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December 29, 2020 | Via Sky News

Joe Biden Hits out at ‘Irresponsible’ Trump

US President-elect Joe Biden has said the lack of information provided to his team by the Trump administration is “nothing short of irresponsible”. The Democrat said those working on the transition ahead of his inauguration next month were still not getting the defense and national security details they needed – more than a month after his election win was declared.

December 29, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Ghislaine Maxwell Denied Bail by US Federal Judge

The British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell’s latest request for bail in her Manhattan federal court sex crimes case has been denied, new court filings revealed on Monday. In denying Maxwell’s request again, Manhattan federal court judge Alison J Nathan pointed to her previous ruling on the issue, which determined that she was a flight risk. Maxwell has been detained since her 2 July arrest.

December 29, 2020 | Via NBC News

Russia’s Covid-19 Death Toll could be 3 Times Higher

Russia’s death toll from Covid-19 could be three times higher than previously thought, according to one of the country’s leading politicians. New data released by Russian statistics agency Rosstat Monday showed that the number of deaths from all causes between January and November had risen by 229,700 compared to the same period last year. The country’s official death toll, reported on a cumulative daily basis by the government’s coronavirus crisis center, stands at 55,827.

December 29, 2020 | Via Reuters

Saudi Court Jails Women’s Rights Activist, Posing Challenge for Biden

A Saudi court on Monday sentenced prominent women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul to nearly six years in prison, her family said, after her conviction in a trial that has drawn international condemnation. The verdict and sentence pose a challenge to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s relationship with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who has criticized Riyadh’s human rights record.

December 29, 2020 | Via BBC

French Designer Pierre Cardin Dies Aged 98

Legendary French fashion designer Pierre Cardin has died at the age of 98. Cardin was credited with helping revolutionize fashion with his futuristic and stylish designs in the 1950s and 60s. He was also a pioneer in business, licensing his name to be used on a range of products such as sunglasses. He died in hospital in Neuilly, near Paris.

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