Global Markets: Trump urges Georgia official to ‘find’ votes

By MarketsFarm

WINNIPEG, Jan. 4 (MarketsFarm) – The following is a glance at the news moving markets in Canada and globally.

– In a recorded phone call over the weekend, United States President Donald Trump was heard urging the election chief of the state of Georgia to ‘find’ more votes and overturn the election results in the state – which had narrowly voted for president-elect Joe Biden. Trump continues to claim that there was widespread fraud in the election, despite a lack of any evidence. Georgia is holding a Senate runoff election on Jan. 5. The two Republican incumbents need to hold their seats in order for the party to maintain its majority in the Senate. Democratic wins would result in a 50-50 split in the chamber, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris holding the tiebreaking vote.

– WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the U.S. to face espionage charges, according to a ruling from British judge Vanessa Baraitser. In her decision she cited Assange’s depressive mental state and risk of suicide if forced into U.S. detention. The U.S. government says it will appeal the ruling.

– Iran has resumed enriching 20 per cent uranium at an underground facility, according to a government spokesperson. The move would breach a deal signed in 2015 that was abandoned by the U.S. when Trump became president in 2016.

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