World leaders congratulate US President Biden

World leaders said they were looking forward to working with Joe Biden, the Democrat sworn in as US President on Wednesday after four turbulent years under Donald Trump. The UAE President, Sheikh Khalifa, wished Mr Biden success and expressed hope that the countries would deepen their decades-lon

President Joe Biden: We must end this uncivil war

Joe Biden took the oath of his office, officially becoming the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered Mr Biden’s oath in front of the US Capitol building. Prior to Mr Biden’s oath, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

New day in America: Joe Biden sworn in as 46th US president

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States Wednesday, a day which he said was one of “history and hope.” “This is democracy’s day,” Biden said during his inaugural speech. “We have much to repair ... and much to gain,” he said from th

Trump to leave town early Wednesday before Biden inauguration

WASHINGTON: By the time Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US president Wednesday, his scandal-tainted predecessor Donald Trump will already be far away, having helicoptered out of the White House a last time earlier that morning, an official said Friday.Trump will be the first president in a centu

Biden's inauguration rehearsal postponed over security concerns, Politico says

A rehearsal for U.S President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration scheduled for Sunday has been postponed because of security concerns, Politico reported late on Thursday, citing two people with knowledge of the decision. The rehearsal is now planned for Monday, according to the report. Biden&r

Trump and Pence biographies changed by US State Department employee

The biography pages of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were altered on the US State Department website, making it seem as though their resignations were imminent on Monday night. Officials told BuzzFeed News that a disgruntled employee made the change. Mr Trump's p

Republican U.S. Senator Toomey says Trump should resign

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey said on Sunday that President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican, should resign after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a deadly rampage last week. Toomey, who has been a supporter of Trump until recently, became the second Senate Republican to call for the preside

Mike Pence to attend president-elect Joe Biden's inauguration

US Vice President Mike Pence will attend president-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, a senior administration official said on Saturday. President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he would not attend the inauguration of his successor on January 20 - one of the two tweets Twitter cited as inculpat

Trump condemns violence and recognises Biden win

US President Donald Trump posted a new video on Twitter condemning supporters who rioted at the US Capitol on Wednesday. He also appeared to recognise the results of the 2020 presidential election after weeks of contesting the race. "Now, Congress has certified the results, and a new administrat

Capitol riots: Nancy Pelosi urges Mike Pence to remove Donald Trump from office

    House Speaker threatens to impeach US President unless the Vice President takes action US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer urged Vice President Mike Pence to invoke a provision in the Constitution to remove President Donald Trump fr

Pence says ‘violence never wins,’ McConnell decries ‘attempted insurrection’ as Congress resumes electoral count

WASHINGTON: Vice President Mike Pence condemned the violent supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday in an attempt to block certification of the presidential election results, as the US Senate resumed its vote count after an hours-long delay.“You did not w

Biden places blame for Capitol violence on Trump

WASHINGTON: The Latest on Congress’ confirmation of Joe Biden as winner of the presidential election (all times local):2 p.m.President-elect Joe Biden is calling the violent group that descended on the US Capitol “domestic terrorists” and laying the blame for the violence sq

Donald Trump to speak at DC rally as Congress meets on election

President Donald Trump will address a gathering of his supporters in Washington DC on Wednesday as he seeks to rally support for his last-ditch efforts to overturn his loss to president-elect Joe Biden. The White House confirmed Tuesday that Mr Trump would speak at a rally on the Ellipse, south o

Raphael Warnock wins Georgia Senate seat

NBC News and Associated Press have projected that Democratic candidate for US Senate in Georgia, Raphael Warnock, will defeat Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler in a hotly contested special run-off election.   With 97 per cent of the votes counted in the state, Warnock leads Loeffler by ap

Democrat Pelosi narrowly re-elected as US House speaker

WASHINGTON: Nancy Pelosi, the only female US Speaker of the House, was narrowly re-elected to the position Sunday in a deeply divided new Congress that convened in the final weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency.Pelosi, 80, faced a scare when five fellow Democrats defected and voted “pres

Republicans sign up to try to delay Joe Biden election win

A group of 11 Republican senators say they will back a last-ditch effort by President Donald Trump to challenge the outcome and undermine the integrity of the US presidential election. The move pits them against their own Senate leadership, and has very little, if any, chance of doing anything bu

Republican Party torn over Trump’s Electoral College challenge of Biden

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s extraordinary challenge of his election defeat by President-elect Joe Biden is becoming a defining moment for the Republican Party before next week’s joint session of Congress to confirm the Electoral College results.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McC

Joe Biden criticises Trump administration’s handling of Covid vaccine programme

  US president-elect Joe Biden says he will activate the Defence Production Act to speed up America’s Covid-19 vaccine distribution. The 1950 act is used to boost manufacture and the supply of essential goods and services in the event of a national emergency. “The Trump adm