Donald Trump refuses to accept Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election

Donald Trump refuses to accept Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election, but his former chief economic adviser has praised the Biden-Harris campaign. Gary Cohn, who was Trump’s chief economic adviser from 2017 to 2018, tweeted on Sunday: “Congrats to President-elect @joebiden and Vice President-elect @kamalaharris. I wish them great success in leading our country. With over 145M votes cast, both campaigns should be applauded for getting an unprecedented number of citizens engaged in the democratic process.” The first world leader to break the silence, however, was Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who made no mention of … Continue reading Donald Trump refuses to accept Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election

Mere days before a key federal programme

Mere days before a key federal programme for the millions of Americans rendered jobless by the coronavirus pandemic expires on Friday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have ratcheted up their combative rhetoric to full volume. The personal attacks were particularly brutal on Wednesday as the two leaders appeared as far apart as ever from a deal to stimulate the economy, buttress the health care system, and help get American children safely back to school this fall. The hideaway was said to be under a hut on the allotment being searched by police. Police today found the … Continue reading Mere days before a key federal programme

Donald Trump has pulled the plug

Donald Trump has pulled the plug on holding part of the 2020 Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, saying a spike in coronavirus cases in Florida means “the timing for this event is not right.” The president said GOP delegates will gather in Charlotte, and that he will still give a speech accepting the Republican nomination. That address, he said vaguely, will be given “in a different forum.” The woman and her five-year-old grandson, identified as Morn Kakakda, struck a wasps’ nest and were immediately attacked, according to police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Chuon Samang. The 62-year-old woman remains in hospital after … Continue reading Donald Trump has pulled the plug

A father and his three-year-old daughter

A father and his three-year-old daughter are fighting for their life after being found in a gas filled room by a “frantic” wife. Shaun Mate and his daughter Eloise were discovered unconscious inside the room on Thursday before the man’s wife called emergency services. Soon a whole row of skeletons emerged, exposed by the team of forensic pathologists who worked alongside the woman, scratching and brushing at the soil on a bank abutting a forest track near the ruined hamlet of Cerska, 17 miles northwest of Srebrenica. It was day one of work on the first of numerous suspected mass … Continue reading A father and his three-year-old daughter

America and Europe could be hit by up to four waves of coronavirus

America and Europe could be hit by up to four waves of coronavirus if it is allowed to ravage Africa, a WHO expert has warned.  Director of the World Health Organisations’s Center on Public Health and Human Rights, Professor Lawrence Gostin warned that if Covid-19 gets ‘out of control’ in African countries, Europe and the US could see second, third and even fourth waves of the illness. The CDC reported its tally of Covid-19 cases as of 4pm ET (9pm BST) on 14 April, compared with its count a day earlier. The figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by … Continue reading America and Europe could be hit by up to four waves of coronavirus

Bernie Sanders endorsed his former campaign rival Joe Biden to become president last night

Bernie Sanders endorsed his former campaign rival Joe Biden to become president last night, urging all Americans to unite behind his campaign to defeat Donald Trump in November. Mr Sanders, the standard-bearer of the American left, announced the end of his campaign to be the Democratic Party’s nominee last week, clearing the way for Mr Biden to secure the nomination at the party’s national convention in Wisconsin in August. So-called ‘crown fires’ – when flames spread at great speed from treetop to treetop – are advancing through the uninhabited ‘dead zone’ around the plant, it is believed. The Ukrainian government … Continue reading Bernie Sanders endorsed his former campaign rival Joe Biden to become president last night

The US agriculture giant Monsanto and the German chemical giant BASF

The US agriculture giant Monsanto and the German chemical giant BASF were aware for years that their plan to introduce a new agricultural seed and chemical system would probably lead to damage on many US farms, internal documents seen by the Guardian show. Risks were downplayed even while they planned how to profit off farmers who would buy Monsanto’s new seeds just to avoid damage, according to documents unearthed during a recent successful $265m lawsuit brought against both firms by a Missouri farmer. Elsewhere, Democratic front-runner Joe Biden has attacked the president as “reckless and ignorant” for accusing New York … Continue reading The US agriculture giant Monsanto and the German chemical giant BASF

The US Senate has finally agreed a massive bipartisan $2trn (£1.7trn) stimulus package with the White House

The US Senate has finally agreed a massive bipartisan $2trn (£1.7trn) stimulus package with the White House to boost the country’s economy in response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak, the bill providing tax rebates, four months expanded unemployment benefits and a slew of business tax-relief provisions. Donald Trump is meanwhile under fire for suggesting on Tuesday that he hopes to have America open for business again by Easter, a deadline denounced by everyone from Democratic 2020 front-runner Joe Biden to state governors. Congresswoman Donna Shalala called his aim “dangerous and immoral”. The freelance event producer was shocked when he had … Continue reading The US Senate has finally agreed a massive bipartisan $2trn (£1.7trn) stimulus package with the White House

As China and America trade accusations of blame for the coronavirus pandemic, there is increasing talk in US government circles of “decoupling” from China

As China and America trade accusations of blame for the coronavirus pandemic, there is increasing talk in US government circles of “decoupling” from China — the disentangling of economies and supply chains, reduction of co-operation and erecting of new trade barriers. Beijing’s state media and diplomats have not only disputed whether the global pandemic originated on Chinese soil but have pushed unfounded speculation that the US was the source. It came as Italy recorded a record 4,207 infections and 475 new deaths from the virus yesterday, squashing hopes that the unprecedented national lockdown was beginning to slow the spread of … Continue reading As China and America trade accusations of blame for the coronavirus pandemic, there is increasing talk in US government circles of “decoupling” from China

French coronavirus patients will be moved to Germany as the country is struggling to cope

French coronavirus patients will be moved to Germany as the country is struggling to cope with a rising number of Covid-19 cases. Hospitals in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg have offered to treat some critically ill patients from the neighboring Alsace region in France. At stake are the succession plans of Hamengku Buwono X, the first sultan of Yogyakarta to practise monogamy, who has five daughters but no sons. The 73-year-old has made no official proclamation but has been rewriting centuries-old rules and titles to allow his oldest daughter to succeed him as the first female monarch in the 265-year … Continue reading French coronavirus patients will be moved to Germany as the country is struggling to cope