BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – ‘The path toward victory is virtually impossible’, Sanders said in a livestreamed speech to supporters from his hometown of Burlington, Vermont.
‘I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful. And so today, I am announcing the suspension of my campaign’.
The 78 – years – old U.S. senator from Vermont, a democratic socialist whose progressive agenda pulled the party sharply to the left, shot to an early lead in the Democratic race. But he faded quickly after losing South Carolina in late February as moderate Democrats consolidated their support behind Biden.
The departure of Sandres, the last remaining rival to Biden, sets up a race between the 77-year-old former vice president and Trump, 73, who is seeking a second four – year term in office.
Sandres, who also mounted an unexpectedly strong challenge in 2016 to eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, had been under pressure to halt his campaign after Biden won resounding victories in primary contests on March 17 in Florida, Arizona and Illinois.
Some allies had encouraged Sanders to stay in the race to further influence Biden’s policy positions. But the coronavirus crisis shifted focus away from the campaign and, with all rallies canceled, Sanders had little opportunity to get his message across.
Trump, who has courted Sanders supporters and said the senator was treated unfairly by the Democratic Party, reacted quickly on Twitter.
‘This ended just like Democrates & the DNC wanted, same as the Crooked Hillary fiasco. The Bernie people should come to the Republican Party, TRADE!’, Trump wrote.
Many of Sanders’ policy position have become part of the mainstream Democratic Party debate, including his Medicare for All proposal that would create a government – run healthcare system to replace the current blend of private medical insurance and public programs. He also advocated a $15 minimum wage, tuition – free public colleges and higher taxes on the wealthy.
‘Our movement has won the ideological struggle in so – called red states, blue states, and purple states’, Sanders.
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi-led coalition engaged in Yemen said its forces intercepted and downed drones launched by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement towards the Saudi border city of Najran on Wednesday in the first such incident since late March. There was no immediate comment from the Houthi group about the attack, which comes … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi-Led Coalition Says It Downs Houthi Drones Launched At Najran
NEW YORK – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies for stifling conservative voices, a day after Twitter attached a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers to fact check the president’s claims. Without offering evidence, Trump again accused such platforms of bias, tweeting: ‘Republicans feel … Continue reading SOCIAL MEDIA | Twitter’s Fact-Check Label Prompts Trump Threat To Shut Down Social Media Companies
BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Greece will allow travellers from around two dozen countries including Germany, Cyprus and Israel to visit from mid-June without having to be quarantined, government officials said, part of gradual easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. ‘Travel will be some 20-25 countries whose nationals will be allowed to come’, a government source said, … Continue reading TRAVEL | Greece To Welcome Germans, Cypriots, Israelis In First Wave Of Visitors
NEW YORK – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will travel to Washington to meet with President Donald Trump on Wednesday and planned to discuss major investments in infrastructure as a way to jumpstart a U.S. economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo also told a daily briefing on Tuesday he planned to accelerate … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | New York’s Cuomo To Meet Trump, Push Infrastructure Spending
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia will extend tourist visas which expired during the suspension of international flight amid the coronavirus pandemic automatically for a period of three months free of charge, according to an official statement. The Kingdom’s General Directorate of Passports announced that the General Directorate of Passport would extend the visas … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Extend Tourist Visas For Three Month Free Of Charge
PARIS | FRANCE – President Emmanuel Macron announced an 8 billion euro plan on Tuesday to make France the top producer of clean vehicles in Europe and urge French carmakers to make vehicles in their own country. French car plants are only just starting to rev up production after the coronavirus lockdown, which hit the … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Macron Wants France To Be Europe’s Top Clean Car Producer
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense received a phone call from Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. During the conversation, they exchanged congratulation on the … Continue reading News | Saudi Crown Prince Receives Phone Call From Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi public sector employees will start returning to work gradually as of Sunday May 31, after more than two months of suspension amid strict measures to help curb the novel coronavirus outbreak. Public sector workers will eventually resume work as normal as of June 14, Minister of Human Resources Ahmed … Continue reading BUSINESS NEWS | Saudi Public Sector Employees Will Return To Work Starting May 31
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud approved on Monday the easing of restrictions imposed over the coronavirus outbreak. Restrictions will be lifted in three phases, culminating in the curfew completely ending – with the exception of the holy city of Makkah – from June … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Ease Virus Restrictions Return To Normal By June 21
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia will allow mosques to open for Friday prayers, state TV reported on Tuesday, as the Kingdom eases restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Mosques will be authorized to open 20 minutes before Friday prayers and should close 20 minutes after they finish, state TV … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia To Allow Mosques To Open For Friday Prayers
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense received a phone call from President Mohamed Ould Ghazouni of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. During the conversation, they exchanged congratulations on the advent of the blessed Eid Al-Fitr.
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RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, stressed on Sunday that Saudi Arabia will see better days in credit to its people. He made his remarks while congratulating Defense Ministry officials on the advent of the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The officials, including Deputy Defense Minister … Continue reading NEWS | Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman: Good Days In Store For Saudi Arabia Through Its People’s Efforts
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud states on Sunday that he sees ‘hope in the coming days’, urging ‘determination and positivity in overcoming all hardship’. In a tweet on the occasion of the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, he thanked for ‘blessing us with fasting during … Continue reading NEWS | King Salman Urges Determination, Positivity In Overcoming Hardship
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia reported 2,399 new coronavirus cases on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, bringing the total to 72,560. Riyadh remained the area with the highest daily increase, but Mecca had a higher increase than recent days, with 611 new cases in the province. Jeddah reported the third highest number … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Reports 2,399 New Cases Bringing Total to 72,560 On Eid Al Fitr
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Ministry of Interior said on Saturday that residents who violate nationwide coronavirus precautionary measures and gather for social occasions such as weddings, funerals, parties, seminars and the like will be deported and banned from ever re-entering the Kingdom. The MOI also specified fines for violators of the ban on … Continue reading Saudi Society | Saudi Residents Face Deportation For Gathering In Weddings, Funerals
ABU DHABI – The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has shares detailed guidelines with the emirate’s hotels in preparation for granting approvals to reopen the establishments’ restaurants, lounges, bars, beaches, pool and gyms. Having closed due to health and safety precautionary measures imposed to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, hotels … Continue reading BUSINESS | Abu Dhabi Shares Guidelines To Reopen UAE Capital’s Hotels
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – The Ministry of Culture concluded its ‘Reading Marathon’ initiative with a record 606,000 pages read. The six-week event witnessed an unprecedented participation of readers from all segments of society. Launched in late April, the ministry’s initiative comes as part of its ‘Culture in Quarantine’ project, aimed at raising awareness about … Continue reading Culture In Quarantine | Saudi Cultural Ministry Concludes ‘Reading Marathon’ Initiative
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia introduced a new coronavirus – related health measure, an electronic bracelet for all Saudi nationals returning to the Kingdom from abroad, the Ministry of Health said on Friday. All Saudi citizens returning from abroad will be provided with a smart bracelet linked to the ‘Tataman’ (which translates to … Continue reading CORONAVIRUS | Saudi Citizens Returning From Abroad Must Use ‘Tatamman’ E-Bracelet
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz stressed on Saturday that Saudi Arabia will not spare an effort in serving humanity, especially amid the coronavirus pandemic. In address to the nation and Muslims on the advent of the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, he said the Kingdom has, … Continue reading King Salman: We Won’t Spare An Effort In Serving Making
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud approved on Saturday holding the Eid al-Fitr prayers at the Masjid al-Haram in Mekkah and Prophet’s Mosques in Madinah without any worshippers. General President of the Affairs of the Grand Mosques and the Prophet’s Mosque, Sheikh Dr. Abdul … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | King Salman Says Eid Prayer at Masjid Al-Haram Will Be Held Without Worshippers
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Saman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, sent cables of condolences to Pakistan’s President Aref Alawi over Friday’s passenger plane crash. The Saudi Foreign Ministry also expressed its condolences to over the … Continue reading NEWS | Saudi Arabia Offers Condolences To Pakistan Over Plan Crash
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Mosques will remain closed for prayers on the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, Saudi and United Arab Emirates officials said on Friday, calling on the population to adhere to safety guidelines to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Eid, which marks the end of the holy fasting month Ramadan, may … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia, UAE Mosques To Stay Closed For Eid Prayers
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia declared on Friday that Saturday is the final day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan after the crescent moon of the month of Shawwal was not sighted. This means that the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan, … Continue reading NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia Declares Sunday First Day of Eid Al-Fitr
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, has sent a cable of congratulations to President Paul Biya of the Republic of Cameroon on the anniversary of his country’s National Day. In his cable, HRH Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman wished … Continue reading NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates President Of Cameroon On National Day
Kate Middleton and Prince William have updated the display names on their official social media accounts. The royal couple’s name on Twitter and Instagram now reads ‘Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’. It was previously ‘Kensington Palace’. The handle for both still remains @kensingtonroyal. Middleton, 38, and William, 37, had previously changed their profile photos on … Continue reading ROYALS | Kate Middleton, Prince William Change The Name On Their Social Media Accounts
BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Starbucks Corp said on Thursday it had regained nearly two – thirds of its comparable U.S. store sales from the prior year, as it reopened stores and modified operations due to the coronavirus – related restrictions. The coffee-chain said it was tracking slightly above its expected as it opened large number … Continue reading BUSINESS | Starbucks Recoups Nearly Two-Thirds Of Comparable U.S. Sales As Stores Reopen
MILAN | ITALY – – Dolce & Gabbana love to honour their native country, Italy, and their next project is just that. Another ode to the country they call home, the brand’s latest venture is into Italian wine – more specifically, a Sicilian-inspired rose. The rose, which will be released in June, is a collaboration … Continue reading BUSINESS | Dolce & Gabbana Are Releasing A Rose
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense has sent a cable of congratulations to President Abd Rabbu Hadi of the Republic of Yemen on the anniversary of his country’s Unity Day. In his cable, HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman … Continue reading NEWS | Saudi Crown Prince Congratulates President Of Yemen On Unity Day
NEW YORK – Morgan Stanley’s Chief Executive Officer James Gorman told shareholders on Thursday that is to too early for him or anyone on the board of directors to consider reinstating the bank’s share buyback program. Morgan Stanley, along with JPMorgan Chase & Co, Bank of America and five others, voluntarily suspended their share repurchases … Continue reading BUSINESS | Morgan Stanley CEO: Too Early To Consider Restarting Share Buybacks
RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabia marks in June the third anniversary of the pledge of allegiance to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Bin Abulaziz Al Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense. Saudis believe that the changes that he has introduced, with the blessing of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King … Continue reading 3rd Anniversary of Pledge Of Allegiance To Saudi Crown Princes Reforms Restore Kingdom’s Glory