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The deal came at the last possible moment after the deadline was extended numerous times to allow the two sides to come to an agreement.

After years of negotiations, the United Kingdom and European Union finally reached an agreement that will lay out their relationship now that the UK has officially left the EU.

The negotiations, which concluded on Christmas Eve, resulted in the UK leaving the European single market and customs union at the end of 2020 but will see it continue tariff-free trade and other arrangements with the EU member states going forward. …


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China’s economic and diplomatic conflict with Australia will play a central role in dictating how the new US president navigates relations with the world’s second-largest economy.

Following his inauguration in January, President-elect Joe Biden will face a number of immediate challenges.

The former vice president’s incoming administration will need to take control of an accelerating vaccination program throughout the United States at a time when the coronavirus remains in high circulation. The Biden administration will also have to address increasing signs that the economic recovery from the pandemic has begun to slow.

But international challenges await the Biden administration as well, arguably the biggest of which is China. …


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Concerns over what has come to be known as “Long COVID” have only intensified as more and more people report lasting symptoms, including debilitating health issues.

In the United States, there have been over 20 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 350,000 deaths. That means the survival rate is over 98% (though some claim it’s greater than 99%), a fact that many have used to argue that the coronavirus restrictions are doing more harm than good.

With state economies struggling and mental health problems worsening, critics have repeatedly said the “cure” of closing businesses and restricting public gatherings, especially during the holidays, is worse than the disease. …


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The Trump campaign and his allies believe they may have one last chance at overturning the Electoral College when Congress comes together to validate the results of the presidential election.

With the Electoral College having now confirmed Joe Biden as president-elect of the United States, many believe President Donald Trump has lost the final battle. But the Trump campaign and his allies believe they may have one last chance at overturning the Electoral College when Congress comes together to validate the results of the presidential election.

Congress has final say in presidential election

On January 6, 2020, Congress will meet to validate the results of the presidential election. The president of the Senate, a position currently held by Vice President Mike Pence, will open the certificates signed and certified by the Electoral College and count the votes. …


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As President Donald Trump’s term now comes to an end, the future of US-China relations will likely remain volatile under President-elect Joe Biden.

The United States’ trade relationship with China has dominated President Donald Trump ‘s time in office, which shouldn’t come as any surprise given the president’s tough talk on China during his 2016 presidential campaign.

During that campaign, Trump often spoke critically of US-China trade relations, at one time claiming that China was responsible for “the greatest theft in the history of the world” in its trade with the US.

Despite Trump’s harsh rhetoric, the US and People’s Republic of China agreed on a “Phase One” trade deal in January 2020, which Trump claimed to be the first step in a more equitable relationship between the two countries. …


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As this year comes to an end, here is a review of some of the most important and frequently used words and phrases of 2020.

There is no contesting that the biggest news story of the year was the COVID-19 pandemic. There were few if any aspects of life that weren’t impacted by the deadly virus and the efforts to contain its spread. With the pandemic, there entered into common vocabulary a host of words and terms like “coronavirus” and “PPE” that, just a year ago, few regular folks used or even knew.

In addition to medical jargon that became commonplace, 2020 saw countless new slang terms gain prominence through a mix of social media and political divisions. To stay informed, you had to understand words like “Antifa,” “TERF” and, of course, “QAnon.” Most of these words weren’t 2020 inventions, but they gained added prominence this year. …


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Though China’s economy has long been expected to grow to be larger than that of the US, China remains far behind in terms of the average wealth of its citizens.

While the United States was gearing up for what proved to be a hotly contested presidential election, China was already laying out its future economic plans.

Released in late October, China’s next five-year plan stresses the need for the country to pursue quality growth and increase its own domestic market, with a special focus on charging up the country as a technological powerhouse to rival the US. …


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The rollout of effective vaccinations promises relief to certain industries that have been relentlessly battered by the pandemic.

With the numbers of vaccinated individuals slowly rising around the United States, a tantalizing prospect has risen for the not-so-distant future — a return to relative normality.

A vaccine that has been proven successful, safe and is widely-available has long been hailed as the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic, which to date has now killed nearly 340,000 in the US alone.

In recent weeks, the number of promising vaccine candidates has only expanded. Vaccines developed by American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. (in collaboration with German partner BioNTech SE) and Moderna Inc. appear to hold the most promise, reporting efficacy rates of over 90%. …


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Will those who once claimed that Trump didn’t truly represent the Republican Party now insist that the party remain in his image? Or will they shift again and distance themselves from Trump and Trumpism?

There was a time in early 2016, before eventual-President Donald Trump officially secured the Republican Party’s nomination, when many figures in conservative media looked at the real estate mogul and reality TV star with skepticism. In fact, some outright detested the idea of Trump becoming the torchbearer of the party and beseeched voters to reject him.

After Trump won the presidency, some of those figures continued to criticize him. This group of Republicans and conservatives came to be known collectively as “Never Trumpers.” A few anti-Trump conservatives, like those behind The Lincoln Project, have gained prominence by making waves with their attacks on the president. …


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Tensions have escalated between the two global superpowers, leading to a trade war and an exchange of sanctions that have had a significant effect on the economies of both countries.

Relations between the United States and China have declined drastically during the Trump era, largely due to Beijing’s actions with regard to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Xinjiang.

The human rights issues that have been raised as a result of these actions have escalated tensions between the two global superpowers, leading to a trade war and an exchange of sanctions that have had a significant effect on the economies of both countries. …

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