His statement comes as POTUS continues to challenge the election results via a spate of lawsuits over alleged voting violations and fraud. Despite refusing to concede, Trump hailed the GSA's decision to start the transition process to the projected Biden-Harris administration.
Earlier this month, the US promised to bring the number of its troops down from the 4,500 currently stationed in Afghanistan to 2,500 by 15 January.
On 9 November, the sides to the conflict, Armenia and Azerbaijan, signed a ceasefire deal, brokered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Nagorno-Karabakh after weeks of hostilities there. Under the agreement, Baku gained control of the territories seized during the recent flare-up, while Russia deployed its peacekeepers to the contested land.
Shamima Begum was 15 when she left her home in east London in February 2015 and travelled to Syria with two other British schoolgirls. She married a Dutch jihadist, who was killed, and is currently in a camp for former Daesh* families in Syria.
Road signs featuring a bizarre text have appeared in the Canadian city of Jasper, Alberta, but despite looking like a joke, the message is actually aimed at preventing wild animals from being hit by vehicles and avoiding people getting attacked by them.
Amid vaccination breakthroughs by multiple trials, the question of whether the Covid-19 vaccine will be enforced on the public by companies and state bodies has become ever more prominent.
Numerous countries have reported spikes in the number of coronavirus cases amid another wave of the pandemic. The global COVID-19 tally has surpassed 59 million, while the death toll has reached almost 1.4 million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.
James Mattis served under Trump from 2017 to 2019. He resigned in protest against the president's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria. Earlier this year he launched a scathing attack on Trump calling him a threat to the US Constitution.