US Congressman-elect Letlow dies of COVID-19

A newly elected US congressman, Luke Letlow, has died shortly after testing positive for COVID-19.A Wednesday post on the Republican politician’s Facebook page read: “Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, passed away this evening at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport due to complications from COVID-19.”The 41-year-old was admitted to the hospital on December 19 after testing positive.Three days later[...]

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Reps back Trump, increase COVID-19 stimulus to $2,000

In a 275-134 vote on Monday, the US House of Representatives backed President Donald Trump’s demand for 2,000 dollars (N776,000) coronavirus stimulus cheque for American workers.The vote came barely 24 hours after Trump reluctantly signed the 900 billion dollars (N349.2 trillion) COVID-19 relief bill, which includes a $600 (N232,800) stimulus package.The president initially rejected the[...]

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U.S. gets second COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday approved for emergency use a second coronavirus vaccine produced by an American biotechnology company, Moderna.This clears the way for millions of more Americans to be inoculated next week in a country reeling under a second wave of the pandemic.Moderna’s is the second vaccine to get FDA’s[...]

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US Vice President Mike Pence receives Covid-19 vaccine

The US vice president received a Covid-19 vaccine shot live on television Friday in a public display designed to boost national confidence in the drug even as President Donald Trump sparked confusion over approval for a second anti-Covid drug.“Building confidence in the vaccine is what brings us here this morning,” VP Mike Pence said after[...]

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Crime endemic in Nigeria, US cautions citizens

The United States Embassy in Nigeria has again asked American citizens to exercise caution while travelling and residing in Nigeria.In a security alert published on the Embassy’s website on Wednesday, the mission said “crime was endemic throughout Nigeria ranging from petty street crime to carjacking, and crime levels tend to increase during the holidays”.It noted,[...]

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Rapper Lil Wayne pleads guilty to firearms charges

US rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty Friday to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon over an incident dating back to last year, US media reported, a federal offense that could see him sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.The 38-year-old artist, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, was found to[...]

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U.S. Election: First Lady Melania Trump ‘wants to go home’

With U.S. President Donald Trump refusing to concede in the recently concluded presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden, First Lady Melania Trump ‘wants to go home, the Washington Post reports.It said, while Melania “publicly agrees” with the President’s sentiment, “the first lady tasked an emissary with discreetly finding out what was available to her in[...]

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‘We’re winning’, Trump tells supporters at first post-election rally

‌President Donald Trump made clear Saturday he had no intention of relinquishing his baseless claims that last month’s election was stolen from him, telling a raucous crowd at his first post-poll rally he would somehow still win.In a speech remarkable for its twisting of reality more than a month after the November 3 election, the[...]

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Biden names all-female senior communications team

US President-elect Joe Biden on Sunday announced an all-female senior White House communications team, in what his office called a first in the country’s history.Among those named was Jen Psaki, who will serve in the highly visible role of White House press secretary.Psaki, 41, has held a number of senior positions, including White House communications[...]

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Americans ‘won’t stand’ for election results not being honored ― Biden

US President-elect Joe Biden said Wednesday that Americans “won’t stand” for the results of the November 3 election not being honoured.“Our democracy was tested this year,” Biden said in a Thanksgiving Day address in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. “And what we learned is this: The people of this nation are up to the task.“In[...]

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Trump finally agrees to Biden transition, but still not conceding

United States (US) President Donald Trump came his closest yet to admitting election defeat Monday after the government agency meant to ease Joe Biden’s transition into the White House said it was finally lifting its unprecedented block on assistance.Trump acknowledged it was time for the General Services Administration to “do what needs to be done.”In[...]

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Biden to announce cabinet picks Tuesday

US President-elect Joe Biden will name his first cabinet picks on Tuesday, his chief of staff said, even as Donald Trump clung to unsubstantiated claims of fraud despite growing dissent from within his own party.Biden has pushed ahead with preparations to assume the presidency on January 20, regardless of Trump’s bid to undo the results[...]

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We will honour outcome of election, US lawmakers tell Trump

A defiant Donald Trump again falsely insisted he “won” reelection in his first public appearance for a week Friday, as the US president appeared increasingly isolated over his long-shot bid to stay in power.Claiming against all odds that a path to victory remains viable, and facing pushback from fellow Republicans alarmed by his effort to[...]

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Twitter to hand @POTUS account to Biden on inauguration day

Twitter will hand control of the presidential @POTUS account to Joe Biden when he is sworn in on inauguration day, even if President Donald Trump has not conceded his election loss, US media reported Friday.The social media giant is “actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021,”[...]

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Trump campaign pays Wisconsin $3m for partial ballot recount ― Commission

President Donald Trump’s campaign wired 3 million dollars to officials in Wisconsin to fund a partial recount of votes in the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election, an official said.The State Elections Commission said this in a Twitter statement on Wednesday.“The Wisconsin Elections Commission has received a wire transfer from the Trump campaign for 3 million[...]

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COVID-19: Biden meets business leaders, calls for economic stimulus

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday called for a new stimulus package to help the United States recover from the damage caused by coronavirus pandemic.Biden renewed his plea for more aid following a meeting with business and labour leaders to lay out his plans for the world’s largest economy.The type of massive stimulus spending only Washington[...]

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Trump supporters march in Washington to contest vote result

Thousands of Donald Trump supporters rallied in Washington on Saturday, with the president making a drive-past in his motorcade as he sticks to discredited claims that mass fraud denied him election victory.Marchers close to the White House greeted Trump’s brief appearance with wild cheers, waving and whistles, holding signs and flags saying “Best prez ever,”[...]

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Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command killed in Iran —Report

Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, indicted in the US for the 1998 bombings of its embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, was secretly killed in Iran in August, The New York Times reported Friday.Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, who was on the FBI’s list of most-wanted terrorists, was shot and killed in Tehran by two Israeli operatives on a motorcycle at[...]

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US 2020: Twitter labels 300,000 misleading tweets

Social media giant, Twitter, says it labelled approximately 300,000 tweets for disputed and “potentially misleading” contents about the U.S. elections over the last two weeks.Twitter’s Head of Legal, Policy and Trust, Vijaya Gadde, and its Head of Product, Kayvon Beykpour, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday evening.According to Gadde and Beykpour, the affected tweets[...]

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US election: Biden defeats Trump in Arizona

Joe Biden has won the state of Arizona, US networks said late Thursday, further cementing his lead in the Electoral College and flipping the state Democratic for the first time since 1996.NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN declared Biden the winner in the tight race with a lead of more than 11,000 ballots, giving him the[...]

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