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US election 2020 LIVE updates: Donald Trump holds rally in Arizona as Joe Biden leads in Michigan and Wisconsin - The Sydney Morning Herald

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Watch: US President Donald Trump to speak in Goodyear, Arizona

US President Donald Trump is scheduled to make a campaign stop in Goodyear, Arizona where he is due to speak at 8.45am AEDT.

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Trump renews calls for 'opening up' US, hits out at Biden

US President Donald Trump has called on his supporters in Arizona to come out in 'record numbers' at his second major campaign event in the state on Thursday AEDT (Wednesday US time).

US President Donald Trump in Arizona on Thursday AEDT time.

US President Donald Trump in Arizona on Thursday AEDT time.Credit:AP

Mr Trump told his supporters they had to stand with him if they wanted to see the usual holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, graduations and other events claiming Mr Biden would shut those events down due to the COVID-19 pandemic with US cases rising sharply again this week.

Mr Biden has not endorsed or announced such a plan.

"You will have a good life but you will never see anyone," Mr Trump exclaimed.

"He wants to keep everyone locked down forever."

Mr Trump has also tried to link the economic impacts of COVID-19 with the need for Latino and African-American voters to support him as he will keep them in work.

He also attacked Mr Biden's lack of campaign events after the Democratic candidate remained in his home state of Delaware to vote on Thursday AEDT (Wednesday US time) and to receive a briefing from COVID-19 experts.

"How the hell do you lose to a guy like that? I don't care. I'm going to win," Mr Trump told supporters in Goodyear, Arizona.

"You will lose your country if you lose this election."

Senator Kamala Harris visits Arizona

The importance of the western state of Arizona has come to the fore today with President Donald Trump making multiple campaign events in the state and Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris also visited the state.

Arizona is only worth 11 electoral votes and has often sided with Republicans in recent elections and it had Senator John McCain as one of its representatives for several decades.

But if Mr Biden can combine those 11 votes with wins in the midwest states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania then he would leave little room for Mr Trump to get the 270 votes needed to win.


Barack Obama to join Joe Biden on campaign trail on Sunday AEDT

Multiple US media outlets are reporting that former president Barack Obama will join his former vice president Joe Biden on the campaign trail in Michigan on Sunday AEDT (Saturday US time).

Further details have yet to be announced but it will likely be a major highlight in Mr Biden's push towards election day next Wednesday AEST (Tuesday US time).

Mr Obama made some appearances in the key swing state of Florida this week and made a pointed case against Mr Trump for his shortcomings as president.

Trump, Biden exchange barbs on Philadelphia looting following police shooting

US President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden have had their say over the hot-button issue of a police shooting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this week which has led to violence and looting in the past two nights.

Police shot and killed William Wallace, 27, who was an African-American man who relatives said was going through a mental health episode when he walked towards police while holding a knife.

The shooting has forced curfews for the city but it feeds into the ongoing issues surrounding police shootings, the Black Lives Matter movement and whether anything will change.

Pennsylvania is considered one of the most vital states to win in the election so the political rhetoric will continue to rise on this matter.

Mr Biden said the violence and looting were unacceptable in a brief remark after he voted in Delaware today.

Mr Trump said Mr Biden was scared to condemn those who were involved in the violence and looting.

Mr Biden is reported to have a slight lead in Pennsylvania in the polls but it's within the margin of error.

'Overwhelmed': Germany, France return to lockdown as virus cases soar in Europe

By Bevan Shields

While the story below is a European story, the reports of Germany and France announcing new lockdowns due to COVID-19 spikes will likely end up in the US election issues considering Mr Trump has tried to tag Mr Biden as wanting to shutdown the nation.

London: Europe is bracing for a new spate of national lockdowns as coronavirus surges across the continent and threatens to fill hospitals with more patients than the first deadly wave of earlier this year.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday announced fresh lockdowns to bring down the rapidly growing number of infections, hospitalisations and deaths in each country.

All restaurants in France will be forced to close for at least a month under a new national lockdown.

All restaurants in France will be forced to close for at least a month under a new national lockdown.Credit:AP

The decisions mark a milestone in Europe's battle with the disease because governments had until now resisted the sort of mass closures ordered during the outbreak of March and April.

In an address to the nation, Macron said France had been "overwhelmed" and warned the second wave would kill more people over winter than 30,000 who died in the spring.

He said avoiding a lockdown was not acceptable because it would kill 400,000 citizens.

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Philadelphia sets city-wide curfew amid violent protests

By Aleksandra Michalska

Philadelphia: Philadelphia will impose a city-wide curfew starting Wednesday at 9pm to try to quell the looting and violence that marred two nights of protests over the police killing of a black man who was under mental duress, the mayor's office said.

The curfew will run through Thursday at 6am, the officer of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement.

Philadelphia police officers form a line during a demonstration in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia police officers form a line during a demonstration in Philadelphia.Credit:AP

Tension has gripped the streets of Philadelphia since Monday's deadly police shooting of Walter Wallace, 27, who was armed with a knife and described by relatives as suffering from a mental breakdown, in a confrontation with law enforcement.

Philadelphia police have made 172 arrests and 53 officers have been injured in two nights of protests, according to the statement. Local TV coverage showed widespread looting of big-box stores and other businesses, some of which were still recovering from the unrest that swept the country in summer.


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Vaccine is imminent, but virus fight has long way to go: Fauci

By Adam Carey and Liam Mannix

America's top infectious disease expert predicts the world will have a coronavirus vaccine "in the next few months", but says people are unlikely to be able to go about their normal lives until at least the end of next year.

"I think it will be easily be the end of 2021 and perhaps into the next year before we start having some semblance of normality," Dr Anthony Fauci told a Melbourne audience on Wednesday.

Dr Anthony Fauci speaking at a University of Melbourne webinar on the global response to COVID-19.

Dr Anthony Fauci speaking at a University of Melbourne webinar on the global response to COVID-19.

"If normal means you can get people in a theatre without worrying about what we call congregate-setting super infections, if we can get restaurants to open almost at full capacity ..."

But the director of the United States' National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said stubborn anti-vaxxer beliefs, political division and the self-interested meddling of politicians would all make the job of immunising the world against COVID-19 tougher.

Speaking from his US home as part of a University of Melbourne webinar, Dr Fauci – recently called an idiot by President Donald Trump – said scientists must never be afraid to tell politicians what they don't want to hear.

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Biden votes 'by appointment' in Delaware

US presidential candidate Joe Biden and his wife Jill have voted early by appointment in their home state of Delaware today.

Watch: US President Donald Trump speaking in Arizona

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