In an hour-long phone call on Saturday, President Trump pressed Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn Joe Biden’s victory there in the election the president refuses to concede. The Washington Post obtained a tape of the “extraordinary” conversation, which Trump acknowledged on Twitter. Trump did not win Georgia, which went Democratic for the first time since 1992.
Israel is bidding to be the first nation to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic by vaccinating the majority of its population in an attempt to return to normality. The country is currently leading the worldwide inoculation charge: It has administered a vaccination dose to more than 10 percent of its 9 million citizens in two weeks. Israel vaccinated more than 150,000 people on three consecutive days last week.
One hundred people were killed on Saturday in attacks on two villages in western Niger, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini said following one of the deadliest days in recent memory for a country ravaged by Islamist violence. Saturday’s attacks came on the same day that the electoral commission announced the results from the first round of the election to replace President Mahamadou Issoufou, who is stepping down after a decade in power.
Attackers in southwestern Pakistan have killed at least 11 workers at a remote coal mine, officials said Sunday. The victims were from the minority Shiite Hazara community, Khalid Durrani, a government official, told French news agency AFP. The Islamic State extremist group later claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place in the mountainous Machh area of Baluchistan province.
South Korea recorded more deaths than births in 2020 for the first time ever, raising fresh alarm in the country which already has the world’s lowest birth rate. Only 275,800 babies were born last year, down 10% from 2019. Around 307,764 people died. The figures prompted the interior ministry to call for “fundamental changes” to its policies. Last month, President Moon Jae-in launched several policies aimed at addressing the low birth rate, including cash incentives for families.