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Biden inches towards victory as he expands lead in Nevada

Joe Biden, 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, gestures while arriving during an election night party in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Donald Trump falsely declared early Wednesday he had won re-election against Biden and said he would ask the Supreme Court to intervene, even as several battleground states continue to count votes. Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)Premium
Joe Biden, 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, gestures while arriving during an election night party in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. Donald Trump falsely declared early Wednesday he had won re-election against Biden and said he would ask the Supreme Court to intervene, even as several battleground states continue to count votes. Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg (Bloomberg)

Joe Biden gained more ground on President Donald Trump in the battleground states of Nevada and Pennsylvania on Friday

Three days after the United States went to vote for their president, the results are still uncertain. However, Democrat Joe Biden has been gradually inching towards a win as he gain lead in crucial battle states including Pennsylvania and Nevada.

US Presidential election 2020: Highlights

Fellow Republican Mitt Romney slams Trump for calling elections 'rigged'

US Senator and fellow Republican Mitt Romney said it was wrong for Donald Trump to claim that the election was "rigged, corrupt and stolen" by Democratic rivals. The development happened as Biden gains lead in key battle states, taking him to cusp of presidency.

Biden leads by 9,000 votes in Pennsylvania

Trump is still trailing in the state of Pennsylvania. Biden overtook Trump in the number of ballots counted in the state. Biden leads by more than 9,000 votes.

Biden leading by 20,542 votes in Nevada

The latest results from Nevada show Biden leading by 20,542 votes, or 1.63 percentage points, nearly three-quarters of a point up from his margin from Thursday.

Gold headed to biggest weekly gain as Biden nears win

Gold headed for the biggest weekly gain since July and copper rose as Joe Biden tightened his grip on the race for the White House, while investors also weighed prospects for further Federal Reserve stimulus.

Oil drops 3% as US vote count continues

Oil fell below $40 a barrel on Friday as drawn-out vote counting in the US presidential election kept markets

US stock rally pauses

US stocks were little changed as rising virus cases portended new restrictions and the presidential election count continued. Yields jumped after a report showed the labor market improved in October by more than forecast.

Nancy Pelosi calls Biden "President-Elect"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Joe Biden the "president-elect" of the United States after he pulled ahead in key election results.

"President-Elect Biden has a strong mandate to lead," Pelosi told reporters after Biden overtook President Donald Trump in the state of Pennsylvania, according to a report by AFP.

Georgia expected to go for a recount

A report by Reuters claims that Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said he expects a recount due to the small margin for the presidential election in the battleground state. Joe Biden has a small lead over President Donald Trump of just over 1,000 votes in the state.

Twitter bans Trump's former adviser Steve Bannon's account

Microblogging site Twitter said it permanently banned an account created by former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon which had called for the execution of federal officials during this week's post-election social media turmoil.

Top election official in Nevada sued by GOP candidates

Nevada’s top election official was sued Thursday night by two Republican candidates for allegedly counting more than 3,000 votes that were cast illegally.

Trump's campaign says "this election is not over"

Trump's campaign said on Friday that "this election is not over". The statement came after Biden overcame the president's lead in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, putting him in position to win its 20 electoral votes.

India awaits US election results

"We're also awaiting election results. India-US relations rest on strong foundations, encompassing cooperation in every possible sphere. Comprehensive global strategic partnership has very strong bipartisan support in US," said MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on US election results

Joe Biden overtakes Trump in Pennsylvania

Democrat Joe Biden has taken the lead in Pennsylvania over President Donald Trump. This has put him on the cusp of victory in the presidential race.

The state of Pennsylvania has 20 electoral votes. If Biden wins the state, he will have more than the 270 Electoral College votes needed to claim the White House.

Joe Biden inching ahead in Pennsylvania

In the early hours of Friday Democrat Joe Biden was steadily gaining ground in Pennsylvania, with the presidency hinging on the outcome of tight contests in key battleground states.

Trump's vote margin in Pennsylvania falls to about 18,000

The vote margin for Trump in Pennsylvania has fallen to about 18,000, and largely Democratic Philadelphia has about 50,000 mail-in and absentee ballot votes yet to report, Commissioner Al Schmidt said on CNN.

Trump and Biden supporters clash outside vote counting centres

Backers of President Donald Trump, some carrying guns, ramped up demonstrations on Thursday night against what he has baselessly called a rigged election, in battleground states where votes were still being counted.

Several heavily armed right-wing groups assembled on the site as election workers counted votes inside, but the protests remained mostly peaceful despite mounting tension.

President Trump testing ways to undermine confidence in this week's election

President Donald Trump is testing how far he can go in using the trappings of presidential power to undermine confidence in this week's election against Joe Biden, as the Democrat gained ground in tight contests in key battleground states — and then inched ahead in Georgia.

Suspect arrested in Philadelphia for plot to attack vote counting center

Amid the ongoing vote count in the US Presidential election, police have made an arrest in Philadelphia for an alleged plot to attack the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Thursday night (local time), where the votes are still being counted.

Biden's lead in Georgia a major shift

Democratic nominee Joe Biden took a lead in one of the Republican stronghold states. The lead in the state of Georgia is a major shift as the state hasn’t backed a Democrat for president since 1992.

Oil fell for second consecutive day as elections weighed on sentiment

Oil fell a second day, dropping below $38 a barrel in New York, as a surging coronavirus and uncertain U.S. elections weighed on sentiment

Thunberg comments on Trump's tweet

Climate activist Greta Thunberg hit back at Donald Trump on Twitter late on Thursday saying the U.S. president should 'chill' about the election, a riposte to his tweet last year mocking the teenager over what he called her anger management issues.

-Do we have a clear verdict by Friday night?

As the country held its breath three days after Tuesday's Election Day, Georgia and Pennsylvania officials expressed optimism they would finish counting on Friday, while Arizona and Nevada were still expected to take days to finalize their vote totals.

-Latest update on Arizona and Nevada

Biden, meanwhile, saw his lead in Arizona shrink to around 47,000 by early on Friday; he was still ahead in Nevada by only 12,000 votes.

-Vote count in swing states

In Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral votes, Biden cut Trump's lead to just over 18,000 by the early hours of Friday, while his deficit in Georgia, which has 16 electoral votes, shrunk to about 450.

-Biden gains ground on Trump in Georgia and Pennsylvania

Joe Biden gained more ground on President Donald Trump in the battleground states of Georgia and Pennsylvania on Friday. Biden had a 253 to 214 lead in the state-by-state Electoral College vote that determines the winner, according to most major television networks

-Trump erupts as Biden closes in on US presidency - Prez Trump erupted in a tirade of unsubstantiated claims that he has been cheated out of winning the US election as vote counting across battleground states early Friday showed Democrat Joe Biden steadily closing in on victory.

-Trump’s lead in Georgia had dwindled to less than 1,300 votes on Friday morning, while his lead in Pennsylvania was down to about 18,000, according to the Associated Press. Each state has been counting a surge of mail-in ballots, which skew Democratic. Biden also expanded his lead in Nevada.

-With his pathway to re-election appearing to shrink, Trump on Thursday advanced unsupported accusations of voter fraud to falsely argue that his rival was trying to seize power. It amounted to an extraordinary effort by a sitting American president to sow doubt about the democratic process.

-Democratic leader Joe Biden appeared to be a step away from winning the US presidential election as the latest count of votes from a handful of battleground states indicated that the re-election chances of incumbent Republican President Donald Trump are getting slim by the hour.

-Standard Chartered Plc Chief Executive Officer Bill Winters said a new U.S. administration led by Joe Biden would be more likely to engage with China to defuse some of the tensions that have been building over the past four years. If Biden becomes president there would also be more “consistency" in the U.S. approach to China, Winters said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s David Ingles.

-ABC, CBS and NBC all cut away from President Donald Trump as he spoke from the White House to make an unfounded accusation that the presidential election was being stolen from him. Trump on Thursday tried to commandeer the nation's airwaves at a time when the evening newscasts are shown on the East Coast, after a day when the slow drip of vote counting revealed his leads in Pennsylvania and Georgia dwindling.

-US stock index futures slipped as investors monitored a tight race to determine who will be the next American president. December contracts on the S&P 500 fell 0.4% at 11:39 a.m. in Tokyo. Futures declined 0.4% on the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq 100 Index. Democrat Joe Biden strengthened his hold on the race for the White House, steadily chipping away at Donald Trump’s early lead in a pair of crucial swing states. Trump questioned the credibility of the election.

-US courts have dismissed Trump campaign's lawsuits in Michigan and Georgia related to alleged electoral malpractice.In Michigan, the campaign had sought to stop counting of absentee ballots, while in Georgia it had alleged that even improper ballots were being counted.

-Republican lawmakers on Thursday criticized President Donald Trump’s unsupported claim that Democrats are trying to “steal" the election, saying Trump's comments undermine the U.S. political process and the bedrock notion that all Americans should have their vote counted.

- Facebook on Thursday banned a large group called “Stop the Steal" that supporters of President Donald Trump were using to organise protests against the presidential vote count.

Some members had called for violence, while many falsely claimed that Democrats are “stealing" the election from Republicans.

-“If you count the legal votes, I easily win. If you count the illegal votes, they can try to steal the election from us," Trump claimed. In fact, there is no evidence that any votes cast illegally are being counted or that the process is unfair and corrupt.

The ballot-counting process across the country largely has been running smoothly with no evidence of widespread fraud or problems.

-The Trump campaign has filed at least six lawsuits in battleground states since Election Day to challenge the ballot counts. Republican and Democrat activists have also filed suit, but only a few of the cases may have a real chance to affect the final outcome -- and only if the races remain extremely close. Trump has scored two wins and two losses since Nov. 3.

-Election officials in several states said Thursday they are worried about the safety of their staffs amid a stream of threats and gatherings of angry protesters outside their doors, drawn by President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread fraud in the race for the White House.

-Frustration among Democrats over House election losses spilled over during a conference call Thursday as several moderates blamed party progressives for promoting an ultra-liberal agenda that turned off swing voters.

-Donald Trump spent a second day in the White House on Thursday stewing over election results that suggested a path to victory was slipping from his grasp, even as his campaign projected confidence.

Trump had not been seen in public since his premature declaration of victory in the wee hours of Wednesday morning until appearing in the White House briefing room on Thursday evening to deliver prepared remarks. He renewed his unfounded claims that Democrats are trying to “steal" the election from him.

-Election officials in key battlegrounds pressed forward Thursday with presidential vote counting as Democrat Joe Biden urged patience and President Donald Trump pursued legal options with little success, insisting the processing of ballots should be stopped.

The president spent Thursday at the White House, working the phones and escalating efforts to sow doubt about the outcome of the race. In a series of tweets, he pushed baseless allegations of electoral misconduct and said the ongoing vote count of ballots submitted before and on Election Day should cease. Trump reiterated his claims Thursday night at the White House, his first public appearance since late on Election Night.

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