US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, October 7, declared his COVID-19 illness a "blessing from God," as he got back to work in the Oval Office despite warnings that his return could put others at risk. Trump has worked hard since he checked out of the hospital on Monday – including a made-for-television return to the White House – to cast his illness as a personal triumph. "I think this is a blessing from God that I caught it," Trump said in a video, referring to the virus which has killed over 210,000 people in the United States. But Democrat Joe Biden, who leads Trump in the latest polls ahead of the November 3 vote, attacked the president's downplaying of the risk. "I think it's a tragedy that the president deals with Covid like it is something not to worry about when over 210,000 people (in the US) have died," Biden told reporters. The behavior of the president – who has faced fierce criticism for his handling of the outbreak – is under ... » Learn More about Trump hails COVID-19 ‘blessing’ as he returns to Oval Office
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President Donald Trump on Wednesday, November 4, claimed he had won the US election, despite the final results not yet being given, and said he would go to the Supreme Court to dispute the counting of votes. "We did win this election," Trump said in an extraordinary speech from the ceremonial East Room of the White House. "This is a fraud on the American public." The Republican, who according to initial results is in a neck-and-neck race with Democrat Joe Biden, said he would go to court and "we want all voting to stop." He appeared to mean stopping the counting of mail-in ballots which can be legally accepted by state election boards after the election on Tuesday, November 3, provided they were sent in time. – Rappler.com ... » Learn More about Trump says he will go to Supreme Court to dispute election count
REPUBLICANS’ SHOW Michael van der Veen, lawyer for Donald Trump, gestures as he talks to a reporter about his role in a Black Lives Matter protest after the Senate voted to acquit the impeached president during his trial in Washington. —REUTERS WASHINGTON—The US Senate acquitted Donald Trump on Saturday in his second impeachment trial in a year, with fellow Republicans blocking conviction over the former president’s role in the deadly assault by his supporters on the US Capitol. US President Joe Biden, in a statement issued hours after the Senate failed to muster the two-thirds majority needed to convict Trump, said, “This sad chapter in our history has reminded us that democracy is fragile.” The Democratic leader said further that “while the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute. Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a ‘disgraceful dereliction of duty’ and ... » Learn More about ‘Democracy fragile,’ Biden says as Senate acquits Trump
From Day One of his presidency, US President-elect Joe Biden plans to undo Trump administration policies that diminish America’s credibility around the world. During his victory speech after defeating President Donald Trump , Biden vowed to make “America respected around the world again.” “I sought this office to restore the soul of America. To rebuild the backbone of the nation – the middle class. To make America respected around the world again and to unite us here at home,” he declared. Many countries responded to Biden’s win with optimism, with world leaders looking forward to working with the former US vice president. “As a nation, we have to prove to the world that the United States is prepared to lead again – not just with the example of our power but also with the power of our example,” Biden wrote in a recently republished Foreign Affairs piece. Democracy is not just the foundation of American society. It is also the wellspring of ... » Learn More about Joe Biden’s blueprint to revive US world leadership
US rapper Kanye West's chaotic launch of his unlikely campaign to oust Donald Trump in November's presidential election has sparked anger, concern for his mental health, and questions about whether he is seriously running. Wearing a bullet-proof jacket marked "security," West broke down in tears during a rambling speech in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday that was supposed to kickstart his White House bid. Instead, controversial comments about renowned American abolitionist Harriet Tubman enraged attendees, provoked scorn online, and left political analysts scratching their heads about the mercurial musician's true intentions. For Jeffrey McCune, who teaches a course on West at Washington University in St. Louis, the topsy-turvy nature of the event was typical of the hip-hop star. "All things Kanye are impulsive. I have never been a fan of 'throw-your-towel-in' political entries. However, this is Kanye's brand completely," he told AFP. With ... » Learn More about Kanye West’s presidential run: real or for show?
Almost one-and-a-half months after the U.S. elections, Joe Biden has officially been chosen by the Electoral College as the country's next president. This win comes after weeks of current president Donald Trump refusing to concede the election , claiming the election was "rigged" and launching a number of lawsuits in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. What is the Electoral College? If the U.S. election was held on November 3, why did it take so long for Biden to officially be chosen as president? The answer lies in the Electoral College system that the U.S. employs. Under the Electoral College system, voters don’t directly vote for the candidate they want to be president. In November this year, voters weren't voting for Trump or Biden. Instead, they were casting their ballots for individuals nominated by the candidates as their preferred electors , according to the U.S. National Archives. There are 538 slots for electors in the ... » Learn More about Joe Biden officially elected as US president by Electoral College
Four police officers on Tuesday, July 27, told lawmakers they were beaten, taunted with racial insults, heard threats including "kill him with his own gun" and thought they might die as they struggled to defend the US Capitol on January 6 against a mob of then-President Donald Trump's supporters. Often tearful, sometimes profane, the officers called the rioters "terrorists" engaged in an "attempted coup" during a 3-1/2 hour congressional hearing in which they also criticized Republican lawmakers who have sought to downplay the attack. "I feel like I went to hell and back to protect the people in this room," said District of Columbia police officer Michael Fanone, referring to lawmakers. "The indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful," Fanone added, slamming his hand onto the witness table. It was a dramatic first hearing for a Democratic-led House of Representatives committee formed despite opposition by Trump's fellow Republicans to investigate the ... » Learn More about Police recount mayhem and ‘attempted coup’ in US Capitol riot
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories – The idea of a Palestinian state existing alongside Israel has been the basis of decades of international efforts to end the conflict. After new US President Donald Trump's administration said it is no longer wedded to the so-called two-state solution, here are some questions and answers about the idea and the possible alternatives. The two-state solution envisions independent Israeli and Palestinian states coexisting side by side peacefully. This means creating a Palestinian state on the rough basis of the situation before 1967, when Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in a war with its Arab neighbors. The so-called Green Line demarcates the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians see as their capital. In 1988, then Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat unveiled a declaration of independence which for the first time talked of two states. This recognition is endorsed by ... » Learn More about FAST FACTS: What is the two-state solution?
WASHINGTON - Two Democratic US senators on Thursday (July 22) will add to the stack of Bills going after Section 230 - a law that protects tech companies from being sued over content posted by users - making such platforms responsible for health-related misinformation. The legislation introduced by Amy Klobuchar and Ben Ray Lujan requires Internet platforms such as Facebook and Alphabet's Google to take down health and vaccine-related misinformation during public health emergencies or be held liable for that failure. It also directs the Department of Health & Human Services to issue guidelines on what constitutes health misinformation. "These are some of the biggest, richest companies in the world and they must do more to prevent the spread of deadly vaccine misinformation," Klobuchar said. The Bill quotes a study from the Centre for Countering Digital Hate that found social media platforms failed to act on 95 per cent of coronavirus-related disinformation reported to them. ... » Learn More about US senators aim to stop Covid-19 vaccine misinformation by going after tech’s legal immunity
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b*tch famous." Leave it to Kanye West to – again – give people something to talk about, as finally, the controversial music video that accompanies his equally controversial Life of Pablo track, "Famous," is finally out after an exclusive release on Tidal and several screenings. (READ: Kanye West on 'Famous' line: 'I did not diss Taylor Swift' ) It has that lo-fi look, and the camera pans carefully to show several celebrities, depicted naked and sleeping: George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, and Bill Cosby. (READ: Rep for Taylor Swift clarifies rumors she knew about 'Famous' line in new Kanye song ) Yes, Taylor Swift, and she's reportedly not too pleased with her inclusion among the naked wax figures (she's most likely one of ... » Learn More about WATCH: Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ music video is now out