" # $ % ! ' & ( ) * & % % " 1 "&! +% "!3 3 '! # . % ! ! which she characterised as an attack on democracy. Trump was eventually declared the winner, although he lost the popular vote by three million, an outcome he still questioned. Meanwhile, Senator Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican who has stood at odds with the President in the past, slammed Trump’s remarks. “Fundamental to democracy is the peaceful transition of power; without that, there is Belarus,” Romney tweeted. “Any suggestion that a President might not respect this Constitutional guarantee is both unthinkable and unacceptable,” he said. better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else,” the president said as he refused to entertain any other question from the same journalist. “Go ahead. Please go ahead. Yes, go ahead. You asked a question. Go ahead please,” he said. Trump’s reluctance to commit to a peaceful transition was rooted in what he said were concerns about ballots, extending his assertion that widespread mail-in voting is rife with fraud. In 2016, Trump also refused to commit to accepting the election results in his contest against the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, ing in many cities across this country — red and so-called red and blue states — will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferral of power after the election?” he was asked. Not satisfied with Trump’s answer, the reporter again asked. “Do you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferal of power?” Trump exuded confidence that there will be a continuation of power. “We want to get rid of the ballots and we will have a very peaceful — there will not be a transfer. Frankly, there will be a continuation. The ballots are out of control, you know it, and you know who knows it said when asked whether he would commit to a peaceful transition, one of the cornerstones of American democracy. “I have been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster…,” Trump told reporters at a White House news conference on Wednesday when asked about a peaceful transition of power after the presidential polls in November irrespective of the outcome. “President, real quickly, wins, lose or draw in this election, will you commit here today for a peaceful transferral of power after the election? And there has been rioting in Louisville, there has been riot- 2-.0$6# 86 57 " . ! " ! 1FG @ . . % # ! 1 ! 1 4 4 + 5 US President Donald Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November 3, 2020, election to his Democratic rival Joe Biden. Trump, a Republican, also said he believed the election result could end up in the US Supreme Court, as he again cast doubt on postal voting. Many American states are encouraging mail-in voting, citing the need to keep Americans safe from the coronavirus pandemic that has killed over two lakh people in the country. “Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump Mainland Affairs Council. “Our government will continue to cooperate with countries with similar values.” Last week, China sent a total of 37 warplanes, including bombers and fighter jets, across the Taiwan Strait in a warning as a high- level U. S. State Department official visited the island. The Taiwanese defense ministry said the planes crossed the midline of the Taiwan Strait. The midline has acted as an unofficial buffer zone between China and Taiwan for decades, in what Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council on Thursday called “a tacit agreement that has kept the peace.” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin on Monday denied the existence of any midline, saying that Taiwan is part of China. He also warned that China would retaliate for the U.S. visit. “We will take countermeasures, including against relevant individuals,” he said. -$ /$% -$2-6 Taiwan on Thursday condemned recent Chinese military activity after Beijing sent two military surveillance planes toward the island for three straight days, calling it a “deliberate provocation.” Tensions have risen in the Taiwan Strait as the U.S. has stepped up its official engagement with the self-ruled island that China considers part of its national territory. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, China sent two planes into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense. In response, the Taiwanese side dispatched air patrols, the ministry said. “We oppose China using military force against Taiwan, deliberately violating Taiwan’s naval and airspace safety and damaging the status quo,” added Chiu Chui- Cheng, deputy minister at Taiwan’s % !+ ' !"% %! #"* +# 1*#3" $ ! ! % C F%>>> * + 6 5 !"* !" %5 # !% % % + 3 1! % ! #&' ( $) * !+ + $ , - * # . #&! " # $" % " # , - & & $ ) $ % ! 4 ) 1 % " $ 5 Washington: what we’ve done,” Trump said. Talking about Johnson & Johnson announcing that their vaccine candidate has reached the final stage of clinical trials, Trump said, “this is record time. This is the fourth vaccine candidate in the United States to reach the final stage of trial. So, we have four candidates already at a very late date. ‘Late’ being a very positive word, in this case,” he said. Trump also announced that his administration is awarding $ 200 million of CARES Act funding to all 50 states to prepare to distribute the vaccine to high-risk residents. US President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden have clashed on the coronavirus pandemic, both putting forward their plans to bring America out of the worst health crisis if voted to power. The US is the worst-affected country from the pandemic with over 200,000 Americans losing their lives to the disease. The virus has also battered the country’s economy with millions of people losing their jobs. Trump, a Republican, and Biden are pitted against each other for the November 3 presidential election. “Our plan will crush the virus. And actually, Biden’s plan will crush America, if you think about it. You can’t lock down. Again, we’re growing at levels that nobody has ever seen before. Our plan is unleashing a rapid recovery. Our opponent’s plan would hurt America very badly. It would send us into a depression,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday, asserting that his Democratic challenger would not have been able to handle the pandemic. “Our approach is pro-science. Biden’s approach is antiscience. I don’t think they know what their approach is, although a lot of it’s copied from Washington: Underlining that the scope of India and the United States partnership continues to expand, US State Department on Wednesday ( local time) said that Washington’s growing security and diplomatic cooperation with New Delhi is vital to a free, open, and inclusive IndianPacific region. “The pace and scope of the #USIndia partnership continues to expand! Whether it’s at @UN or with Quad partners, our growing security and diplomatic cooperation with India is vital to a free, open, and inclusive #IndoPacific,” tweeted State Department for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA). Indian-Pacific region is largely viewed as an area comprising the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea. China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and its efforts to advance into the Indian Ocean are seen to have challenged the established rules-based system. Amid China’s growing assertiveness in the IndianPacific region, foreign ministers of Quad — India, Japan, the US and Australia — are planning to hold a meeting in Tokyo next month. The officials are likely to affirm their countries’ cooperation to realise the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” vision upheld by Japan and the US. 6-.0:$99/ US District Judge Eli Richardson, a Trump administration appointee who bucked the President’s conservative base by blocking a Tennessee law that restricts mailin voting, had an announcement to make before wrapping up his decision: it had nothing to do with politics. The declaration dropped as lower-court judges, like Richardson, face greater scrutiny over their perceived ideological purity. Richardson even took the step of addressing potential critics in his opinion. Richardson ruled in favor of expanding the ability of firsttime voters in this reliably Republican-leaning state to cast mail-in ballots this election. But first, the lifetime-appointed judge said, he had to “address head-on the proverbial elephant in the room,” declaring his own impartiality in the case. In his September 9 ruling, Richardson wrote that he was “not concerned about how his decisions could aid one side or the other on the political front.” The judge from Tennessee’s Middle District also said his personal opinions on election laws have “simply no bearing” on the constitutional claims brought before his bench. For months, President Donald Trump claimed without proof that there could be widespread voter fraud in November, even as officials in states that have relied on mail-in ballots cited little evidence of such. #&! 789 # ! *! "!* " $!+ % " # !% % 8! =H> ! , ) % 4 4 1: ;2 5 + Hong Kong: Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong said he was arrested again Thursday for allegedly participating in an unauthorised assembly last October. Wong tweeted that he was arrested when he reported to the semi-autonomous Chinese territory’s Central Police Station as part of a bail requirement. He said he was also accused of violating a pre-coronavirus law banning the wearing of masks in public places on the pretext they obscure identity. "* " % *!" % ! + # 1 #" & % #3 . ! $ ! I>> ! ! 57 3 , @ . 9 % / 4 % ! ! =J%>>> % / $ " * 8/$"+% C ! + 5 PTI " # $ # % % ! 56 K! ) ! D $ collapsed (just like) the global hegemony they thought they had.” In May 2018, US President Donald Trump withdrew from a landmark deal that gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for UN-verified guarantees that it is not seeking nuclear weapons. achieved great political, legal and diplomatic success at the United Nations,” Rouhani told a televised weekly meeting of his cabinet. “The reason for this victory lies solely in the support and resistance of the people,” he said. “America’s greatness has /0 -6 Iran’s he was there on Tuesday afternoon. Later in the day, a North Korean navy boat came and opened fire at him, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said. Sailors from the boat clad in gas masks and protective suits poured gasoline on his body and set it aflame, the Defense Ministry said, citing intelligence gathered by surveillance equipment and other assets. It’s unclear how he ended up in North Korea. But a defense official said the man might have tried to defect to the North, citing acquired information. He refused to elaborate. The official, requesting anonymity citing department rules, said the South Korean official was wearing a life jacket and was on a small floating object when he was found in North Korean waters. He said North Korea may have decided to kill him in line with its stringent anti-coronavirus rules that involve shooting anyone illegally crossing the border. President Hassan Rouhani declared “victory” over the United States after the UN Security Council rejected the Trump administration’s bid to reimpose UN sanctions on the Islamic republic. “The Iranian nation has ./859 South Korea said on Thursday that North Korean troops fatally shot a South Korean Government official who may have attempted to defect and set his body on fire after finding him on a floating object near the countries’ disputed sea boundary. South Korean officials condemned what they called North Korea’s “atrocious act” and urged it to apologize and punish those responsible. North Korea is unlikely to accept the South Korean demand, and ties between the rivals — already strained amid a deadlock in broader nuclear diplomacy — will probably suffer a further setback, observers say. According to Seoul, the man disappeared from a government ship that was checking on possible unauthorised fishing in an area south of the boundary on Monday, a day before he was found in North Korean waters. North Korea sent officials wearing gas masks aboard a boat near the man to learn why Agencies PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW
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