Trump putting democracy to the test after his loss to Biden

File Photo In this Nov. 13, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump listens during an event on Operation Warp Speed in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. .Trump is making unsupported claims of massive voting fraud, demanding recounts and calling for audits. All of this an effort to discredit the outcome and, in the process, put democracy itself on trial. Photo Courtesy: AP

WASHINGTON (AP): Winston Churchill was not known for leaving his thoughts unspoken. One of them was this: “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried.” President Donald Trump, who has professed admiration for, if not deep knowledge of, the British prime… Continue reading Trump putting democracy to the test after his loss to Biden

Thousands of Thai protesters call for removal of prime minister

A protester attends a rally to call for the ouster of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government and reforms in the monarchy in Bangkok, Thailand, November 14, 2020. Photo Courtesy: Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters): Thousands of people protested in Bangkok on Saturday in the latest in months of anti-government demonstrations that have also called for reforms to Thailand’s powerful monarchy. A few kilometres away, thousands of royalists gathered in yellow shirts and waved Thai flags as they waited to greet King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who was expected to… Continue reading Thousands of Thai protesters call for removal of prime minister

Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators hand in resignations

Pro-democracy legislators, from right, Wong Pik Wan, Wu Chi Wai, Lam Cheuk-ting, Yoon Siu Kin wave after handing their letters at Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Thursday day, Nov. 12, 2020. Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers have handed in their resignations following a move by the city's government to disqualify four pro-democracy legislators. Photo Courtesy: AP

HONG KONG (AP): Hong Kong’s pro-democracy legislators began resigning in protest Thursday, one day after the government ousted four members of their camp. The 15 remaining members of the bloc have said they will resign en masse in a show of solidarity after China’s central government in Beijing passed a resolution this week that led… Continue reading Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators hand in resignations

Biden ignores Trump to build team; eyes on pandemic as hospitalizations soar

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill attend a Veterans Day observance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., November 11, 2020. Photo Courtesy: Reuters

WASHINGTON/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters): President-elect Joe Biden will press on with building his governing team on Thursday, ignoring President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept defeat. New records for coronavirus infections and hospitalizations ensured that the transition will be dominated by the response to the pandemic, which has accelerated since the November 3 election. Trump remains in… Continue reading Biden ignores Trump to build team; eyes on pandemic as hospitalizations soar

Bahrain’s long-serving PM Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa dies

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(Aljazeera): Bahrain’s long-serving Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa has died, the state media reported. He was 84. “The Royal Court mourns His Royal Highness who passed away this morning at Mayo Clinic Hospital in the United States of America,” the Bahrain News Agency said on Wednesday, without elaborating. Bahrain’s King Hamad bin… Continue reading Bahrain’s long-serving PM Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa dies

Biden plans move into White House as Trump clings to hope

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks about health care and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) at the theater serving as his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. November 10, 2020. Photo courtesy: Reuters

Washington (Reuters): U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will further lay the groundwork for his new administration on Wednesday as President Donald Trump pursues a flurry of longshot lawsuits challenging the election results in an effort to cling to power. Trump has declined to concede, instead lodging unsupported charges of election fraud that have gained little traction.… Continue reading Biden plans move into White House as Trump clings to hope

Russian peacekeepers deploy to Nagorno-Karabakh after ceasefire deal

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks on the signed deal on a complete stoppage of combat actions over the Nagorno-Karabakh region at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, November 10, 2020. Photo Courtesy: Reuters

MOSCOW/YEREVAN/BAKU (Reuters): Russian peacekeeping troops deployed to the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday as part of a ceasefire deal to end six weeks of heavy fighting between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces. Under the deal, Azerbaijan will keep territorial gains made in the fighting, including the enclave’s second city of Shusha, which Armenians call… Continue reading Russian peacekeepers deploy to Nagorno-Karabakh after ceasefire deal

As Biden plans transition, republicans decline to recognize his election

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Washington (New York Times): President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. prepared on Sunday to start building his administration, even as Republican leaders and scores of party lawmakers refrained from acknowledging his victory out of apparent deference to President Trump, who continued to refuse to concede.With Biden out of the public eye as he received congratulations from… Continue reading As Biden plans transition, republicans decline to recognize his election

Denmark plans to cull 15 million minks after coronavirus mutation spreads to humans

Workers wear protective equipment as they cull minks in Gjol, Denmark, on Oct. 8, 2020, after a Covid-19 outbreak. Photo Courtesy: AFP

(NBC News): Denmark plans to cull its entire population of roughly 15 million minks in farms after the animals spread a mutation of the coronavirus to humans. NBC News has reported that the country’s prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, said at a press conference Wednesday that the mutated virus could spread to other countries and it… Continue reading Denmark plans to cull 15 million minks after coronavirus mutation spreads to humans

Investors celebrate Biden winning U.S. presidency

Newly elected President of the United States, Joe Biden taking off his face mask as he arrives to speak on Nov. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. Photo Courtesy: AP

NEW YORK (Reuters): Investors and financial executives took a big sigh of relief on Saturday after major networks declared Democrat Joe Biden winner of the U.S. presidential election, offering some certainty after days of conflicting reports about who might run the White House next term.Although current President Donald Trump said he would fight the results… Continue reading Investors celebrate Biden winning U.S. presidency