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As Republicans in Georgia pleaded Tuesday with President Trump to stop making baseless claims about the election being stolen from him, GOP leaders in Washington remained silent about the avalanche of lies, conspiracy theories and open threats of violence made by the president’s allies.
A photo of a hospital’s alternative care site in Reno, Nevada, is being misrepresented on social media to fuel the false narrative that the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax, even as cases surge in the state. Renown Regional Medical Center has been the primary target of renewed conspiracy theories online suggesting that hospitals are empty and the virus is not as dangerous as top medical officials say it is. The hospital opened an alternative care site with two floors of supplemental hospital beds inside a parking structure on Nov. 12 to accommodate an overflow in COVID-19 cases if needed.
A retired Air Force three-star reignited claims about troops' involvement in secret missions in the wake of the election.
The Australian cardinal who was Pope Francis’s economy minister before having to defend himself from sex abuse allegations said he was shocked by the level of “criminality” he stumbled across in the Vatican. During a long and tortuous legal process, George Pell was convicted but ultimately acquitted of accusations that he molested two 13-year-old choirboys in the sacristy of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s. Although he was definitively acquitted of the allegations by Australia’s High Court in April, victims’ groups and critics say that at the very least he mishandled previous sex abuse cases when he was archbishop of Melbourne and then Sydney, protecting priests and downplaying the extent of the problem in the Catholic Church.
The Trump campaign is set to file a lawsuit Tuesday morning in Wisconsin's Supreme Court alleging that abuse of absentee voting affected 220,000 ballots in the battleground state that President-elect Joe Biden won.The campaign makes several claims of election officials intentionally breaking the law, resulting in illegal votes being cast and counted. According to the lawsuit, Wisconsin Election Commission officials as well as the city clerks of Milwaukee and Madison “willfully disregarded the current statute and made conscious efforts to circumvent Wisconsin election law,” causing a substantial number of votes to be counted that were cast “well outside of the bounds of Wisconsin law.”One such instance involves election officials accepting ballots without the required absentee ballot request forms on file, as Wisconsin law mandates, the campaign claims. Ballots that were cast without an absentee ballot application on file should be challenged, the campaign said.The campaign also claims that municipal clerks were “illegally altering ballot envelopes themselves” and fixing errors such as missing addresses.Election officials also allowed voters to flout voter ID laws, the lawsuit alleges, by allowing them to vote absentee even though they were not “indefinitely confined,” meaning they are “physically ill, infirm, elderly or disabled,” the group for which Wisconsin reserves absentee voting.Finally, the lawsuit claims the city of Madison allowed “unlawful polling locations at over 200 locations throughout the city’s Democracy in the Park voting events,” making ballots cast at those locations illegal. The Biden campaign also encouraged and advertised those events, according to the campaign.The head of the Trump campaign's Wisconsin legal team, former Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Jim Troupis, admitted that Wisconsin's ten electoral votes likely will not change the overall outcome of the election but said the campaign also sees long-term benefits of challenging the election process in the state.“Exposing exactly how the election processes were abused in Wisconsin holds enormous value for this election beyond a victory for President Trump, but the fact is, our state’s electoral votes likely won’t change the overall outcome,” Troupis said. “Regardless, we’re demonstrating that the results of this election unequivocally ought to be questioned.”The campaign's suit comes after Wisconsin finished a partial recount of the vote tally on Sunday, which added 87 votes to Biden's lead in the state. Democratic Governor Tony Evers certified the election results Monday night, a day before the deadline to do so.Hours earlier Arizona also certified its election results, affirming Biden as the first Democrat to be victorious in the state since 1996.Trump has so far refused to concede since the election, claiming that widespread fraud occurred with large numbers of mail ballots sufficient to overturn his victory.
Ethiopia's prime minister has called on the fugitive leaders of the Tigray region to give themselves up after its capital was taken by government forces on the weekend. Abiy Ahmed, who was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 2019, said that 30 to 40 rebel leaders should surrender to "save their lives" in a televised address to lawmakers on Monday. Mr Abiy praised the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) for bringing about a swift end to a three-week conflict that is believed to have caused thousands of deaths and forced around 40,000 Ethiopians to flee to neighbouring Sudan. His comments contradict claims by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) that fighting continues “on every front”. While the rebels’ exact location is unknown, TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters on Monday that he was “close to Mekele in Tigray fighting the invaders.” It is thought that the remaining fighters tactically retreated to nearby mountains days before the assault on the city to avoid casualties. Ethiopia’s former ruling party also claimed to have shot down a military plane, retaken a local town and captured some Eritrean troops fighting for the federal government. A telephone and electricity blackout has made it impossible to corroborate claims. Though the TPLF came to power by toppling Ethiopia’s Marxist Derg in the 1990s, it is unclear whether it will be able to repeat the guerilla tactics that made the insurgency successful. “It is not yet clear what the condition of the Tigrayan security forces are after the recent fighting, nor what the population's reaction is to the federal intervention and the establishment of a provisional government,” said William Davidson, Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Ethiopia. Experts fear that Ethiopia may be headed towards a protracted conflict. Mr Abiy also claimed that “not even a single person was killed” by the government’s offensive and that rockets were not launched to the Tigray region. He said: “Mekele is ours. It was built by our resources, we are not going to destroy it. Not even a single person was affected, damaged by the operation in Mekele.” Last week, The Telegraph published numerous accounts of Tigrayan refugees in Sudan who claimed to have been bombed and attacked by federal soldiers and knife-wielding allied militiamen. Ethiopia’s state TV reported on Sunday that individual and mass graves of 70 people were found in the town of Humera as both sides accuse each other of atrocities and war crimes.
Japanese intelligence officials told a US expert that Kim Jong Un received a trial COVID-19 vaccine from China within the last few weeks.