Ballots found in bins. As many as 18 ballots being sent to people’s homes. Dead people voting. Those were the allegations of the Trump campaign this afternoon as the president’s team confirmed it is filing a lawsuit in Nevada, a state which could be the key to Joe Biden winning the US presidential election. Richard Grenell, a former director of the US National Intelligence, said: “We are filing this federal lawsuit to protect legal voters” as he claimed representatives of the Republican party “are not being allowed to check” the validity of the count. It is one of a string of lawsuits being launched by the President’s campaign team. Earlier Mr Biden declared it was “clear” he has won the election as projected victories in Michigan and Wisconsin pushed him within touching distance of the White House. Yet there are concerns the election limbo could lead to violence as thousands of people took to the streets across the US overnight. The counting of mail-in ballots in Philadelphia in the crucial state of Pennsylvania has been temporarily halted, it has been reported, as Democrats ask the state’s top court to reverse a lower court ruling on ballot count observers. Our liveblog will keep you up to date.
So how could Mr Trump win? After Mr Biden’s victory in Michigan, the President’s path to the White House has narrowed. Here is how he can still win. It is still possible that neither candidate secures 270 electoral college votes. This would be the legal process if that happened. The president’s legal action could leave the result hanging in the balance for a long period. It took 36 days to settle the outcome of the 2000 election. Here is how this election could reach the Supreme Court.
Chancellor extends furlough scheme until March
Rishi Sunak has extended the furlough scheme until the end of March – a year after it was first brought in – as he updated Parliament on his economic package yet another time today. His support comes on top of the Bank of England’s move to extend its quantitative easing programme by another £150 billion, taking the total to £895 billion. The Chancellor was attacked by Labour MPs for doing too little, too late, with several opposition members pointing out that he had only extended the furlough once restrictions were imposed on South England. Read on for the latest while Jessica Beard sets out how to claim your pay.
Bed planet: Astronauts may hibernate on way to Mars
Astronauts could be put into hibernation to travel to Mars, European Space Agency scientists have revealed, as they call for further research on its impact on the brain. Being cooped up in a confined spacecraft for a long period of time could take its toll on their physical and mental health, according to Prof Vladyslav Vyazovskiy, who is leading the study. He said these “huge implications” could be mitigated if astronauts were put into a “state of stasis”, and said further investigation is needed to establish what effect this might have on their brains. Read on for details.
At a glance: Latest coronavirus headlines
Second wave fears | NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said the risk of the second wave is “real and serious” as he delivered a press conference alongside the Prime Minister about pressure on the health service. He said that while his colleagues have built capacity, the service’s ability to deal with the virus – and other illnesses – is dependent on people following the new lockdown. Read on for the latest.
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Around the world: Kosovan leader faces The Hague
President Hashim Thaci of Kosovo has resigned from power after being told that he would face war crimes charges at The Hague. Mr Thaci, 52, who was a guerrilla leader during Kosovo’s war for independence from Serbia in the late 1990s, has been accused of involvement in the deaths of nearly 100 people. The Kosovan leader, who is regarded as a war hero by many Kosovans, said he intended to fight the charges at the court, which he attended in July for pre-trial questioning. Read on for details.
‘These players should be looked after’