President Donald Trump fired the nation's top election security official, a widely respected member of his administration who had dared to refute the president's unsubstantiated claims of electoral fraud and vouch for the integrity of the vote.
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has ended its COVID-19 vaccine trial with a 95% success rate. Acting US Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced that President Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to reduce the troop presence in Afghanistan and Iraq by Jan. 15. And, the Federal Aviation Administration cleared Boeing’s 737 Max jet to fly again.
China is fast becoming a global leader in cutting-edge technologies — such as artificial intelligence, facial recognition, surveillance and 5G. But critics say China’s technology enables authoritarian control and increases dependence on an autocratic state.
US officials accused Iran on Wednesday of sending out fake but menacing emails to voters in swing states in an effort to influence public opinion just before the presidential election. And, former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been asked to form a government again. Also, Poland’s high court ruled that a 1993 law permitting pregnancy terminations for fetal defects was unconstitutional.
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