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GOP slowly gaining as early vote total surpasses 2016

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With nine days before Election Day, more people already have cast ballots in this year's presidential election than voted early or absentee in the 2016 race as the start of in-person early voting in big states led to a surge in turnout in recent days. The opening of early voting… Read

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Biden, Trump rallies show sharp contrast amid as coronavirus surges again

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President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden gave starkly contrasting messages on Saturday about the coronavirus pandemic, taking their campaigns for the White House on the road to swing states where COVID-19 cases are surging again. Trump addressed a few thousand supporters at a tightly packed, in-person, outdoor… Read

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Trump and Biden clash on pandemic, trade personal jabs at final debate

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden offered sharply contrasting views on the still-raging coronavirus pandemic at Thursday's final presidential debate, seeking to persuade the few remaining undecided voters 12 days before their Nov 3 contest. Trump, a Republican, adopted a more restrained tone than he did during… Read

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Obama blasts Trump's tweets, track record in 2020 campaign trail debut

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Former President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail on Wednesday with a blistering attack on Donald Trump with less than two weeks to go before the Republican president's Election Day face-off with Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Speaking at a drive-in rally in Philadelphia on behalf of Biden, his former… Read

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Trump no fan of Sacha Baron Cohen

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U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday he has not been a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen -- even before a clip from the British comedian's new Borat movie forced his lawyer Rudy Giuliani into an awkward explanation. Asked about the clip -- which shows Giuliani in a faked "interview" with… Read

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U.N. nuclear arms ban treaty leaves Japan in a dilemma

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The United Nations said Saturday that 50 countries have ratified a U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons, paving the way for its entry into force on Jan 22, a move praised by anti-nuclear activists but opposed by the United States and other nuclear powers. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear… Read

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Trump pressures Barr to investigate Bidens as election nears

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Attorney General William Barr to immediately launch an investigation of Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter, effectively demanding that the Justice Department muddy his political opponent and abandon its historic resistance to getting involved in elections. With just two weeks to go… Read

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Putin rejects Trump's criticism of Biden family business

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden's past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, marking out his disagreement with one of Donald Trump's attack lines in the U.S. presidential election. Putin was responding to comments made by Trump during televised debates with… Read

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Diet session opens; Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050

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Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared Monday, outlining an ambitious agenda as the country struggles to balance economic and pandemic concerns. The policy speech at the outset of the parliamentary session was Suga's first since he took office on Sept 16 after his… Read

Crime

Fake residence cards proliferating as more foreigners overstay visas

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Japanese police have been increasingly encountering fake residence cards in recent times as more foreigners overstay their visas due to the high demand for workers across the country. Investigators acted on 748 cases of possession, forgery and other offenses involving residence cards in 2019 alone, according to the National Police… Read

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