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US Election 2020, Results Overview

Tight battle in key states

  • BIDEN,DEMOCRAT,224
  • TRUMP,REPUBLICAN,213

270 to win

After 41 of 50 states

How did Trump keep Florida?

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  1. Egypt academic suspended for 'insulting Prophet Muhammad'

    BBC World Service

    Muslims visit the Rawdah Mubarak (Sacred chamber), burial chamber of Prophet Muhammad, at Masjid al-Nabawi, the mosque that incorporates the final resting place of Prophet Muhammad and the first two Rashidun caliphs Abu Bakr and Umar, in Medina, Saudi Arabia on August 15, 2019
    Image caption: Prophet Muhammad's burial chamber is in Medina city in Saudi Arabia

    A sociology professor in the Egyptian city of Alexandria has been suspended for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad while airing his views about the Charlie Hebdo cartoons in a broadcast online.

    Students at the Higher Institute for Social Work said they were offended by Muhammad Mahdali's comments and lodged a complaint.

    They posted footage after the professor deleted his feed and apologised.

    The minister of higher education has ordered the suspension of Dr Mahdali and ordered an urgent investigation.

  2. Somalia-born Ilhan Omar wins US vote by landslide

    Ilhan Omar speaks at the DFL election night watch party in St Paul, Minnesota, US - 3 November 2020
    Image caption: Ilhan Omar is a fierce opponent of President Trump

    The Somali-American congresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, has retained her seat in the US Congress for the Democrats, winning 64.6% of the vote against the 25.9% of her closest contender, Republican Lucy Johnson.

    Speaking to the BBC after her victory, Ms Omar said her success would mean a lot to young men and women.

    Quote Message: I believe that my victory reflects the result of being honest politically, particularly when someone serves her people with a developmental and promising mindset. If someone wins a seat, whether it is city council or school board or state house or Senate or Congress, we should know that we are just ordinary people, and act ordinarily."

    She said her opposition to US President Donald Trump would go on if he was re-elected.

    Quote Message: I think our struggle will resume. As you know, this president is not a president who wants to co-operate with people. I feel he is an irresponsible president who doesn't care about equality and he doesn't want to serve everyone equally. I believe people share this sentiment with me."
  3. Zimbabwean in gold-smuggling case 'picked wrong bag'

    Henrietta Rushwaya
    Image caption: Henrietta Rushwaya has denied any wrongdoing

    The suspect in a high profile gold-smuggling case in Zimbabwe has said, through her lawyer, that she picked the wrong bag from her house as she left for the airport, according to the state-run Herald newspaper.

    Henrietta Rushwaya - the suspended president of the Zimbabwe Miners Federation (ZMF) - said she picked a bag that had gold instead of one packed with her clothes.

    Her lawyer outlined her position during her bail application after she was arrested carrying 6kg of gold in her hand luggage at the Harare International Airport on her way to Dubai.

    Through her lawyer, Ms Rushwaya told the court that her arrest was being used to drag the first family's name into illegal dealings, the Herald reported.

    Zimbabwe's First Lady, Auxillia Mnangagwa, has denied links to gold smuggling and challenged police to produce "any incriminating evidence" against her.

    Mrs Mnangagwa also absolved her son from links to gold smuggling.

    Ms Rushwaya has been charged along with business tycoon Ali Muhamad, state security agents Stephen Tserai and Raphios Mufandauya, and miner Gift Karanda.

    All the accused have denied wrongdoing.

  4. Video content

    Video caption: US election 2020: Latinos for Trump celebrate Florida victory

    In Miami, many of the president's Cuban supporters were elated following his projected win in the Sunshine State.

  5. Trump 'honoured' by show of support in Nigeria

    As Americans voted in a tightly contested election on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump tweeted that a parade held to show support for him in Nigeria was a "great honor".

    Mr Trump did not give further details, but a prayer walk, organised by Christian evangelical Pastor Daddy Hezekiah, was held on 25 October in Onitsha city in south-eastern Anambra state.

    The crowd waved American flags and held placards which read: “Make America great again” and “President Trump: America needs a man like you”.

    Read: The African evangelicals praying for Trump to win

  6. Video content

    Video caption: US election: Trump falsely suggests election 'fraud'

    With millions of legitimate votes still to be counted, there is no evidence of any fraud.

  7. Ethiopia cabinet declares emergency in Tigray region

    Ethiopia's cabinet has declared a six-month state of emergency in the country’s northernmost state, Tigray, following escalation of tensions on Wednesday.

    In a statement, the cabinet said the emergency is meant to "maintain the country's peace, the safety and security of its citizens and to prevent acts that may lead the country to further unrest and instability".

    It said the situation in Tigray state can no longer be "controlled through the regular law enforcement mechanism".

  8. Kenya to tighten measures after Covid-19 surge

    Emmanuel Igunza

    BBC News, Nairobi

    People queue at a bus stop in Nairobi, Kenya
    Image caption: People have not been maintaining social distance in public spaces

    Clubs and pubs across Kenya are set to be shut down again under new Covid-19 measures, the BBC has learnt.

    It comes as East Africa’s largest economy is experiencing a surge of cases and the death toll has surpassed 1,000.

    It has also emerged that political rallies and large gatherings are to be banned under steps to be announced.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta has convened an emergency summit of county governors.

    Last month, President Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga led huge rallies attended by thousands in various cities to promote controversial constitutional reforms.

    Many of those who attended the meetings did not wear masks or adhere to social distancing regulations.

    It led to sharp criticism and accusations of hypocrisy from the public.

  9. ICC opens inquiry into Nigeria #EndSARS protests

    Chi Chi Izundu

    BBC News, Lagos

    Protesters at Ikeja, on October 9, 2020

    The International Criminal Court has confirmed to the BBC that it's conducting a preliminary examination into the recent #EndSARS protests in Nigeria.

    In a statement, the office of the ICC prosecutor said it had received information on alleged crimes.

    The examination will “assess whether the legal criteria for opening an investigation under the Rome Statute are met”.

    For weeks crowds of peaceful protesters gathered in streets in major towns of the country to demonstrate against police brutality, leading to a crackdown.

    Some 51 civilians, 11 police officers and seven soldiers were killed, according to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Rights group Amnesty International said security forces opened fire on protesters, killing and injuring a number of people. Both the police and the army have rejected Amnesty's allegation.

    The ICC said it would make findings of the preliminary examination public.

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