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  • 20 killed as Mexico City rail overpass collapses

    Twenty people were killed, including children, and 49 were hospitalised when a railway overpass collapsed onto a busy road in Mexico City on Monday night.

  • Mexican president defends 10-foot barriers to wall off women protesters

    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador today said a metallic barrier to wall off the presidential palace ahead of a planned women’s march on International Women’s Day was to avoid provocation and protect historic buildings from vandalism.

  • Canada's parliament passes motion saying China's treatment of Uighurs is genocide

    Canada’s parliament passed a non-binding motion on Monday saying China’s treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region constitutes genocide, putting pressure on Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to follow suit.

  • Three Bangladeshi students die in Canada road crash

    Three students from Bangladesh died yesterday morning in a car crash south of Arborg, Manitoba in Canada, reports CBC News Canada.

  • Mexico’s president says he’s tested positive for COVID-19

    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and that the symptoms are mild.

  • A new chapter opens in US politics: Vice-president Harris

    Vice-president Kamala Harris broke the barrier Wednesday that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath to hold the nation’s second-highest office.

  • Biden sworn in as US president, takes helm of deeply divided nation

    Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in as president of the United States, assuming the helm of a country reeling from deep political divides, a battered economy and a raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans.

  • Trump, in wave of Tuesday pardons, so far not planning to pardon himself: source

    US President Donald Trump at this point is opting not to issue a pardon for himself as he prepares an expansive list of more than 100 pardons and commutations for release on Tuesday, a source familiar with the effort said.

  • Law enforcement officials brace for pro-Trump protests at state capitol buildings

    Law enforcement officials battened down statehouses across the country on Sunday in anticipation of potentially violent protests by Trump supporters who believe the baseless claim that electoral fraud robbed the president of a second term.

  • Capitol rioters included highly trained ex-military and cops

    As President Donald Trump’s supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing olive-drab helmets and body armor trudged purposefully up the marble stairs in a single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the one ahead.

  • Russia’s Putin congratulates Biden on winning US election

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday congratulated Joe Biden on winning the US presidential election after weeks of holding out.

  • US sanctions 14 Chinese officials over Hong Kong

    The United States imposed financial sanctions and a travel ban on 14 Chinese officials over their alleged role in Beijing’s disqualification last month of elected opposition legislators in Hong Kong, prompting China to say it will retaliate.

  • Biden unveils diverse economic team

    President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his picks for several top economic positions yesterday, including former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as his nominee for Treasury Secretary, setting the stage for a more diverse White House.

  • Biden faces tough choice of whether to back virus lockdowns

    Joe Biden faces a decision unlike any other incoming president: whether to back a short-term national lockdown to finally arrest a raging pandemic.

  • Not ‘a one-man show’

    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Friday urged both sides in the US election to show restraint until the results were available, adding it was irresponsible to aggravate tensions.

  • Trump campaign’s use of White House

    The US Office of Special Counsel has opened an investigation into allegations that the Trump campaign’s use of the White House as an Election Day command center violated federal law, Democratic Representative Bill Pascrell said on Thursday.

  • ‘Chill Donald, Chill!’

    Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg hit back at Donald Trump on Twitter late on Thursday saying the US president should “chill” about the election, a riposte to his tweet last year mocking the teenager over what he called her anger management issues.

  • Trump administration advances $2.9 b drone sale to UAE

    The US State Department gave Congress notification it plans to sell 18 sophisticated armed MQ-9B aerial drones to the United Arab Emirates in a deal worth as much as $2.9 billion, people briefed on the notification said.

  • Tensions rise among supporters

    Backers of President Donald Trump, some carrying guns, ramped up demonstrations on Thursday night against what he has baselessly called a rigged election, in battleground states where votes were still being counted.

  • Americans reject Trump’s victory claims

    A bipartisan majority of Americans do not accept Trump’s premature victory declaration in the US presidential election and most are willing to wait for all votes to be counted before deciding who won, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll.

  • Battleground states

    Arizona (Electoral votes 11) Biden 50.5% Trump 48.1%

  • Could courts again decide US election?

    While President Donald Trump wants the US Supreme Court to weigh in on a presidential race that is still too close to call, it may not be the final arbiter in this election, legal experts said, adding it might not also prevent states declaring a winner.

  • Win or lose, Trumpism stronger than ever

    The US presidential election is still up in the air, but one thing is for certain: the movement created by Donald Trump is alive and well, and more solid than pundits expected.

  • NY Times profit beats estimates

    The New York Times reported better-than-expected results on Thursday as revenue from digital-only sign-ups surpassed print subscription revenue for the first time in a quarter dominated by news related to the Covid-19 pandemic and the US presidential election.

  • ‘Count Every Vote’

    Police in Portland declared riots, arrested 11 people and seized fireworks, hammers and a rifle, as Oregon Governor Kate Brown activated the National Guard in response to protests on the night after voting in the US presidential election.

  • ‘Stop the steal!’

    A crowd of Donald Trump supporters, some armed with rifles and handguns, gathered outside an election center in Arizona on Wednesday night after unsubstantiated rumors that votes for the Republican president were deliberately not being counted.

  • US formally exits Paris climate pact

    The United States formally exited the Paris Agreement yesterday, fulfilling an old promise by President Donald Trump to withdraw the world’s second-largest greenhouse gas emitter from the global pact to fight climate change.

  • Trump gains with Latinos, loses some white voters: exit polls

    As the US presidential race remained undecided, President Donald Trump showed some surprising gains with Latino and other nonwhite voters, but they may have been offset by losses among those who supported him four years ago, according to exit polls conducted by Edison Research.

  • World holds its breath

    A day after Americans voted in a bitterly contested election, the rest of the world was none the wiser yesterday, with millions of votes still to count, the race too close to call and a mounting risk of days or even weeks of legal uncertainty.

  • What we know

    The scenario many had feared has come true: November 3 has come and gone and we don’t know whether Trump or Joe Biden has won the White House. Here’s the current state of play and a preview of what to expect.