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January 25th, 2021 by Vbiz

Two key U.S. Republican senators — Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney — disagreed sharply Sunday about the merits of the upcoming Senate impeachment trial of former Republican President Donald Trump, who is accused of inciting insurrection in the storming of the U.S. Capitol by hundreds of his supporters on January 6.At a rally near the White House that day, Trump urged supporters to march to the Capitol to fight for him in confronting lawmakers as they debated whether to certify the Electoral College vote showing he had lost reelection to President Joe Biden. Biden was inaugurated last week as the country’s 46th president.Rubio, a Florida lawmaker, told the “Fox News Sunday” show that Trump “bears responsibility for some of what happened.” But Rubio said he opposes the Senate trial after the House of Representatives impeached Trump.FILE – Republican Senator Marco Rubio speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 19, 2021.The mayhem left five people dead, including a police officer whose death is being investigated as a homicide. Trump supporters — roughly 800, according to officials — rampaged past authorities, ransacked some congressional offices and scuffled with police before order was restored and lawmakers in the early hours of January 7 officially declared Biden the winner.
“We’re just going to jump right back into what we’ve been going through for the last five years and bring it up with a trial and it’s going to be bad for the country,” he said. “It really is.”“This is not a criminal trial,” Rubio said. “This is a political process and would fuel these divisions that have paralyzed the country.”    Romney, a senator from Utah and the losing Republican presidential candidate in 2012, told CNN, “I believe incitement to insurrection is an impeachable offense. If not, what is?”Romney said he believes Trump was “complicit in an unprecedented attack on our democracy.”FILE – Supporters of then-U.S. President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021.At the rally before hundreds of his supporters walked 16 blocks to the Capitol, Trump repeated weeks of unfounded complaints that he had been cheated out of reelection by fraudulent votes and vote-counting even though he had lost 60 court challenges to the outcome, including in rulings by some judges he had appointed.“There is no evidence this election was stolen,” Romney said.FILE – Republican Senator Mitt Romney speaks with members of the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 16, 2020.The Senate trial starts the week of February 8. A two-thirds majority in the Senate would be required to convict Trump. With the Senate politically divided between 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats, 17 Republicans would have to turn against Trump for a conviction, assuming all Democrats vote as a bloc against the former president.If he is convicted, a separate, simply-majority vote could bar Trump from holding federal office again.Already, Trump stands as the only U.S. president in the country’s 245-year history to be impeached twice. The House impeached him in late 2019, accusing him of trying to enlist Ukraine to dig up dirt against Biden ahead of the November election, but the Senate acquitted him last February.Romney was the only Republican to vote to convict Trump in his first impeachment trial, but several Republicans have said they are open to convicting him of inciting insurrection after the January 6 melee that forced lawmakers to scramble for their safety as the rioters rushed into the halls of Congress.  One of the House Democratic impeachment managers who will present the case in the Senate against Trump, Congresswoman Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania, told CNN that they will “put together a case that is so compelling” to confront “the big lie” that Trump had been cheated out of reelection.She called Trump’s incitement of insurrection “an extraordinary, heinous crime. The American public saw what happened.”“This was a terrifying moment … incited by the president,” she said. “This cannot go unanswered.” 

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January 24th, 2021 by Vbiz

Rescue teams in China have brought to the surface 11 miners trapped in a gold mine by an explosion Jan. 10.Local media said the first miner was rescued from the mine in Qixia City in Shandong Province in east of the country on Sunday morning. He was rushed to an area hospital for treatment, being barely responsive.Ten other miners, from a different section of the mine, were lifted from underground in groups over several hours. They had established contact with rescuers before Sunday and had been receiving food and supplies.A total of 22 miners were trapped about 600 meters underground.One miner is reported to have died, while the condition of 10 others remains unknown.Chinese authorities have detained several managers of the mine, which was still under construction, for allegedly reporting the blast more than 24 hours after it occurred.

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January 24th, 2021 by Vbiz

Against the backdrop of unprecedented security and coronavirus social distancing restrictions, Joseph R. Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. Kamala D. Harris is the first woman and person of South Asian and African-American descent to be sworn in as Vice President. Frances E. Lee, Professor of Politics and Public affairs at Princeton University and Elaine Kamarck, Senior Fellow at the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, discuss the domestic and international ramifications of this transfer of power with host Carol Castiel.

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January 23rd, 2021 by Vbiz

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to send an article of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, accusing the former president of inciting an insurrection during the Jan. 6 mob storming of the Capitol. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has this story on why Democrats are still keen to pursue impeachment even with Trump no longer in power.

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January 23rd, 2021 by Vbiz

Issues in the News moderator Dan Raviv, Columnist for Newsday along with panelists Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor to the National Journal and Richard Latendresse, Correspondent for TVA Nouvelles discuss the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, and the historic swearing in of the first woman and person of African American and South Asian descent as Vice President, Kamala Harris. 

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January 22nd, 2021 by Vbiz

Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. Polygraph.info is spotlighting fact-checks from other reliable sources here​.Daily DebunkClaim: Adm. Brett Giroir, an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said COVID-19 vaccines have tracking mechanisms.Verdict: Missing ContextRead the full story at: USA TodaySocial Media DisinfoScreenshot Circulating on social media: Video claiming COVID-19 vaccines will make people test positive for the disease.Verdict: FalseRead the full story at: Reuters Factual Reads on CoronavirusCovid Vaccine Rollout Leaves Most Older Adults Confused Where to Get Shots
Over a month into a massive vaccination program, most older Americans report they don’t know where or when they can get inoculated for covid-19, according to a poll released Friday.
— Kaiser Health News, January 22COVID Can Cause Forgetfulness, Psychosis, Mania or a Stutter
The virus induces neurological symptoms that persist long after the pandemic ends.
— Scientific American, January 21

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January 22nd, 2021 by Vbiz

Paul Chavez had no idea where a sculpture of his father, Latino American civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez, would end up in the White House.He agreed just this week to lend the bronze bust to President Joe Biden and hustled to get it wrapped up and shipped across the country from California. It was an utter surprise Wednesday when he saw Biden at his desk in the Oval Office, with the bust of the late Cesar Chavez right behind the president.“We’re still smiling cheek to cheek,” Paul Chavez said in an interview Thursday.Biden pressed themes of unity and inclusivity and advocacy for racial justice during the campaign, and Chavez said Biden appeared to be trying to convey that through a series of quick decorative changes he’s made to the world’s most powerful office.Chavez said the prominent placement of his father’s likeness in the White House sends the message that it’s a “new day” following the tenure of Donald Trump and the anti-immigrant policies that he and his advisers pushed. Chavez, who is president and chairman of the board of directors of the foundation named for his father, predicted that “the contributions of working people, of immigrants, of Latinos … will be taken into account” in the new administration.Whenever Biden is seen at his desk, Chavez, a farm worker advocate, will be there, too.Clinton-era rug, drapesBiden revealed his Oval Office touch-up Wednesday as he signed a raft of executive orders and other actions in his first hours as the nation’s 46th president.The most visually striking change is Biden’s choice of a deep blue rug, with the presidential seal in the middle, that was last used by President Bill Clinton, to replace a light-colored rug laid down by Trump. Biden is also using Clinton’s deep gold draperies.Busts of civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks are also on display, along with a sculpture of President Harry Truman. Biden removed a bust of Winston Churchill, the former British prime minister.On the wall across from Biden’s desk is a portrait collage of predecessors George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt, along with Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father and former treasury secretary.No longer on display is a portrait of President Andrew Jackson, a Trump favorite who signed the Indian Removal Act that forced tens of thousands of Native Americans out of their homeland.Red button goneBiden is keeping the Resolute desk, so named because it was built using oak from the British Arctic exploration ship HMS Resolute. But he got rid of the red button that Trump had on the desk and would push to have a butler bring him a Diet Coke, his beverage of choice.All presidents tweak the Oval Office decor at the start of their terms to reflect their personal tastes or to telegraph broader messages to the public.The White House maintains a vast collection of furniture, paintings and other artifacts that they can choose from. Presidents are also allowed to borrow items from the Smithsonian and other museums. The White House curator oversees everything, and the makeover is carried out in the hours after the outgoing president leaves the mansion and before the new president arrives.Biden also replaced a row of military service flags Trump used to decorate the office with a single American flag and a flag with the presidential seal, both positioned behind his desk.He also chose a tufted, dark brown leather chair instead of keeping the reddish-brown desk chair Trump used.

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January 22nd, 2021 by Vbiz

The United States returns to a unified government this week as Joe Biden becomes the 46th president and Democrats take control of the U.S. Senate. With the U.S. House continuing under the Democratic party leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Biden has an opportunity to enact big legislative changes. VOA’s Congressional Correspondent Katherine Gypson reports.

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January 21st, 2021 by Vbiz

Two suicide bombers attacked a market in Iraq’s capital Thursday, killing at least 13 people and wounding 19 others.The bombings hit central Baghdad’s Tayaran Square.There was no immediate claim of responsibility.Such attacks had become rare in Baghdad following the 2017 defeat of the Islamic State militant group.

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January 20th, 2021 by Vbiz

On the eve of their inauguration, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris honored the lives of the 400,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19 with an event Tuesday in Washington. “To heal, we must remember. It’s hard sometimes to remember, but that’s how we heal,” Biden said, speaking in front of the Lincoln Memorial after sunset, as 400 lights were illuminated along the Reflecting Pool. The memorial is located at the opposite end of the National Mall from the Capitol building where Biden and Harris will take their oaths of office on Wednesday. “It’s important to do that as a nation — that’s why we’re here today. From sunset until dusk, let us shine the lights in the darkness along the sacred pool of reflection and remember all who we lost,” he said. President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a COVID-19 memorial, with lights placed around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, in Washington, Jan. 19, 2021.Biden spoke alongside Harris and their spouses, Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff, respectively. Also on the program were musical performances of “Amazing Grace” by a nurse who has worked through the pandemic, and a rendition of “Hallelujah.” The event is the first public appearance of Biden and Harris in Washington, D.C., ahead of the inauguration. Earlier in the afternoon, Biden spoke to supporters in his home state of Delaware, where much of his campaign and transition work has taken place, before boarding the plane to the capital.   Other landmarks across the United States, including the Empire State Building in New York and the Space Needle in Seattle, are being illuminated. Biden’s inaugural committee said hundreds of towns, tribes and communities would also join “in a national moment of unity.” Vaccine numbersBiden and Harris have made addressing COVID-19 a major focus of the early part of their administration, with a goal of getting 100 million vaccinations administered in the first 100 days, along with providing help for those struggling with the economic effects of the pandemic. To date, more than 12 million people have received the first of a two-dose vaccine regimen in the country that by far has recorded more infections and deaths than any other in the world. Senate confirmation hearings Tuesday is also the start of Senate confirmation hearings for top officials Biden has nominated. Those appearing before Senate committees include Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen, Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary nominee Lloyd Austin, Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas and Director of National Intelligence nominee Avril Haines. Members of the military stand guard at a checkpoint as security is increased ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, in Washington, Jan. 19, 2021.The Bidens spent part of Monday volunteering at a food bank in the eastern city of Philadelphia on the National Day of Service commemorating the annual holiday honoring late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. After she and Emhoff volunteered at a food bank in Washington, Harris downplayed personal security concerns ahead of the inauguration, saying she is “very much looking forward to being sworn in.” “I will walk there, to that moment, proudly with my head up and my shoulders back,” she told reporters. National GuardU.S. security officials say they are taking every precaution, including FBI security screening of the 25,000 members of the National Guard assigned to Washington to protect the event, which comes two weeks after pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. A Biden-Harris supporter stands at a corner as National Guards deploy around the city ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, in Washington, Jan. 19, 2021.Twelve members of the National Guard were removed from inauguration duties Tuesday — at least two were found to have anti-government sympathies, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. The Post said 10 were removed for reasons that did not involve extremism. Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said the troops were being given extra training as they arrive in Washington and told “that if they see or hear something that is not appropriate, they should report it to their chain of command.”  The inaugural site is encircled in tall fencing topped with concertina wire, a much more pronounced show of security than has been common at past quadrennial inaugurations.  Authorities have also closed the National Mall, along with roads and Metro subway stations in much of downtown Washington. Bridges into the city from the state of Virginia are also being closed. Outgoing presidentPresident Donald Trump, going against 160 years of U.S. tradition, is skipping his successor’s inauguration and instead is flying Wednesday morning to his retreat in Florida. Vice President Mike Pence is planning to attend the inauguration. The House last week impeached Trump for a second time, accusing him of inciting insurrection, and his Senate trial is set to start soon after Biden’s inauguration. If convicted, Trump, the first U.S. president to be impeached twice, could be barred from  holding public office again. Before he leaves the White House, however, Trump is expected to grant dozens of pardons and commutations, possibly to key supporters convicted of crimes or facing trials. 
 

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January 19th, 2021 by Vbiz

Rapper 24kGoldn, Landis Von Jones, dropped out of college in October 2019 to focus on his music. His debut album, “El Dorado” will be released in early 2021. The hit song “Mood,” featuring Iann Dior, adds an eighth total week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. Plain White T’s’ best-selling third album, “All That We Needed” was released in November of this year,  this special 15th anniversary edition of “All That We Needed” is pressed on opaque red vinyl. The LP also features the debut recording of the band’s GRAMMY nominated, quadruple-platinum hit, “Hey There Delilah.”

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January 19th, 2021 by Vbiz

Rapper 24kGoldn, Landis Von Jones, dropped out of college in October 2019 to focus on his music. His debut album, “El Dorado” will be released in early 2021. The hit song “Mood,” featuring Iann Dior, adds an eighth total week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart.

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January 19th, 2021 by Vbiz

President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on the first day of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status, a massive reversal from the Trump administration’s harsh immigration policies. The legislation puts Biden on track to deliver on a major campaign promise important to Latino voters and other immigrant communities after four years of President Donald Trump’s restrictive policies and mass deportations. It provides one of the fastest pathways to citizenship for those living without legal status of any measure in recent years, but it fails to include the traditional trade-off of enhanced border security favored by many Republicans, making passage in a narrowly divided Congress in doubt.  Expected to run hundreds of pages, the bill is set to be introduced after Biden takes the oath of office Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the legislation and granted anonymity to discuss it. As a candidate, Biden called Trump’s actions on immigration an “unrelenting assault” on American values and said he would “undo the damage” while continuing to maintain border enforcement.FILE – Demonstrators with the New York Immigration Coalition rally asking President-elect Joe Biden to prioritize immigration reform, Nov. 9, 2020, in New York.Under the legislation, those living in the United States as of Jan. 1, 2021, without legal status would have a five-year path to temporary legal status, or a green card, if they pass background checks, pay taxes and fulfill other basic requirements. From there, it’s a three-year path to naturalization, if they decide to pursue citizenship. For some immigrants, the process would be quicker. So-called Dreamers, the young people who arrived in the United States illegally as children, as well as agricultural workers and people under temporary protective status could qualify more immediately for green cards if they are working, are in school or meet other requirements. The bill is not as comprehensive as the last major immigration overhaul proposed when Biden was vice president during the Obama administration. For example, it does not include a robust border security element, but rather calls for coming up with strategies. Nor does it create any new guest worker or other visa programs.  It does address some of the root causes of migration from Central America to the United States and provides grants for workforce development and English language learning. Biden is expected to take swift executive actions to reverse other Trump immigration actions, including an end to the prohibition on arrivals from several predominantly Muslim countries. During the Democratic primary, Biden consistently named immigration action as one of his “day one” priorities, pointing to the range of executive powers he could invoke to reverse Trump’s policies. Biden allies and even some Republicans have identified immigration as a major issue where the new administration could find common ground with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and enough other GOP senators to avoid the stalemate that has vexed administrations of both parties for decades. That kind of major win — even if it involves compromise — could be critical as Biden looks for legislative victories in a closely divided Congress, where Republicans are certain to oppose other Biden priorities that involve rolling back some of the GOP’s 2017 tax cuts and increasing federal spending. As a candidate, Biden went so far as to say the Obama administration went too far in its aggressive deportations.  

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January 18th, 2021 by Vbiz

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January 18th, 2021 by Vbiz

The top U.S. infectious disease expert said Sunday that President-elect Joe Biden’s ambitious plan to inoculate 100 million people with the COVID vaccine in the first 100 days of his presidency “is absolutely a doable thing.” Speaking on NBC Television’s “Meet the Press,” Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that with the current vaccines and additional vaccines scheduled to come to market soon, combined with adherence to wearing masks and observing social distancing, he believes the U.S. could be in “good shape.”  Currently, the U.S. is far from being in “good shape.” With nearly 24 million COVID-19 cases, it has more infections than any other country. The rollout of the U.S. inoculation campaign has been problematic with far fewer people inoculated by the end of last year than the Trump administration predicted.   Meanwhile, California’s Los Angeles County has become the first U.S. county to record 1 million COVID-19 cases. The impact of the massive number of infections is compounded by the confirmation of the appearance in the county of two mutations of the virus – the British variant and a Denmark variant.  The British variant is highly contagious. Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director, said in a statement, “The presence of the U.K. variant in Los Angeles County is troubling.”   Researchers are not sure if the Danish variant is as contagious as the British one, but Charles Chiu, responsible for the sequencing of the Denmark strain said Sunday, ‘There are worrisome signs that this variant may be highly transmissible.”FILE – Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Jan. 7, 2021.India and Brazil follow the U.S. with COVID infections with 10.5 million and 8.4 million respectively.  Mexico’s president said Sunday that his country is complying with a United Nations’ request to wealthy countries to delay receiving some of their vaccine shipments, which would allow poorer countries to receive more vaccine doses.  President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday while Mexico’s Pfizer vaccines would be delayed, Mexico is “already seeking out other vaccines,” including Astra Zeneca, Chinese CanSino and Russian Sputnik V vaccines, according to an Associated Press report.  Brazil approved two vaccines for emergency use against the coronavirus Sunday as the country’s death toll from the disease it causes neared 210,000 and some of its hospitals grappled with an oxygen shortage. The country’s health ministry said Sunday that the death toll was nearing 210,000, the second highest in the world after the United States. Brazil approved emergency use of vaccines from both Britain’s Astra-Zeneca and China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. Hours later, a nurse in Sao Paulo was inoculated with the Chinese vaccine known as “CoronaVac.” Meanwhile in Manaus, the largest city in the Amazon, hospital employees described to the Associated Press having to choose which patients to provide with oxygen as supplies in the remote city dwindled. Brazil has also recorded cases of a new variant of the virus that is potentially more contagious. Pakistan also announced Sunday that it had approved the Astra-Zeneca vaccine for emergency use. The South Asian country has confirmed nearly 520,000 cases of the virus, significantly fewer than its larger neighbor India.  Britain announced Sunday that it plans to have every adult in the country, roughly 51 million people, inoculated by September. “If we can do it faster than that, great, but that’s the road map,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told SkyNews Sunday. In many Eastern European countries, skepticism about the safety of the vaccines is high. In Serbia, only 200,000 people out of a population of 7 million, have applied to receive the vaccine. Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic notably said he did not want to be forced to be inoculated.  Djokovic tested positive for the virus this summer during a tournament he organized with lax restrictions for masks and social distancing. 

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January 18th, 2021 by Vbiz

Asian markets are on a downward spiral Monday in response to dismal U.S. retail sales figures posted last Friday. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei index fell 0.9%.  Australia’s S&P/ASX index closed down 0.7%.  The KOSPI index in South Korea plunged 2.3%, while Taiwan’s TSEC lost just over 4 points, but was virtually unchanged percentage-wise (0.03%).   Shanghai’s Composite index closed 0.8% higher.  In late afternoon trading, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rose 0.8%, while the Sensex in Mumbai is down 0.4%.   In commodities trading, gold is up 0.2%, selling at $1,834.00.  U.S. crude oil is selling at $52.18, down 0.3%, and Brent crude is selling at $54.84, down 0.4%.   All three major U.S. indices are trending negatively in futures trading.   

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January 17th, 2021 by Vbiz

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday dismissed a claim by France that Tehran was in the process of building up its nuclear weapons, calling it “absurd nonsense”. French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche published on Saturday, said Iran was building up its nuclear weapons’ capacity and it was urgent that Tehran and Washington return to a 2015 nuclear agreement.”Dear colleague: You kick-started your cabinet career with arms sales to Saudi war criminals. Avoid absurd nonsense about Iran,” Zarif said in a Twitter post, in which he tagged his French counterpart @JY_LeDrian. French President Emmanuel Macron’s government has drawn criticism from some countries and rights groups over its support of Saudi Arabia’s actions and allowing weapons it has sold to Riyadh potentially to be used in its Yemen operations. “Reality check: YOU are destabilizing OUR region. Stop protecting criminals who chainsaw their critics and use YOUR arms to slaughter children in Yemen,” Zarif tweeted, referring to Le Drian’s previous post as French defense minister. Iran, which denies seeking to make nuclear bombs, rejected a statement on Saturday by three European powers party that warned the Islamic Republic against starting work on uranium metal-based fuel for a research reactor, saying it violated the nuclear pact and had serious military implications. Zarif criticized France, Germany and Britain — which remain in the deal with China and Russia – for failing to enforce the agreement since 2018, when U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the deal and restored harsh economic sanctions on Iran. “E3 leaders — who rely on [the] signature of OFAC functionaries to carry out their obligations under JCPOA [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] have done ZILCH to maintain JCPOA [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]. Remember @EmmanuelMacron’s stillborn initiative or UK non-payment of court-ordered debt? JCPOA is alive because of Iran and not E3,” Zarif tweeted. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20, has pledged to return the United States to the deal “if Iran resumes strict compliance” with the agreement that imposed strict curbs on its nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions. In reaction to Trump’s “maximum pressure” policy, Iran has gradually breached many of the deal’s restrictions. But Tehran says it could quickly reverse those steps if Washington first lifts its sanctions. 

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January 16th, 2021 by Vbiz

President-elect Joe Biden is filling out his State Department team with a group of former career diplomats and veterans of the Obama administration, signaling his desire to return to a more traditional foreign policy after four years of uncertainty and unpredictability under President Donald Trump.  
 A transition official said Biden intends to nominate Wendy Sherman as deputy secretary of state and Victoria Nuland as undersecretary of state for political affairs — the second- and third-highest ranking posts, respectively.They were expected to be the 11 department appointees that Biden was announcing Saturday to serve under his pick for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, the official said. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the appointments before the announcements and spoke on condition of anonymity.Among the others joining the Biden team are:-longtime Biden Senate aide Brian McKeon, to be deputy secretary of state for management.-former senior diplomats Bonnie Jenkins and Uzra Zeya, to be under secretary of state for arms control and undersecretary of state of democracy and human rights, respectively.-Derek Chollet, a familiar Democratic foreign policy hand, to be State Department counselor.-former U.N. official Salman Ahmed, as director of policy planning.-Suzy George, who was a senior aide to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, will be Blinken’s chief of staff.  -Ned Price, a former Obama administration National Security Council staffer and career CIA official who resigned in protest in the early days of the Trump administration, will serve as the public face of the department, taking on the role of spokesman.  -Jalina Porter, communications director for Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., who is leaving Congress to work in the White House, will be Price’s deputy.  Price and Porter intend to return to the practice of holding daily State Department press briefings, officials said. Those briefings had been eliminated under the Trump administration.Jeffrey Prescott, a former national security aide when Biden was vice president, is Biden’s pick to be deputy ambassador to the United Nations, He would serve under U.N. envoy-designate Linda Thomas-Greenfield.  Five of the 11 are either people of color or LGBTQ. Although most are not household names, all are advocates of multilateralism and many are familiar in Washington and overseas foreign policy circles. Their selections are a reflection of Biden’s intent to turn away from Trump’s transactional and often unilateral “America First” approach to international relations.  “These leaders are trusted at home and respected around the world, and their nominations signal that America is back and ready to lead the world, not retreat from it,” Biden said in a statement. “They also reflect the idea that we cannot meet this new moment with unchanged thinking or habits, and that we need diverse officials who look like America at the table. They will not only repair but also reimagine American foreign policy and national security for the next generation.”Sherman led the Obama administration’s negotiations leading to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, from which Trump withdrew, and had engaged in talks over ballistic missiles with North Korea during President Bill Clinton’s second term. Nuland served as assistant secretary of state for European Affairs during the Ukraine crisis..Sherman, McKeon, Nuland, Jenkins and Zeya will require Senate confirmation to their posts while the others will not.

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January 16th, 2021 by Vbiz

On this annual edition of Encounter, Georgetown University professors Anthony Arend and Mark Lagon react to President Donald Trump’s second impeachment and outline the national security and foreign policy priorities and challenges for the incoming Biden administration with host Carol Castiel.

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January 16th, 2021 by Vbiz

Moderator Michael Williams, contributor to CBS Radio in Washington, along with panelists Emily Tamkin, U.S. Editor for the New Statesman, and JJ Green, National Security Correspondent for WTOP and Host of Target USA, discuss the latest Issues in the News, including the historic second impeachment of President Trump by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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January 15th, 2021 by Vbiz

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January 15th, 2021 by Vbiz

Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. Polygraph.info is spotlighting fact-checks from other reliable sources here​.Daily DebunkClaim: Vaccines become part of recipients’ bodies, alter DNA, and haven’t been tested.Verdict: FalseRead the full story at: Reuters Social Media DisinfoSmallpox vaccine Circulating on social media: Vaccination helped eradicate smallpox.Verdict: TrueRead the full story at: USA Today

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January 15th, 2021 by Vbiz

Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. Polygraph.info is spotlighting fact-checks from other reliable sources here​.Daily DebunkClaim: There is no scientific basis behind the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic.Verdict: FalseRead the full story at: Reuters Social Media DisinfoScreenshot Circulating on social media: Thai-language claims that non-medical masks are ineffective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.Verdict: MisleadingRead the full story at: Agence France-Presse Factual Reads on CoronavirusHow COVID unlocked the power of RNA vaccines
The technology could revolutionize efforts to immunize against HIV, malaria, influenza and more.
— Nature, January 12

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January 15th, 2021 by Vbiz

The numbers for the coronavirus pandemic continue upward, with more than 93 million global infections and nearly 2 million worldwide deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.The U.S. remains at the top of the list with the most cases and deaths. Johns Hopkins reports more than 23 million COVID-19 cases in the U.S., with a death toll rapidly approaching 400,000.Some states, having vaccinated their frontline workers, have opened vaccinations to older people, but have been overrun with requests. Medical facilities are on the verge of running out of vaccines. In many instances, the technology used to take the requests has crashed.President-elect Joe Biden announced a nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan for the pandemic and the U.S. economic crisis Thursday, with $400 billion of the package slated for the COVID-19 outbreak.“A crisis of deep human suffering is in plain sight,” Biden said.China has reported its first COVID-19 death in eight months amid a surge in the country’s northeast as a World Health Organization team arrived in Wuhan to investigate the beginning of the pandemic.China’s death toll is more than 4,600, a relatively low number resulting from the country’s stringent containment and tracing measures.China has imposed various lockdown measures on more than 20 million people in Beijing, Hebei and other areas to contain the spread of infections before the Lunar New Year holiday in February.The relatively low number of COVID-related deaths in China has raised questions about China’s tight control of information about the outbreak.The investigative team arrived Thursday after nearly a year of talks with the WHO and diplomatic disagreements between China and other countries that demanded that China allow a thorough independent investigation.Two members of the 10-member team were stopped in Singapore after tests revealed antibodies, while the rest of the team immediately entered a 14-day quarantine period in Wuhan before launching their investigation.The coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan in late 2019 and quickly spread throughout the world.Officials said Thursday that infections in the northeastern Heilongjiang province have surged to their highest levels in 10 months, nearly tripling during that period.Elsewhere in Asia, Japanese authorities have expanded a state of emergency to stop a surge in coronavirus cases.Coronavirus infections and related deaths have roughly doubled in Japan over the past month to more than 310,000, according to Johns Hopkins.The emergency was initially declared a week ago and was expanded to cover seven new regions. The restrictions are not binding, and many people have ignored requests to avoid nonessential travel, prompting the governor to voice concern about the lack of commitment to the guidelines.Indonesia reported 12,818 new infections Friday, its largest daily tally.Hungary says it plans to buy vaccines from China’s Sinopharm. If the country’s medical officials sign off on the deal, Hungary would be the first European Union country to purchase the Chinese product.

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January 15th, 2021 by Vbiz

In a new CBS/YouGov poll, 21% of Republicans said they approved of the bloody siege on the U.S. Congress by supporters of President Donald Trump. Many more believe the November election was rigged. As the U.S. heads into a turbulent transition of power, Patsy Widakuswara has the story on this divided and angry nation.
Producer: Bakhtiyar Zamanov

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January 13th, 2021 by Vbiz

The Taiwanese health official credited with leading one of the world’s most successful COVID-19 control efforts is warning people globally to keep up their guard against coronavirus even as vaccines emerge.Governments will face challenges in distributing vaccine shots to their populations, leading to an “imbalance” between those who are protected and those still at risk, Taiwan Health Minister Chen Shih-chung told VOA on Monday. Coronavirus caseloads worldwide have not yet reached their all-time peak, he added.Chen’s government has kept the Taiwan COVID-19 caseload at just 838 across a population of nearly 24 million, among the populous world’s lowest rates, due to strict quarantine rules and tracing of sick people’s contacts.Customers wear protective masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease while shopping at a market in Taipei, Taiwan, Jan. 10, 2021.The flu killed no one in Taiwan over the final two months of 2020 when most people were wearing masks, down from 87 deaths from the flu in the same period of 2019, he said. Enterovirus cases dropped, too, added Chen, who plans to recommend continued facemask use in Taiwan after Covid-19 outbreaks ease.“Putting on a facemask isn’t that hard, especially in the winter when it’s cold outside anyway,” he said. “It’s useful for stopping Covid-19 as well as other respiratory diseases.”Control over COVID-19 at home won’t open a door to Taipei’s long-sought participation in the World Health Organization, from which it is barred by political rival China and its allies. But Chao Chien-min, dean of social sciences at Chinese Culture University in the capital, says it has given the island a welcome glow overseas.“I think Taiwan’s role has been big and its volume loud throughout this COVID-19 incident period, and whether in the WHO or in whatever forum, Taiwan’s epidemic control success will be mentioned,” Chao said. “So for Taiwan, there’s that effect.”But an infected airline pilot and two coronavirus cases in a Taiwan hospital since Dec. 22 have put Taiwan on high alert. Migrant workers coming in from infected countries such as Indonesia may carry the virus too, said Wu Chia-yi, associate professor in the National Taiwan University College of Medicine’s nursing faculty.“Because we import Indonesian labor, I think this group of people in Taiwan is a potential risk and a high risk,” Wu said. “So if you ask me whether Taiwan has future risk, I think we still have potential risk of outbreak from the imported cases.”

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January 13th, 2021 by Vbiz

Asian markets are mostly higher Wednesday with investors apparently looking past the  political crisis in the United States and focusing more on the introduction of new COVID-19 vaccines. The Nikkei index in Japan finished up more than one percent. Australia’s S&P/ASX index closed 0.1% higher. South Korea’s KOSPI index gained 0.7%, and the TSEC index in Taiwan finished up 1.7%.   Shanghai’s Composite index fell 0.2%. In late afternoon trading, the Hang Seng index in Hong is down 0.1%, and the Sensex in Mumbai is 0.3 lower.   In commodities trading, gold is selling at $1,855.30 per ounce, up 0.6%.  U.S. crude oil is selling at $53.53 per barrel, up 0.6%, while Brent crude is also 0.6% higher, selling at $56.96 per barrel.   All three major U.S. indices are trending higher in futures trading.

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January 11th, 2021 by Vbiz

Asian markets are mixed Monday amid continuing signs of economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Japanese markets were closed for a national holiday, while Taiwan’s TSEC index gained 0.6%.Australia’s S&P/ASX index lost 0.9%, while the Shanghai Composite index fell just over one percent and the KOSPI in South Korea dropped 0.1%.In late afternoon trading, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index is up 30 points but virtually unchanged percentage-wise (+0.11%) and Mumbai’s Sensex is 0.8% higher.In commodities trading, gold is up 0.8% at $1,850.40 an ounce.  U.S. crude oil is selling at $51.86 per barrel, down 0.7%, and Brent crude oil is down just over one percent, selling at $55.38 per barrel.All three major U.S. indices are trending negatively in futures markets.  

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January 11th, 2021 by Vbiz

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House of Representatives will offer a resolution Monday calling on President Donald Trump’s Cabinet to invoke the 25th amendment, removing him from office.In a letter to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said if Vice President Mike Pence does not respond within 24 hours, the House will proceed with impeachment.“In protecting our Constitution and our democracy, we will act with urgency, because this president represents an imminent threat to both. As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action,” the letter read.Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can
download this video to view it offline.Download File360p | 8 MB480p | 12 MB540p | 15 MB720p | 31 MB1080p | 63 MBOriginal | 188 MB Embed” />Copy Download AudioUS Lawmakers Discuss Next Moves as Nation Grapples to Understand Violence at Capitol BuildingThe push to remove Trump from office in his final days comes amid growing calls to hold him accountable for last Wednesday’s mayhem that left five people dead at the U.S. Capitol as a mob of Trump supporters stormed past police into the building.Neither Trump nor the White House responded to Pelosi’s move on Sunday.President-elect Joe Biden has taken a hands-off stance on the impeachment move against the outgoing president who has yet to concede the election but has acknowledged there will be a “new administration” in Washington come January 20.“In 10 days, we move forward and rebuild — together,” Biden said Sunday on Twitter.In 10 days, we move forward and rebuild — together.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 10, 2021One of Pelosi’s top congressional lieutenants, Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, told the “Fox News Sunday” show that the House could vote on impeachment within days, even though Trump’s four-year presidency ends next week with the inauguration of Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.Given that Trump will be out of office shortly, there is little likelihood that the Senate would hold an impeachment trial before his term ends, although it could do so after he leaves, and if it convicts him, keep him from ever holding federal office again.But Clyburn said the urgency to impeach Trump for a second time is paramount.“Our business is to impeach, basically an indictment,” Clyburn said. “Our vote is our voice, and our vote is a voice of disapproval.”Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a long-time Trump critic, said she would introduce two articles of impeachment against Trump on Monday for “abuse of power” for pressuring election officials in the southern state of Georgia to overturn Biden’s narrow win there and “incitement of violence for orchestrating an attempted coup against our country” with the storming of the Capitol.In Photos: Electoral College ProtestsProtesters back President Trump’s objection to the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November electionAt least 180 House Democrats have signed on to the impeachment effort, but that number is short of the 218 majority in the 435-member House, and no Republicans have voiced their support for it.About two-thirds of the House Republican caucus voted last week against accepting the election results in the eastern state of Pennsylvania, one of a half dozen states Biden narrowly won to capture the presidency.Trump and the White House have remained silent on the possible impeachment. The White House says Trump is scheduled to visit Texas on Tuesday to highlight his administration’s work on a border wall separating the U.S. from Mexico.Republican Senator Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican and head of the committee planning Biden’s inauguration, told CBS News’s “Face the Nation” show that Trump’s impeachment and removal from office “clearly is not going to happen between now and the last day he is in office.”Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, have called for Trump to resign, but the president has told advisers he does not plan to do so.“I think at this point, with just a few days left, it’s the best path forward, the best way to get this person in the rear-view mirror for us,” Toomey said Sunday on CNN, in calling for Trump to quit voluntarily. “That could happen immediately. I’m not optimistic it will.”“I don’t think there’s any doubt, none in my mind, that the president’s behavior after the election was wildly different than his behavior before,” Toomey said. “He descended into a level of madness and engaged in activity that was just absolutely unthinkable and unforgivable.”In Extraordinary Rebuke, US Diplomats Blast Trump for Capitol RiotForeign service officers say last week’s events may badly undermine US credibility to promote and defend democratic values abroad, call for Trump’s removal from officeMeanwhile, some U.S. diplomats have condemned Trump’s incitement of the assault on the Capitol and called for use of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to declare him as incapacitated and remove him from office.The overseas envoys, using what is known as the State Department’s “dissent channel,” said they feared last Wednesday’s siege may badly undermine U.S. credibility abroad to promote democratic values.”Failing to publicly hold the president to account would further damage our democracy and our ability to effectively accomplish our foreign policy goals abroad,” said one of the cables that was sent to State Department leadership.The assault on the Capitol is also having financial repercussions for the president and other Republicans.The PGA of America announced late Sunday it is terminating an agreement to hold the 2022 PGA Championship, one of golf’s four major tournaments, at Trump’s Bedminster course in New Jersey.In a statement, PGA of America President Jim Richerson did not mention Trump or Wednesday’s events, but said holding the tournament at the Bedminister course would be “detrimental to the PGA of America brand.”Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel company, and health insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield each said Sunday they would suspend donations to U.S. lawmakers who voted against certifying Biden’s election win.Major banks, including JPMorgan and Citigroup, have announced a pause in all political donations. 

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January 11th, 2021 by Vbiz

The United States on Sunday started the process of establishing a consulate in contested Western Sahara, after Washington recognized Morocco’s sovereignty there in exchange for Rabat normalizing ties with Israel.U.S. Ambassador to Morocco David Fischer visited the port of Dakhla, 1,440 kilometers (895 miles) southwest of Rabat in the far south of Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara, to mark the start of work on a diplomatic office.”It is such an honor for me to visit this stunningly beautiful and critically important region of Morocco, and to begin the process of establishing a U.S. diplomatic presence here,” Fischer said, according to the U.S. embassy.Western Sahara is a disputed and divided former Spanish colony, mostly under Morocco’s control, where tensions with the pro-independence Polisario Front have simmered since the 1970s.Last year, Morocco joined the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan in agreeing to normalize ties with Israel under U.S.-brokered deals.In return, U.S. President Donald Trump fulfilled a decades-old Moroccan goal by backing its contested sovereignty over the barren but phosphate-rich region, which lies next to key Atlantic fishing zones.Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said Sunday that “Morocco feels stronger in its legitimate fight for its territorial integrity … with the support of its friends.”The Algerian-backed Polisario Front fought a war for independence from 1975 to 1991 and controls about one-fifth of the desert territory.Some 20 countries, mostly African and Arab nations, have opened diplomatic offices in the Moroccan-held area, but the Polisario considers such moves to be violations of international law.Bachir Mustapha Sayed, a representative of the Polisario’s Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, called the American delegation’s visit a “propaganda tourist trip” and recalled that the Trump “administration will come to an end in less than two weeks” in an interview with Algerian press agency APS.Security personnel stand guard outside the provisional consulate of the U.S. in Dakhla, Morocco-administered Western Sahara, Jan. 10, 2021.Trade dealsU.N. peacekeepers in Western Sahara are mandated to organize a referendum on self-determination for the region and despite Washington’s move, the U.N. insists its position is unchanged.In November, the Polisario announced it regarded a 1991 cease-fire as null and void, after Morocco sent troops into a U.N.-patrolled buffer zone to reopen a key road.Bourita said Sunday that Morocco continues to “support the cease-fire, but will react to any provocation,” adding that Rabat “will support the U.N. process … to find a solution to this long-standing dispute.”Fischer, who called the visit Sunday “another historic milestone in more than 200 years of friendship” between Morocco and the U.S., was accompanied by Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker.The pair donned flowing white embroidered robes that are traditionally worn in the territory over their suits.In December, the U.S. State Department opened a virtual diplomatic post in Western Sahara ahead of finding “an appropriate site” to build a consulate.The building is expected to be ready in the coming months, Fischer added.Last month, Fischer said that a consulate would allow Washington “to take further advantage of Morocco’s strategic positioning as a hub for trade in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.”The Morocco-Israel deal to normalize ties is expected to involve significant investment from the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, and Morocco hopes Dakhla can become a major regional port.Last month, the DFC inked a memorandum of understanding to invest $3 billion during the next four years into Morocco or with Moroccan partners working in sub-Saharan Africa.It also promised an initiative to “catalyze $1 billion of investments in projects that advance women’s economic empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa.”U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who will replace Trump on January 20, has not publicly commented on Western Sahara.
 

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January 10th, 2021 by Vbiz

U.S. lawmakers who were in lockdown when a violent mob breached security at the Capitol last week likely have been exposed to the coronavirus, Congress’ attending physician warned Sunday.
 
“On Wednesday January 6, many members of the House community were in protective isolation in a room located in a large committee hearing space,” Dr. Brian Monahan wrote in an email to lawmakers.
 
“The time in this room was several hours for some and briefer for others. During this time, individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection.”Here’s the letter from Dr. Brian Monahan to all members of Congress and staff. pic.twitter.com/SeqNoPA6B0— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) January 10, 2021Monahan didn’t specify how many members were in the room or who, if anyone, from the room is known to have tested positive.
 
Many lawmakers and staff have expressed outrage as images surfaced of Republican members of Congress not wearing masks during the lockdown.
 
On Wednesday afternoon, hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump, angry over his loss to Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 election, forced their way into the building that contains the House and Senate while lawmakers were meeting in a joint session to certify Biden’s victory.
 
Many photos show rioters not wearing masks.  
 

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January 10th, 2021 by Vbiz

John Fortier, resident scholar at the America Enterprise Institute and Jim Kessler, executive vice president for Policy at Third Way, talk with host Carol Castiel about the fallout from a violent assault on the US Capitol by supporters of US President Donald Trump as lawmakers certified Joe Biden’s electoral victory; the results of Georgia’s two Senate runoff elections which gave Democrats effective control of the Senate and the legislative agenda of the new 117th Congress.

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January 10th, 2021 by Vbiz

Indonesian officials say at least 11 people are dead and 18 others injured in back-to-back landslides in Sumedang regency, West Java, Saturday night.“The first landslide happened due to heavy rain and unstable soil condition in that area,” Raditya Jati, an official with Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), said in a statement. “A subsequent landslide occurred when some search and rescue personnel were evacuating victims in the first landslide area.”Search and rescue workers are among the dead.The search and rescue effort will resume Sunday, carried out by a joint team of military, police and local disaster agency workers, who are waiting for heavy equipment to arrive to aid in the operation.The landslides also cut off a bridge and several roads in the area.Saturday’s heavy rain triggered landslides in several areas in West Java, including Garut and Sumedang.Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency is forecasting heavy rain, lightning and strong winds Sunday and Monday.The peak months of the rainy season in Indonesia are in January and February.

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January 9th, 2021 by Vbiz

Issues in the News moderator Dan Raviv, Columnist for Newsday with panelists Josh Glancy, Washington Bureau Chief for the Sunday Times and Ashraf Khalil, Washington, Metro Reporter for the Associated Press deliberate the latest top stories of the week including a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol as members of Congress were in the process of certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

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January 9th, 2021 by Vbiz

Countries around the globe are scrambling to contain new coronavirus surges as cases worldwide top 88 million. VOA’s Mariama Diallo reports on measures some countries are taking to keep the virus from spreading further.

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January 8th, 2021 by Vbiz

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced to death three men for disseminating anti-Islam content and videos over social media.The single-judge tribunal in Islamabad found the suspects guilty of “inciting hatred and contempt on religious, sectarian or ethnic basis to stir up violence,” according to a copy of Friday’s ruling.A fourth defendant accused in the same case, a college professor in the Pakistani capital, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on charges he used derogatory remarks against the Prophet Muhammad in one of his lectures that was later uploaded online.All of the convicted defendants have the right to appeal their sentences.Friday’s convictions are not the first time someone in Pakistan has been handed the death penalty for allegedly blaspheming on social media.Surging Blasphemy Cases Raise Concern in Pakistan With more than 40 cases filed in August alone, one man in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwam says charges leveled at his 61-year-old father puts his entire family in danger In 2017, a counterterrorism court in the eastern city of Lahore sentenced a man to death who it said committed blasphemy on Facebook. Rights groups argue that convicting and sentencing someone to death for allegedly posting blasphemous material online is a violation of international human rights law.Critics say blasphemy laws in Pakistan are often misused to settle personal disputes against minorities and even members of the majority Muslim population.Blasphemy is a highly sensitive subject in Pakistan, where insulting the Prophet Muhammad carries the death penalty. Even mere accusations of blasphemy have incited mass protests and mob lynchings.In December 2020, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom published a report that found the country with the most cases of state enforced blasphemy laws was Pakistan, with 184 cases identified between 2014-2018.The U.S. designated Pakistan as a “country of particular concern” for its systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of freedom of religion or belief.”The Pakistani government rejected the designation as “arbitrary” and the outcome of a “selective assessment.” Islamabad said the U.S. findings contradicted ground realities and raised “serious doubts about the credibility of the exercise.”

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