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The second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden has been cancelled .
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced the cancellation in a statement on Friday .
It said that the decision followed announcements of “ alternate plans” for the Oct. 15 date by both candidates ’ campaign organisations .
This came a day after CDP said it had decided to hold the debate virtually “ for the health and safety of all involved ” following Trump ’s diagnosis of COVID -19 .
The president had reacted immediately , telling Fox News that he would not waste his time with a virtual debate.
His campaign organisation later said he would participate if the date was shifted by a week , a proposal opposed by Biden ’ s campaign .
Reports quoted sources as saying Trump has scheduled his own town hall event for the night of Oct. 15 .
Biden , on his part , reportedly agreed to participate in an ABC News town hall in Philadelphia on the same date.
CDP said : “ It is now apparent there will be no debate on Oct. 15 , and the CPD will turn its attention to preparations for the final presidential debate scheduled for Oct. 22 .
“ Subject to health security considerations, and in accordance with all required testing, masking, social distancing and other protocols , the debate will take place at Belmont University in Nashville , Tennessee .
“ As announced on June 23 , the debate will be divided into six 15 – minute segments .
“ The topics for the six segments will be selected and announced by the moderator at least one week before the debate.
“ Kristen Welker of NBC News will serve as moderator for the debate. Both candidates have agreed to participate in the Oct . 22 debate.”

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Samsung Owner , Lee Kun- hee, Dies At 78

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The Owner Of Samsung Lee Kun Hee Dies At 78 Samsung Owner , Lee Kun- hee, Dies At 78

Lee Kun-hee of Samsung Dies at 78; Built an Electronics Titan
Mr. Lee was convicted — and pardoned — twice for white-collar crimes, in a sign of the ills in South Korea’s relationship with its business dynasties
Lee Kun-hee, who built Samsung into a global giant of smartphones, televisions and computer chips but was twice convicted — and, in a pattern that has become typical in South Korea, twice pardoned — for white-collar crimes committed along the way, died on Sunday in Seoul, the South Korean capital. He was 78.
Samsung announced the death but did not specify the cause. Mr. Lee had been incapacitated since a heart attack in 2014.

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Seychelles holds presidential, parliamentary elections today

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seychelles election Seychelles holds presidential, parliamentary elections today

Most Seychelles voters will cast their ballot Saturday in presidential and parliamentary elections spanning three days across an idyllic archipelago that has been economically hammered by the coronavirus.
Polling stations will open at 7 : 00 am ( 0300 GMT ) on Mahe , Praslin and La Digue — the three main islands of Seychelles , home to the majority of its 74 ,600 voters , with the rest living on further -flung territory of the Indian Ocean nation .
Voting took place Thursday and Friday on a few dozen of these outer islands , mainly for employees of hotels or the island management authority , who attended pop -up polling stations with election material carried by plane or boat . Some on the main islands deemed essential workers , such as hospital and nursing staff, also voted Thursday .
The opposition , narrowly defeated in a presidential election in 2015 and buoyed by a landmark victory in a parliamentary poll a year later , is hoping for its first presidential win in the 40 years since Seychelles independence .
It is up against the incumbent Danny Faure , 58 , who is running under the recently renamed United Seychelles ruling party which has been in power since 1977 .
The main opposition parties did not manage to unite and Faure — who was not elected but took over after his predecessor James Michel resigned — faces two challengers .
His main rival is the Anglican priest Wavel Ramkalawan, who is taking his sixth shot at the presidency and lost by only 193 votes to Michel in an unprecedented second round of voting in 2015 .
He is the candidate of the Linyon Democratik Seselwa ( Seychelles Democratic Alliance ) opposition party , the majority party in parliament after winning 19 of 34 seats in the last election .
The other candidate is Alain St Ange , who was in the opposition before joining the government as tourism minister from 2012 -16 , but switched back and is now running under the flag of a new party, One Seychelles .
– Tourism downturn –
The campaign took place mainly over social media , with rallies banned due to the coronavirus.
The Seychelles has recorded only 149 cases , mostly imported , but the pandemic has been a burning campaign issue as restrictions on global travel bottom out the tourism industry — a major earner for the Seychelles and employer for many of its 98 , 000 people .
Visitor numbers have collapsed since March in the archipelago nation of 115 islands , normally a popular destination for honeymooners and paradise -seekers wanting fine sandy beaches and turquoise waters .
The economy has slowed significantly since the start of the pandemic and unemployment has risen from 4. 8 to 6 .3 per cent , according to government figures .
While average income is among the highest in Africa, the national statistics agency says about 40 per cent of Seychellois live in poverty because of the high cost of living.

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Over 30 Millions Americans Have Voted As Early Voting Starts

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images 36 3 Over 30 Millions Americans Have Voted As Early Voting Starts

Florida shattered its opening day record for in-person early voting Monday, with at least 350,000 people casting ballots and election officials continuing to count statewide late into the night.
The trend continues a record-setting pace in the battleground state that is viewed as a must-win for President Donald Trump. Voting by mail, which started earlier this month, racked up more than 2.5 million ballots headed into Monday, more than double the 1.2 million during the same timeframe in 2016.
More than 350,000 voters, some of whom were treated to pizza by singer Ariana Grande while they waited in line, easily surpassed 2016 numbers when 291,000 people voted on the first day of in-person early voting, which includes 52 of Florida’s 67 counties. All counties begin early voting on Saturday.
Democrats have a significant pre-Election Day lead, built by a more than 450,000 vote-by-mail lead, through Monday, but Republicans insist they are just “cannibalizing” their in-person vote. Put another way, they say Democrats are not gaining additional voters, but that voters in candidate Joe Biden’s party are just changing how they participate because of Democrats’ greater emphasis on voting by mail during a global pandemic.
“Democrats know they can’t compete with our unrivaled ground game,” said Trump Victory spokesperson Emma Vaughn.
Kamala Harris, a California senator and Biden’s running mate, held in-person rallies in Orlando and Jacksonville to boost enthusiasm on the first day of in-person early voting.
“Today I had to come here on kickoff of early voting in Florida, because y’all are going to make it happen,” Harris told an audience in Orlando. “What you will do here in Florida … by early voting is you will be the first to put our country back on the right track.”
Her Florida rally locations were not accidental. Orlando is in the middle of the fabled I-4 corridor, a 19-county swath of the state notoriously packed with swing voters. Jacksonville, on the other hand, has long been Republicans’ home turf, but for the first time in recent political history was won by Democrats during the 2018 midterm elections, an outcome they hope to replicate in 2020.
Trump’s campaign, which has blanketed Florida with surrogate appearances in recent weeks, held “Team Trump On Tour” bus events throughout conservative North Florida, including stops in Pensacola and Tallahassee that featured Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Panhandle Republican and top Trump ally.
“Today is really the start of our get out the vote movement, with our supporters wanting to vote in person, or turn their absentee ballots in person at voting locations,” said Leon County GOP Chair Evan Power, who attended the Trump events. “We are confident that our voters will turn out between now and Election Day to support the President and our Republican team.”
Early in the day, there was anecdotal evidence across the state that signaled there could be record turnout. Lines formed in some of Florida’s largest counties before polls opened at 7 a.m., even as rain soaked portions of South Florida.
In Broward County, Parkland Mayor and incoming Democratic state Rep. Christine Hunschofsky posted a video of long lines at a polling site in that county, one of Florida’s bluest.
“It is the longest line I have ever seen at early voting in Parkland,” she tweeted.
Pinellas County, a bellwether that has voted for every winning presidential candidate but one since 1980, also quickly amassed record-setting numbers.
“Over 6,300 people have voted so far in Pinellas County during a record-breaking first day of early voting!” Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Julie Marcus tweeted at 3:30 p.m.
The Orange County Supervisor of Elections office tweeted just before 4:30 p.m. that it had already seen more than 11,000 votes with more than two hours to go. In 2016, the county saw 16,912 total votes on the first day of early voting.

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