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US election 2020 summary: Trump reaction to Biden President-elect | 11 November

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 11: A mural by Australian artist Scott Marsh is seen on a wall at the Botany View Hotel on November 11, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. The mural by Australian graffiti artist Scott Marsh was inspired by comments made by CNN reporter Anderson Cooper over Donald Trump's reaction to the U.S. election results and the current U.S President's refusal to concede to Joe Biden. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

Biden wins US Presidential Elections: reactions and breaking news

Presidential Election 2020: Joe Biden elected 46th President of the US

Joe Biden: 290
Donald Trump: 217

- Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States, promising to be: "A President who seeks not to divide, but to unify. Who doesn’t see Red and Blue states, but a United States."

- The president's campaign reveals intentions to file a lawsuit in Michigan to prevent the battleground state from certifying its election results

- Trump campaign bombards supporters with requests for donations to pay off debts for failing election lawsuits

- Trump victory called by AP in Alaska, the 14th consecutive Republican victory there

- President-elect Biden gives his thoughts on Trump's refusal to concede: "I just think it's an embarrassment, quite frankly... It will not help the President's legacy."

- Attorney General William Barr has called on federal prosecutors to examine allegations of vote fraud before the final results are certified. To date, there is absolutely no evidence to support the claim

- The US Supreme Court hearing on Republican's appeal to remove Obamacare looks unlikely to be successful as Justices Kavanagh and Roberts appear to be siding with the Democrats. 

- President Elect offers optimistic caution on covid-19 vaccine breakthrough: "I congratulate the brilliant women and men who helped produce this breakthrough and to give us such cause for hope."  

Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that most Americans who want it will be able to get the new Pfizer vaccine by April


Smooth transition: Japanese mask maker dumps Trump, embraces Biden

For a mask producer in Japan, the transition from President Donald Trump to Joe Biden has been a smooth one, as it switches production to masks of the Democrat president-elect.

Ogawa Studios, a small producer in Saitama, north of Tokyo, starting making rubber Biden masks earlier this year but since his election win last week, it has ramped up production.

In October alone, 1,000 Biden masks were sold for 2,400 yen ($22.81) each, and the company has set a goal of producing a further 25,000 by year's end.

Meanwhile, the Trump masks, which cost the same, have been relegated to the bottom of the company's product line.

Ogawa Studio manager Koki Takahashi said it was much easier to produce a caricature of Trump, whose mask appears to be shouting, than it was for Biden.

Biden's caricature is much more low-key, with a gentle smile.

Coronavirus research to get $500 mln boost at Paris meeting

States and private charities will commit to more than $500 million to boost research into the novel coronavirus at the Paris Peace Forum, organisers of the event said on Thursday.

States and private charities will commit to more than $500 million to boost research into the novel coronavirus at the Paris Peace Forum, organisers of the event said on Thursday.

The forum, an annual meeting of heads of state and government with civil society organisations and charitable foundations, said the funds would come from those participating in the ACT-Accelerator initiative, an program designed to ensure global access to covid-19 tests, therapeutics and vaccines.

ACT-Accelerator has been launched and supported by the World Health Organisation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, the European Union, France, Germany and other states and organisations.

Republican Georgia secretary of state says no sign of widespread fraud in vote count

Georgia's Republican Secretary of State said on Wednesday there was no sign yet of widespread fraud in his state's vote count, where Democratic President-elect Joe Biden currently has a 14,000 vote lead over President Donald Trump.

Brad Raffensperger, in an interview with CNN, said he has ordered a hand recount because of the closeness of the vote count, but he believed votes had so far been tallied accurately.

Biden's current lead, with nearly all votes counted, is 0.3%. Asked about voter fraud, Raffensperger said: "We have ongoing investigations but we have not seen something widespread." He added there was no evidence yet of any discrepancies large enough that could reverse Biden's lead.

Raffensperger said he also believed a hand recount, which he wants completed by Nov. 20, will not overturn the machine count that is near completion. "We believe the ballots were counted accurately," he said.


Biden reassures U.S. allies in calls with leaders of Japan, S.Korea, Australia

In their first calls with Joe Biden since the US election, the leaders of Japan, South Korea and Australia on Thursday reaffirmed plans to form close ties with the president-elect to tackle issues including climate change and regional security.

The three key Asian allies - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison - join other global leaders in recognizing the Democratic challenger's Nov. 3 victory over incumbent Donald Trump, who has so far refused to concede.

Biden's projected win comes against a backdrop of China's growing military and economic assertiveness in the region, and after years of sometimes tumultuous relations between Asian allies and the United States under Trump over issues including trade, defence and the environment.

All sides expressed their determination to strengthen bilateral ties as well as tackle global issues such as the coronavirus pandemic and climate change, Biden's office said.

Japan's Suga said he spoke with Biden by telephone and confirmed the importance of bilateral ties.

Unemployment filing mistakes causing financial headaches 

The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program was rolled out with great haste as the coronavirus pandemic tore through communities causing lockdowns and layoffs.  Many people unfamiliar with filing for unemployment took advantage of the PAU program to help cushion the economic blow. Now some are finding themselves saddled with debt as states try to aggressively recover funds that were improperly sent out even if it was the state’s mistake. 

GOP lawmakers mute over Trump’s Pentagon shakeup 

The Washington Post reports that congressional Republicans have held the tongues over the ousting of defense secretary Mark Esper in the last days of the Trump administration out of fear over he might lash out and spoil GOP candidates chances in the Georgia runoff races. Nor have GOP lawmakers voiced concerns over the placing of Trump loyalists into top positions at DOD one of which, Anthony J. Tata, was too controversial to pass Senate confirmation for calling former President Obama a “terrorist.” Republican lawmakers worried that Trump will target CIA Director Gina Haspel or FBI Director Christopher A. Wray next have voiced support for them.

Joe and Jill Biden

Biden and Moon Jae-in have their first conversation 

South Korean President Moon Jae-in had U.S. President-elect Joe Biden had their first conversation. The two reaffirmed their commitment to the alliance and a peaceful Korean peninsula.  The South Korean leader called after Biden visited the Korean War veterans’ memorial Wednesday afternoon. Moon’s administration wants to restart stalled negotiations for denuclearizing the Korean peninsula in the hope they can pave the way for his inter-Korean economic initiatives held up by sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its nuclear program.  

Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, the Oculus Transportation Hub in New York City was illuminated to honor all the men and women who wear and have worn the uniform in service to the US. Photo by Andrew Kelly

There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration.

Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, USA

Biden picks his chief-of-staff

Today, president elect Joe Biden confirmed his chief-of-staff when he takes office will be lawyer Ron Klain.

US Election 2020: what has Biden said about Trump's refusal to concede?

US Election 2020

US Election 2020: what has Biden said about Trump's refusal to concede?

What did Biden say about Trump's refusal to cede?

President-elect Joe Biden has given comment for the first time on Donald Trump’s extraordinary decision not to accept the result of the vote.

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$1,200 stimulus check: deadline to file claim with IRS if missing


$1,200 stimulus check: deadline to file claim with IRS if missing

When should you file claim with IRS for missing stimulus check?

Election chaos has overshadowed negotiations for a new one, but for Americans who haven’t received a coronavirus stimulus check from the IRS the deadline to register for the one-time payment is fast approaching.

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Conspiracy that Dominion Voting Systems rigged election spreads on social media

Conspiracy that Dominion Voting Systems rigged election spreads on social media

As poll workers tallied votes from the U.S. presidential election, many social media users interpreted a clerk’s error in a small, Republican-leaning Michigan county as vote-rigging because it wrongly favoured Joe Biden before being fixed.

A week later, that misinterpreted mistake has snowballed into a deluge of false claims that Democrats have deep ties to Dominion Voting Systems, the company that supplies election equipment to Michigan and dozens of other states nationwide.

Claims that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the Clinton Foundation have interest or influence in Dominion are all unsubstantiated. But that didn’t stop tens of thousands of social media users from amplifying them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this week. AP debunks the myths circulating online, one by one.

Donald Trump's niece continues support of election integrity

Author of the book exposing secrets of the Trump family, "Too Much and Never Enough" and fresh from warning that Trump is poised for a post-defeat breakdown, continues to post facts debunking her uncle's attack on the integrity of mail voting.

Domain Loser.com redirected to Trump Wikipeda page

Someone out there's looking to rub salt in the wound.

One in five covid-19 patients develop mental illness within 90 days 

One in five covid-19 patients develop mental illness within 90 days 

Many covid-19 survivors are likely to be at greater risk of developing mental illness, psychiatrists said on Monday, after a largeUS-based study found 20% of those infected with the coronavirus are diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder within 90 days, report Reuters.

Anxiety, depression and insomnia were most common among recovered coronavirus patients in the study who developed mental health problems. The researchers from Britain’s Oxford University also found significantly higher risks of dementia, a brain impairment condition.

“People have been worried that covid-19 survivors will be at greater risk of mental health problems, and our findings ... show this to be likely,” said Paul Harrison, a professor of psychiatry at Oxford.

Doctors and scientists around the world urgently need to investigate the causes and identify new treatments for mental illness after covid-19, Harrison said.

The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, analysed electronic health records of 69 million people in the United States, including more than 62,000 cases of covid-19. The findings are likely to be the same for those afflicted by the coronavirus worldwide, the researchers said.

Trump asks supporters to fund failing election lawsuits

Trump asks supporters to fund failing election lawsuits

In a completely unsurprising yet equally shocking turn of events, Donald Trump's re-election campaign is pleading with supporters to help clear debts run up by dozens of failed and failing lawsuits.

Those donating may believe that the money will be used towards challenging the election result, but may have missed that their contributions are earmarked for paying off Trump’s re-election debts, report The Guardian.

“President Trump needs YOU to step up to make sure we have the resources to protect the integrity of the election!” the wording on both funds says, which is featured in a huge pop-up on Trump’s re-election webpage. It continues: “Please contribute ANY AMOUNT IMMEDIATELY to the Official Election Defense Fund and to increase your impact by 1,000%!”

But if you scroll down, past the information about the “Left-wing MOB” trying to “undermine our election”, you’ll see some fine print. On Trump’s personal fund, it dictates that of all donations raised, only 50% will go towards a recount effort, and that “50% of each contribution, up to a maximum of $2,800 ($5,000), [will] be designated toward DJTFP’s 2020 general election account for general election debt retirement until such debt is retired”. 

This is just the latest in a string of frankly cringe-worthy moves from the president, as he continues to refuse to resist overwhelming pressure to accept the result of the election, called in favour of Joe Biden by all major news agencies, on Sunday.

Could Donald Trump Jr. run for president in 2024?

US Election 2020

Could Donald Trump Jr. run for president in 2024?

Will Donald Trump Jr. run for president in 2024?

Though his father still hasn’t accepted defeat to Joe Biden, rumours have already started about Trump's offspring running for office in 2024.

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Donald Trump remains in denial about defeat

Unsurprisingly Donald Trump continues to Tweet statements like this, which demonstrate his refusal to accept that Joe Biden has overwhelmingly won the presidential election in both the popular vote and the electoral college.

Second stimulus check: US coronavirus relief bill update


Second stimulus check: US coronavirus relief bill update

When could a second stimulus check be approved?

We take a look at the prospects of a covid-19 stimulus package both before President Donald Trump leaves office, and after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.

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Ivanka Trump celebrates Alaska win on Twitter

Amid an assault by Trump's entourage on the validity of the media calls on states in which Trump has lost, such as Pennsylvania and Michigan, the ones where he's projected to win like Alaska aren't accused of voter fraud by any Trump supporters, rather immediately celebrated.

Sounds about right. 

The post prompted comments of "now back to packing".

Top evangelist Trump supporter admits Biden win

Top evangelist Trump supporter admits Biden win

Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress who's one of Donald Trump’s top evangelical allies, has acknowledged Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential race 2020.

“It appears that former Vice President Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 20,” Jeffress wrote in an op-ed for Fox News.

The well-known pastor, who has frequently praised Trump, described Biden’s victory as a “bitter pill to swallow” for many Christians in the country, but he encouraged everyone to pray for the president-elect’s success.

“When Joe Biden becomes president, we should commend him for the things he does right. We should condemn the things he does wrong. And above all, we must pray fervently for our president,” Jeffress said.

“If President Biden succeeds, we all succeed. May God bless Joe Biden, and may God bless the United States of America.”

The op-ed will likely bother Donald Trump, who has continued to push baseless claims of election fraud in the days since Biden was declared the winner of the presidential race.

NYT front page: Election Officials Nationwide Find No Fraud

The New York Times has contacted election officials in every state in America and were met with zero allegation of electoral fraud. They say: 

"Election officials in dozens of states from both parties told The New York Times that there was no evidence of voting fraud, amounting to a forceful rebuke of President Trump’s false narrative."

The Trump campaign's legal battle look likely to continue as their 'Election Defense Fund' draws in money for them to cover their substantial litigation, along with paying off the President's campaign debts. The news comes after lawsuits filed in Wisconsin and Philadelphia were dismissed by the court, citing a lack of evidence. 

New polls show the extent of mistrust fostered this election

This election has been marred by unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud by the losing candidate. Donald Trump has filed a number of lawsuits after last week's election, even though at a Pennsylvania hearing yesterday a Republican lawyer admitted that he did not have any evidence of voter fraud. 

But the President's accusations have caused widespread distrust in the democratic process and an enormous proportion of his support appears to have doubts about the outcome. A staggering 86% of Trump voters believe that Joe Biden did not legitimately win the election, while nearly three-quarters claim that we will never know the true result for definite. 

Full recount confirmed in Georgia

One of the tightest races of this election has been in Georgia, where Biden looks close to flipping another Republican state. Joe Biden still holds a narrow lead there (around 14,000 votes) but his margin has shrunk in recent days and it looks likely to fall within the 0.25% automatical recount threshold. 

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has today announced a full by-hand recount to be completed by 20 November, the deadline for certification. 

This was one of the states that the Trump team have focused their attention on since Election Day, quickly revealing their intention to call for a recount. On the night of the election Trump falsely claimed victory in Georgia and recently tweeted: "Georgia will be a big presidential win, as it was the night of the Election!"


Republican lawyer contradicts Trump's Pennsylvania fraud claim

A Pennsylvania court was told by the Republican lawyer bringing the Trump campaign's lawsuit that he does not know of any examples of electoral fraud. The Pennsylvania case is one of many initiated by the President as he looks to overturn the result of last week's election. 

President Trump’s campaign had been seeking to prohibit Pennsylvania’s secretary of state and seven countiesfrom certifying the state’s results of the 2020 election, essentially blocking them giving the Electoral College votes to Joe Biden. 

Trump has made repeated claims of voter fraud against Pennsylvania after Biden successfully flipped the state, and has been sharing unsubstantiated 'reports' of voter fraud via his Twitter account for the last few days. His lawyers have clearly not been paying much attention. 

Biden wins US Election 2020: what happens if the Senate has a Republican majority?

US Election 2020

Biden wins US Election 2020: what happens if the Senate has a Republican majority?

What happens if the Senate has a Republican majority?

A division of power in government in Washington is pretty common with the Republicans and the Democrats often splitting control of the White House and Congress. However that does make it harder for President Elect Joe Biden to pass new legislation so the race for control of the Senate will be vital. 

Here's everything you need to know...

CNN project Trump victory in Alaska

It had been a few days since a state was called before North Carolina was confirmed Republican yesterday, but the latest victory could have been called a few weeks ago. President Donald Trump has retained the three Electoral College votes of Alaska, the 14th consecutive Republican victory in that state. 

As well as the support of the northern-most state's residents, Trump also has the backing of Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy who is standing by the President's claims of voter fraud. Dunleavy said:

“I, for one, will support our president’s efforts to ensure that the election is completed with integrity. Let us hope and pray that it is.”

Harris gives Veterans Day tribute to US servicemen and women

Vice President Elect Kamala Harris has expressed gratitude to American war veterans and has called for more to be done to support troops when they return home. Her running mate Joe Biden's son Beau served in the military for 13 years and then stood for public office as a veteran. 

While on the campaign trail Biden said that Donald Trump “abandoned all fiscal discipline when it comes to defense spending," but no far-reaching cuts are expected from the incoming President. Instead, he has pledged to focus federal resources on "nonmilitary investments, such as “diplomacy, economic power, education, and science and technology.”

Biden denied access to vital intelligence briefings

Donald Trump's ongoing and extremely public attempts to contest the outcome of the 2020 presidential election could have some serious effects on national security. AP report that the incumbent has blocked President Elect Joe Biden from receiving intelligence briefings until he deems the election is settled. In recent days a number of top Defence officials have left the Pentagon, with some replaced by Trump loyalists.

The President's public schedule has not included an intelligence briefing since 1 October, nearly six weeks ago. He has also not met with his coronavirus task force in months as the number of daily cases has spiralled to record levels in recent days. 

When asked about Trump's refusal to give him access to the Presidential Daily Briefing, as is the norm for an incoming President, Biden seemed unfazed in a press conference yesterday: "Obviously the PDB would be useful, but it's not necessary. I'm not the sitting president now."

"Growing concerns" about Trump's concession refusal

Four days since the 2020 presidential election was called for Joe Biden and there is still no sign of a concession from defeated inbumbent Donald Trump. No President in modern history has refused to concede to the victor and, althought the concession speech is nothing more than a formality in legal terms, many worry about the tone it sets for the change of presidency. 

By contesting the outcome Trump threatens to disrupt the transfer of power and leave America vulnerable in the short term. There are growing concerns that it could hold up the passing of vital covid-19 stimulus legislation and will leave the country more divided than ever. 

Biden told a press conference recently: "I just think it's an embarrassment, quite frankly... It will not help the President's legacy."

AP dissect Trump's baseless claims of voter

Associated Press first drew Donald Trump's post-election ire when they called Arizona for Joe Biden, the first flipped vote and key moment of the election. A week later and AP are investigating the President's frequently stated but rarely explained claims of vote fraud, that Trump says has cost him the 2020 presidential election. 

There's been litigation aplenty but no precise accusations so far from the Trump campaign, and there is no evidence to suggest that his claims are true. In response AP have dug down into Trump's various claims, and found that not one of them is substantive enough to question the outcome of the election. 

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announces first new covid-19 restructions since election

The fight against coronavirus was front and central for much of the election campaign and after recording seven consecutive days of over 100,000 new cases extra measures are being introduced in parts of the US. Wisconsin residents are encouraged to stay at home and avoid any unnecessary travel. 

Although Pfizer's vaccine announcement was cause for joy Joe Biden has been keen to make clear that the fight against the virus is far from over. Even once the vaccine is cleared for use it will take time for it to be rolled out nation-wide and to get into the hands of people who need it. 

Biden has emphasised the importance of mask wearing and physical distancing in his public appearances since being named President Elect, and this will continue to top his agenda in the coming months. Some have suggested that Biden's strong stance on covid-19 may have made the difference for him in key swing states like Wisconson. 

Four top Pentagon officials leave in just 24 hours

There has been wholesale change in the Defence Department as the White House looks to clear house to prepare for the upcoming legal battles over the result of the presidential eleciton. A report from CNN suggests that President Trump is looking to get rid of those who are unlikely to support his court challenges, which has lead to four top officials either being fired or resigning in just a day. 

Trump announced on Twitter that he was "terminating" Secretary of Defense Mark Esper earlier this week. Esper's replacement, director of the National Counterterrorism Center Christopher Miller, is a known Trump loyalist. 

"This is scary, it's very unsettling," one defense official told CNN. "These are dictator moves."

Flashback: Obama welcomes Trump to the White House

Four years ago the fallout to the presidential election was being handled slightly differently as the incumbent President Obama invited President Elect Trump to the White House for the customary meeting. 

After their private meeting, Obama said: "I believe that it is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, to work together, to deal with the many challenges that we face." 

Biden leads the popular vote by over five million

As vote counts continue to be updated the President Elect's margin of victory keeps ticking up and he has just passed a significant milestone. Joe Biden's lead over Donald Trump in the popular vote has now surpassed five million, giving him a 3.3 percentage point adavantage. 

This is the 59th presidential election in American history and a winning margin of five million has only been reached 15 times. However for context, 2020 has had highest turnout of any American election for 50 years

Jill Biden could make White House history

The role of a First Lady is more than a purely ceremonial one, with a prominent position in the public consciousness and the opportunity to champion specific causes. However Jill Biden may be going about things slightly differently and has said previously that she intends to continue her day job while in the White House. 

Jill Biden has a doctorate in education and is currently a college English professor. During her time as Second Lady during the Obama administration, she taught two English courses at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).

"I hope so. I would love to. If we get to the White House, I'm gonna continue to teach," she said, when asked by CBS News if she will continue to teach if her husband is elected. "It's important, and I want people to value teachers and know their contributions, and lift up the profession."

Six key states show Biden's insurmountable lead

Many in the Trump campaign have attempted to make draw parallels to the disputed 2000 race, when Al Gore was initially called as the victor before a recount in Florida swung the election in George W Bush's favour. 

But although Donald Trump's team prepare for a series of legal battles and recounts, the latest vote count (shown by the Washington Post's Holly Figueroa O'Reilly) show how far removed that idea is from the reality. Joe Biden's lead in the Electoral College is so large that he would need a number of key states to be overturned for him to have any chance, and he is too far behind for that to be possible. 

Georgia is the only one of these states still uncalled, and with another 16 Electoral College votes on offer Biden's winning margin looks likely to grow in the coming days. 

Biden wins US Election 2020: what happens if the Senate has a Republican majority?

US Election 2020

Biden wins US Election 2020: what happens if the Senate has a Republican majority?

What happens if the Senate has a Republican majority?

A division of power in government is common in the US with the Republicans and the Democrats often splitting control of the White House and Congress.


Dollar steadies as vaccine optimism wanes

The US dollar stabilised as optimism about a potential coronavirus vaccine was offset by worries about how the drug will be delivered and by a surge of new infections in the United States.

"With the global daily infections from the coronavirus accelerating yesterday, it seems that concerns over the pandemic's economic impact may have limited further gains in equities and other risk-linked assets," said Charalambos Pissouros, senior market analyst at JFD Group.

"It is still too early to start cheering that the covid era is behind us," he said.

Mexico's ambassador to US calls Biden 'prospective' President-elect

Mexico's ambassador to the United States on Tuesday called Joe Biden the 'prospective' President-elect, in what could indicate a slight shift in position after the Mexican government said it was too soon to recognize a winner of the U.S. election.

Ambassador Martha Barcena published a series of talking points on Twitter titled "Position of the Government of Mexico" containing the new language. It was not immediately clear if the choice of words signalled a shift in Mexico's official stance.

The Democrat former vice president secured the presidency by winning Pennsylvania on Saturday, but Republican President Donald Trump has so far refused to concede, and is pursuing lawsuits in several states in a bid to hold on to power citing "illegal" ballots. State officials have said there were no significant irregularities in the Nov. 3 election.


The mural by Australian graffiti artist Scott Marsh was inspired by comments made by CNN reporter Anderson Cooper over Donald Trump's reaction to the U.S. election results and the current U.S President's refusal to concede to Joe Biden.

(Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)


Russia says its Sputnik V covid-19 vaccine is 92% effective

Russia's Sputnik V vaccine is 92% effective at protecting people from covid-19 according to interim trial results, the country's sovereign wealth fund said on Wednesday, as Moscow rushes to keep pace with Western drugmakers in the race for a shot.

The initial results are only the second to be published from a late-stage human trial in the global effort to produce vaccines that could halt a pandemic that has killed more than 1.2 million people and ravaged the world economy.

Russia registered its covid-19 vaccine for public use in August, the first country to do so, though the approval came before the start of the large-scale trial in September.

"We are showing, based on the data, that we have a very effective vaccine," said RDIF head Kirill Dmitriev, adding that it was the sort of news that the vaccine's developers would talk about one day with their grandchildren.

Asian leaders to sign China-backed trade deal amid US election uncertainty

Southeast Asian leaders start meetings on Thursday that are expected to lead to an ambitious China-backed trade deal at a time the still uncertain election result in the United States leaves questions over its engagement in the region.

Leaders of the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand are scheduled to conclude talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) this Sunday.

The deal, which is expected to be signed later on Sunday on the sidelines of a mostly online, four-day ASEAN summit in Hanoi, will take years to complete but will progressively lower tariffs across many areas and could become the world's biggest trade agreement.

The 15 participating RCEP countries make up nearly a third of the world's people and account for 29% of global gross domestic product. China is already the biggest source of imports and destination for exports for would-be RCEP members.

Biden prepares for White House while Trump presses legal attack

President-elect Joe Biden plans further meetings on Wednesday to lay the groundwork for his new administration while President Donald Trump pursues a flurry of lawsuits challenging the election results in an effort to cling to power.

Trump's unsupported charges of election fraud have gained little traction so far. His campaign said on Tuesday it planned to file a lawsuit in Michigan to halt the state from certifying its results, a day after it brought a similar action in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

Judges so far have tossed lawsuits in Michigan and Georgia brought by Trump's campaign, and legal experts say the litigation has little chance of changing the outcome of the Nov. 3 election.

Trump suffered another possible setback on Tuesday when Democrats said a postal worker who claimed he witnessed ballot tampering in Pennsylvania had recanted his allegations.

Some 80% of Americans, including half of Republicans, say Biden is the rightful winner, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.

Biden elected, Trump still refuses to concede

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the US elections, with all the reactions, breaking news and regular updates of the fall-out from last weeks historic election. 

President elect Joe Biden is getting to work on how he plans to govern a very divided United States with Donald Trump still yet to recognise or acknowledge defeat.

In his recent victory speech, Biden along with his vice president-elect Kamala Harris called for unity and cooperation and said he knew how Trump supporters felt.