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Trump loses another election court challenge

The US state of Pennsylvania’s supreme court dismissed another legal challenge to the election by supporters of President Donald Trump on Saturday, further reducing his already near-impossible odds of overturning the results. A Republican lawsuit had sought to invalidate mail-in ballots in the battleground state that President-elect Joe Biden won by about 81,000 votes — or to throw out all ...

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Ambassador Hussein Ibrahim Taha elected as next OIC Secy Gen

Ambassador Hussein Ibrahim Taha from Chad was elected as the new Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for a five-year term starting from November 17, 2021. The OIC’s 57 member states elected the new secretary general by consensus at the 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CMF), which concluded its work in the Niger capital ...

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Boko Haram kills at least 43 farm workers in Nigeria: militia

Boko Haram fighters killed at least 43 farm workers and injured six in rice fields near the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday, an anti-jihadist militia told AFP. The assailants tied up the agricultural workers and slit their throats in the village of Koshobe, the militia said. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack, saying: “The entire country has ...

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US election: Appeal court dismisses Trump camp’s lawsuit in Pennsylvania

A US federal appeals court has firmly rejected the Trump campaign’s attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared winner in Pennsylvania. The panel of three judges deemed the case was without merit, saying the Trump campaign had not made specific allegations or provided proof. The ruling is another major setback for President Trump in his attempts to overturn ...

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Iran says nuclear scientist killed in attack

An Iranian nuclear scientist died in hospital from wounds suffered during an attack by “armed terrorists” on Friday, the country’s defence ministry said in a statement. The scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was “seriously wounded” when assailants targeted his car before being engaged in a gunfight with his security team, the statement said. It added that Fakhrizadeh, who headed the defence ministry’s ...

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Gujarat: 5 Covid-19 patients die in fire at Gujarat hospital

Five coronavirus patients were killed after a fire broke out in the ICU of a designated COVID-19 hospital in Gujarat”s Rajkot of India in the early hours of Friday, a fire brigade official said. Twenty eight other coronavirus patients undergoing treatment at the hospital were rescued, he said. The fire broke out around 1 am in the ICU of Uday ...

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Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, ending a yearslong prosecution in the Russia investigation that saw Flynn twice plead guilty to lying to the FBI and then reverse himself before the Justice Department stepped in to dismiss his case. “It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been ...

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41 killed as bus, truck crash in Brazil

At least 41 people were killed and 10 injured Wednesday when a bus and a truck crashed in southeastern Brazil, police said. The bus, which was carrying employees on their way to work at a textile factory, collided with the truck just before 7:00 am on a highway outside the town of Taguai, in Sao Paulo state, police said. A ...

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US election 2020: ‘America is back’, says Biden as he unveils team

US President-elect Joe Biden has unveiled officials for six important posts, as he prepares to take office. “America is back”, he said, and “ready to lead the world, not retreat from it”. If confirmed, Avril Haines will be the first female director of national intelligence and Alejandro Mayorkas the first Latino homeland security boss, BBC reported. Donald Trump has agreed ...

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John Kerry, who signed Paris accord for US, is Biden’s climate envoy

Former secretary of state John Kerry helped broker the landmark Paris Agreement and signed it on behalf of the United States, a decision subsequently reversed by President Donald Trump. Now, he is set to be President-elect Joe Biden’s climate envoy, in a clear sign of the upcoming administration’s renewed commitment to fighting climate change. “I’m returning to government to get ...

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