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Goodman Tells Fox News Warnock Must Answer Allegations of Fraud in Voter Group He Led

Washington Free Beacon senior investigative reporter Alana Goodman told Fox News on Thursday that Georgia Senate candidate Raphael Warnock (D.) must address allegations of voter registration fraud inside the New Georgia Project, a group he used to lead. “Warnock has been involved with this group since 2014, so I think he does have to answer for this with Georgian voters,” Goodman said on Fox & Friends. Recent Stories in 2020 Election Goodman also urged Georgia governor Brian Kemp (R.) to disclose any details of his administration’s investigation into the voter registration group, where Warnock was CEO until February of this year. Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger (R.) said the New Georgia Project “sent voter registration applications to New York City,” in a potential violation of state law, and Goodman said that Warnock may be implicated. “Warnock was [with the New Georgia Project] until earlier this year,” Goodman said. “Was he there when these incidents took place?” The group was also under investigation in 2014 for allegedly filing more than 200 fraudulent ballots. “This is not the first time that the group has had these issues,” Goodman said. Raffensperger announced in a Monday press conference that the New Georgia Project

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French raids to target mosques accused of radicalisation

PARIS: French authorities will swoop Thursday on dozens of mosques and prayer halls suspected of radical teachings as part of a crackdown on Islamist extremists following a spate of attacks, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said.Darmanin told RTL radio that if any prayer hall was found to promote extremism it would be closed down.The inspections to be carried out on Thursday afternoon are part of a response to two gruesome attacks that particularly shocked France — the beheading of a teacher who showed his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed and the stabbing to death of three people in a church in Nice.Darmanin did not reveal which places of worship would be inspected. In a note he sent to regional security chiefs, seen by AFP, he listed 16 addresses in the Paris region and 60 others around the country.The right-wing minister told RTL said the fact that only a fraction of the around 2,600 Muslim places of worship in France were suspected of peddling radical theories showed “we are far from a situation of widespread radicalisation”.”Nearly all Muslims in France respect the laws of the Republic and are hurt by that (radicalisation),” he said.The killing of teacher Samuel Paty, who had

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Donald Trump expected to flex pardon powers on way out door

WASHINGTON: Advocates and lawyers anticipate a flurry of clemency action from President Donald Trump in the coming weeks that could test the limits of presidential pardon power.Trump is said to be considering a slew of pardons and commutations before he leaves office, including potentially members of his family, former aides and even himself.While it is not unusual for presidents to sign controversial pardons on their way out the door, Trump has made clear that he has no qualms about intervening in the cases of friends and allies whom he believes have been treated unfairly, including his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.The list of potential candidates is long and colorful: Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, imprisoned for financial crimes as part of the Russia investigation; George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, just like Flynn; Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka “Joe Exotic,” who starred in the the Netflix series “Tiger King”; and former contractors convicted in a Baghdad firefight that killed more than a dozen civilians, including women and children.Trump, long worried about potential legal exposure after he leaves office, has expressed worry to confidants in recent weeks that he, his family or his business might be targeted

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Azerbaijan says 2,783 of its soldiers killed in Karabakh conflict

MOSCOW: Azerbaijan said on Thursday that 2,783 of its soldiers were killed during its conflict with ethnic Armenian forces over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, and that more than 100 of its troops were still missing.Azerbaijan had until now not disclosed any of its military losses in the conflict that erupted on Sept. 27 and came to a halt on Nov. 10 when a Russian-brokered peace deal ushered in a ceasefire.Swathes of territory in Nagorno-Karabakh previously controlled by ethnic Armenians were handed over to Azerbaijan, whose forces had captured territory including areas that Baku lost in an earlier war in the 1990s.Armenia has not yet disclosed a final death toll for its military, but a health ministry official confirmed on Nov. 14 that 2,317 soldiers had been killed.

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WHO looks at possible 'e-vaccination certificates' for travel

GENEVA: The World Health Organization does not recommend countries issuing “immunity passports” for those who have recovered from COVID-19, but is investigating the prospects of using e-vaccination certificates, a WHO medical expert said on Thursday.”We are looking very closely into the use of technology in this COVID-19 response, one of them how we can work with member states toward an e-vaccination certificate,” he told a virtual briefing in Copenhagen.

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Pakistan to provide its people free coronavirus vaccine

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government will provide the coronavirus vaccine free of cost to its people and plans are afoot to start the immunisation drive by April next year, officials said on Thursday.Parliamentary secretary on health Nausheen Hamid said the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government has approved funds to purchase the vaccine doses.”The PTI government will provide the coronavirus vaccines free of cost to the people. The government will start the vaccination from the second quarter of 2021,” Hamid tweeted.Hamid said the phase III of clinical trials of Chinese vaccines was proceeding well and the shots would be available to the people soon.Pakistan’s coronavirus caseload rose to 4406,810 on Thursday after 3,499 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.The Ministry of National Health Services, in an update, said 39 people had died due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. Now, the COVID-19 death toll stands at 8,205. Nearly 347,000 people have recovered from the disease, while 2,469 people are in critical conditions.Authorities said 42,904 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, of whom 8.15 per cent tested positive. In total, 5,627,539 tests have been conducted in the country.On Tuesday, Pakistan’s Cabinet approved $150 million to purchase coronavirus vaccines.

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Neal Katyal, the Devil’s Advocate

There’s been a transformation in this country over the last 10 years. In 2010, Neal Katyal, then a lawyer in the Obama Justice Department, became the face of the “al Qaeda 7″—a group of lawyers who went from repping the terrorists bent on America’s destruction to repping the American people at the Department of Justice. Recent Stories in Democrats Neal Katyal, the Devil’s Advocate ‘Not a Good Fit’: Team Biden Stabs Former MoveOn Chief in the Back San Francisco Mayor Attends Indoor Dinner Party, Flouting Her Coronavirus Guidelines When Liz Cheney demanded that the Justice Department disclose their names, the backlash was immediate and fierce. Lawyers across the political spectrum rallied behind the principle that a lawyer’s clients bear no reflection on the lawyer himself. The lawyer who provides for his family by defending child molesters and murderers—he provides a necessary service and deserves our appreciation. And in any case, Katyal and his colleagues weren’t defending al Qaeda, they were defending the Constitution; they weren’t doing it for cash, they were doing it pro bono. Ten years later and the worm has turned. The Trump campaign’s lawyers are now excoriated in the New York

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China to be first to distribute vaccine in Latin America

WASHINGTON: China, already competing for influence in this hemisphere through a multibillion-dollar network of investment and infrastructure deals, is likely to beat the United States in its own backyard with vaccine diplomacy, according to the military’s top commander for Central and South America.Adm. Craig S. Faller, who leads the military’s Southern Command, acknowledged on Wednesday that China is actively making “deals to try to get the vaccine deployed and employed” around the globe to stop the coronavirus, as the United States, through the governmentwide Operation Warp Speed program, is “looking at taking care of the US first.”While neither country has an approved vaccine, China has begun inoculating citizens under what appears to be an emergency use strategy. Its Sinovac Biotech developer has collaborated with Brazil on late-stage trials. Another Chinese developer, CanSino Biologics, has a clinical trial underway in Mexico and signed an advance purchase agreement with the government there to supply 35 million doses of a single-dose immunization.“Look, we’re in a pandemic and I’ve taken the approach here that any help is legitimate help is welcome help,” Faller said in a video meeting with members of the Defense Writers Group. “So I don’t make any judgment on that. If

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