American election results are still on a knife edge as former vice president Joe Biden overtakes president Donald Trump in the Georgia vote count. Should Trump lose Georgia, Biden would need only one electoral vote to win the presidency. He is leading in three other battleground states, while the vote count in Pennsylvania, a crucial state for Trump, has significantly tightened in the last few hours as more absentee and mail-in ballots are counted.
Meanwhile, president Trump was accused of making a series of false claims in a White House press conference on Thursday night that caused some television networks to cut off the broadcast.
As Joe Biden closes in on the presidency, the incumbent is said to have unleashed a torrent of misinformation from the White House podium.
Many of the president’s close allies in his party have condemned the false claims. They say Trump was trying to undermine the legitimacy of the U.S. election. They said his none of his allegations had any basis in fact.
It is very possible that the next president could emerge by the end of today as Georgia and Pennsylvania are close to concluding their counts.
South Korea’s Yoo Myung-Hee Reportedly Withdraws From WTO DG Race
Nigeria’s former finance minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, appears to be the lone ranger standing for the post of director-general of the World Trade Organization. This follows a report that her opponent, South Korea’s trade minister, Yoo Myung-Hee, is withdrawing her candidacy for the position.
South Korea is said to have informed the United States of the decision to drop out of consideration for the position because the trade minister had failed to garner enough support from every region.
Okonjo-Iweala secured wide margins of popular support, but her candidacy was put on hold because the U.S. had not supported her candidacy.
A newsletter, Washington Trade Daily, reports South Korea has already informed the United States of its decision which is expected to be made public in a matter of days.
Trump Imposes New Rule For Some African Travellers
The Trump administration has announced a new rule of entry into the U.S. for 15 African countries whose citizens will now have to post bonds of up to $15,000 when visiting the country.
The new temporary travel rule takes effect on Christmas eve and targets visitor and business visas. Affected African countries include Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Djibouti. Others are Eritrea, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, and the Sudan.
The us state department says this move will deter those who overstay their visas.
President Donald Trump had made restricting immigration a central part of his four-year term. The visa bond rule targets countries whose nationals had an “overstay rate” of 10% or higher last year and will now be required to pay a refundable bond of $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000.
Meanwhile, president-elect Joe Biden has pledged to reverse many of Trump`s immigration policies, but untangling hundreds of changes could take months or years.
Sudan, Israel Normalization Talks
Sudan and Israel have continued normalizing ties between their two nations.
Israel says it has sent a delegation to Sudan for the first time since the countries agreed to build relations following a deal brokered by us president Donald Trump last month.
Israeli intelligence minister Eli Cohen said last week, the initial delegation to Sudan would be small and talks would focus on security matters.
He was quoted as saying, a larger delegation would then follow, to address possible economic co-operation with Sudan.
Sudan is the third Arab league nation, along with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, to normalize relations with Israel since September, despite strong opposition from Palestinians.
Sudan had been a foe of Israel for more than 8 decades. Since the latter’s founding in 1948.
Famously, it was the site of a declaration against normalizing ties with Israel in 1967, when the Arab league, meeting in the capital, Khartoum, swore “no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it”.