Africa World 

Joe Biden takes the helm as 46th US president

– – Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” as he took the helm of a deeply divided nation and inherited a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors. Biden’s inauguration came at a time of national tumult and uncertainty, a ceremony of resilience as the hallowed American democratic rite unfurled at a U.S. Capitol battered by an insurrectionist siege just two weeks ago. The chilly Washington morning was dotted with snow flurries, but the sun…

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Africa World 

Amanda Gorman: The 22-year-old poet at Biden’s inauguration

Amanda Gorman “screamed and danced her head off” when she found out she had been chosen to read one of her poems at Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony. At the age of 22, the Los Angeles-born writer and performer is the youngest poet to perform at a presidential inauguration. She told the BBC’s World Service she felt “excitement, joy, honour and humility” when she was asked to take part in the ceremony, “and also at the same time terror”. Her poem, The Hill We Climb, is a new composition she said…

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Africa World 

Donald Trump, wife Melania test positive for Covid-19

– – President Donald Trump has tested positive for Covid-19, upending the already chaotic US election, but was described by his doctor on Friday as feeling “well” and able to perform his duties while quarantining. Trump first announced on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the virus. “We will get through this TOGETHER!” he wrote. But the extraordinary setback for Trump had immediate political consequences just 32 days before election day. His challenger, Democrat Joe Biden, is well ahead in the polls and is…

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Antonio Guterres Decision Makers Leaders World 

United Nations, US election 2016 reveal deep gender divides

Progress doesn’t follow a straight line. It zigs and zags, and sometimes it moves forward and sometimes it moves backwards or moves sideways. I am a firm believer that ultimately it moves in the direction of justice, and more prosperity, and more freedom, and more inclusion. — Barack Obama, US President, November, 2016

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