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Control of the Senate hangs in the balance as votes continue to be counted

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Control of the Senate rests on the final tallies in three states

As votes continue to be counted, it’s clear that control of both the Senate and the House will come down to the wire.

The results will determine the fate of Capitol Hill for the remaining two years of the Biden administration.

The House looks set to flip to the Republicans, but only by a slim majority.

The Senate is a different story. Here, three key races remain too close to call.

Whichever party wins two out of the three remaining contests in the states of Arizona, Georgia and Nevada will ultimately control the Senate.

President Biden says the predicted “giant red wave” fell flat on in its face. Biden is relieved that his Democratic party performed better than expected, and hopes to work with the Republicans.

Residents in Georgia are heading back to the polls

In Georgia, Democrat Raphael Warnock has kicked off his runoff campaign against Republican Herschel Walker.

The second round of voting is taking place after neither party managed to secure more than 50 per cent of the total vote.

Under Georgia law, a candidate has to win at least 50 per cent of the vote to be declared the winner.

If no one gets the required votes, the election is run again, but this time with just two candidates.

Speaking in the city of Atlanta, Warnock says this next race is about “competence and character.”

On the other side of the coin, Walker is scheduled to kick off his runoff campaign in Canton. Here, he will be joined by prominent Texas Senator, Ted Cruz.

Warnock stood beneath a mural of late Civil Rights icon and Congressman John Lewis, urging voters to “get it done!”

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U.S. supports right to peaceful protests in China over COVID restrictions

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On Monday the White House stopped short of criticizing Beijing as protests erupt

 

Rare protests broke out across China over the weekend as groups of people vented their frustration over the zero-Covid policy.

The unrest came as news spread that those infections surged, which prompted more local Covid controls.

After nearly three years of strict controls, the youth unemployment has climbed to nearly 20%.

The White House and U.S. State Department expressed disagreement with China’s zero-Covid policy and support for the ongoing protests across the country.

“Our message to peaceful protestors around the world is the same and consistent, said National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby.

“People should be allowed to the right to assemble and to peacefully protest policies or laws or dictates that they take issue with.”

In Shanghai, the nation’s largest city, there were clashes with police over the weekend and in the capital city Beijing protest are flaring now in response to the strictest lockdowns inside China this includes peaceful student protest at one of the nation’s most prestigious universities.

All this a first during President Xi Jinping near decade-long tenure.

As the holiday season is underway, there are growing concerns about the impact these protests might have on the global supply chain.

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search

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Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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Biden silence on China protests

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As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.

“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’

“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”

Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.

Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.

The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.

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