Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Biden to Face Long List of Foreign Challenges, With China No. 1

Biden’s Big Challenge

The unity message won. Now it will face a test.

By Giovanni Russonello

What’s Still Left to Count, and Why Hasn’t a Winner Been Called?

Biden’s lead is expected to expand again in Pennsylvania today.

By Nate Cohn

The Latest Travel Advisories from Africa

Many African nations are welcoming foreign travelers again, but Americans are not always on the invite list. If you do decide to travel, be conscientious about not overburdening the local health systems. Stay on top of each country’s rules—which are subject to change based on rising case numbers—and wear masks, practice social distancing, and sanitize regularly. Read on for how African countries are reopening—and which travel restrictions you need to be aware of. As you plan your visit, remember to keep checking in on local government and tourism board sites, as coronavirus updates come quickly, and often.

Canada Hasn’t Slept Well Since the U.S. Election

Canadians have been ripping their cuticles off while they wait for the United States to pick its next president.

By Catherine Porter

Grading the Week: Did Rob Manfred fail civics class? Or is he just that bad at promoting Major League Baseball? – The Denver Post

MLB/Manfred — F

Pac-12 — C

Steve Addazio — A-

Longtime Bannon Lawyer Withdrawing From Defense in Wall Case

Stephen Bannon’s defense lawyer filed court papers Friday saying he was seeking to withdraw from his client’s criminal case, one day after Bannon called for the heads of Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray to be placed on pikes on the White House lawn.

Bannon is facing fraud charges in New York federal court for allegedly diverting money from a charity to build a U.S. border wall. The lawyer, William Burck, has represented Bannon in various matters going back to the special counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential investigation.

Twitter suspended Bannon’s account after the remarks yesterday.

Joe Biden Elected President: Hollywood Reacts To Victory Over Donald Trump

Refresh for more updates: The lead up to the 2020 election, defined by the fatal COVID-19 pandemic, frazzled debates and outlandish conspiracy theories; has been like none other. However after days of waiting, the United States has claimed a new president in Joe Biden.  

Bringing the most votes of any presidential candidate in American history, Biden is a historic one, even more so with running mate Kamala Harris becoming the first woman, person of color and woman of color to be Vice President.

Check back with us as the reactions come in.


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Boris Johnson congratulates Joe Biden on winning election

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on winning the presidential election.

He said: ‘The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security.’

More to follow.

People Are Celebrating Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s Win in the Streets

Cities around America are celebrating Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s historic win. Following the news that Biden has been successful in his bid to become the next President of the United States, people flooded the streets to share their joy by honking horns, shouting, singing, dancing, and throwing impromptu parties.

After four days, which felt like four years, Biden was finally announced as the president-elect, with Harris becoming his vice president-elect. Harris made history on several counts with her new post. Not only is she the first ever woman to hold the role of Vice President of the United States, she’s also the first Black woman and first South Asian woman to be elected as America’s VP. Understandably, people across the U.S., and throughout the world, are elated with the groundbreaking and history-making news.

For Harper’s BAZAAR‘s November issue, Senator Harris wrote about what making history means to her. “I hope that by being a ‘first,’ I inspire young people to pursue their dreams,” she said. “The number of times I’ve heard the word ‘no’—or that something can’t be done—in my lifetime is too many to count. … My message to the many women who will continue to break barriers and be ‘firsts’ in their fields is don’t give up, believe in yourself, and let your talent lead you. And surround yourself with good and supportive friends to keep you lifted up.”

Here, scenes from around America following Biden and Harris’s win.

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Biden to Face Long List of Foreign Challenges, With China No. 1

President Trump will be handing Joseph R. Biden Jr. a difficult cleanup act in America’s relations with many countries. But it may not take much for Mr. Biden to improve the mood.

By Rick Gladstone

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