Global reaction to a chaotic presidential debate

September 30, 2020

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A small billboard for the French publication, Le Point, is show with the faces of Donald Trump and Joe Biden on it and a woman is shown walking past.

The front page of French weekly newspaper Le Point displays a photo of President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden with a headline reading, "America on a volcano, (and us, too)," in Paris, Sept. 30, 2020.


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Viewers across the globe tuned into the 2020 presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday night and witnessed an often chaotic and unruly spectacle. And, members of the US House Intelligence Committee are increasingly worried that China is shaping geopolitics and global technology, while the US intelligence community lacks the resources or the mindset to challenge Beijing. Also, around the world, the coronavirus is causing spaces to be reused in new ways. In Salford, England, The Lowry performance theater has been converted by the Ministry of Justice to help tackle a backlog of nearly 50,000 legal cases.

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