US government says Iran behind voter-intimidation emails ahead of US election

October 22, 2020

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Two political yards signs are shown side-by-side — a mostly blue-colored Trump sign and a white with blue lettering Biden sign.

Yard signs supporting US President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are seen outside of an early voting site at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Virginia, Sept. 18, 2020.


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The US Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray announced Wednesday that Iran is behind a campaign of sending threatening, faked emails to voters in the US ahead of the 2020 presidential election. And, in the wake of the pandemic, the International Monetary Fund has doled out billions of dollars to keep countries afloat, with few restrictions. But now those countries say the IMF wants them to impose austerity measures. Also, a doctor in northeastern India dances for COVID-19 patients to make them feel happy — and a video of his moves has gone viral.

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