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15 Dec 20
When Joe Biden is sworn in as president on January 20, he will be forced to tackle an issue that may define his presidency as much as the health and livelihoods of the American people: the fate of his predecessor, Donald Trump
It’s no secret that Trump has tested and twisted the US political system to breaking point, serving as a one-man crash course on the US constitution and legal and ethical norms.

A big question remains: should Washington prosecute a former president?
While in office, Trump has been protected by the Department of Justice numerous times. For instance, the DoJ helped the president stall a state criminal investigation into possible tax fraud
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15 Dec 20
It has been five years since the signing of the Paris climate accord, when 189 countries agreed to limit global warming to hopefully 1.5C. Squabbling nations have since struggled to agree on the rules. Now, that goal might be in reach. Here’s why 👇…
During the past few months, China, Japan and South Korea have announced targets of net zero emissions by the middle of the century. President-elect Joe Biden has said he wants the US to reach zero carbon electricity by 2035 and net zero emissions by 2050…
Global emissions have also dropped 6.7% during the coronavirus pandemic this year, the biggest absolute decline recorded outside of wartime…
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15 Dec 20
Free to read: How did London grow into a financial powerhouse? The latest instalment of our City of London series charts the growth of the UK capital and what the future holds after Brexit
As far back as the 1980s, banks operating out of the UK had cross-border exposures far greater than banks in Germany and France…
But more recently, Brexit has prompted banks to shift assets to their new trading hubs in Frankfurt and Paris…
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17 Nov 20
Many 16- to 30-year-olds around the world feel their futures have been thrown off track by Covid-19 and are increasingly anxious Image
Chief among their concerns is mental health and employment, with about one in six people aged 18-29 likely to have lost their work as a result of Covid-19… Image
Millions of young adults globally have moved back in with their parents after the virus began to spread. In the US, the share of 18- to 29-year-olds living with their parents is the highest ever recorded… Image
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11 Nov 20
The president of the US does a lot to set the tone of global politics — and most nations want friendly relations with the world’s most powerful country.

Here are the world leaders who most stand to lose — and to gain — from a Biden presidency:…
Loser: Boris Johnson

Joe Biden warned him during the campaign not to undermine the Good Friday Agreement, while his aides haven’t forgiven the UK prime minister’s unfortunate reference to Barack Obama’s 'part-Kenyan' heritage…
Loser: Vladimir Putin

Moscow has reason to feel glum: while Donald Trump has praised the Russian president’s leadership, Joe Biden has vowed to step up pressure on the Kremlin as part of a pledge to target autocracies and promote human rights…
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7 Nov 20
What does a Joe Biden win mean for the rest of the world?

He has vowed to restore American leadership after the confrontational and disruptive foreign policy of the Trump years, but the US faces challenges across the board… #bidenharris2020
Let’s start with Europe — what does Biden want to accomplish?

He is keen to rebuild the European alliances that Trump has repeatedly snubbed. Biden prides himself on his Irish heritage and will likely move away from Trump’s overt hostility to the EU…
What about the Middle East?

Biden, like Trump, wants to end America’s forever wars and plans a shift in US loyalties in the Middle East. He’s promised to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal if the country comes back into compliance…
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7 Nov 20
BREAKING NEWS: Joe Biden has been elected president of the United States
With the Pennsylvania victory, Joe Biden now has 284 electoral votes, well above the 270 needed to win the presidency…
🇺🇸 Here's what you need to know about Joe Biden, the 46th president of the United States… #PresidentElectJoe
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7 Nov 20
How did Americans vote in 2020?

We gathered a large set of data to get a preliminary snapshot of how the US voted this year. Here’s what we found 👇
The data indicate that Donald Trump lost ground with white voters, particularly those without a college degree — a group that was crucial to his victory in 2016…
The expectation that a more diverse America would favour Democrats didn’t play out. Donald Trump actually made slight in-roads with non-white voters this year compared with 2016, though most still voted for Joe Biden…
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3 Nov 20
Polls suggest that this election could result in the widest gender gap on record:

🙋‍♂️ 50% of men are projected to support Donald Trump.
🙋‍♀️ 35% of women are projected to support him.

Here’s why: #Election2020
Donald Trump had lost a significant amount of support among moderate Republican women and those who were conservative-leaning but registered as independent, according to Lorna Romero, a Republican consultant… #Election2020
In all presidential elections since 1980, the gender gap has ranged between four and 11 points, but if the #Election2020 polls are correct, we can expect a 15 point gap this year…
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3 Nov 20
A surge in early voting has put the US on track for a record turnout this election. Follow our live coverage of election day here 👉 #Election2020
The rise in early voting in the US is creating complications that could have everybody waiting for days or even weeks for final election results. We have a guide to help you follow the returns across the country… #Election2020
Which way do you think US states will vote? Click on our interactive page for the latest polls — and to choose a winner in some key states to see how that would impact results…
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2 Nov 20
Donald Trump's presidency has fuelled Democratic supporters to do what some now call 'fundraging', with a grassroots movement that can potentially change political fundraising in future election cycles…
Democrats have raised a record amount of money in this election cycle: campaign donations exceeded $3.8bn by the end of September, which is almost six times what they raised in 2016…
The record numbers mostly come from a surge in grassroots donations from Democratic supporters.

Democrats are donating small sums – from a few dollars to thousands – not only to influence the presidential election, but also down-ballot races…
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28 Oct 20
Why is Apple building its own search engine? Here’s what you need to know 👇
Apple is notoriously secretive about its internal projects but there is growing evidence that it is working to build a rival to Google’s search engine…
Apple’s lucrative partnership with Google as the iPhone’s default search tool has come under scrutiny from US antitrust authorities. Developing its own search technology would give Apple an alternative…
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27 Oct 20
Joe Biden and Donald Trump are neck and neck in the latest poll in Texas. And Democrats are raising record amounts of money there. Here's how they hope to shift the Lone Star state with the help of powerful women:…
Sima Ladjevardian, whose family escaped the revolution in Iran, is now running for Congress in the eighth most expensive congressional contest this November. Though a victory is a tough target, she's part of a group of women shaking Texas's political scene…
Natalí Hurtado, whose Honduran-born mom gained asylum in the US, grew up in Houston and is contesting a seat in the city. Donald Trump's victory in 2016 is what prompted her to run for office…
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26 Oct 20
Donald Trump’s debt totals at least $1.1bn. Should he win re-election, about $900m of it will come due during his second term
Virtually all of Donald Trump’s debt is backed by real estate, mostly linked to a small number of buildings and golf courses that form the core of the Trump business empire
Some of the debt comes from Trump’s partnership with Vornado Realty Trust. They owe $447m on towers in New York and San Francisco
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23 Oct 20
Foreign policy isn’t a hot topic that will decide the outcome on November 3, but if Joe Biden wins, it could be the area where the most immediate impact is felt. Here’s how:…
Here’s how Joe Biden plans to handle some of Donald Trump’s key foreign policy decisions:
✅Rejoin the Paris climate change agreement
✅Rejoin the WHO
✅Rejoin the Iran nuclear deal if Tehran comes into compliance
✅Adopt cooler relations with Saudi Arabia…
Joe Biden would also maintain some of Trump's policies, such as:
✅Keeping the US embassy in Jerusalem
✅Endorsing the normalisation of ties between Israel and Gulf states
✅Continue drawing down US troops in Afghanistan and the Middle East…
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23 Oct 20
Could coronavirus have been avoided? Public health experts say the pandemic was predictable and could have been better contained
Besides HIV, research into preventing the spread of new diseases has been incredibly weak in recent decades, hampering the world’s ability to fight Covid-19…
Africa managed the pandemic relatively well, especially considering fragile public health infrastructure and the level of poverty…
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23 Oct 20
Welcome to our live coverage of the final Trump-Biden US presidential debate, we’ll be posting updates here throughout the night
As the debate kicks off, @RanaForoohar asks 'if Trump were trying to lose the election, would he behave any differently than he has so far? Discuss amongst yourselves'…
On the topic of coronavirus, Donald Trump falsely claimed excess mortality rate is 'much lower than almost any other country'.

According to the CDC, it's now north of 300,000, which puts the US among the highest, our US National Editor
@EdwardGLuce says
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22 Oct 20
With less than two weeks until election day, Joe Biden has amassed $761.2m in fundraising — a significant cash advantage over Donald Trump.

Here’s how the Democratic nominee is planning to spend every last penny of his huge fundraising haul
Joe Biden is clearly on a massive spending spree:
- A 60-second World Series TV spot narrated by actor Sam Elliott
- A quarter-of-a-million dollar train lease for a six-city campaign tour
- A nearly $4m TV ad campaign in Texas Image
The Democratic presidential candidate can afford such splurges thanks to the fundraising prowess of his campaign, which pulled in $493.8m over the past two months, smashing records Image
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22 Oct 20
Donald Trump and Joe Biden are going head-to-head for the last time as election day looms. Here are five things to watch out for in tonight's final debate:
🇺🇸 New rules to rein in candidates
The first presidential debate was widely seen as chaotic. New rules have since been imposed, giving Trump and Biden two minutes of uninterrupted time at the start of each section of the debate…
🇺🇸 The pandemic is still top of the agenda
Opinion polls suggest Trump’s handling of his own illness damaged his standing with voters, and we can expect Biden to repeat his criticisms of the Trump administration’s response to the health crisis…
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22 Oct 20
New York governor Andrew Cuomo has been praised for his handling of the state’s coronavirus pandemic, but a closer examination of the beginning of the US crisis tells a less flattering story — one that shows how poor decisions harmed the country 👇
The crucial early weeks of the outbreak were marked by divisions: between New York and Washington; the governor and New York City mayor; the mayor and his health department; and the city’s richest and poorest hospitals…
Our understanding of coronavirus has improved since March, but interviews with dozens of people at the centre of New York’s response show that its leaders were warned of the threat and could have acted faster…
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21 Oct 20
Daily coronavirus thread: New Zealand reported two new cases linked to a port worker, US hospitalisations topped 39,000 for the first time since August and the UK threatened to take over TfL. Follow our live coverage:
Here is what the latest figures tell us about the pandemic in the UK:
✅The virus is spreading, but its pace is decreasing
✅North-west England and Northern Ireland have been hit the hardest
✅Younger people are spreading the virus to those over 60
Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong’s de facto flag carrier, will slash nearly a quarter of its staff and close a regional brand owing to pandemic pressure
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