In our news wrap Monday, there is word that this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo will be postponed due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Dick Pound, an American member of the International Olympic Committee, said they will likely take place next year. Also, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to try to end a stalemate blocking peace talks with the Taliban.
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In the day's other news: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden pressed President Trump to use his full authority against the coronavirus.
The former vice president also rejected a Republican economic rescue bill as a bailout for big companies.
We will return to the campaign later in the program.
There's word that this summer's Tokyo Olympics will be postponed due to the viral pandemic. Dick Pound, who is an American member of the International Olympic Committee, said today that the Games will likely take place next year. A growing chorus of nations has called for a postponement.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today, trying to end a stalemate that is blocking talks with the Taliban. He met with President Ashraf Ghani and his chief rival, Abdullah Abdullah. Both men declared themselves the country's rightful leader after a disputed election. Pompeo left later, and flew to Qatar's capital, Doha, to meet with Taliban officials.
And back in this country, Pacific Gas & Electric agreed to plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter. The victims died in a Northern California wildfire that destroyed parts of three towns in November 2018. The utility now admits that faulty equipment started the fire. It will also pay $4 million in fines.