Joe Biden has been formally nominated as the Democratic Party’s candidate for the US presidency. His election candidacy was confirmed in a virtual ‘roll-call’ of 57 states and voting territories. He later tweeted: “It is the honor of my life to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president of the United States of America.” On the second day of the Democratic National Convention, a number of prominent political figures endorsed Joe Biden.
European Union leaders holding an emergency summit were expected to endorse sanctions on Belarusian officials blamed for election fraud on Wednesday, but signaled reluctance to take steps that might be seen as a bid to pry the country from Moscow’s orbit. President Alexander Lukashenko has faced mass street demonstrations since officials declared he had been reelected on Aug. 9 in a vote his opponents say was rigged.
Mali’s president announced his resignation late Tuesday, just hours after armed soldiers seized him from his home in a dramatic power grab following months of protests demanding his ouster. The news of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s departure was met with jubilation by anti-government demonstrators and alarm by former colonial ruler France, and other allies and foreign nations.
Australia has secured a deal with the drugmaker AstraZeneca to supply a potential Covid-19 vaccine to its entire population free of charge, the government announced Tuesday, becoming the latest country to lock in supplies of the drug should trials succeed. British-based AstraZeneca is developing the vaccine in partnership with Oxford University, with advanced trials now underway with thousands of volunteers across multiple countries.
A man who rammed several vehicles on a motorway in Berlin is being investigated for what prosecutors say was “an Islamist-motivated attack”. Three people were seriously injured when the suspect’s car collided with vehicles on the A100 motorway shortly before 19:00 (17:00 GMT) on Tuesday evening. Witnesses said the 30-year-old Iraqi suspect claimed to have a “dangerous object” in a box of ammunition. Nothing was later found inside.