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Biden to name Pete Buttigieg to lead Department of Transportation

By Alayna Treene, Hans Nichols Joe Biden plans to name Mayor Pete Buttigieg as his transportation secretary as early as today, tapping a former rival to help rebuild America’s infrastructure, according to three people familiar with the matter. Why it matters: By selecting Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, …

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Electoral College: The people who ultimately pick the US president

By Sam Cabral BBC News, Washington When Americans go to the polls in presidential elections, they are not directly voting for president. They are actually voting for a group of 538 “electors” that make up the Electoral College. Electors cast their vote on Monday 14 December, after all 50 states …

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Supreme Court rejects Texas’ and Trump’s bid to overturn election

By Ariane de Vogue and Maegan Vazquez, CNN (CNN)The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a bid from Texas’ attorney general — supported by President Donald Trump — to block the ballots of millions of voters in battleground states that went in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. The court’s order, issued …

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US Supreme Court refuses to overturn Trump’s Pennsylvania loss

By  AFP Washington The US Supreme Court dealt the latest blow Tuesday to Donald Trump’s effort to overturn his election loss when it denied his allies’ attempt to block the certification of votes in key state Pennsylvania. The nation’s highest court, which includes three Trump-appointed justices out of nine, did …

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Jerusalem church suffers damage by Israeli Arsonists

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police on Friday arrested a man for trying to set fire to an east Jerusalem church by the Garden of Gethsemane, the site revered by Christians as the place where Jesus prayed before he was crucified. The 49-year-old Israeli suspect poured flammable liquid inside the Church …

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Tanzania’s Magufuli unveils his Cabinet 30 days after taking Oath

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania’s President John Magufuli on Saturday announced the appointment of 21 new ministers and 23 deputy ministers. John Kijazi, the chief secretary, said in a statement that the President has also formed a new Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to be headed by Faustine Ndugulile. Mr …

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The UN removes cannabis from list of the most dangerous substances

A United Nations commission has voted to remove cannabis from a list that categorized it as one of the most dangerous drugs — a move that recognizes the plant as having medicinal value. The UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs approved a recommendation from the World Health Organization on Wednesday to …

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Namibia is auctioning 170 wild elephants amid drought and rising population

Namibia has put 170 “high value” wild elephants up for sale due to drought and an increase in elephant numbers, the southern African country’s environmental ministry announced on Wednesday. An advertisement carried by state-owned daily outlet New Era said an increase in incidents of human-elephant conflict motivated the sale. Namibia’s …

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The Hand of Diego

By Mathew Brown The death of the greatest player in the history of the game of Association Football, Diego Armando Maradona, on November 25 produced an outpouring of grief and nostalgia around the world. He was such an important figure in his native Argentina that the president declared three days …

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The Biden Era Is Really Here, and It Feels Like a Miracle

By Michael Tomasky, Special Correspondent And suddenly, things felt different Tuesday. It was that cowardly GSA woman finally throwing in the towel. It was Laura Ingraham admitting it was over the night before. It was Donald Trump pardoning the turkeys, a self-abasing ritual for a president in the best of …

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