JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel and Bahrain will officially establish diplomatic relations on Sunday (Oct 18) at a ceremony in Manama, an Israeli official said, after the two states reached a US-brokered normalisation deal last month. A visiting delegation from Israel and officials in Bahrain will sign a "joint communique (that) is the establishment of full diplomatic relations," an Israel official in Manama told reporters. Once the text is signed at a ceremony scheduled for Sunday evening, Israel and Bahrain will be free to open embassies in each other's countries, the official said. The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain became the third and fourth Arab states to agree to normalise ties with Israel, following Egypt's peace deal with Israel in 1979 and a 1994 pact with Jordan. The Palestinians have condemned the Gulf deals with Israel as "a stab in the back" for their aspirations to establish an independent state of their own.
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US voters have cast more than 10 million votes for the Nov 3 presidential election, significantly outpacing the early vote in 2016 and suggesting a large turnout, according to data compiled by the US Elections Project. The surge in early voting comes amid a stubborn novel coronavirus pandemic that has led to a surge of early and mail balloting, particularly among Democrats. Republican President Donald Trump has sowed confusion and distrust of mail balloting, making repeated, unfounded allegations of widespread fraud ahead of his contest with Democratic nominee Joe Biden. As of Monday night, nearly 10.4 million Americans have cast a vote in states that report early voting data, according to the election information resource at the University of Florida. By way of comparison, as of Oct 16, 2016, some 1.4 million Americans had cast an early vote. The number of ballots cast in five states - Minnesota, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin - already exceeds 20 per cent of total 2016 turnout, the Elections Project said.
MACON • United States President Donald Trump on Friday called for Mr Joe Biden and his family to be jailed, escalating his attacks on his Democratic opponent over unsupported accusations as he struggles to reverse his deficit in the polls. "Lock up the Bidens. Lock up Hillary (Clinton)," Mr Trump declared at a rally in Macon, Georgia, stoking the crowd that chanted "lock him up" in favour of the Democratic candidate's imprisonment. "We've learnt over the last couple of months: Joe Biden is a corrupt politician and the Biden family is a criminal enterprise," Mr Trump said to his supporters. Mr Trump frequently demanded that his 2016 Democratic opponent, Mrs Hillary Clinton, be incarcerated over her use of a private e-mail server as secretary of state. Last Friday's attack was believed to be the first time he has ever used that sort of attack against the Bidens. The Federal Bureau of Investigation declined in 2016 to recommend charges against Mrs Clinton for sending a small number of classified e-mails through a private server at her New York home. Trailing behind Mr Biden in most opinion polls, with the election less