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US 2020: will the election truly reflect the people’s choice? | US & Canada

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On Tuesday, September 1 at 19:30 GMT:
Election day in the United States is less than 10 weeks away, and there’s one thing Republicans and Democrats agree on – that it’s one of the most consequential presidential and congressional polls in the country’s history. But concerns are rising over whether people’s voices will be truly reflected through the ballot box.

US President Donald Trump, who is behind Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in most polls, has attacked mail-in voting. He says is open to widespread abuse, a claim voting experts reject. A series of recent orders by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to remove Postal Service mailboxes and sorting machines from service – most in key ‘battleground’ states – has angered Democrats who say it is an attempt to stop ballots reaching election offices before polling deadlines. DeJoy, a Republican Party and Trump campaign donor, denies that changes made under his leadership are intended to slow ballot delivery and thus tilt the election in Republicans’ favour.

Voting rights activists now say Americans should send mail-in ballots as soon as they can, or use alternative means to cast their votes early. They are advising voters to consider posting their ballot at local election office drop boxes, join community ballot collections, or vote in-person well before Election Day on November 3. It’s a continuation of a long-established effort to ensure that people in ill-represented parts of the US have their voices heard at the ballot box.

But as coronavirus sweeps the US, it is also likely to have an impact on the election. In-person voter registration has tumbled as people remain wary over Covid-19 transmission, while driving licence offices that traditionally register people to vote have been on limited hours while the pandemic rages. Election offices countrywide are also short of poll workers, many of whom are senior citizens and are worried about the risk of infection.

As people across the United States grapple with the prospect of waking up on November 4 without a clear projection of a presidential election victor, The Stream will meet three voting experts to hear their thoughts about what lies ahead. Join the conversation.

On this episode of The Stream, we are joined by:
Grace Panetta, @grace_panetta
Politics Reporter, Business Insider
businessinsider.com 

Alexandria Harris, @AndrewGoodmanF
Executive Director, The Andrew Goodman Foundation
andrewgoodman.org

Amber McReynolds, @AmberMcReynolds
CEO, National Vote At Home Institute
voteathome.org

Read more:
Explainer: Mail-in voting in the US election – Al Jazeera
Analysis: Trump attacks on mail-in ballots will cost Republicans – Al Jazeera

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21 workers trapped in flooded mine in China’s Xinjiang | China News

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CCTV says rescuers have located 12 of the 21 trapped miners.

Eight miners have been rescued and 21 remain trapped in a coal mine in China’s Xinjiang region after flooding cut power underground and disrupted communications, according to state media.

The accident happened in Fengyuan coal mine in Hutubi County on Saturday evening, when staff were upgrading the site, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Rescuers had located 12 of the 21 trapped miners, broadcaster CCTV said, but it was unclear if they were all together.

Rescue personnel were trying to pump water from the flooded shaft and have been piping air into the mine.

Pipes were being laid but the pumping operation was going to be challenging, CCTV said.

Mining accidents are common in China, where the industry has a poor safety record and enforcement of regulations is often lax.

In January, 22 workers were trapped in a mine in east China’s Shandong province after an explosion damaged the entrance, leaving workers stuck underground for about two weeks.

Eleven men were pulled out alive, 10 died and one miner remained unaccounted for.

In December, 23 miners died after being trapped underground in the southwest city of Chongqing – just months after 16 others died from carbon monoxide poisoning at another coal mine in the city.



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African Champions League: CR Belouizdad join Sundowns in quarter-finals

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Amir Sayoud in action for Algerian club CR Belouizdad
Amir Sayoud opened the scoring for Algerian club CR Belouizdad as they beat South African hosts Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0.

Algerian champions CR Belouizdad earned the win they needed over hosts Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa to clinch a place in the African Champions League quarter-finals.

Amir Sayoud took his tally in the competition to seven when he gave Belouizdad the lead over Sundowns in Pretoria on 29 minutes.

That advantage was doubled just before half-time as Ahmed Gasmi headed home a cross from Zinelaabidine Boulakhoua.

It was a measure of revenge for the Algerians who were embarrassed by Sundowns on home soil in the reverse fixture when the South Africans won 5-1 in February.

In Friday’s other Group B game DR Congo’s TP Mazembe, who were already out of contention to make the last eight came from behind to clinch a 2-1 win over Sudan’s Al Hilal.

The Sudanese club had needed a win to have any chance at all of progressing.

Al Hilal made the ideal start in their bid to win against former African champions Mazembe – Eid Mugadam gave them the lead after just two minutes in Lumbumbashi – but 16 minutes later Hilal contributed to their own downfall as Ivorian defender Mohamed Ouattara scored an own goal to level the game at 1-1.

Mazembe won the game thanks to a goal from Isaac Tshibangu, who scored just moments after he came on as substitute.

The draw for the quarter and semi-finals will be held on 30 April at the Confederation of African Football’s headquarters in Cairo.

Friday’s Group B results:

  • TP Mazembe (DR Congo) 2-1 Al Hilal (Sudan)
  • Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa) 0-2 CR Belouizdad (Algeria)



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Ghana's farmers eye sweet success from chocolate

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Ghana is the world’s second largest cocoa producer but sees little of the profits from chocolate – for now.



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