Statement by President-elect Joe Biden on United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities Today, Jill and I join with communities, advocates, and activists around the world to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities and to recommit ourselves to upholding the civil rights of persons with disabilities around the globe.  This day is an even more necessary reminder of this fight as the world struggles to overcome...

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In first sit down interview since defeating President Trump, President-elect Biden identifies the four crises he’ll face

U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday identified the four crises his incoming administration will face when he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn into office on January 20, 2021. Biden identified COVID-19, the economic crisis, racial inequalities and climate change as the four biggest challenges he and...

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52,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Africa from 2.1 million infections, the lowest death toll in the world

More 52,500 people have died from COVID-19 in Africa from over 2.1 million infections, according to the latest data released by the Africa CDC. The data show the continent of 1.3 billion people recorded less than 200 deaths on Wednesday. Africa has been less impacted by the coronavirus than other continents, and many reasons have been given for the low death toll, including its younger...

President-elect Biden appoints Brian Deese as Director of the National Economic Council

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announced on Thursday that veteran economic and climate expert Brian Deese will be appointed to serve as Director of the National Economic Council, a top White House advisory position created in 1993 to help inform, design, and coordinate the economic components of the president’s policy agenda. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiFRS660iM4 A former Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, Deputy Director of the Office of...

U.S. marks another grim milestone with 2800 coronavirus deaths in one day

The United States marked another grim milestone on Wednesday with over 2800 coronavirus deaths in a single day, the highest since the pandemic began early this year. On Tuesday, about 2600 people died of coronavirus in the United States, a number close to a record set in Mid-April when more than 2600 Americans were killed by the respiratory illness in a single day. About 13.9...

Equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines to generate $153 billion economic benefits in 10 major economies

As world leaders gather virtually at the Special Session of the General Assembly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, new data published today finds that leaving low- and lower-middle-income countries (LLMICs) without access to vaccines amid the COVID-19 pandemic will cause significant economic damage that puts decades of economic progress at risk – for both LLMICs and advanced economies alike. The report by the Eurasia Group analyses ten major...

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Democrats and Republicans finally get serious about COVID-19 relief deal before Christmas

The Democrats and the Republicans are finally serious about reaching a COVID-19 deal before Christmas, as new cases increase and hospitalizations and deaths expand across the country. On Wednesday, more than 2800 COVID-19 deaths were reported in the United States, the highest daily death toll since the pandemic began early this year. With more than 100,000 Americans hospitalized, 20,000 of them in intensive care units and nearly 7,000 on...

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Hong Kong should drop cases against democracy activists, including Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam – HRW

Hong Kong authorities should drop all criminal cases and release from custody those arrested or convicted for their peaceful participation in pro-democracy protests, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. These include Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Ivan Lam, who were sentenced on December 2, 2020, to 13-and-a-half months, 10 months, and 7 months respectively for inciting, organizing, and participating in an unauthorized assembly, an offense under Hong Kong’s Public Order...

U.S. under COVID-19 siege with an American dying every 35 seconds – opinion

The most incompetent American, President Donald John Trump, 74 years old, is missing in action, at a time when the country is under COVID-19 siege. An American now dies of COVID-19 every 35 seconds. In the past 48 hours, Tuesday and Wednesday alone, more than 5300 Americans have been killed by the deadly respiratory disease. Only today, more than 2700 Americans have died. Yesterday,...

Coronavirus hospitalizations top 100k in US

More than 100,000 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States, the highest number of hospitalizations since the outbreak began early this year. There are nearly 20,000 patients in ICU and about 7000 of them on ventilator, according to the new data collected by The COVID Tracking Project. The data show that the number of hospitalizations has been dramatically increasing since the end of October,...

Trump releases video message he labeled “the most important speech I’ve ever made” full of lies

U.S. President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday released a video message he labeled "the most important speech I've ever made" which was full of baseless election fraud allegations he has failed to prove in court. Mr. Trump has continued to claim on the social media that the 2020 presidential election he lost to Joe Biden was rigged. However, in the court of law,...

U.S. CDC shortens COVID-19 quarantine time to 7 or 10 days, down from 14

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shortened its recommended COVID-19 quarantine time from 14 days to 7 or 10 days. The new guidelines were announced on Wednesday. The guidelines say individuals who have close contact with an infected person can quarantine for only 7 days if they receive a negative test, or 10 days without a test. The CDC defines close contact...

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U.S. ‘appalled by persecution of pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong’

The United States government said on Thursday it was "appalled by the Hong Kong government’s political persecution of Hong Kong’s courageous pro-democracy advocates." "The use of courts to silence peaceful dissent is a hallmark...

In first sit down interview since defeating President Trump, President-elect Biden identifies the four crises he’ll face

U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday identified the four crises his incoming administration will face when he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn into office on January 20, 2021. Biden identified COVID-19, the economic crisis, racial inequalities and climate change as the four biggest challenges he and...

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U.S. must stop vilifying immigrants, says Biden homeland security nominee Alejandro N. Mayorkas

The United States "must stop vilifying" immigrants, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas said on Thursday, adding the country must also "bring to an immediate end the inhumane and unjust treatment of immigrants." "There is no more...

Biden: We can and must do more for people with disabilities – statement

Statement by President-elect Joe Biden on United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities Today, Jill and I join with communities, advocates, and activists around the world to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities and to recommit ourselves to upholding the...

Democrats and Republicans finally get serious about COVID-19 relief deal before Christmas

The Democrats and the Republicans are finally serious about reaching a COVID-19 deal before Christmas, as new cases increase and hospitalizations and deaths expand across the country. On Wednesday, more than 2800 COVID-19 deaths were reported in the United States, the highest daily death...

52,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Africa from 2.1 million infections, the lowest death toll in the world

More 52,500 people have died from COVID-19 in Africa from over 2.1 million infections, according to the latest data released by the Africa CDC. The data show the continent of 1.3 billion people recorded less than 200 deaths on Wednesday. Africa has been less impacted...

President-elect Biden appoints Brian Deese as Director of the National Economic Council

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announced on Thursday that veteran economic and climate expert Brian Deese will be appointed to serve as Director of the National Economic Council, a top White House advisory position created in 1993 to help inform, design, and coordinate the economic...

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In first sit down interview since defeating President Trump, President-elect Biden identifies the four crises he’ll face

U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday identified the four crises his incoming administration will face when he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn into office on January 20, 2021. Biden identified COVID-19, the economic crisis, racial inequalities and climate change as the four biggest challenges he and Harris will have to grapple with. Biden and Harris chose CNN for their first sit down interview since they defeated President...

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Hong Kong should drop cases against democracy activists, including Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam – HRW

Hong Kong authorities should drop all criminal cases and release from custody those arrested or convicted for their peaceful participation in pro-democracy protests, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. These...

Equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines to generate $153 billion economic benefits in 10 major economies

As world leaders gather virtually at the Special Session of the General Assembly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, new data published today finds that leaving low- and lower-middle-income countries (LLMICs) without access to vaccines amid the COVID-19 pandemic will cause significant economic damage that puts decades of...

Battle for U.S. senate: worries over equitable voting access in Georgia runoffs

State and local election officials in Georgia should take immediate steps to ensure that every voter in the state has easy and equitable access to absentee ballot drop boxes in the lead up to the January 5, 2021, Senate runoff elections, Human Rights Watch...

U.S. under COVID-19 siege with an American dying every 35 seconds – opinion

The most incompetent American, President Donald John Trump, 74 years old, is missing in action, at a time when the country is under COVID-19 siege. An American now dies of COVID-19 every 35 seconds. In the past 48 hours, Tuesday and Wednesday alone, more...

Coronavirus hospitalizations top 100k in US

More than 100,000 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States, the highest number of hospitalizations since the outbreak began early this year. There are nearly 20,000 patients in ICU and about 7000 of them on ventilator, according to the new data collected by...

Trump releases video message he labeled “the most important speech I’ve ever made” full of lies

U.S. President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday released a video message he labeled "the most important speech I've ever made" which was full of baseless election fraud allegations he has failed to prove in court. Mr. Trump has continued to claim on the...

U.S. CDC shortens COVID-19 quarantine time to 7 or 10 days, down from 14

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shortened its recommended COVID-19 quarantine time from 14 days to 7 or 10 days. The new guidelines were announced on Wednesday. The guidelines say individuals who have close contact with an infected person can quarantine...

17 rights groups to Macron: press Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to end abuses

French President Emmanuel Macron should strongly press Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to address human rights violations before his upcoming visit to Paris, particularly to release arbitrarily detained activists and human rights defenders, 17 organizations said on Wednesday. The 17 organizations include ACAT-France, Amnesty International, ANKH (Arab Network...

U.S. marks another grim milestone with 2800 coronavirus deaths in one day

The United States marked another grim milestone on Wednesday with over 2800 coronavirus deaths in a single day, the highest since the pandemic began early this year. On Tuesday, about 2600 people died of coronavirus in the United States, a number close to a record...

Equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines to generate $153 billion economic benefits in 10 major economies

As world leaders gather virtually at the Special Session of the General Assembly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, new data published today finds that leaving low- and lower-middle-income countries (LLMICs) without access to vaccines amid the COVID-19 pandemic will cause significant economic damage that puts decades of...

Battle for U.S. senate: worries over equitable voting access in Georgia runoffs

State and local election officials in Georgia should take immediate steps to ensure that every voter in the state has easy and equitable access to absentee ballot drop boxes in the lead up to the January 5, 2021, Senate runoff elections, Human Rights Watch...

U.S. under COVID-19 siege with an American dying every 35 seconds – opinion

The most incompetent American, President Donald John Trump, 74 years old, is missing in action, at a time when the country is under COVID-19 siege. An American now dies of COVID-19 every 35 seconds. In the past 48 hours, Tuesday and Wednesday alone, more...

Coronavirus hospitalizations top 100k in US

More than 100,000 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States, the highest number of hospitalizations since the outbreak began early this year. There are nearly 20,000 patients in ICU and about 7000 of them on ventilator, according to the new data collected by...

Trump releases video message he labeled “the most important speech I’ve ever made” full of lies

U.S. President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday released a video message he labeled "the most important speech I've ever made" which was full of baseless election fraud allegations he has failed to prove in court. Mr. Trump has continued to claim on the...

U.S. CDC shortens COVID-19 quarantine time to 7 or 10 days, down from 14

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shortened its recommended COVID-19 quarantine time from 14 days to 7 or 10 days. The new guidelines were announced on Wednesday. The guidelines say individuals who have close contact with an infected person can quarantine...
State and local election officials in Georgia should take immediate steps to ensure that every voter in the state has easy and equitable access to absentee ballot drop boxes in the lead up to the January 5, 2021, Senate runoff elections, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday as it released a new data analysis of the issue. Human Rights Watch said it determined that there are significant inequities between voters’ access to...

Adeyemo, Nigerian-American nominee for deputy treasury secretary: everyone deserves a fair shot when they need it most

U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has nominated Nigerian-American Adewale 'Wally' Adeyemo, for Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. On Tuesday, Biden introduced Adeyemo to...

Harris: economic team to deliver immediate relief to Americans

U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Tuesday congratulated President-elect Joseph R. Biden "on choosing this outstanding economic team." "This is the team we need to...

In their own words: Biden’s economic team vows to rebuild America’s economy better

U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden's nominees and appointees on Tuesday vowed to rebuild the American economy. The President-elect on Monday announced key members of his...

Joe Biden: My first-rate economic team will get us through on-going crisis and help us build back better

U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Tuesday introduced his economic team to the nation, saying it will help the nation get through the...

President Buhari says he appreciates Nigerians for their patience over bad economy

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja appreciated Nigerians and Organized Labour for restraint, understanding and patience as the country tackles myriad economic challenges,...

Biden’s economic team praised as experienced and historic

U.S. President-elect's economic team has been praised as experience and historic. Biden on Monday announced key members of his economic team, including Janet Yellen...

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U.S. ‘appalled by persecution of pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong’

The United States government said on Thursday it was "appalled by the Hong Kong government’s political persecution of Hong Kong’s courageous pro-democracy advocates." "The use of courts to silence peaceful dissent is a hallmark...

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COVID-19 devastates mining communities, increases rights risks

Major jewelry companies are improving their sourcing of gold and diamonds, but most cannot assure consumers that their jewelry is untainted by human rights...

Biden thrilled by General Motors’ announcement

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is thrilled by an announcement on Monday "that General Motors is committed to working with the Biden-Harris Administration and the...

President Ramaphosa details investment opportunities in South Africa

In a letter to fellow citizens on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa detailed efforts by his administration to attract investments into South Africa. Dear Fellow...

African Development Bank President calls for joint fight against COVID-19

The global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic will depend on the world coming together in a collective endeavor backed by science, finance and political...

Buhari to foreign investors: Come, Nigeria is ready for business

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja urged international community and investors to take advantage of the country’s diversity in human and natural resources...

Uganda tops African countries with well-developed electricity regulatory frameworks – ERI 2020 report

Uganda has for the third time in a row emerged as the top performer in this year’s Electricity Regulatory Index Report published by the...