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Hong Kong delays election due to spike in COVID-19 infections

Hong Kong delays election due to spike in COVID-19 infections

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Elections for Hong Kong's parliament - previously scheduled for September 2020 - will be postponed due to a spike in coronavirus cases.Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam said the election will now be held on 5 September 2021, and the decision is aimed at "safeguarding people's health". She said it was the "hardest choice" she has made in the past seven months, adding that the government has the support of the Chinese government in making the decision.Hong Kong is dealing with a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, registering more cases this week than at any other point during the pandemic. The city recorded 3,273 infections as of Friday, more than double the tally on 1 July. Image: Carrie Lam said it was the 'hardest choice' she has made in the past...
Republicans to Trump: You can’t delay 2020 election

Republicans to Trump: You can’t delay 2020 election

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Top Republicans have rejected President Donald Trump's suggestion that November's presidential election should be delayed over alleged fraud concerns.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy both dismissed the idea.Mr Trump does not have the authority to postpone the election, as any delay would have to be approved by Congress.Earlier, the president suggested that increased postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.He floated a delay until people could "properly, securely and safely" vote. There is little evidence to support Mr Trump's claims but he has long railed against postal voting, which he has said would be susceptible to fraud.US states want to make mail-in voting easi...
Hong Kong bars 12 opposition candidates from election

Hong Kong bars 12 opposition candidates from election

World
Hong Kong authorities have disqualified 12 pro-democracy candidates from upcoming elections, deepening political tensions in the Chinese territory.Opposition legislators had hoped to obtain a majority in the Legislative Council (LegCo) in September's poll after Beijing's imposition of a highly controversial national security law.Among those barred are high-profile activists Joshua Wong and Lester Shum.The government said the candidates were not fit to run for office.It said they could not be considered to be abiding by the constitutional duty required of lawmakers if they: advocated for, or promoted, Hong Kong's independence solicited intervention by foreign governments in Hong Kong's affairs expressed "an objection in principle"...
QAnon: The bizarre pro-Trump conspiracy theory growing ahead of the US election

QAnon: The bizarre pro-Trump conspiracy theory growing ahead of the US election

Technology
It has been described as a right-wing conspiracy theory, an emerging religious movement, and even as a domestic terrorism threat in one FBI bulletin - but what exactly is QAnon?Put simply, QAnon is a surprisingly popular hoax based on the cryptic posts of an individual or group purporting to possess inside knowledge of the Trump administration's secret fight against an evil global cabal. QAnon's followers (which include at least one Republican candidate for the US Senate) often disagree about very significant details of the conspiracy which they believe is taking place. Image: Members of QAnon regularly attend Trump rallies What details do they agree about?Generally they all believe that Donald Trump is fighting against a secretive an...
US election 2020: Kanye West launches unconventional bid for presidency

US election 2020: Kanye West launches unconventional bid for presidency

Entertainment
Kanye West has officially launched his campaign for the 2020 US presidential election, with an unorthodox rally in Charleston, South Carolina. West, 43, is running as a candidate for his self-styled "Birthday Party".At the event, the rapper seemed to make policy decisions off-the-cuff and made several rants, including on abortion and on abolitionist Harriet Tubman.Fans have questioned whether his last-minute bid for the White House is actually a promotional stunt.The Charleston rally did little to clarify whether his run is genuine. But a now-deleted tweet sent from West's account on Saturday, appearing to show the song list for a new album, added to the speculation.The event, held at a wedding and conference hall in the city, wa...