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    US media outlets have called Democratic candidate Joe Biden the winner of the election, although incumbent President Donald Trump has yet to concede defeat. Trump, as well as members of his administration, have made multiple claims that the election, and in particular the counting of mail-in ballots, was conducted fraudulently.

    The Democratic Party has managed to secure control over the House of Representatives with a reduced majority, winning at least 218 seats, the Associated Press has reported.

    This is the second time since 1995 that the Dems have taken control over the chamber for four consecutive years.

    However, with the reduced majority of seats, Republicans have found themselves in a good position to block President-elect Joe Biden from launching major legislative initiatives.

    While mainstream US media outlets have reported that the Democratic nominee won the presidential race, Donald Trump still refuses to concede, accusing his opponents of "stealing votes" and promising to take legal action, including an appeal to the US Supreme Court.

    Biden won the popular vote by nearly 5 million votes (3.3%) but, more importantly, won the most critical statewide elections, which are required to win the Electoral College.

     

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      Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday that he had held a phone conversation with projected US President-elect Joe Biden.

      “I’ve just spoken to President-elect @JoeBiden to congratulate him on his election. There are no greater friends and no greater allies than Australia and the US. I look forward to strengthening even further our deep and enduring alliance, and to working with him closely as we face the world’s many challenges together,” Morrison wrote on his Twitter page.

      The prime minister added that he was looking forward to celebrating the 70th anniversary of ANZUS, the military alliance between Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

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    • 02:04

      Biden to Name Top Democratic Official Ron Klain as Chief of Staff - Reports

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      “I just spoke to @JoeBiden and congratulated him on his election. We reaffirmed our firm commitment to a robust ROK-US alliance and peaceful and prosperous Korean Peninsula. Going forward, I will work closely with him to meet global challenges including COVID19 and climate change,” Moon wrote on his Twitter page.

    • 22:51

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      Biden's Current Lead in Pennsylvania Bigger Than Margin Required to Start Recount, Edison Research Shows

    • 18:14

      Trump Projected to Win Alaska, CNN Says

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      Trump won 56.9% to 39.1% over Democratic rival Joe Biden, with 70 percent of votes counted, according to official results posted by CNN, bringing the president's electoral college tally to 217.

      Biden was projected the winner of the race by all major media outlets this weekend when he crossed the 270-electoral vote threshold. AP and Fox have him at 290 but most other networks, including CNN, have Arizona, with it 11 electoral votes, still in the too close to category.

      Biden leads the national vote by 3.3% (77.3 million to 72.2 million), according to official results published by CNN, although popular vote is irrelevant in the Electoral College format which requires candidates to win statewide elections.

      Trump has filed several legal challenges over allegations of voter fraud and refuses to concede.

    • 16:57

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    • 16:30

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    • 14:40

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    • 13:46

      Syria Hopes ‘New US President’ to Learn From Previous Mistakes, But Only Counts on Itself

      Syria hopes that "the new president" of the United States will draw lessons from mistakes of his predecessors, but eventually continues to rely on itself and not on anyone else, Foreign Minister Assistant Ayman Sousan told Sputnik on the sidelines of the Damascus international conference on the return of Syrian refugees. 

      "As for Biden and [Donald] Trump, we do not care about people, but politics matters to us. … We wish that any American president will look at what has been left by policies of his predecessors and work mainly for the benefit of the United States, which should have good ties with all of the world countries and refrain from creating tensions and fueling conflicts. We hope that the new president will learn from the mistakes of his predecessors," Sousan said, when asked about Syria’s position on the US election results.

      "We are counting on ourselves, not on anyone. The American policies that were implemented have led only to fueling conflicts in the world," Sousan added.

      The two-day conference, which is hosted by the Syrian capital of Damascus and co-chaired by Russia, will run from November 11-12.

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