Support for Israel remains a top priority for Democrats, as they try to keep up with US President Donald Trump’s unprecedented backing for Israel.
The former vice-president and Democratic nominee for the White House has sparked controversy over comments made earlier this year calling for the overthrow of the Turkish government.
As the first woman of colour to be a presidential running mate for a major US party, Kamala Harris said the country in particular needed to face up to the enduring problem of racism.
Seen as a hawk within the Democratic party, Joe Biden’s pick for vice-president talks tough on Saudi Arabia and has spoken out against Trump’s reneging of the Iran nuclear deal.
President Trump has strongly condemned protests, describing demonstrators as “lowlifes”. But a lot of other Americans, including powerful Republicans, disagree with him.
Thousands of demonstrators defiantly remained on the streets across the US even after curfews put in place in some states following unrest in the wake of the police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The US and the UK both criticised the arrests of anti-Beijing movement supporters included Democratic Party founder and barrister Martin Lee, 81, millionaire publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, 71, and former lawmaker and barrister Margaret Ng, 72.
The governing Democratic Party and a satellite party it created to win proportional representative seats combined to win 180 seats in the 300-seat National Assembly, election officials said with vote-counting nearly complete.
The virus is changing the US as Trump's antagonistic relationship with state governors compromises the nation's fight against the pandemic.
"Joe has the character and the experience to guide us through one of our darkest times and heal us through a long recovery," Barack Obama said in a 12-minute video endorsing Joe Biden's White House bid.
The endorsement came less than a week after Sanders ended his presidential campaign, which was centred around progressive policies such as universal health care.
Among Democrat Joe Biden's possible choices are Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Amy Klobuchar, both former competitors in the battle for this year's Democratic Party nomination.
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