Live | Joe Biden, newly-elected president of the United States, delivers victory speech


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Here are the key developments:

    Joe Biden is the president-elect of the United States after being projected to win the battleground state of Pennsylvania. He is also projected to win the state of Nevada.

    There is no projected winner yet in battleground states Georgia,North Carolina or in Alaska, a Republican stronghold.

    “I ran as a proud Democrat. I will now be an American president,” Biden said in a victory speech in his home city as he urged supporters and Trump voters to come together.

    Kamala Harris makes history to become the first black woman and South Asian Vice President-elect.

    Biden “is rushing to falsely pose as the winner,” Trump said in a statement.

    Trump’s campaign has already filed legal challenges in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania, and says it will seek a recount in Wisconsin.

    A recount is likely in Georgia, Georgia’s Secretary of State said. Biden has increased his lead there.


US election is ‘moment of significance’ for EU partnership, says von der Leyen

Many European leaders were quick to congratulate US President-elect Joe Biden and said they were ready to work on climate change, security and the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a video statement, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the US and EU were “friends and allies” and said the election was a “moment of significance”.

She called the US-EU partnership “unprecedented” and rooted in “common history and shared values of democracy, freedom, rule of law, the respect for human rights, social justice, and an open economy.”

Von der Leyen said the EU was ready to “intensify cooperation with a new administration” to address global challenges.

The EU had a complicated relationship with Donald Trump, who supported the Brexit referendum and criticised NATO, calling it “obsolete”.

Trump also withdrew from the Paris agreement and said he would leave the World Health Organisation, actions that Biden has said he would reverse.

Boris Johnson says ‘crucial stuff’ to work on with next US administration 

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Associated Press that there was “a lot of crucial stuff for us in the weeks and months ahead: tackling climate change, trade, international security, many, many, many, many, many other issues.”

Johnson said the UK-US relationship would not change despite the change in leadership.

“The United States is our closest and most important ally,” said Johnson, who has yet to speak to Biden, according to the Associated Press.

“And that’s been the case under president after president, prime minister after prime minister. It won’t change.”

Conservatives will be looking to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the US, who Johnson said he expects will be “tough negotiators”.11:57

Iran tells Joe Biden: Let’s return to the Obama-era nuclear deal

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has called on President-elect Joe Biden to return to the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran, the US and European states that was signed by Barack Obama and torn up by President Donald Trump soon after he took office. 

Rouhani said that Biden should “compensate for past mistakes”, one of Iran’s state-run news agencies reported Sunday, marking the first high-level response from Iran since Biden and Kamala Harris clinched the November 3 election.

“Now, an opportunity has come up for the next U.S. administration to compensate for past mistakes and return to the path of complying with international agreements through respect of international norms,” the state-run IRNA news agency quoted him as saying.


Republicans still silent on Joe Biden victory over Donald Trump

At a time when everyone from remote Pacific Islands (hats off to Fiji for being first) to Western governments have been congratulating Joe Biden for his victory in the U.S. election, the response from the Republican party has been – for the most part – deafening silence. So what is the GOP waiting for? Well, it could be – and has been – argued that while Donald Trump lost the election, Trumpism emerged from it as strong, if not stronger, than ever. He won over 70 million votes and Biden’s personal success was not echoed on a legislative level, where Democrats lost a number of seats.  So until Trump accepts the result and concedes, Republicans may be wary of being seen to ‘jump ship’ at a time when the current president is still making widespread- and unfounded – allegations of voter fraud. “But no president in recent memory had maintained such iron-grip allegiance from his own party as Trump, with only a handful of Republicans in Congress ever willing to cross him, fearing that they were always one presidential tweet away from a primary challenge,” the AP wrote on Sunday.”They stuck with him during his impeachment, when only Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, voted to convict him, and Trump ostracized him.”It seems now that much of the GOP is sticking with Trump even in defeat. 09:40

Ballina, Ireland, celebrates the election of its native son, Joe Biden

    Live | Joe Biden, newly-elected president of the United States, delivers victory speech

A man puts a US flag up in the town of Ballina, the ancestral home of President elect Joe Biden, in North West of Ireland, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.It has been a while since President-elect John Biden had any link to Ballina, Ireland, a town that his great-great-great-grandfather left almost 200 years ago, but that hasn’t stopped the residents there from celebrating his win. Ballina, in County Mayo, has spent the last few days draped in Joe Biden banners and American flags, even as much of the town has closed down due to the coronavirus. Joe Blewitt, a heating and plumbing engineer and a cousin of Biden’s, said the town of about 10,000 is ecstatic at the prospect of a President Joe Biden.

“Now he’ll be the President of the United States, they’re delighted, they’re absolutely delighted,” Blewitt said. “To think one of their own is one of the most powerful men in the world.”

Blewitt, who met Biden in 201 when he was invited to the White House to see Biden awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour, said he was “a really nice fella.” 


Let’s have a look at some of the best images coming in this morning from the other side of the Atlantic. 


What next for Donald Trump? 

What next, indeed. It is the question on everyone’s lips this Sunday. Biden has won, so Trump has to leave the White House in January – even if the US Secret Service has to drag him out. But traditionally, the losing candidate – once the race is called – is supposed to call the winner and concede. Will Trump do so? “I doubt it,” said the president’s longtime friend and adviser Roger Stone, whom the president recently pardoned. As a result, Stone told AP, Biden will have “a cloud over his presidency.”It may be, allies have suggested, that Trump is looking to amp up the drama over the next few days to prepare for a comeback in 2024, when he would be 78, only a year old than Biden is now. Going out kicking and screaming rather than with dignity and poise would only energise his base. It is believed that Trump’s sons, Eric and Donald Jnr, want to see their father fight on but his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has apparently urged him to commit to a smooth transition. Over at Fox News, Trump ally Laura Ingraham also encouraged him to stand down with “grace and composure”. Officially, while Trump has embarked on various tirades on Twitter, the White House has released a terse statement pledging to “accept the results of a free and fair election” and follow “all statutory requirements.”07:51

Benjamin Netanyahu thanks Donald Trump, congratulates Biden

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has become the latest world leader to congratulate Joe Biden on his win in the U.S. election, as well as thanking Donald Trump for the last four years. Netanyahu has, perhaps, been Trump’s closest international ally, especially after the US president controversially approved the moving of the US consulate from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, upsetting the Palestinians, who consider the city the capital of any future Palestinian state. Trump’s plan for ending the decades-long conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians also heavily favoured Israel. Then in March 2020, Trump gave his backing to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, which are considered illegal under international law. Whether a Biden White House reverses or amends any of these measures, it remains to be seen. While the Trump plan – which was always rejected by the Palestinians – will be quietly shelved, the embassy will likely remain in Jerusalem. Biden may tone down the rhetoric on settlements, but the fact that Trump recognised them was – and is – a milestone for the Israeli right, and for Netanyahu. Israel watchers noted Sunday that while Netanyahu thanked Trump, it was nowhere near as effusive as he welcomed Trump in 2016 – his Twitter ‘cover photo’ also remains a picture of the Israeli prime minister with the former US president.07:51


Kamala Harris’ ancestral village wakes up to news of her election

Having gone to sleep before the news of the Democrats’ victory, people in Kamala Harris’ small ancestral Indian village woke up on Sunday morning to the news of her making history.Situated 315km from the city of Chennai, the small village of Thulasendrapuram, home to 350 people, has links to Harris through her grandfather.
“Congratulations Kamala Harris. Pride of our village. Vanakkam [Greetings] America,’’ one female villager wrote in colour powder outside her home. A day of celebration is planned with singing, dancing and firecrackers at a temple later today.

    Live | Joe Biden, newly-elected president of the United States, delivers victory speech

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