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Hillary Clinton (above) has received 64,227,373 votes to Trump’s 62,212,752 million, according to the Cook Political Report’s latest tally.
Hillary Clinton (above) has received 64,227,373 votes to Trump’s 62,212,752 million, according to the Cook Political Report’s latest tally.PHOTO: AFP

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by over two million in popular vote

Hillary Clinton is now more than two million votes ahead of President-elect Donald Trump in the popular vote count for the US presidential election, a tally compiled by the Cook Political Report showed.

The Democratic candidate's 1.5 per cent lead in the popular vote makes no difference to the outcome of the Nov 8 election, which Trump won by taking a majority of electoral votes. Clinton conceded the following day.

But the former secretary of state's popular vote lead continues to grow.

She has received 64,227,373 votes to Trump's 62,212,752 million, according to the Cook Political Report's latest tally, which was compiled from official sources.


Philippines president vows to free economy 'from clutches' of oligarchs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he was taking steps to open up the economy to new players and foreign investors, including in power, energy and telecoms, to share its wealth and limit graft and protectionism.

He spoke minutes after his arrival home from a summit in Peru of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the leaders of which issued a joint statement committing to fight “all forms of protectionism”.

The outspoken former mayor has shown no qualms about confronting oligarchs and conglommerates who dominate the Philippines economy, which is growing at one of the world’s fastest rates, buoyed by consumption and remittances.


Donald Trump picks wealthy activist Betsy DeVos for education secretary

US President-elect Donald Trump announced that he intends to nominate Betsy DeVos, a wealthy Republican campaigner for alternatives to public schools, as his education secretary.

DeVos is the second woman Trump has tapped to fill a Cabinet position. He earlier named South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to be US ambassador to the United Nations.

DeVos is a Republican megadonor from Michigan who has been active in promoting school choice, a movement that advocates the use of tax credits and vouchers to allow parents to opt out of the public school system.


Anne Frank poem fetches over $200,000 at Dutch auction

A very rare handwritten poem by Jewish diarist Anne Frank was sold for €140,000 (S$210,000) to an unnamed online bidder, fetching almost three times its reserve price.

"Over the last 40 years, only four or five documents signed by the teenager have gone under the hammer," auction house co-director Thys Blankevoort said.

Frank wrote the 12-line text, dated March 28, 1942, in a friendship book belonging to the older sister of her best friend only three months before she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam.


Football: Man Utd to extend Ibrahimovic deal by one year - Mourinho

Manchester United will trigger an option to extend Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract by a year, manager Jose Mourinho told a press conference.

Ibrahimovic, 35, joined United from Paris Saint-Germain in July on a one-year contract with an option for an extra year.

The charismatic Swede has scored eight goals in his 17 United appearances to date. He went off the boil after scoring five goals in his first five games, but recently ended a six-game Premier League scoring drought with a brace in a 3-1 win at Swansea City.