COVID-19 pandemic hits US election monitoring Sep 20, 2020 0 1537 12345 AFPViennaThe OSCE, which monitors elections in many parts of the world, will only send a small team to observe the US polls in November due to the pandemic, it said on Saturday.The news comes as the credibility of the American voting system faces its most serious threat in decades, fuelled by presidential rhetoric, fears over record mail-in voting due to the pandemic, worry about ageing machines, accusations of voter suppression and foreign interference.“The safety concerns as well as continuing travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are creating challenges for all our election-related activities and particularly for the deployment of long- and short-term observers,” Katya Andrusz, OSCE spokeswoman, told AFP. As a result, she said no short-term observers would be deployed to monitor the election on the day. RELATED ARTICLES Senior US diplomat wraps up Taiwan visit as China flexes muscle Sep 20, 2020 0 378 Hong Kong activist Nathan Law wins Time magazine reader poll Sep 20, 2020 0 289 Navalny posts photo of himself walking, describes recovery Sep 20, 2020 0 601 Hundreds of women detained during Belarus protest march AFP Minsk Riot police on Saturday detained hundreds of women, dragging many into vans, as opposition protesters marched through the Belarusian capital Minsk demanding an end to President Alexander Lukashenko’s rule. .. Elysee Palace welcomes visitors despite rising coronavirus numbers PARIS: Despite rising coronavirus numbers in France, the Elysee Palace in Paris opened its doors to visitors at the weekend. On ‘Open Monument Day’ curious Parisians with mouth and nose coverings strolled through the .. Germany records highest single-day rise in virus cases since April BERLIN: Germany’s national disease control agency recorded an increase in coronavirus infections of 2,297 on Saturday, the highest in a 24-hour period since April. The increase is still far from the levels seen at the .. Amal Clooney resigns from envoy post over British Brexit bill LONDON: Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has resigned from her role as Britain’s special envoy for media freedom over the government’s threat to potentially breach its Brexit withdrawal agreement with the EU. “I have .. Trump urges Supreme Court nomination ‘without delay’ WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Saturday urged Republican lawmakers to back his upcoming nomination for the Supreme Court “without delay” as the issue roiled the election campaign. Justice Ruth Bader .. 2020 presidential winner should pick SC Justice: Biden WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden said the winner of the 2020 US election should decide who replaces Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the country’s highest court. Ginsburg died on ..