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Las Vegas, October 20: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton beat Republican rival Donald Trump 52 per cent to 39 per cent in Wednesday night’s final presidential debate, according to a CNN/ORC poll of debate watchers.

There was a plus or minus 4 percentage point margin of error.

The sample of debate watchers were 36 per cent Democratic and 29 per cent Republican, making them slightly more Democratic than an average poll of all Americans.

Trump did outperform expectations, however. Nearly 6 in 10 viewers said he did better than expected, whereas 44 per cent said the same of Clinton, the poll showed.

The debate took place in University of Nevada and was moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News.

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Both the presidential candidates went head-to-head in the final presidential debate on Wednesday sparring over various issues including gun control, immigration and Russia.

Without a hand shake or a smile, the two candidates took the stage at here at University of Nevada’s Thomas and Mack Centre, CNN reported.

Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News started the 90-minute debate with the topic Supreme Court and the first was “Where do you want to see the court take the country and secondly what’s your view on how the Constitution should be interpreted?”

The first reply came from Clinton where she said: “When we talk about the Supreme Court, it really raises the central issue in this election, namely what kind of country are we going to be?”

“I feel strongly that the Supreme Court needs to stand on the side of the American people, not on the side of the powerful corporations and wealthy… We need a Supreme Court that stands up on behalf of women’s rights, on behalf of the rights of the LGBT community,” the former Secretary of State added.

She also talked about abortion, gay marriage and money in politics.

Trump, in response said, “The Supreme Court is what it’s all about”.

“The justices that I am going to appoint will interpret the constitution the way the founders wanted it and I believe that’s very, very important.”

The real-estate magnate raised the Second Amendment (protects the rights of people to keep and bear arms), hitting Clinton for being anti-gun.

Clinton insisted that she did not want to take away everyone’s guns, but said she wass in favour of sensible gun control.

“I support the second amendment…But I also believe that there can be and must be reasonable regulation,” she added.

Regarding immigration, Trump reiterated his stance to build the wall along the Mexican border.

“We all want the wall…We have to have strong borders. We have to keep drugs out of the country.”

“She wants to have open borders,” he accused Clinton.

“We have some bad ‘hombres’ here, and we’re going to get them out,” he adds, dropping a little Spanish.

Clinton condemned Trump’s “deportation force”, which she described as impractical and “an idea that is not in keeping with who we are as a nation”.

The former First Lady said Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted Trump be elected because he wants a “puppet” as US president.

‘You’re the puppet!’ Trump snapped back.

He said Putin had “outsmarted” and “outplayed” Clinton at every turn.

Clinton also said that she was “encouraged” by the special forces helping Iraqi troops but will not support putting troops on the ground, adding that it’s not in US interests.

“We need to keep our eye on IS (Islamic State),” said Clinton, also calling for an “intelligence surge” to prevent homegrown terrorism.

The candidates are debating on six topics: national debt and health and social benefits, immigration, economy, the Supreme Court, foreign flashpoints and their fitness to be president.

This debate comes 20 days before the November 8 election.

Read More: The stage for final presidential debate. 

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Washington, April 16 (IANS) Economic activity “contracted sharply and abruptly” across all regions in the US as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday.

“The hardest-hit industries – because of social distancing measures and mandated closures – were leisure and hospitality, and retail aside from essential goods,” the Fed said in its latest survey on economic conditions, known as the Beige Book, based on information collected from its 12 regional reserve banks before April 6, Xinhua reported.

“All Districts reported highly uncertain outlooks among business contacts, with most expecting conditions to worsen in the next several months,” the Fed said.

The survey showed that employment declined in all districts as the COVID-19 pandemic affected firms in many sectors.

“Employment cuts were most severe in the retail and leisure and hospitality sectors, where most Districts reported widespread mandatory closures and steep falloffs in demand,” the survey said, adding severe job cuts were also widespread in the manufacturing and energy sectors.

“Contacts in several Districts noted they were cutting employment via temporary layoffs and furloughs that they hoped to reverse once business activity resumes. The near-term outlook was for more job cuts in coming months,” the survey said.

The survey noted that no district reported upward wage pressures, with most citing “general wage softening and salary cuts” except for high-demand sectors such as grocery stores.

“These trends were seen as reflecting weaker demand for many goods and services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the survey said.

The survey came after the Commerce Department reported earlier on Wednesday that US retail sales plunged in March by the most on record as the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to take a big toll on the US economy.

The US economy is expected to contract by 5.9 per cent this year, according to the World Economic Outlook (WEO) report released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday.

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New York statewide COVID-19 deaths surpass 10,000

Meanwhile, indicators including the rates of ICU admissions and intubations have gone down and the three-day-average rate of hospitalization basically reached a plateau, according to the governor.

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New York, April 14 : Governor of the US state of New York Andrew Cuomo said statewide deaths from COVID-19 rose to 10,056, adding “the worst is over if we continue to be smart” in coping with the novel coronavirus.

Cuomo on Monday said at his daily briefing that a total of 671 people passed away on Sunday due to the disease, a number much lower than in the past few days, Xinhua news agency reported.

Meanwhile, indicators including the rates of ICU admissions and intubations have gone down and the three-day-average rate of hospitalization basically reached a plateau, according to the governor.

“We are controlling the spread,” said Cuomo. “I believe the worst is over if we continue to be smart. I believe we can start on the path to normalcy,” he said.

He said he would be joined by several other governors of neighbouring states later on Monday to discuss how to reopening the economy in a coordinated way.

On Twitter, the governor said that any plan to reopen society must be driven by data and experts, not opinion and politics.

He said the objective is to ease isolation and increase economic activity without increasing the infection rate.

“We will learn from the warning signs from other countries. We will take every precaution. We will work together as a region,” he added.

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US now has highest COVID-19 deaths, surpasses Italy: Johns Hopkins

A total of 20,071 people have died of the disease among 519,453 confirmed cases in the country as of 4 p.m. local time (2000 GMT) on Saturday

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Washington, April 12 : The UnS has surpassed Italy as the country with the highest number of coronavirus deaths in the world as the fatalities as of Sunday reached 20,604, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

As of Sunday morning, Italy has reported 19,648 coronavirus deaths, placing it in the second position after the US, the data published by the university’s enter for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed.

The US also accounts for the highest number of confirmed cases with 529,887. Spain, where the number of confirmed infections stands at 163,027, is a distant second, followed by Italy with 152,271 cases.

New York state, the epicentre of the pandemic in the US, has recorded the most deaths in the country, 8,627, which is followed by New Jersey and Michigan with 2,183 and 1,276, respectively, the CSSE data showed.

A total of 32,001 patients in the country have recovered, it added.

US President Donald Trump’s administration, which earlier estimated that the pandemic would cause anywhere from 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the US, revised its projection downward this week to 60,000, reports Efe news.

Members of the White House coronavirus task force credit the more optimistic forecast to the success of the stay-at-home orders issued by 42 of the 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, covering around 316 million people.

Trump, who has repeatedly decried the economic cost of closing schools and businesses to contain the virus, said late last month that he hoped to re-open the country by Easter Sunday.

During Friday’s news briefing by the task force, Trump sought to reassure Americans that he would guided by medical experts as well as by recommendations from the “Opening Our Country Council” he plans to install next week.

“I want to get it open as soon as possible. The facts are going to determine what I do,” the president said.

“I’m going to have to make a decision, and I only hope to God that it’s the right decision. But I would say, without question, it’s the biggest decision I’ve ever had to make,” Trump said.

As of Sunday, the number of global coronavirus cases stood at 1,777,517, with 108,862 deaths, while 404,236 people have recovered.

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