1. A key member of the U.S. Republican Party has recognized Democrat Joe Biden as the country’s next president, ending weeks of silence since the presidential election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a speech in the chamber on Tuesday that he wants to “congratulate President-elect Joe Biden.” The remark came one day after the Electoral College vote officially confirmed Biden’s victory.
  2. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has strongly urged voters in the state of Georgia to help Democrats win the upcoming Senate runoff elections. The races will determine which party controls the upper house of Congress.
  3. European nations are taking different approaches to the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the Christmas holidays. Germany will tighten restrictions from Wednesday to January 10. Most retail shops will be closed and drinking in public places will be banned. Britain is raising coronavirus restrictions to the highest level in southeastern England, including London, from Wednesday. Pubs and restaurants will only be allowed to offer takeout and delivery services. On the other hand, France eased restrictions, allowing free movements between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. The government says the lockdown imposed in late October has helped curb the spread of the virus.
December 16, Wednesday, 2020 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline