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US breaks daily record for coronavirus cases with over 91,000 new infections

The previous one-day record for US coronavirus cases was 84,169 on October 23. Globally, India holds the record for new cases in a single day at 97,894 infections on September 17.

30 Oct 2020 9:35 am
Trump, Biden fight for Florida, appeal for Tuesday turnout

President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden are encouraging voters to turn out in person on Election Day next Tuesday, both campaigning in Florida, a state all but essential to the Republican's pathway to another term.

30 Oct 2020 5:29 am
Trump officials tout progress on border wall before election

While most of the wall went up in areas that had smaller barriers, the government built hundreds of miles of fencing as high as 30 feet (9 meters) in a short amount of time - most of it this year. But crews blasted hills and bulldozed sensitive habitats in national wildlife refuges and on American Indian land to do it, prioritizing areas where they could build more quickly.

30 Oct 2020 1:35 am
Trump, Biden appeal to Florida voters to turn out in person

More than 73 million Americans have already voted, absentee or by mail, and Trump and Biden are trying to energize the millions more who will vote on Tuesday. While the Election Day vote traditionally favors Republicans and early votes tend toward Democrats, the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 227,000 people in the United States, has injected new uncertainty.

30 Oct 2020 12:47 am
Red mirage, blue mirage: Beware of early US election wins

Don't be fooled, voting experts and academics say. Early vote counts in the most competitive, battleground states can be particularly misleading this election because of the surge in mail-in or absentee ballots, and the different ways that they are processed.

29 Oct 2020 9:35 pm
Pompeo, in Indonesia, renews China attacks as US vote looms

With China a central theme in President Donald Trump's campaign to win a second term in just five days time, Pompeo took aim at Chinese aggressiveness in the South China Sea, where it has advanced maritime and territorial claims over the objections of its smaller neighbors, and over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

29 Oct 2020 5:35 pm
Donald Trump: The wrecking ball who came to 'fix' America

Donald Trump rose to power proposing a simple solution to the United States' deepest problems: himself. Four years later, at the end of a first term that convulsed the world, the 74-year-old billionaire showman is seeking reelection.

29 Oct 2020 9:35 am
Biden hold 17-point lead over Trump in new Wisconsin poll

US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden holds a commanding 17 per cent lead over President Donald Trump in Wisconsin in a new poll of the key battleground state, released less than a week before Election Day.

29 Oct 2020 1:31 am
Louisiana braces for another hurricane as Zeta barrels in

Hurricane Zeta was set to slam the southern United States Wednesday, bringing dangerous winds and storm surges to Louisiana, which has been hit repeatedly during a busy hurricane season.

28 Oct 2020 9:35 pm
Six days to US election, Pence campaigns in coronavirus hotspot Wisconsin as cases surge

Wisconsin broke one-day state records in both cases and deaths on Tuesday. State officials asked residents to quarantine voluntarily when possible, wear masks and cancel social gatherings with more than five people.

28 Oct 2020 9:35 pm
Facebook's Zuckerberg struggles to connect, forcing US Senate hearing to pause

We are unable to make contact with Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, Senator Roger Wicker, who chairs the committee, said agreeing to a five-minute delay after the chief executives of Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google had spoken.

28 Oct 2020 9:35 pm
NXIVM sex cult founder Keith Raniere sentenced to 120 years in prison

Keith Raniere, the founder of the cult-like group NXIVM where women were kept on starvation diets, branded with his initials, and ordered to have sex with him, was sentenced on Tuesday to 120 years in prison following his conviction for sex trafficking and other crimes.

28 Oct 2020 9:35 am
The US presidential race, from A to Z

It's been a race like no other: held amid the coronavirus pandemic, economic turmoil, and a national reckoning on race -- and after four turbulent years with Donald Trump as president.

28 Oct 2020 9:35 am
Thousands flee homes near LA as wildfires rage

More than 90,000 people fled their homes near Los Angeles on Monday as two fast-spreading and uncontained wildfires raged across more than 14,600 acres (5,900 hectares), blocking key roadways and critically injuring two firefighters.

27 Oct 2020 5:35 pm
American citizen kidnapped in southern Niger, sources say

Niger, like much of West Africa's Sahel region, is struggling with a deepening security crisis as groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State carry out attacks on the army and civilians, despite help from French and U.S. forces.

27 Oct 2020 5:35 pm
Jared Kushner says Black Americans must 'want' to succeed

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner criticized athletes and others who have protested against US racism on social media and basketball courts and suggested that Black people had to want to succeed for policies to change.

27 Oct 2020 1:35 pm
Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to US Supreme Court in Trump pre-election triumph

The US Senate confirmed conservative jurist Amy Coney Barrett as the Supreme Court's newest justice on Monday, delivering a landmark and controversial win for President Donald Trump just eight days before the election. The deeply divided chamber voted 52 to 48, largely along party lines in the Republican-controlled Senate, making Barrett the third Trump nominee to reach the high court.

27 Oct 2020 9:35 am
Trump earns Supreme Court boost in election final week

President Donald Trump's struggling reelection campaign received a boost Monday with the confirmation of his latest Supreme Court nominee, tilting the top body to the right and clinching his judicial legacy in a landmark victory for American conservatives.

27 Oct 2020 9:35 am
Thousands forced to evacuate from California fires

Fast-moving wildfires forced evacuation orders for more than 100,000 people and seriously injured two firefighters in Southern California on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent utility equipment from sparking new blazes.

27 Oct 2020 9:35 am
60,000 in Southern California to evacuate after blaze grows

The smoky fire in Orange County broke out just before 7am on Monday and quickly threatened neighbourhoods in Irvine, a sprawling city of about 280,000 people. California is extremely dry and fire danger is high as the state experiences winds that are gusting above 60 mph (97 kph) in places.

27 Oct 2020 1:35 am
Biden, Trump focus on battleground states in 11th-hour pitch

The final week of the campaign is colliding with deepening concerns about a public health crisis in the US Trump is eager for voters to focus on almost anything else, worried that he will lose if the election becomes a referendum on his handling of the pandemic. Biden is working to ensure the race is just that, hitting Trump on the virus and presenting himself as a safer, more stable alternative.

26 Oct 2020 9:35 pm
Japan and US begin major military exercise as concern about China grows

Japan and the United States on Monday began air, sea and land exercises around Japan in a show of force in the face of increased Chinese military activity in the region.The Keen Sword exercise is the first big drill since Yoshihide Suga became Japan's prime minister last month with a vow to continue the military build-up aimed at countering China.

26 Oct 2020 9:29 pm