House Votes to Override Trump Defense Bill Veto; Alcohol Banned Again in South Africa: World Brief

Date: 2020-12-29 10:43:58

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The House voted Monday to override Donald Trump’s veto of a $740.5 billion defense policy bill. If the Senate follows suit as expected in the waning days of Trump’s presidency, it will be the first time one of his vetoes has been surmounted.

The vote was 322-87, handily exceeding the two-thirds threshold needed to override a veto, with support coming from majorities of both Democrats and Republicans. The 212 Democrats and one independent voting to override Trump were joined by 109 Republicans. The Senate is planning to start its override process Tuesday, with the final vote delayed until as late as Jan. 3 if some senators insist on running out the legislative process. MORE: https://bloom.bg/3nZbFyL

SPAIN: Spain became the fourth European country to record more than 50,000 coronavirus deaths as nations across the region start to roll out a vaccine.
Fatalities from the disease rose to 50,122 on Monday, according to Health Ministry figures. Some 408 people have died from the virus in the past week. Cases diagnosed over the last 24 hours amounted to 2,822, bringing the total to 1.88 million. MORE: https://bloom.bg/3aRscB6

SOUTH AFRICA: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a renewed ban on alcohol sales and extended a curfew in a bid to contain the fallout from a second wave of coronavirus infections that have pushed the cumulative caseload past the one million mark. MORE: https://bloom.bg/3aRscB6

CHINA: China unveiled plans to almost double its fifth-generation wireless capacity next year, sending ZTE Corp. and other network gear makers soaring. MORE: https://bloom.bg/37UpDMQ

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