Biden rules out in-person appearance at Democratic convention Aug 06, 2020 0 1036 12345 AFPWashingtonJoe Biden will not attend the Democratic convention to accept the party’s nomination to be its presidential election candidate after the event was further scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Wednesday.Biden “will no longer travel to Milwaukee and will instead address the nation and accept the Democratic nomination from his home state of Delaware,” the party said in a statement, announcing that no speakers would physically attend the August 17-20 convention, which will be entirely virtual.“We followed the science, listened to doctors and public health experts, and we continued making adjustments to our plans in order to protect lives,” Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez said.Biden, 77, who leads President Donald Trump in the polls, is due to shortly unveil his long-awaited choice of running mate.The former vice president to Barack Obama has promised that he would choose a woman to join his ticket challenging Trump and the Republican Party in the November 3 election.Trump, 74, has questioned Biden’s mental sharpness, and Biden pushed back strongly in an interview aired on Wednesday when asked if he’s taken a cognitive test.“No, I haven’t taken a test,” Biden told the CBS News correspondent. “Why the hell would I take a test?” RELATED ARTICLES Croatia marks 25 years since war with tolerance message Aug 06, 2020 0 653 Countries tighten measures as coronavirus death toll exceeds 700,000 worldwide Aug 06, 2020 0 161 Five dead in US as downgraded storm Isaias reaches Canada Aug 06, 2020 0 1113 Sarajevo FIlm Festival goes online because of COVID-19 BELGRADE: The 2020 Sarajevo Film Festival will be held online because of the novel coronavirus pandemic in Bosnia, the organisers said on Wednesday. The decision was made on the recommendation of the local health .. British lawmakers slam government’s ‘critical errors’ in pandemic LONDON: The British government made “critical errors” during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released on Wednesday. In its report regarding the British government’s handling of the .. New bridge in Genoa opens to traffic two years after deadly collapse AFP Genoa, Italy A gleaming new bridge in Genoa built after the deadly collapse of a viaduct opened on Tuesday, but critics say not enough has been done since the 2018 disaster to overhaul Italy’s crumbling .. Germany makes a ‘fortune’ from US troops, says Trump WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said Germany made a “fortune” from US military personnel stationed there, amid plans to withdraw troops from the country. “They make a fortune off the troops, you .. Thousands rescued from destructive forest fires in southern France MARTIGUES: Almost 3,000 people were evacuated on Tuesday night, some by boat, from homes and camping sites near Marseille in southern France as forest fires tore through 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) of vegetation. .. US plan for ‘highest level’ Taiwan visit in decades angers China AFP Taipei The United States announced on Wednesday its highest-level visit to Taiwan since it switched diplomatic recognition to China in 1979, a move Beijing blasted as a threat to “peace and stability”. The visit, ..