Democrats See Encouraging Signs for 2020 in Tuesday's Elections
U.S. Democrats are celebrating election victories in the states of Virginia and Kentucky that could possibly point to trouble for President Donald Trump and his bid for re-election next year. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone reports that suburban voters flocked to the Democrats on Tuesday, giving them an edge they may deploy against the president in 2020.
Arizona is seeing record demand for hospital beds as the state struggles to control a surge in COVID-19 cases. On Wednesday, the state broke several of its own records for additional cases, deaths and hospitalizations. (July 3) Chris Horner picks his favorites for 2020 Tour de France and analyzes their talents that could place them on the podium heading into future competition. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has arrived in Lebanon on a visit aimed at pressing Beirut to implement long-overdue reforms and dissociate from regional conflicts, both seen as key to unlocking international aid.
Le Drian's two-day visit comes as Lebanon spirals into its worst-ever economic crisis that is leading to mass poverty and rising hunger. On Thursday, he is set to meet Lebanese leaders, including President Michel Aoun, House Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Hassan Diab.
In May, Diab's government began talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a $10bn programme. It is seeking an additional $11bn in aid from the international community over the next five years to stave off the effects of the crisis.
Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., pushed back on a statement from the Director of National Intelligence's office on foreign election interference, explaining that it gives a 'false sense of equivalence' between Russia's activities and the actions of other foreign adversaries. Aired on 07/24/2020.