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In a Friday tweet filled with lies, President Trump implied he won't leave the White House and won't let President-elect Joe Biden "enter" unless Biden can prove his election win was not fraudulent. Just a day earlier, Trump told reporters at the White House that would he would not concede the election but would voluntarily leave if the Electoral College votes to make Biden president in December. Trump also does not have the authority or ability to determine whether Biden can take office.
A Cambodian court convened on Thursday for the treason trial of more than 100 opposition figures and then deferred proceedings until next year, delaying a case widely condemned as a move by long-serving premier Hun Sen to decimate his political rivals. A total of 121 defendants, all tied to the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), had been summoned to appear on Thursday but just 34 showed up, with many in exile, convinced they would not get a fair hearing. Deputy prosecutor and court spokesman Kuch Kimlong confirmed judges had decided the case be divided into two and heard in January and March.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis has been accused of overseeing a “killing spree”, after he extended a ban on cities in the state imposing their own mask mandates. On Wednesday, Mr DeSantis extended an executive order issued in September, which prevented local governments from fining residents who refused to wear face masks, or from closing restaurants not complying with coronavirus measures. The decision on 25 September prompted the start of the state's third phase of pandemic measures, which allowed restaurants and bars to open at 100 per cent capacity.
Shawn Mendes spoke to British GQ for a new interview and said that pressure to be the "pinnacle of fitness" led him to wake up two hours early so he could exercise. The "Wonder" singer said he got into this fitness routine out of fear that if he wasn't physically fit, he'd lose fans. Mendes credited girlfriend Camila Cabello with helping to change his perspective and be more comfortable with his body.
Iran blamed Israel for the killing of one of its top Iranian nuclear scientists in an assassination near Tehran yesterday that threatens to provoke a military confrontation during the final months of the Trump presidency. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh succumbed to injuries in hospital after gunmen fired on his car in Damavand county, Iranian media reported. Western and Israeli intelligence had long identified Mr Fakhrizadeh, 59, as the head of a covert Iranian project to develop a nuclear weapon that was shelved in 2003.
A Tennessee grandmother — facing criminal charges after a statewide search for a 3-year-old girl who went missing over the Thanksgiving holiday — has been located, state authorities say. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has charged Belinda Wilson, 54, with child neglect/endangerment and custodial interference in the disappearance of her granddaughter Zella Linklater, the agency announced Friday. Linklater was found safe and her grandmother is now in custody after the two were located in the woods, according to authorities, who did not reveal the exact location they were found at.
Vietnam has been a coronavirus success story, recording about 1,300 cases throughout the pandemic, while the US has recorded the most COVID-19 cases and deaths of any country. O'Brien and his entourage were tested for the coronavirus upon arrival, housed on the same floor of a Hanoi hotel, and had their meals left outside their doors, Bloomberg said. The US Air Force team that piloted O'Brien's plane was not permitted to enter Vietnam and spent the night in neighboring Thailand.
Global stock markets were subdued on Thursday after significant gains in recent days and as U.S. trading remained closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Investors have been in an upbeat mood this week, pushing the Dow above 30,000 for the first time, on news of the development of coronavirus vaccines and treatments. They then became more cautious as coronavirus infection rates remain high in many major economies and after the release of a batch of discouraging U.S. economic data, including jobless numbers.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered at least two people executed, banned fishing at sea and locked down the capital, Pyongyang, as part of frantic efforts to guard against the coronavirus and its economic damage, South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers Friday. Kim's government also ordered diplomats overseas to refrain from any acts that could provoke the United States because it is worried about President-elect Joe Biden's expected new approach toward North Korea, lawmakers told reporters after attending a private briefing by the National Intelligence Service.
In a surprise news conference on Thanksgiving Day, President Trump took questions from the press for the first time since losing re-election—but he doubled down on his “rigged” election claims and appeared to deny the reality that his presidency is ending, saying it will be “very hard” for him to concede to Joe Biden. “I think it's not right he's trying to pick a Cabinet,” Trump complained after railing against the supposed “massive fraud” that he claims gave Biden victory. Reiterating his claims of voter fraud in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia despite the fact that state authorities have already certified the election results in those states, Trump appeared to become combative when asked if he would concede if the Electoral College votes for Biden on Dec. 14.
Donald Trump Jr. announced Wednesday night that he'd been cleared to end his COVID-19 isolation and celebrate Thanksgiving "the way it's meant to be." On Friday, Trump Jr. announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. It's not clear when Trump Jr. received his positive diagnosis, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend even asymptomatic COVID patients isolate for 10 days.
WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – Here's a reminder of why you should stop taking Zoom into the bathroom. A New Jersey school board member accidentally broadcast her bathroom break during a board meeting. Frances Cogelja, a Hackensack school board member, resigned Tuesday after the broadcast, NorthJersey.com, part of the USA TODAY Network, reported.
Detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office have arrested a 38-year-old Clovis man they say has molested multiple children in the last 18 years and who works at a Clovis church.
A photo of Dr. Joseph Varon, chief of staff at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, cradling a COVID-19 patient in his ICU in full PPE is going viral this Thanksgiving. "My concerns for the next six to 12 weeks is that if we don't do things right, America is going to see the darkest days in modern American medical history," Varon told CNN. On the eve of Thanksgiving, Dr. Joseph Varon, chief of staff at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, told CNN "America is going to see the darkest days in modern American medical history" over Christmas if we don't change course fast.
In an attempt to undermine media projections of Joe Biden as the new president-elect, a top aide to President Donald Trump has tweeted a doctored front-page headline of The Washington Times. The Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh shared a picture of the conservative publication with its splash headline reading "President Gore,” a reference to former vice-president Al Gore's race against George W Bush in 2000. The Democratic presidential nominee, Mr Gore, like his 2016 counterpart Hillary Clinton, won the popular vote but ultimately lost the election after a five-week legal battle with Mr Bush over who had received Florida's 25 electoral votes.
Karen Lima bought her wedding dress without trying it on first. Karen Lima and Robson Costa got married in 2018 after being together for 10 years. Before setting a wedding date, Lima saw her dream wedding dress on Pinterest: a gold Kyha Studios gown covered in head-to-toe sparkles.
Donald Trump was asked if he was using “the language of a dictator” following a brief but extraordinary press conference in which he doubled down on election misinformation, refused to say if he would attend Joe Biden's inauguration, and angrily assailed a reporter for asking if he would concede to his Democratic rival. The US president on Thursday took reporters' questions for the first time since the 3 November vote, but he mostly failed to answer accurately as he continued to deny the fact Mr Biden won both the electoral college and the popular vote. “If the media were honest and big tech was fair this wouldn't even be a contest and I would have won by a tremendous amount,” Mr Trump said from the White House.
An Arkansas man, who decorated the front of his home with a Black Santa Claus, received a racist letter in the mail from an unidentified person pretending to be Santa Claus, according to Fox 16. Chris Kennedy said he was "extremely angry" after he read the letter that asked him to "please remove your n--ro Santa Clause yard decoration," Fox 16 reported. "I am a Caucasian white man to you and have been for the past 600 years," the letter said, WCNC-TV reported.
Diego Maradona once said he hated everything from the United States and that George Bush was "human trash." The Argentine soccer legend, who died of a heart attack aged 60 on Wednesday, was a supporter of both Hugo Chavez, the former socialist president of Venezuela, and Fidel Castro. At an anti-Bush protest in Argentina in 2005, he also wore a "Stop Bush" t-shirt that had the "s" in "Bush" replaced by a swastika.
Dominion Voting Systems, a provider of election infrastructure, responded on Thursday to the pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell's accusations that it took part in vote rigging. In a point-by-point rejoinder, Dominion said Powell was "alleging a bizarre election fraud conspiracy" that would be impossible to carry out. Powell was until recently part of President Donald Trump's legal team.
A group of Republicans has lost one of two legal challenges brought before the Texas Supreme Court in the hope of invalidating nearly 127,000 drive-thru votes placed in Houston. The plaintiffs - a longtime activist Dr Steven Hotze, along with state Representative Steve Toth, US House candidate Wendell Champion, and judicial candidate Sharon Hemphill - had challenged the validity of the drive-thru voting on the grounds that it violated federal law. In the plea, they had also argued that Democratic Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins exceeded his constitutional authority by permitting drive-thru voting.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson claims to have acquired incriminating documents about Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe – and then lost them in the post. In a bizarre segment on Wednesday night's show, Carlson alleged that his team mailed the documents from New York to Los Angeles after receiving them from a “source” on Monday, but that the bundle never arrived. Without providing any further details or evidence, Carlson said the “damning” documents had “vanished” en route, heavily implying foul play.
Iran's top diplomat, Javad Zarif, on Friday suggested Israel was involved in the reported assassination of a top nuclear scientist. Iranian media on Friday reported that nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in a small city not far from Iran's capital, Tehran. "Terrorists murdered an eminent Iranian scientist today.
Three workers hired to help with the funeral and burial of Diego Maradona have been condemned for taking photos next to his open coffin. A funeral parlour took on the three to help prepare the coffin of the football icon, who died on Wednesday aged 60. In two pictures, the men can be seen posing next to the open casket at the parlour, smiling with their thumbs up.
Gwyneth Paltrow shared her Thanksgiving Day with two of the people she's most thankful for — her children. The actor-turned-entrepreneur went on an outing with her look-alike 16-year-old daughter, Apple, and her 14-year-old son, Moses, on Thursday, and she captured a sweet photo as they honored another member of the family who couldn't be there. The photo, which shows Paltrow standing in between the kids she shares with her ex-husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, is one of only a few pics she's ever shared on Instagram that features both teens together.
“Donald Trump defeated Donald Trump.”
“The victory was a vindication of a style of American politics that many feared was gone forever.”
“Mr. Biden’s victory — and Mr. Trump’s defeat — is a testament to the resilience of American democracy.”
“Trump’s 2020 reelection bid was doomed by his boorish behavior. Time and again, he refused to act like a president.”
“Biden took the opportunity to unite the Democratic Party.”