Biden to announce cabinet picks Tuesday

US President-elect Joe Biden will name his first cabinet picks on Tuesday, his chief of staff said, even as Donald Trump clung to unsubstantiated claims of fraud despite growing dissent from within his own party. Biden has pushed ahead with preparations to assume the presidency on January 20, regardless of Trump’s bid to undo the results of the November vote. …

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US drops drug charges against Mexican ex-defence minister

US authorities have dropped drug trafficking and money laundering charges against a former Mexican defence minister who was sent back to face a criminal probe in his home country. Salvador Cienfuegos was accused of conspiring to produce and distribute “thousands of kilograms” of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana in the US over a period of more than a year. The …

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US: Senate rejects Trump’s candidate, Judy Shelton for Federal reserve job

The US Senate on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump’s controversial pick from joining the Federal Reserve board, at least for now. Two Republicans joined Democrats in opposing Judy Shelton, a strident critic of the central bank who has faced an unprecedented public wave of resistance from dozens of well-known economists and Nobel laureates. Vice President-elect and Senator Kamala Harris returned …

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Saudi Arabia grants 424 scholarships to Nigerians

Saudi Arabia government has disclosed that it would offer 424 scholarship slots to Nigerian students as well as 6,956 scholarship slots annually for African students. Disclosing this in a statement, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, described the gesture as part of the cordial Saudi-African relations and the Kingdom’s support for educational and scientific development. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia …

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Immigration: Canada clarifies on refugee application process

The Canadian Government has informed Nigerians and other nationals that its immigration office does not accept refugee applications directly from people. It also said no one could guarantee approval of immigration applications except Canadian migration officers. This was contained in a statement on Wednesday by the Office of the High Commission of Canada to Nigeria. The High Commission, which tweeted …

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Messenger: TikTok files last-minute petition against Trump order

TikTok asked a Washington court Tuesday to stop an order from US President Donald Trump’s administration from taking effect this week as the White House seeks to ban the Chinese-owned app in the United States. Chinese company ByteDance is facing a Thursday deadline to restructure ownership of the app in the United States to meet US security concerns. In its …

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