Monday, November 23, 2020
*) Prominent Hong Kong activists plead guilty Prominent Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, Ivan Lam and Agnes Chow have pleaded guilty over their involvement in last year's protests. Hong Kong was convulsed by seven straight months of violent anti-Beijing rallies in which millions took to the streets last year. Beijing and local authorities refused demands for free elections and responded with a widening crackdown against protesters. All three activists were remanded into custody pending a sentencing hearing on December 2. *) Top Republicans urge Trump to concede election Several Republican lawmakers are urging US President Donald Trump to concede the election. Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie is calling Trump's legal team an embarrassment after they alleged election fraud but provided no evidence to support their claim. Several states also overturned legal requests from Trump's team to discredit Joe Biden's win. *) Covid-19 vaccine could be rolled out in US in December Some good news for our US listeners: coronavirus vaccinations could be distributed in America by December 11. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech requested emergency regulatory authorisation on Friday. Distribution of the vaccine will begin 24 hours after approval by the US Food and Drug Administration. *) G20 leaders pledge to help struggling countries This year's G20 Summit, held virtually by Saudi Arabia, has ended with a pledge to do what's necessary to help poorer countries with coronavirus tests and treatment. Many developing countries have been plunged into economic turmoil because of the virus. G20 leaders also endorsed a plan to extend a freeze in debt payments from struggling countries. And finally… *) Taylor Swift named Artist of the Year at AMAs Taylor Swift has been named Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards for a record sixth time. She did not show up at the Los Angeles ceremony though, saying that she is re-recording her early tracks after her catalogue was sold. Swift beat Justin Bieber, Post Malone and Roddy Ricch for the coveted award and also won Favorite Music Video and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.