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President elect Joe Biden

Pro-gun demonstration set for Virginia capital in wake of Capitol siege
World

Pro-gun demonstration set for Virginia capital in wake of Capitol siege

  • Gun rights activists will converge on the Virginia state capital on Monday for an annual demonstration that falls at an especially tense time this year, after the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol and two days before the presidential inauguration.
  • Nationwide pro-Trump demonstrations scheduled for Sunday largely fizzled after the FBI issued warnings and several states deployed the National Guard.
Updated 18 Jan, 2021 08:14pm
Record number of Indian-Americans to be involved in the Biden Administration
World

Record number of Indian-Americans to be involved in the Biden Administration

  • President-elect Joe Biden has nominated at least 20 Indian-Americans to key positions in his administration, despite the fact that the community constitutes only one percent of the country's population.
  • Three Indian-Americans have made their way to the crucial National Security Council of the White House, thus leaving a permanent imprint on the country’s foreign policy and national security in the coming years of the Biden Administration.
Updated 18 Jan, 2021 11:01am
Retired doctors and more syringes: Biden lays out plan to get America vaccinated
World

Retired doctors and more syringes: Biden lays out plan to get America vaccinated

  • Under Biden’s plan, federal disaster-relief workers would set up thousands of vaccination centers, where retired doctors would administer shots to teachers, grocery store workers, people over 65 years old and other groups who do not currently qualify.
  • Biden said his team has identified companies that are ready to be activated under the law, which enables the president to order businesses to produce items necessary for national defense.
Published 16 Jan, 2021 03:47pm
Disgruntled staffer changed the State Department's website to state Trump's term ended 9 days early: Sources
World

Disgruntled staffer changed the State Department's website to state Trump's term ended 9 days early: Sources

  • A disgruntled employee at the State Department changed the biographies of President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence, to state that their term was ending on Monday - nine days before the inauguration of President-elect Biden.
  • The changes to the State Department's website came only a few days after the President incited an insurrection of Trump supporters in the Capitol building.
Published 12 Jan, 2021 01:38pm
Israel announces the construction of additional housing in West Bank, days prior to Biden assuming office
World

Israel announces the construction of additional housing in West Bank, days prior to Biden assuming office

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz are advancing the construction of 850 Jewish housing units in the West Bank, days before President-elect Biden takes office.
  • The Israeli Supreme Planning Council is expected to advance construction of the housing units, which are currently in varying stages of approval - but a date for the approval has yet to be confirmed.
Published 11 Jan, 2021 05:37pm
President-elect Biden nominates William Burns as CIA Director
World

President-elect Biden nominates William Burns as CIA Director

  • President-elect Joe Biden announced former Deputy Secretary of State William Burns as his nominee for Director of the CIA.
  • Burns, a career diplomat who served in the United States Foreign Service for over three decades, has served in numerous national security positions across five Democratic and Republican administrations.
Published 11 Jan, 2021 04:26pm
After Capitol siege, majority of Americans believe Trump should be removed from office before term: Poll
World

After Capitol siege, majority of Americans believe Trump should be removed from office before term: Poll

  • Over half of surveyed Americans in a new poll have indicated that they believe that President Trump should be removed from office, following the attack on the Capitol by his supporters.
  • 56 percent polled in favour of the removal of President Trump from office, while 67 percent polled that the outgoing President deserves a significant degree of the blame for the rioting that took place in the Capitol.
Published 11 Jan, 2021 04:02pm
Pro-Trump protestors storm US Capitol building
World

Pro-Trump protestors storm US Capitol building

  • Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump addressed thousands of supporters, including members of far-right groups, at a rally in Washington.
  • A short walk from the rally, hundreds of Trump supporters overturned barricades and clashed with police on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol where Congress was meeting.
  • The Mayor of Washington DC has declared a citywide curfew starting at 6pm.
Updated 07 Jan, 2021 01:20am
China senior diplomat says U.S. relations at 'new crossroads'
World

China senior diplomat says U.S. relations at 'new crossroads'

  • China’s relationship with the United States has reached a “new crossroads” and could get back on the right track following a period of “unprecedented difficulty”, senior diplomat Wang Yi said in official comments published on Saturday.
  • Relations between the world’s two biggest economies have come under increasing strain amid a series of disputes over trade, human rights and the origins of COVID-19.
Published 02 Jan, 2021 03:56pm
Israel, Saudi Arabia reportedly pushing Trump for a strike on Iran ahead of Biden inauguration
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Israel, Saudi Arabia reportedly pushing Trump for a strike on Iran ahead of Biden inauguration

  • Israel and Saudi Arabia are reportedly pushing the Trump Administration to carry out a surgical strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
  • Riyadh and Jerusalem have "exerted heavy pressure on the president to take out Iran's nuclear installations in a surgical strike", in an effort to "sabotage" President-elect Biden's plan to re-enter negotiations with the Iranian regime.
Updated 01 Jan, 2021 12:49pm
Trump backs plan to contest election result in Congress, amid false claims of fraud
World

Trump backs plan to contest election result in Congress, amid false claims of fraud

  • With a joint session of the House and Senate politicians set for the 6th of January, for the counting of electoral votes, President Trump engaged in another Twitter tirade to make unfounded claims about electoral fraud.
  • Several Republican congressmen have already mentioned that they will be objecting to the electoral votes, despite GOP leader Mitch McConnell requesting his party members not to.
Updated 28 Dec, 2020 03:03pm
US Electoral College set to confirm Biden win as Trump fights on

US Electoral College set to confirm Biden win as Trump fights on

  • This weekend, when asked on Fox News whether he would attend Biden's inauguration on January 20 -- as demanded by protocol and centuries of tradition -- the former real estate magnate snapped, "I don't want to talk about that."
Published 14 Dec, 2020 09:37am
Biden picks Capitol Hill staffer Tai as US trade 'czar'
World

Biden picks Capitol Hill staffer Tai as US trade 'czar'

  • "Ms. Tai has the experience she needs to succeed as USTR, and her record of getting wins for American workers demonstrates she knows how to champion the values that matter to US families," he said in a statement.
Published 10 Dec, 2020 10:56am