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Klobuchar exits VP contention, says Biden should pick black woman

Jun 19, 2020 - 1:04 PM

US Senator Amy Klobuchar says the protests that erupted in the aftermath of a brutal police killing of a black man in her state of Minnesota helped her realize the need for greater diversity in the presidential contest

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., gives her opening statement during a Senate Judiciary Committee business meeting on Capitol Hill on June 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. Senate committee gathered to vote on authorizing 35 subpoenas into the origins of the FBIs Russia investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane. Carolyn Kaster-Pool/Getty Images/AFP POOL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

World Bank earmarks $1 billion for DR Congo health, education

Jun 17, 2020 - 12:15 AM

Funds from the World Bank will be used to improve response to health emergencies and to support free primary education in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Demonstrators gather at the Kinshasa Grand market on June 9, 2020 to ask for the re-opening of the shops around there which has been closed by the government as a precautionary measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. - At least three people were reported dead by local authorities. (Photo by ARSENE MPIANA / AFP)

Democrats take a knee in U.S. Congress in George Floyd tribute

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:18 AM

They kneel for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to mark the length of time a white police officer pinned his knee on the neck of the 46-year-old Floyd

KNEELING. (L-R) Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) join fellow Democrats from the House and Senate kneel in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to honor George Floyd in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center June 08, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

US Democrats press anti-racism reforms as protests continue

Jun 08, 2020 - 8:32 AM

Trump went on the attack against Joe Biden, tweeting without evidence that 'not only will Sleepy Joe Biden DEFUND THE POLICE, but he will DEFUND OUR MILITARY!'

ANGER. Protesters demonstrate against the death of George Floyd outside the 3rd Precinct Police Precinct on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Kerem Yucel/AFP

Over 660,000 displaced during pandemic despite United Nations plea – aid group

May 22, 2020 - 4:39 PM

The Norwegian Refugee Council says its figures showed armed conflict around the world had continued during the pandemic, even as much of globe went into lockdown

JAN EGELAND. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Secretary General Jan Egeland gestures during an interview after a meeting on Yemen at EU Commission in the NGOs headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on February 13, 2020. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

U.S. Democrats could allow remote voting in Biden nomination

May 12, 2020 - 2:22 PM

Former vice president Joe Biden is the sole contender on the Democratic side to face Republican Donald Trump in the November 3 presidential vote, but he is not yet formally nominated

JOE BIDEN. In this file photo taken on March 10, 2020, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden leaves after speaking at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Leading Democrat Pelosi endorses Joe Biden for U.S. president

Apr 27, 2020 - 8:09 PM

'Today I am proud to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States because he will be an extraordinary president,' says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

ENDORSEMENT. In this file photo, former vice president Joe Biden, speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Paul Pelosi arrive for the funeral of Rep. Elijah Cummings at New Psalmist Baptist Church on October 25, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. File photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/AFP

IMF approves $363 million in virus aid to DR Congo

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The International Monetary Fund says the Democratic Republic of Congo is 'experiencing a severe shock' due to the coronavirus pandemic

Two staff members of the Congolese Ministry of Health wear personal protective equipment to perform a COVID-19 test at a private residence in Goma, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, on March 31, 2020. - One positive case of COVID-19 coronavirus was reported on March 30, 2020 in Goma, capital of North Kivu Province and a city of more than one million inhabitants, bringing the total for the Democratic Republic of Congo to 98 positive COVID-19 cases including 8 deaths. (Photo by ALEXIS HUGUET / AFP)

Warren becomes latest rival to endorse Biden for president

Apr 15, 2020 - 11:07 PM

'We can't afford to let Donald Trump continue to endanger the lives and livelihoods of every American,' says former White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren

WARREN ENDORSES BIDEN. In this file photo Democratic presidential hopefuls Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (L) and former Vice President Joe Biden take part in the sixth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by PBS NewsHour & Politico at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California on December 19, 2019. File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Wisconsin holds primary vote despite coronavirus crisis

Apr 07, 2020 - 11:16 PM

With the Midwestern state ignoring calls to postpone the primary over health fears, many Wisconsinites are being forced into an agonizing decision: risk their health to fulfill their democratic right, or stay safe by staying at home

PRIMARY VOTE. An election observer cleans voting booths during a Democratic presidential primary election at the Kenosha Bible Church gym in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP

Democrats postpone White House nominating convention to August over virus

Apr 03, 2020 - 12:36 AM

The US Democratic nomination race has boiled down to former vice president Joe Biden, the clear frontrunner, and his lone remaining rival, the liberal Senator Bernie Sanders

POSTPONED. In this file photo, the fiserv.forum, the site of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, is seen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 11, 2019. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP

Sanders to 'assess' campaign after primary drubbing by Biden

Mar 19, 2020 - 8:57 AM

Pressure mounts on the leftist Vermont senator to end his White House campaign

MASK. Supporters wait to hear Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders at his 2020 Super Tuesday Rally at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, Vermont March 3, 2020. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Biden clean sweep in 3 states puts him on track for Democratic nomination

Mar 18, 2020 - 1:38 PM

As the US grapples with combating the spreading coronavirus pandemic, voters hand the former vice president victory in delegate-rich Florida, as well as Illinois and Arizona

ALMOST SURE. In this file photo taken on March 09, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks during a campaign rally at Renaissance High School in Detroit, Michigan. Photo by Jeff Kowalski/AFP

Biden wins Florida, biggest prize on virus-hit primary night

Mar 18, 2020 - 9:13 AM

A Biden trifecta would leave Sanders a gravely wounded candidate

JOE. Joseph 'Joe' Biden speaks during the an Easter Prayer Breakfast in the East Room of the White House in April 2015. Photo by Andrew Harrer/EPA

Biden-Sanders vote proceeds in 3 U.S. states despite coronavirus fears

Mar 17, 2020 - 2:14 PM

As Arizona, Florida, and Illinois prepare to vote between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries, there is confusion over whether polling stations will be safe, given the pandemic

DEMOCRACY GOES ON. Democratic presidential hopefuls former US vice president Joe Biden (L) and Senator Bernie Sanders greet each other with a safe elbow bump before the start of the 11th Democratic Party 2020 presidential debate in Washington, DC on March 15, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Biden commits to female running mate if he is Democratic nominee

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:14 AM

'There are a number of women who are qualified to be vice president tomorrow,' the moderate Biden says

CONTEMPLATING. US Democratic frontunner Joe Biden (C) with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (C, background) and Health Minister Susan Ley (R). Photo Tracey Nearmy/AFP

Bernie Sanders, folk troubadour: A politician's star turn

Mar 12, 2020 - 2:43 PM

On a brisk November day in 1987, Sanders, sporting black-rimmed Wayfarer glasses and not one but two hoodies, joined 30 Vermont musicians to perform 5 social justice-minded classics for a folk compilation known as 'The Bernie Project'

BERNIE PROJECT. This handout photo taken by Glenn Russell shows Bernie Sanders (left) in the studio during a 1987 recording session for "We Shall Overcome", recorded with 30 Vermont musicians and singers. Photo by Glenn Russell/Handout/AFP

Biden says fighting for U.S. 'soul' after big primary wins

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:08 AM

(UPDATED) Barring surprises, Joe Biden now has a clear path to becoming the Democratic standard-bearer in a potentially bruising and deeply divisive matchup with Donald Trump

BIDEN. Democratic presidential hopeful former US Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks during the second Democratic primary debate. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Arroyo, De Venecia reunite as Lakas-CMD vow to ‘win’ members back

Mar 09, 2020 - 11:33 PM

The once formidable Lakas-CMD is slowly increasing its numbers in the House, where its party president Martin Romualdez is the influential Majority Leader

GOING STRONG. Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (center), former House speaker Jose de Venecia Jr (3rd from L, front row) pose for a photo with other Lakas-CMD members in the House on March 9, 2020. Photo from the Office of House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

Billionaire Bloomberg ends campaign, endorses Biden

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:31 PM

'Three months ago, I entered the race for president to defeat Donald Trump. Today, I am leaving the race for the same reason: to defeat Donald Trump,' US media tycoon Michael Bloomberg says in a statement

BLOOMBERG DROPS OUT. In this file photo taken on March 03, 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg waves during a rally at Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP

'New race': Biden seizes momentum with Super Tuesday surge

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:49 AM

(5th UPDATE) The results signal a remarkable comeback for Joe Biden, a former vice president under Barack Obama, who is vying once again for frontrunner status

SUPER SUPPORTERS. Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden attend a Super Tuesday event in Los Angeles on March 3, 2020. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

U.S. votes in crucial primaries after ex-rivals back Biden

Mar 03, 2020 - 4:15 PM

The Democratic establishment is desperate to unite around a moderate candidate who can triumph over frontrunner Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, and face President Trump in November

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 02: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event on March 2, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. Biden continues to campaign before the upcoming Super Tuesday Democratic presidential primaries. Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFP Ron Jenkins / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

O'Rourke latest ex-rival to endorse Biden for U.S. president

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:58 AM

'He's decent, he's kind, he's caring, he's empathetic,' says O'Rourke of Biden

ENDORSER. Beto O'Rourke speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump whips up crowd on eve of Democrats' big primary day

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:07 AM

'Crazy Bernie's going to be (even) more crazy,' Trump says to swelling laughter from the crowd

THE DON. US President Donald Trump smiles at a crowd. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Resurgent Biden earns Klobuchar, Buttigieg backing before Super Tuesday

Mar 03, 2020 - 10:26 AM

'It is no secret...that there is a massive effort trying to stop Bernie Sanders,' the frontrunner says about himself

BIDEN SUPPORTERS. Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden hold signs during a campaign event at Wofford University February 28, 2020 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

Who's in, who's out in Democratic White House race

Mar 03, 2020 - 9:59 AM

The top 3 remaining are all septuagenarian white men

CONTENDERS. Democratic presidential hopefuls former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Photo by Frederic Brown/AFP

Big win for Biden puts him back in U.S. race as 'Super Tuesday' nears

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:43 AM

With 48% of the vote in South Carolina, the former vice president more than doubles the 20% won by national frontrunner Bernie Sanders

CHALLENGER. Former US vice president Joe Biden leaves a rally organized by UFCW Union members to support Stop and Shop employees. Photo by Joseph Prezioso/AFP

Buttigieg dropping out of U.S. presidential race

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:16 AM

The first openly gay US presidential candidate from a major party ends his campaign

DROPPED OUT. Peter Buttigieg talks about Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence in front of potential voters. Photo by Derek Henkle/AFP

Former VP Joe Biden wins South Carolina primary

Mar 01, 2020 - 9:01 AM

The victory is seen as crucial to Joe Biden's hopes of challenging Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination

BOUNCING BACK. Democratic presidential hopeful former US Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks during the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida, June 27, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Sanders roughed up, hits back at Democratic presidential debate

Feb 26, 2020 - 3:26 PM

His rivals band together in savaging the self-described democratic socialist as too radical to appeal to a broad swathe of Americans

Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders gives an interview in the spin room after participating in the tenth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 25, 2020. Logan Cyrus / AFP

Merkel's would-be successors announce bids for party leader

Feb 26, 2020 - 11:20 AM

With all to play for, knives are already drawn

CDU SPEECH. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel gives a speech. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Merkel's crisis-hit CDU launches leadership race

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:47 AM

Merkel's longtime rival Friedrich Merz is expected to throw his hat in the ring

TENSE. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on January 15, 2020. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Sanders wins big in Nevada but some Democrats worry

Feb 24, 2020 - 10:36 AM

Trump issues a sarcastic-sounding congratulations on Twitter to the man he calls 'Crazy Bernie'

FEELING THE BERN. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) greets rally attendees on February 1, 2020 in Cedar Rapids, United States. Photo by Tom Brenner/AFP

Sanders claims big win in Nevada, tightens grip on Democratic race

Feb 23, 2020 - 10:59 AM

Bernie Sanders' win is a substantial accomplishment in a state seen as an important bellwether because it is the first diverse electorate to weigh in on the 2020 presidential race

VICTORY. In this file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes the stage during a primary night event on February 11, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo by Joe Raedle/AFP

PDP-Laban loses another member as Biliran congressman joins Lakas-CMD

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:20 PM

Though not a major party in the House with just 30 allies, Lakas-CMD remains influential given its ties to former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez

OATH-TAKING. Biliran Representative Gerardo Espina Jr (3rd from R) takes his oath as Lakas-CMD member before party president and House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on February 19, 2020. Photo from Romualdez's staff

Billionaire candidates shake up Democratic White House race

Feb 14, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Billionaires Mike Bloomberg and Tom Steyer invest hundreds of millions of dollars in their efforts to win the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. And so far, it seems like that strategy is working.

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 13: A television screen shows Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg as he speaks to a crowd on February 13, 2020 in Houston, Texas. The former New York City mayor launched "Mike for Black America," an effort to focus on key issues relating to black Americans on his fifth campaign trip to Texas. Callaghan O'Hare/Getty Images/AFP Callaghan O'Hare / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Iowa Democratic Party chief resigns after caucus mess

Feb 13, 2020 - 1:16 PM

In his resignation letter, Troy Price says, 'it is time for the Iowa Democratic Party to begin looking forward.' But 'my presence in my current role makes that more difficult.'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 06, 2020 Troy Price Chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, addresses the media about the aftermath of the Iowa caucuses on February 7, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Price, chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, resigned on February 12, 2020, a week after overseeing the chaotic Iowa caucuses that embarrassed the state and national party and left Democrats open to accusations of incompetence. Steve POPE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

WHO extends emergency status of Ebola in DR Congo

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:53 AM

This is the second worst outbreak of the disease since 2014 when it killed about 11,000 people

SUITS. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2019 health workers are seen inside the 'red zone' of an Ebola treatment center, which was attacked in the early hours of the morning in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Bernie Sanders wins in New Hampshire as Joe Biden crashes and burns

Feb 12, 2020 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) The 78-year-old US senator from Vermont went into the race as the newly anointed national frontrunner and was expected to win New Hampshire

GIDDY. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders  takes the stage during a primary night event on February 11, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Yang announces withdrawal from U.S. Democratic presidential race

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:55 AM

Andrew Yang is known for his campaign promise of giving every adult American $1,000 a month

WITHDRAWAL. In this file photo Democratic presidential hopeful Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang gestures during the third Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas on September 12, 2019. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Top hopefuls Buttigieg, Sanders under fire in Democratic debate

Feb 08, 2020 - 2:48 PM

Buttigieg and Sanders finished atop the pack earlier this week in Iowa's chaotic caucuses, and both hope to renew the performance Tuesday in New Hampshire

(FILES) In this file photo (L-R) Democratic presidential hopefuls Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders participate in the fifth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on November 20, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Singapore high court rejects legal challenge to misinformation law

Feb 05, 2020 - 4:21 PM

The Singapore High Court dismisses the challenge, ruling that the Singapore Democratic Party's statements were 'false in the face of the statistical evidence against them'

Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Buttigieg takes lead in Iowa caucuses, Sanders second

Feb 05, 2020 - 7:31 AM

Joe Biden is in fourth place, a disappointing showing for the former vice president who has claimed he is best positioned to defeat Donald Trump in November

PETE. In this file photo taken on September 26, 2016, South Bend Indiana Mayor Peter Buttigieg talks about Republican Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence in front of potential voters at a Hillary Clinton debate watching party for the LGBT community in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Derek Henkle/AFP

Iowa White House vote turns to fiasco as results delayed

Feb 04, 2020 - 10:11 PM

Republicans led by President Donald Trump gloat over the setback, and candidates who normally rely on the Midwestern state's caucuses for momentum as the primary season unfolds are denied that bounce

CAUCUS. Caucus volunteer works on paper work on February 3, 2020 in Carpenter, Iowa. File photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images/AFP

Iowa fires starting gun on Democratic White House race

Feb 04, 2020 - 11:05 AM

The two frontrunners, far-left senator Bernie Sanders and moderate former vice president Joe Biden, face a key test in the sparsely populated state

SUPPORT. Caucus goers wait to be counted at their precinct at Abraham Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa, on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Democrats make final pitch in Iowa hours before first U.S. vote

Feb 03, 2020 - 11:53 AM

Iowans take their role as first-in-the-nation voters to heart, and their pick has a recent historical track record of becoming the Democratic nominee

BERNIE DOLL. A supporter holds a Bernie action figure outside a campaign event of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at Ingersoll Tap February 2, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Democrats make final pitches ahead of Iowa showdown

Feb 02, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Monday's crunch vote has created an air of suspense, with no clear frontrunner

BERNIE RALLY. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) greets rally attendees after speaking at a campaign rally at the U.S. Bank Arena on February 1, 2020 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Over 3,000 people were in attendance at the event. Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images/AFP

Impeachment trial paused, top Democrats rush to Iowa for 11th hour campaigning

Feb 01, 2020 - 11:58 AM

As Donald Trump's impeachment trial is on hold until February 5, democratic candidates enjoy a final 72 hours of campaigning before the Iowa caucuses

MOBILIZING IN IOWA. In this file photo Democratic presidential hopefuls Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders participate a Democratic primary Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

White House lawyers say voters should decide Trump's fate

Jan 26, 2020 - 1:34 PM

Pat Cipollone argues that Democrats are asking the Senate to 'tear up all of the ballots' from the 2016 presidential election and attempting to prevent Donald Trump from running for reelection in November

TRUMP LAWYERS. White House counsel Pat Cipollone (R) and US President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Jay Sekulow (L) arrive at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 22, 2020. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Democratic prosecutors wrap up case against Trump

Jan 25, 2020 - 12:27 PM

Democrats continue to hope for subpoenas on 4 potential witnesses, while Trump's victory is virtually assured in a Republican-led US Senate

IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS. US President Donald Trump speaks to the press outside the grand ballroom as he arrives for a New Year's celebration at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, on December 31, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP