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Supporters of US President Donald Trump staged a march through Washington yesterday, protesting unsubstantiated claims of election fraud. A week since Democrat candidate Joe Biden clinched the electoral college numbers required to claim the presidency. Meanwhile Donald Trump, a Republican, continues to refuse acknowledgment or accept the outcome, launching a barrage of legal challenges to overturn the results. Most of these have been thrown out of court already due to a lack of supportive evidence to back up the claims.

Carrying flags, shouting “stop the steal”, protesters marched from Freedom Plaza near the White House to the US Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill. They called it the Million MAGA March.

President Trump’s motorcade drove past the crowds as he travelled to his golf course in Sterling, Virginia. He was wearing a red baseball cap with the slogan, “Make America Great Again”. The President was seen waving from inside his limousine. The demonstrators were mostly identifiable by their lack of face-masks with many participants rejecting measures to contain the spread of cCovid-19 around the US.

Ardent supporter, Donald Tarca Jr., travelled from Florida and held a US flag with a giant portrait of Trump.

“I think it was rigged on multiple fronts… the media was so biased that they convinced millions of Americans to vote for Biden. They hate Trump.”

Far-right protesters, the Proud Boys, dressed in black with some wearing protective army gear, were among the marchers. Smaller counter-demonstrations were also staged but police kept the groups apart. They yelled at Trump supporters… “Nazis”. Protesters shouted back profanities about a group called antifa, popularly demonised by President Trump.

There were a few scuffles and standoffs between protesters and police behind barricades but the violence was isolated.

Police made 10 arrests by the middle of the afternoon including 4 over firearms violations, 2 for assault and another for assaulting a police officer.

Meanwhile, President Trump’s bluster over the election result sounded a less abrupt when he spoke briefly to reporters on Friday, saying “time will tell”, referring to who would occupy the White House on January 20. He checked himself whilst talking about the coronavirus sweeping the US at the moment.

“This administration will not be going to a lockdown. Hopefully the, uhh, whatever happens in the future… who knows which administration it will be? I guess time will tell.”

He has repeated allegations that the election was “rigged”, comments and Twitter rants that have inflamed his loyal supporters.

Biden has won 306 votes to Trump’s 232 in the state-by-state Electoral College system, far more than the 270 required to win the election. President-elect Biden also leads in the popular vote by more than 5.5 million votes. Donald Trump lost the popular vote in the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton, but won the Electoral College.

President Trump has reportedly discussed about possible media ventures and appearances that would keep him in the spotlight ahead of a possible 2024 White House bid, according to sources at the White House

The Trump campaign has now filed lawsuits in multiple states but have so far been unable to present any evidence of the alleged voter fraud. Legal experts continue to claim the litigation is unlikely to alter the election outcome.

States have to certify their election results by December 8 and choose electors for the Electoral College. Some states have varying rules and certification dates. The Electoral College will meet to vote officially to ‘elect’ the new president on December 14.

The usual transition to a new presidency is being hampered by President Trump’s refusal to concede the result, a traditional nicety but not legally required. The funding for an incoming president-elect, administered by the General Services Administration, has not been released as the incumbent administration refuses to recognise the Biden-Harris victory.

Meanwhile the Biden-Harris transition team says their top priority is the coronavirus pandemic. The US set another daily record of new cases on Friday, following a week of record days. More than 244,000 people have died of the coronavirus sin theUS since the start of the pandemic.

SOURCE: Reuters

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    Brian

    November 15, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Please, someone at the Thaiger answer me. Are there any human beings there? I think there are. Please, interact with your readers.

    When you say “unsubstantiated claims”, it seems to indicate either ignorance of lawsuits backed by numerous sworn affidavits, or lying. Which is it? Are you writing about something you have no idea about, or are you just lying? Do you understand that neither one is a good answer?

    If you continue to say stuff like this, it is YOU who is spreading misinformation. Why would you do that? Do you have any pride? Have you completely lost sight of what it is to be a journalist? Are you just “repeaters” rather than reporters?

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      jesus monroe

      November 17, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      Hey Brian, I lost a girlfriend once…….you’ll get over it I promise….

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    Perceville Smithers

    November 15, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Did not realize the number of mental health cases there were in the U.S.

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    Issan John

    November 15, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Brian, I’m not in a position to speak for the Thaiger but when they talk about “unsubstantiated claims” they probably mean claims that are … well … unsubstantiated.

    That’s not so much how the rest of the world sees them but how the American courts have described them.

    If you know better, then why not say what the claims are based on?

    No-one else has managed to so far, though! 🙂

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      Issan John

      November 18, 2020 at 12:01 am

      Ummm … ‘yes’, no evidence at all, at least in your links. From your first:

      ” “We have so much evidence, I feel like it’s coming in through a fire hose,” Powell said, while noting that she won’t reveal the evidence that she has. ”

      So … ‘I’ve got lots of evidence, but I’m not going to tell you what any of it is’.

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      Issan John

      November 18, 2020 at 12:12 am

      From your second:

      “Today the state is reporting more than 2.5 million mail in ballots. This number was never seen before in this state.”

      Hardly “evidence” of voter fraud, and the claim that vote counting in Pennsylvania wasn’t observed has been disproved and dismissed by the courts.

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    Issan John

    November 18, 2020 at 12:32 am

    … and from your third:

    “Carone took her eyewitness account to the FBI, which has not yet done anything as far as we can tell. The Great Lakes Justice Center, however, has added Carone’s sworn affidavit to another lawsuit being filed on behalf of others who say they, too, observed election fraud.”

    Your election and supposed democratic syastem has now become little more than a farce, as the rest of the world looks on in disbelief at the continuing antics of the only president / prime minister from anywhere to be openly laughed at when they addressed the UN General Assembly.

    Nobody outside the USA cares about his politics – just that he’s a complete fruit cake.

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Argentine football legend Diego Maradona dies at age 60

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Argentine football legend Diego Maradona died yesterday at 60 years old. Maradona, known as one of the greatest football players of all time, suffered from a heart attack.

Maradona scored the famous “Hand of God” goal and the “Goal of the Century” in the World Cup 1986 quarter-finals, defeating England 2-1. Maradona, then captain, was known for inspiring to win the World Cup in 1986. He represented Argentina in 4 World Cups, scoring 34 goals in 91 appearances.

President of Argentina Alberto Fernandez declared 3 days of national mourning following Maradona’s death.

“You took us to the top of the world. You made us immensely happy. You were the greatest of them all… Thank you for having existed, Diego. We’re going to miss you all our lives.”

Many in the football community across the world posted photos and statements on social media following Maradona’s death. The Argentina national football team posted a photo on Twitter of Maradona holding the World Cup and said “You are eternal in every heart in world football.”

Argentine football player Lionel Messi posted a photo of himself and Maradona on Instagram.

“A very sad day for all Argentines and football… He leaves us, but does not leave, because Diego is eternal… I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I send my condolences to all his family and friends.”

Former football player Gary Lineker, who scored a goal for England in the World Cup 1986 quarter-finals game against Argentina, said Maradona is the greatest player of all time.

“By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time… After a blessed, but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God.”

SOURCES: BBC | AFP

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BBC names Thai protest leader Panusaya in global list of 100 most inspiring women

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The BBC has named prominent Thai pro-democracy activist, Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, aka, “Rung”, as one of the world’s 100 most inspiring and influential women of 2020. The BBC’s “100 Women of 2020” list singles out women around the world who are driving change in challenging times. Panusaya is one of 3 Thai women to be listed.

As the leader of protest group, the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, she came to international attention at a Bangkok rally in August, when she read out the group’s controversial 10 point manifesto calling for reform of the Monarchy – a taboo topic never publicly discussed. Her nomination follows the news that a Grammy Music executive has filed a charge of lèse-majesté against her.

The other 2 Thai women to make the list are Kotchakorn Voraakhom and Cindy Sirinya Bishop. Kotchakorn is an urban landscape architect, who promotes the importance of green and public spaces in urban environments. Her aim is to transform vast, sprawling cities into more liveable spaces, while protecting them from the impact of climate change. The BBC describes her as someone who started by prising apart the “cracked pavement” of Bangkok’s cityscape to let new ideas come through.

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Cindy Sirinya Bishop is the UN Women Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Gender Equality through Education, Communities and Governments. She is a TV host, actress, and model, known for her campaigns to end violence against women. She came to prominence in 2018, when she created the movement #DontTellMeHowToDress. The campaign was a response to authorities in Thailand telling women they shouldn’t dress provocatively during the Songkran period if they wanted to avoid being sexually assaulted.

Other women shortlisted by the BBC for the 2020 list include Sarah Gilbert, who is leading the research into the Covid-19 vaccine at Oxford University, Sanna Marin, the leader of Finland’s all-female coalition government, and Michelle Yeoh, a Malaysian actress, who the BBC notes is one of very few Asian actresses to enjoy a successful career in the US.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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No vaccine, no flight – Qantas will require international travellers to be vaccinated

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Qantas, Australia’s national airline, is announcing a new requirement that all international travellers will need to have a vaccination against Covid-19 in a move that could become the norm for the world’s airline industry. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says the Australian flag carrier would implement the measure once a coronavirus vaccine was made available to the public.

“We are looking at changing our terms and conditions to say for international travellers that we will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft.”

“Whether you need that domestically, we will have to see what happens with Covid-19 in the market but certainly, for international visitors coming out (to Australia) and people leaving the country, we think that is a necessity.”

Joyce says the new rule is likely to become a standard practice by all airlines worldwide as many governments are now working to introduce electronic vaccination passports. Vaccination requirements are already widely used around the world for those wishing to enter certain countries, with many countries wanting travellers show they have been inoculated against yellow fever if they are coming from regions where that disease could be acquired.

The International Air Transport Association has also announced it is in the “final stages” of developing a digital health pass that it says can be used to record Covid-19 tests or vaccinations and will “support the safe reopening of borders.”

“We are bringing this to market in the coming months to also meet the needs of the various travel bubbles and public health corridors that are starting operation.”

Australia’s borders have been closed since March to help stop the spread of the virus, which has taken the lives of more than 1 million people worldwide. The country has even limited its own citizens arrivals from abroad by implementing a weekly quota that has left thousands stranded overseas. Qantas has grounded more than 200 planes and let go 8,500 staff members as it attempts to offset a US 1.9 billion loss.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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