this year and will prevent voting in hundreds of villages. President Roch Kaboré is seeking a second five-year term, campaigning on achievements including free healthcare for children under the […]

Election outcome hasn’t lowered Americans’ stress levels: poll

(HealthDay)—The U.S. presidential election may be over, but many Americans remain stressed about it, as well as a number of other worries, a new poll finds. The online Harris Poll survey from the American Psychological Association (APA)—which included more than 2,000 adults aged 18 and older—was conducted Nov. 12-16. It found that 27% of respondents […]

More than a dozen killed in Uganda protests over arrest of opposition leader

Issued on: 20/11/2020 – 00:57 Sixteen people have been killed in two days of violent clashes between Ugandan security forces and supporters of detained opposition leader Bobi Wine, police said Thursday, as tensions flared two months before a presidential election. Ugandan security forces fired teargas and rubber bullets at angry protesters who set fires, barricaded […]

The 12 men and one woman vying for Burkina Faso’s top job

Issued on: 19/11/2020 – 16:54 Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré is standing for re-election Sunday against a dozen presidential hopefuls, including Yéli Monique Kam, the only female candidate. But she’s the long-shot candidate in a race that includes the incumbent, the runner-up in last year’s presidential election and a new candidate from the […]

Burkina Faso holds presidential poll in ‘a climate of fear’ amid jihadist attacks

Burkina Faso goes to the polls Sunday in presidential and legislative elections amid a deteriorating security situation. FRANCE 24 interviews an expert on the stakes and challenges of the country’s election. While much of the world’s attention was focused on the US presidential race, 2020 has been a busy election year for West Africa, with […]

Vote recounts in Georgia and Wisconsin will likely not change Trump election defeat, officials say

President Donald Trump’s attempts to cling to power appeared more tenuous than ever on Wednesday as election officials in Georgia said a soon-to-be-completed recount was not likely to change President-elect Joe Biden’s victory there. Georgia is one of several states where Trump‘s campaign is contesting election returns, so far without success. Election officials there said recount results due […]

Peru’s interim president sworn in, calls for calm after deadly protests

Issued on: 18/11/2020 – 02:57 Peruvian lawmaker Francisco Sagasti was sworn in as interim president on Tuesday, voted for by Congress in an effort to return stability to a country that has seen deadly protests and the departure of two presidents over the last week. Sagasti, a legislator from the centrist Purple Party, is expected […]

Thousands of internally displaced face disenfranchisement from presidential vote

Issued on: 17/11/2020 – 11:28 Thousands of people in Burkina Faso remain internally displaced after having fled the unrest that prevails in some regions of the country. These Burkinabes are now at risk of being disenfranchised in the November 22 presidential election, in which national security is likely to be a primary issue.  Thousands of […]

Psychologist offers tips for beating seasonal and pandemic blues

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Fleeting daylight. Colder weather. Gloomy skies. The churn of conflicting emotions and financial distress that can accompany the holidays. These elements constitute the recipe for the annual anxiety stew that Jon Weingarden’s patients have to swallow. Add to that the recent fallout of a vitriolic presidential election and the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

Pro-Europe challenger Maia Sandu poised to become Moldova’s next president

Issued on: 16/11/2020 – 09:11 Pro-European challenger Maia Sandu has won the second round of Moldova’s presidential election and is well ahead of the pro-Russian incumbent with almost all ballots counted, according to the central election commission. The former prime minister was leading Sunday night with 57 percent of the votes over Igor Dodon’s 44 […]

Peru in political crisis amid mass protests over president’s impeachment

The head of Peru’s congress demanded the “immediate resignation” of acting President Manuel Merino on Saturday after at least three people were killed during demonstrations in the capital Lima. Protesters were calling for the reinstatement of popular ex-president Martin Vizcarra, who was impeached on November 9. At least three people were killed in Lima on […]

Trump, in a tweet, says Biden ‘won’ but asserts false poll rigging claim

Issued on: 15/11/2020 – 15:01 President Donald Trump appeared on Sunday to publicly acknowledge for the first time that his Democratic rival Joe Biden won the November 3 US presidential election, but reiterated his false claims that the vote was rigged.  “He won because the Election was Rigged,” Trump tweeted Sunday morning. He won because […]

Trump election lawsuits suffer setbacks, major GOP law firm steps down

Issued on: 14/11/2020 – 16:54 Republicans suffered setbacks to court challenges over the presidential election in three battleground states on Friday. That same day, the law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, which has been in the limelight for its work for President Donald Trump’s campaign, withdrew from a major Pennsylvania case. The legal blows began when […]

Iran moderates hail Biden win, but any nuclear talks expected to be fraught

Issued on: 14/11/2020 – 15:23Modified: 14/11/2020 – 15:25 Six months before the Iranian presidential election, Joe Biden’s victory in the US could influence the vote in Iran, where hopes to resume negotiations on the nuclear deal have prompted enthusiasm from moderates and even some hardliners. However, analysts expect that any future talks would be vexed. […]

Pompeo arrives in France at start of awkward Europe and Middle East tour

Issued on: 14/11/2020 – 15:48 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in France Saturday at the start of a seven-nation tour of Europe and the Middle East, a trip that is certain to be awkward since all the countries on his schedule have congratulated Joe Biden over his victory in the US presidential race […]

Send Holiday Cards This Year

It was only October, and an unseasonably hot and sunny day to boot, but Rovonne Staten’s front steps in Grapevine, Texas, brimmed with Christmas-y props. For her family’s holiday-card photo shoot, there were poinsettias and wreaths, tinsel and tartan, an oversized ornament emblazoned with the letter “S,” a plate of cookies for Santa — and […]

This video by Donald Trump (still) doesn’t show an example of electoral fraud

United States President Trump, who lost the US presidential election on November 3, tweeted a video on November 11 that he suggested showed ballots recently found in California – which, as such, had not been counted. It turns out, however, the video shows normal procedure for collecting ballots.  On November 11, Donald Trump tweeted a […]

Pompeo’s meetings in France to be held in ‘complete transparency’ with Biden team, says Macron

Issued on: 13/11/2020 – 16:25 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves Friday for a seven-nation trip that includes France, where his meetings will be held in “complete transparency towards the team of president-elect Joe Biden”, according to a statement by French President Emmanuel Macron’s office. The visit comes days after the top US diplomat […]

Biden wins Arizona, flipping a longtime Republican stronghold, as Trump refuses to concede

Issued on: 13/11/2020 – 06:02 President-elect Joe Biden will win the battleground state of Arizona, Edison Research projected on Thursday, dealing another blow to President Donald Trump’s struggling effort to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election. Biden‘s win in Arizona gives the Democrat 290 electoral votes in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the winner, […]

US presidential election: A turbulent transfer of power

Issued on: 12/11/2020 – 11:33 Donald Trump is still refusing to concede the US presidential election, even though the results say Joe Biden is the clear winner. That means the Biden transition team is blocked from moving into federal office space or receiving government money to hire staff. If the president continues to dig in his heels, […]

Iran’s explanations on uranium stockpile ‘not credible’, UN nuclear watchdog says

Issued on: 11/11/2020 – 20:25Modified: 11/11/2020 – 20:27 The UN’s nuclear watchdog said Wednesday that Iran’s explanations over the presence of nuclear material at an undeclared site in the country were “not credible.”  The news comes as observers watch to see whether Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election will lead to detente between […]

Supreme Court inclined to save Obamacare as Covid-19 pandemic widens

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The US Supreme Court appeared inclined Tuesday to reject Trump administration arguments and let stand former president Barack Obama’s signature health care program, ending the threat to the insurance coverage of 20 million people in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. At least five of the nine justices appeared unreceptive to […]

West African nations, France call for dialogue as post-election clashes continue in Ivory Coast

Issued on: 11/11/2020 – 04:19 More clashes broke out over Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s reelection on Tuesday as West African nations and France called for dialogue to end tensions over his contested third term. Ouattara secured the October 31 election by more than 94 percent, but the West African nation is mired in a […]

Donald Trump ‘should make clear that our elections are secure’, H.R. McMaster says

Issued on: 10/11/2020 – 18:34 Retired lieutenant general H.R. McMaster served as US national security adviser to President Donald Trump from March 2017 to April 2018. In an interview with FRANCE 24, he condemned Trump’s refusal to concede defeat to Joe Biden in the presidential election. McMaster said that even if “we shouldn’t worry about” Trump clinging on […]

These viral videos do not reveal US election fraud as claimed

As President Trump raises doubt about the results of the 2020 US Presidential Election and files lawsuits claiming fraud in numerous states, many social media users have echoed these concerns, posting videos they allege reveal election worker fraud under hashtags like #StopTheSteal. Here are three of the most viral videos claiming to show fraud at […]

Coronavirus vaccine results fuel hopes for return to normal

An effective vaccine is seen as the best hope to break the cycle of deadly virus surges followed by severe restrictions Hugely promising results from a coronavirus vaccine trial fuelled optimism around the world Tuesday that humanity may be a step closer to defeating the worst pandemic in a century. Some of the industries hit […]

Buoyed by Covid-19 vaccine results, officials see ‘light at the end of the tunnel’

Issued on: 10/11/2020 – 12:54 Hugely promising results from a coronavirus vaccine trial fuelled optimism around the world on Tuesday that humanity may be a step closer to defeating the crippling pandemic, though experts cautioned that major logisitical challenges lay ahead. A vaccine is seen as the best hope to break the cycle of deadly […]

Peru’s Congress votes to impeach President Vizcarra over graft allegations

Issued on: 10/11/2020 – 01:59 Peru’s Congress voted to oust President Martín Vizcarra on Monday in an impeachment trial over corruption allegations, the second such effort to remove him in a matter of months. The opposition-dominated Congress, following a debate, achieved the 87-vote threshold out of 130 needed to oust the centrist leader over accusations […]

What’s ahead for COVID-19 vaccines

Pedestrians walk past Pfizer world headquarters in New York on Monday Nov. 9, 2020. Pfizer says an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, but it doesn’t mean a vaccine is imminent. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) Pfizer’s surprising news that its COVID-19 vaccine might offer more protection […]

Populists lose their White House ally

Issued on: 09/11/2020 – 14:32 IN THE PRESS – Monday, November 9, 2020: We continue to look at reactions to Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election. The Washington Post warns that while Donald Trump may be leaving the White House, “global Trumpism is far from over”. We also look at two viral moments […]

Anxiety and joy in DC: A look back at the long wait for US election results

Issued on: 09/11/2020 – 19:15Modified: 09/11/2020 – 19:18 It was an endless wait, followed by an explosion of joy among supporters of now president-elect Joe Biden in Washington DC, where he won 93 percent of the vote. FRANCE 24 looks back at four days that gripped the country, between the polls closing and the declaration of the winner of […]

No, bells didn’t ring across Paris to celebrate the election of Joe Biden

Shortly after the announcement of Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election on November 7, internet users shared a video showing churches ringing their bells in the Paris region. According to these users, these churches were expressing their joy at the election of the Democratic candidate. In fact, these bells rang for a completely […]

Pfizer says its Covid-19 vaccine is 90 percent effective

Issued on: 09/11/2020 – 16:34 One of the teams racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine announced Monday its drug had shown 90 percent effectiveness against the illness, sending stock markets soaring and raising hopes of an end to draconian restrictions on movement.  US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said tests involving more than 40,000 people had provided […]

Ivory Coast constitutional council ratifies disputed presidential win for Alassane Ouattara

Issued on: 09/11/2020 – 16:01Modified: 09/11/2020 – 16:07 Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara won a third term with 94.27% of the vote, final results showed on Monday, after an election that opposition parties largely boycotted and dismissed as illegal.  Main opposition figures are facing criminal charges after denouncing the Oct. 31 vote and creating a […]

Pfizer’s Early Data Shows Vaccine Is More Than 90% Effective

The drug maker Pfizer announced on Monday that an early analysis of its coronavirus vaccine trial suggested the vaccine was robustly effective in preventing Covid-19, a promising development as the world has waited anxiously for any positive news about a pandemic that has killed more than 1.2 million people. Pfizer, which developed the vaccine with […]

Russia, China hold off on congratulating Biden for US election win

Issued on: 09/11/2020 – 12:03Modified: 09/11/2020 – 12:12 Officials in Moscow and Beijing have declined to comment on the outcome of the US presidential election, saying they will wait for official results before congratulating the winner.  Answer a few questions to join Europe Talks and debate with another European   […]

Biden to name virus team as worldwide cases top 50 million

Swiss army reservists were deployed to support public hospitals The global tally of people infected by the coronavirus shot past 50 million on Monday, as United States President-elect Joe Biden geared up to name the scientists who will lead the country’s response to its disastrous outbreak. The incoming leader made the pledge in his first […]

French far-left leader Mélenchon announces 2022 presidential run

Issued on: 08/11/2020 – 22:23 French far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon said on Sunday he would run for president in 2022 if he received enough public support for what would be his third bid for the Elysee Palace.  Melenchon, a spearhead of the opposition against French President Emmanuel Macron‘s economic policies and a supporter of the “yellow vest” anti-government protests, won […]

World leaders congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for election victory

World leaders on Sunday cheered Joe Biden’s election as US president as a chance to enhance cooperation on climate change, the coronavirus and other problems after four years of President Donald Trump’s rejection of international alliances. While Trump refused to accept the results of the election, Western and Asian allies expressed hope for a fresh start […]

Europe coronavirus deaths surge past 300,000

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A second coronavirus wave ploughed on relentlessly through Europe which reported more than 12 million cases and 300,000 deaths as swathes of Italy returned to lockdown and the British city of Liverpool trialled city-wide testing on Friday. The continent has become the new epicentre of the pandemic and a total of […]

Donald Trump makes surprising gains with minority voters

Issued on: 06/11/2020 – 11:39 IN THE PRESS – Friday, 06.11.2020: As vote-counting continues in the US presidential election, we look at press coverage of the Democrats’ disappointing performance in this year’s Congressional elections and the possible explanations for it. We also look at reactions to Donald Trump’s surprising gains with both Latino and African-American voters. To finish, […]

US presidential election: The case of Donald Trump's 'frivolous' lawsuits

Amid his baseless allegations of mass electoral fraud, US President Donald Trump says he plans to challenge the result of the election in the courts. But what exactly would be the basis of his claim? And is he right to assume the right-leaning Supreme Court would be sympathetic to his cause? We speak to Anne […]

Contrary to President Trump’s claims, Detroit poll challengers were NOT illegally barred from observing the polls

As the ballots for the 2020 US Presidential Election are being tabulated, President Trump has discredited, with no basis, the legitimacy of many of the votes cast. In claims on Twitter and in a televised speech on November 5, the president accused poll workers at a ballot-counting centre in Detroit, Michigan of illegally barring Republican […]

Democrats lose ground with Latino voters in key states

Issued on: 06/11/2020 – 13:46 More Hispanics voted for US President Donald Trump in the 2020 election than in 2016, allowing the incumbent to win key battleground states, such as Florida and Texas in a shift that could have a long-term impact on the American political landscape.  Wavering between hope and disappointment, Democratic candidate Joe Biden […]

US daily Covid-19 cases hit new record, topping 120,000

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain More than 120,000 coronavirus cases were reported in the US in the past 24 hours, smashing a daily record set the day before, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The country reported 123,085 new infections between 8:30 pm Wednesday and 8:30 pm Thursday (0130 GMT), and 1,226 more deaths, […]

Denmark races to cut off virus mutation as England locks down

England’s 56 million people re-entered a lockdown on Thursday Denmark on Thursday raced to shut down a region where a mutated version of the coronavirus detected in minks spread to humans, as the World Health Organization warned of an “explosion” in COVID-19 infections in Europe and England entered its second lockdown. Europe has again become […]

‘Clinging to power’: Cartoonists give their take on US presidential election

Issued on: 05/11/2020 – 12:24Modified: 05/11/2020 – 12:27 IN THE PRESS – November 5, 2020: We look at coverage of the US presidential election in the French and British press, where the race is making the front pages. The French paper L’Opinion has a cartoon of Donald Trump as a hot dog, sandwiched between East Coast and West Coast buns: an […]

What next? Americans wake up to election uncertainty

Issued on: 04/11/2020 – 22:18 Voting may be over, but the outcome of the US presidential election is far from clear. Here in Chicago, as across the country, many woke up after a late night watching the results to a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the nation. “My wife had to force me to go […]

New clashes in Ivory Coast, US and African Union call for dialogue

Issued on: 04/11/2020 – 18:08 Two Ivory Coast government supporters were killed and a minister’s convoy hit by gunfire, officials said on Wednesday, as tensions build over President Alassane Ouattara’s contested reelection. Ivory Coast is caught in a standoff after Ouattara was declared victor on Tuesday, but rivals boycotted the vote and declared they would […]

‘Battle for America’s soul’: Papers react to US presidential election

Issued on: 04/11/2020 – 11:36 IN THE PRESS – November 4, 2020: We see how newspapers around the world are covering the US presidential election, with the result still too close to call. We specifically look at how the vote unfolded, with papers hailing a largely peaceful process, while others warn of possible post-electoral violence. We also look at articles […]

Next US president facing long road to economic recovery

Issued on: 04/11/2020 – 11:51 The winner of the US presidential election – as well as lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives – will need to address urgent economic challenges when they get back to Washington. FRANCE 24’s Business Editor Stephen Carroll has been looking at some of the main issues they’re facing, […]

Zhvillime dramatike në Wisconsin – 2 mijë vota diferencë ndërmjet Trump dhe Biden

Me vetëm dy mijë vota më shumë, kandidati republikan, Donald Trump është në epërsi ndaj Joe Biden, kandidatit demokrat për President të ShBA-ve, në Wisconsin. Pas numërimit të rreth 90 për qind të votave, një organizatë amerikane që publikon rezultatet e zgjedhjeve, Decision Desk HQ thotë se Trump është duke avancuar me vetëm 2 mijë […]

Election could ‘make or break’ international climate policy as US exits Paris climate accord

Issued on: 04/11/2020 – 10:25 The United States left the Paris accord on Wednesday, becoming the first country to ever withdraw from an international climate change pact as the fate of its presidential election hangs in the balance. It may prove to be a temporary blip before Democrat Joe Biden’s administration rejoins the agreement. Otherwise, […]

Twitter, Facebook flag Trump posts alleging election theft

Issued on: 04/11/2020 – 08:27 Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc early Wednesday flagged President Donald Trump’s comments on the U.S. presidential election, which remained too close to call. Twitter said a Trump tweet alleging an effort to steal the election was potentially misleading. Facebook also flagged a Trump post which said: “We are up BIG.” […]

After a ‘smooth’ Election Day, Pennsylvania holds its breath for final vote count

Issued on: 04/11/2020 – 07:21 In Philadelphia, the largest city in the key swing state of Pennsylvania, Election Day voting largely proceeded without the tensions that many feared. But with final results not expected for several days, the suspense is far from over. If media reports were any indication, the leadup to this year’s presidential election put […]

US Presidential Election 2020: news, videos, reports and analysis

US voters head to the polls on Nov. 3, 2020 to deliver their verdict on Donald Trump’s divisive presidency. The Republican incumbent faces a tough re-election battle amid the world’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak and an economic downturn. He takes on veteran Democatic challenger Joe Biden, best known as Barack Obama’s former VP. Trump is running […]

US presidential election: ‘A lot of angry people regardless of the outcome’

Issued on: 03/11/2020 – 12:24 After record early voting and a list of legal challenges to the legitimacy of the presidential election, it’s finally polling day in the US. Incumbent Donald Trump continues to claim mail-in ballots could lead to cheating. Joe Biden, for his part, has called on people to vote to put an […]

US author Brit Bennett on her novel ‘The Vanishing Half’ and the presidential election

Issued on: 03/11/2020 – 16:22 What happens when you decide to become a new person? Author Brit Bennett explores questions of self-determination, identity and race in her latest book, “The Vanishing Half”. This critically acclaimed novel follows twins Stella and Désirée Vignes as they pursue widely diverging paths; a journey that takes them from the […]

Ivory Coast govt accuses opposition of ‘plotting’ against the state

Issued on: 03/11/2020 – 17:08Modified: 03/11/2020 – 17:17 Ivory Coast’s government on Tuesday accused the opposition of “plotting” against the state after it vowed to set up a rival government following bruising presidential elections won in a landslide by the incumbent, Alassane Ouattara. The standoff pitched the West African nation deeper into a three-month-old crisis […]

Uganda opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine arrested, his party says

Issued on: 03/11/2020 – 15:37 Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine was arrested on Tuesday after handing in his nomination papers to the election body, his party’s spokesman said. Wine, 38, a musician turned politician whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, aims to end Yoweri Museveni’s more than a third of a century in power, […]

Live: Voting starts in the US presidential election 2020

Americans head to the polls today to make their choice between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden. They will be selecting a leader to steer a nation battered by a surging pandemic that has killed more than 231,000 people and cost millions their jobs. Source link

More lockdowns in Europe as virus outbreaks grow

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Austria and Greece on Tuesday will become the latest European nations to impose spirit-crushing curbs to combat the coronavirus surge, with a deadly terrorist attack in Vienna ahead of a partial lockdown compounding the misery. The virus has infected over 46 million people worldwide, with more than 1.2 million deaths, and […]

US voters face intimidation ahead of presidential election by caravans, armed militias, rallies

As American voters head to the polls on November 3, threats of voter suppression and intimidation have been shared widely in the media and on social networks. This year, voters are navigating threats of militia mobilisation, outdoor rallies near polling places, and highways blocked by cars waving flags. The FRANCE 24 Observers spoke to Damon Hewitt, […]

Ivory Coast President Ouattara wins re-election to third term

Issued on: 03/11/2020 – 06:55 Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has provisionally won a third term in office with 94.27% of the vote, the electoral commission announced early on Tuesday, after a bitter election that sparked deadly violence and was boycotted by opposition voters.  “Thus elected president of the republic, Alassane Ouattara,” Kuibiert-Coulibaly Ibrahime, the […]

Peru’s President Vizcarra to face fresh impeachment trial over bribery allegations

Issued on: 03/11/2020 – 01:05 Peru’s Congress approved on Monday a motion to initiate a process to remove President Martín Vizcarra from office over corruption allegations, a month and a half after he survived a prior impeachment trial. Lawmakers approved the measure in a 60-40 vote with 18 abstentions. Vizcarra is set to present his […]

Ivory Coast opposition says forming ‘transitional govt’ after election boycott

Issued on: 02/11/2020 – 22:20 Ivory Coast’s opposition leaders said Monday they were creating a ‘transitional government’ after boycotting a weekend election in protest over President Alassane Ouattara’s bid for a contested third term. The move deepens a crisis that erupted in August when Ouattara said he would run again, to the fury of the […]

The unheard voices of the presidential election

Issued on: 02/11/2020 – 15:28 More than half a million Americans are estimated to be homeless and Covid-19 is threatening to force many more who have lost jobs or income onto the streets. Most, however, are unlikely to vote. As part of our series of reports on America’s forgotten voters, FRANCE 24 went to Kansas […]

The five key states that could decide the US presidential election

The US presidential election on Tuesday will likely be decided in five key states: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Florida. Democrats are hoping to avoid a repeat of 2016, when votes in just three states swung the election. FRANCE 24 takes a look at the dynamics at play in these battlegrounds. Republican President Donald Trump famously won […]

Ivorians brace for poll results in fiercely contested presidential election

Issued on: 01/11/2020 – 16:24 Ivory Coast officials tallied results Sunday after a tense presidential election marked by an opposition boycott and clashes that killed at least two over President Alassane Ouattara’s bid for a third term.  Scattered unrest, vandalised voting material and some closed polling stations were reported mostly in opposition strongholds during Saturday’s […]

Obama joins Biden to campaign in Michigan before US presidential election

Calling Joe Biden his “brother”, Barack Obama on Saturday accused Donald Trump of failing to take the coronavirus pandemic and the presidency seriously, as Democrats leaned on America’s first Black president to energize Black voters in battleground state Michigan on the final weekend of the 2020 campaign. Obama, the 44th president, and Biden, his vice […]

England to lock down again as virus surges in Europe

Under the new lockdown England’s population must stay at home except when exemptions apply, such as for work, education or exercise, while all but essential shops will close Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new four-week coronavirus lockdown in England, which will join several European countries in imposing the measure for a second […]

Voting ends in tense Ivory Coast presidential election

Issued on: 31/10/2020 – 22:31 Ivory Coast citizens cast their ballots in a largely peaceful presidential vote on Saturday but opposition calls to disrupt or boycott the process causedpockets of unrest in a tense standoff over President Alassane Ouattara’s bid for a third term.  The streets of the largest city Abidjan were quiet and voting […]