A call for global vaccine justice

The global COVID-19 vaccine roll-out is creating a “vaccine apartheid”. As of February 24, approximately 216 million people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 globally. Only 8.4 percent of these are in low and lower-middle-income countries, which are home to nearly half of the world’s population. If this trend continues, young and healthy individuals in wealthy […]

Biden, Iraqi PM discuss recent rocket attacks in phone call

The Iraqi PM and the US president say those responsible for recent rocket attacks should be ‘held fully to account’. US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi have discussed recent rocket attacks on US-led coalition forces in the country, the White House has said, with both leaders saying those responsible should be […]

Biden to call Saudi Arabia’s King Salman about Khashoggi report

Report warns the imminent release of ‘explosive’ US intelligence document could entangle one of the king’s sons. President Joe Biden is expected to call Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on Wednesday, ahead of the scheduled release of a US intelligence report detailing the disappearance and murder of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Citing a […]

Iran lawmakers call for president’s prosecution over IAEA deal

Tehran, Iran – Hardline Iranian lawmakers say an agreement reached recently between the government and the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog is “illegal” and the president must be punished for it. In a public vote on Monday, an overwhelming majority of lawmakers voted to send a report by the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission on […]

Biden and Netanyahu have first call after delay

US president and Israeli PM discussed regional issues, including Iran and recent diplomatic normalisation deals. Joe Biden had his first official phone call with Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House confirmed on Wednesday after questions swirled over whether the United States president was trying to send a message to the Israeli prime minister by delaying the […]

‘Wake up call’: Deadly Iraq rocket attack puts pressure on US

Sulaimaniyah, Iraq – It was the most serious attack on the US-led coalition since the Biden administration took power with questions swirling about who was responsible for the rare rocket barrage on Erbil city. A volley of projectiles targeted the main military base inside Erbil’s airport, which hosts foreign troops deployed as part of the […]

Biden’s first call to a Middle East leader will be to Netanyahu

President Biden faced criticism for not having called the Israeli prime minister in his first month calls to world leaders. US President Joe Biden plans a call soon with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the White House announced on Tuesday, as critics have accused Biden of snubbing the leader of a top US ally in […]

Taliban call on US to honor withdrawal deal

Author:  AFP article author:  AFP ID:  1613481190433582300 Tue, 2021-02-16 13:10 KABUL: The Taliban on Tuesday urged the US to honor a landmark withdrawal deal under which all foreign troops would exit Afghanistan in the coming months, even as violence continues to rage in the war-ravaged nation. In an 11-point statement, the insurgent group called for […]

White House says no call planned to Saudi Arabia

President Biden has announced an end to US support for a Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen. US President Joe Biden has no plans to call the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the White House said. Biden said he intends to make human right a key issue in US-Saudi […]

Fed’s Powell adds urgency to Biden’s call for strong stimulus

In a speech before the Economic Club of New York, US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell urged lawmakers and business leaders to help push for maximum employment amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the U.S. job market remains a long way from a full recovery and called on both lawmakers […]

Georgia Prosecutors Open Criminal Investigation of Trump Phone Call

ATLANTA — Prosecutors in Fulton County have initiated a criminal investigation into former President Donald J. Trump’s attempts to overturn Georgia’s election results, including a phone call he made to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Mr. Trump pressured him to “find” enough votes to help him reverse his loss. On Wednesday, Fani Willis, […]

US civil rights groups call on Biden to end federal executions

A disproportionate number of Black people have been sentenced to death and are on death row, the groups say. Dozens of prominent civil rights groups in the United States are urging US President Joe Biden to reimpose a moratorium on federal executions, saying the practice has disproportionally targeted Black people. In an open letter on […]

Chinese regulators call in Tesla after customers complain

A chinese regulator said on Monday that Tesla customers have complained about battery fires, unexpected acceleration and software update failures. Chinese government officials have met representatives from United States electric carmaker Tesla Inc over reports from consumers about battery fires, unexpected acceleration and failures in over-the-air software updates, a regulator said on Monday. China’s State […]

Rights groups call for review of Bangladeshi UN troop deployments

Seven prominent human rights groups have called on the United Nations to review its use of Bangladeshi peacekeeping troops after the world body denied claims by the country’s military that secretly bought mass surveillance equipment, exposed by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit, was used for peacekeeping missions. The Al Jazeera investigation, All the Prime Minister’s Men, […]

US’s Blinken in first phone call with Saudi counterpart

Call comes after President Biden announced he was ending US support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has discussed “common challenges” faced by Washington and Riyadh in his first phone call with Saudi foreign minister Faisal bin Farhan, state media said on Saturday. Bin Farhan congratulated Blinken on his […]

Blinken presses China on Uighurs, Hong Kong in first call

Top US diplomat talks tough on Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong, as Beijing notes more room for cooperation than with the Trump administration. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pressed Beijing on its treatment of Uighurs, Tibetans and Hong Kong in the first conversation between top officials of the two powers since President Joe Biden […]

US President Biden discusses China, Myanmar coup on call with Australian PM Morrison

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1612413548485940100 Thu, 2021-02-04 04:08 US President Joe Biden on a call with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison discussed how they can work together to address global and regional challenges, including dealing with China. They also talked about beating the COVID-19 pandemic, combating climate change and working together to hold […]

In Rare Public Statement, Congressional Aides Call for Trump’s Conviction

WASHINGTON — More than 370 Democratic congressional aides will issue an unusual public appeal on Wednesday, imploring senators — in some cases their own bosses — to convict former President Donald J. Trump for inciting a violent “attack on our workplace” that threatened the peaceful transition of power. In a starkly personal letter, the staff […]

Legislators call for QAnon representative’s expulsion from US House

Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor Greene faces continued controversy over social media posts touting ‘false flag’ conspiracies. Some US legislators are calling for the removal of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene following revelations about past activity on social media endorsing conspiracies that a school shooting in Florida was a “false flag” event and calling for violence against Democratic […]

Indian farmers call off parliament march after deadly violence

Indian farmers on Wednesday called off a march to parliament on February 1, the day of the government’s budget announcement, following violent clashes with police a day earlier that left one person dead and hundreds injured. Tens of thousands of farmers have been camped on the outskirts of New Delhi for two months to demand […]

‘No Honeymoon’: Progressives call for Biden to move left

Members of the ascendant progressive movement in the United States promised to continue pressuring President Joe Biden in a “No Honeymoon” campaign launched on Monday as the newly inaugurated Democratic leader lays out his agenda for the next four years. The campaign organised by Roots Action, a grassroots network of more than one million progressive […]

Justin Trudeau to Get Biden’s First Official Call to a Foreign Leader

TORONTO — We’re friends again! That was the prevailing mood in Canada this week after the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. After four years of being insulted, threatened, dismissed and slapped by the Trump administration, shellshocked Canadians felt the once-familiar warmth of their neighbor and closest ally, the United States. Of […]

Iran welcomes Qatar’s call to resume diplomacy with Gulf states

Iran FM Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasises the need for collaboration for a ‘strong region free from hegemony’. Iran’s top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomed Qatar’s call on Gulf states to engage in a dialogue with the Islamic Republic and to broker negotiations. “As we have consistently emphasized, the solution to our challenges lies in collaboration to […]

British firms call for $10.3bn in urgent COVID-19 aid

The UK’s biggest lobby group has asked the government to extend its job support programme until the end of June. British firms have asked for another 7.6 billion pounds ($10.3bn) of emergency government help, saying they cannot wait until finance minister Rishi Sunak’s March budget to learn if they will get more pandemic support. With […]