‘Halfway there’ Biden marks 50 million COVID-19 jabs

US President Joe Biden held a ceremony commemorating 50 million coronavirus vaccine jabs on Thursday, amid rising concerns about the emergence of new variants in at least two states. Biden, who took office on January 20, pledged to vaccinate 100 million people in his first 100 days in office. Now, on his 37th day in […]

US House to pass Equality Act Republicans say threatens freedoms

LGBTQ protections will be enshrined in US law if bill survives a steep climb to 60 votes in the Senate. The US House of Representatives looks set to pass legislation enshrining LGBTQ protections in the nation’s labour and civil rights laws on Thursday as Republican and Democratic lawmakers feud over protections for transgender individuals. The […]

‘Anarchist jurisdictions’ no more: Biden revokes Trump’s order

Biden reverses order that says cities like Portland and Seattle are ‘anarchist’ havens – an order that had blocked them from federal funds. President Joe Biden on Wednesday formally revoked a series of presidential orders by his predecessor, including one that sought to cut funding from several United States cities that former President Donald Trump […]

Biden’s choice for budget director hits US Senate roadblock

Longtime Democratic operative Neera Tanden drew bipartisan criticism for critical tweets in Trump era President Joe Biden’s nomination of Neera Tanden to head the White House Office of Management and Budget, a key domestic policy role, has run into trouble in the United States Senate. In the evenly divided 50-50 Senate, a combination of Republican […]

US to ramp up vaccination efforts amid decline in COVID-19 cases

The White House coronavirus task force announced on Wednesday that it would increase the rate of vaccination across the United States, amid a decrease in COVID cases, hospitalisations and deaths. Jeffrey Zients, the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, said the weekly supply of vaccines to states is now 14.5 million, up from 8.6 million five […]

US to allow migrants from Mexico as critics slam ‘kids in cages’

The administration of US President Joe Biden is facing blowback after reports surfaced that facilities for migrant children previously slammed by Democrats are reopening as it is set to begin processing asylum claims at a camp on the Texas-Mexico border. The camp, which is home to hundreds of mostly Central American asylum seekers, “has recently […]

Biden to sign order tackling chip shortage amid automaker woes

The scarcity of semiconductor chips, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, will be the subject when President Joe Biden meets with a bipartisan group of US lawmakers on Wednesday. United States President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Wednesday aimed at addressing a global semiconductor chip shortage that has forced US automakers and other […]

US CEOs, including Trump supporters, push for Biden’s $1.9T plan

Business executives from multiple industries sent a letter to US Congressional leaders on Wednesday urging them to pass Biden’s COVID-19 relief plan. Senior executives from more than 150 companies are voicing support for President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package in a letter to congressional leaders urging them to pass coronavirus relief. The letter is […]

US revives investigation into George Floyd death: Report

Department of Justice takes new action in the probe, which languished under the Trump administration. A federal US investigation into the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, has shown signs of reinvigoration with the empanelling of a new grand jury and the calling of new witnesses, according to a report by The […]

US announces it will seek seat on UN Human Rights Council

Secretary of State Blinken says Washington hopes to return to the rights body after Donald Trump’s withdrawal in 2018. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday that Washington will seek a permanent seat on the panel for the 2022-2024 term. The announcement is the latest instance of […]

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 […]

US Senate confirms Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador

New UN ambassador faces diplomatic task turning around US leadership at United Nations after Trump era. The United States Senate on Tuesday confirmed diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be the US ambassador to the United Nations. Thomas-Greenfield was confirmed by a vote 78-20 as President Joe Biden’s nominee to represent the US at the UN. A second […]

Ex-House security head: Intel said no need for troops before riot

FBI says it warned law enforcement of threat of the Capitol riot, planned in part on publicly available social media. Former US House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving denied on Tuesday authorities had rejected having the National Guard deployed at the US Capitol on January 6 because it might look bad, saying the intelligence did […]

US economy will need support for ‘some time’, Fed’s Powell warns

Recovery for the world’s largest economy remains ‘uneven and far from complete’, the Fed’s Jerome Powell tells Congress. The United States economic recovery remains “uneven and far from complete” and it will be “some time” before the Federal Reserve considers changing policies it adopted to help the country back to full employment, Fed Chair Jerome […]

US Supreme Court allows prosecutor to obtain Trump tax returns

The US Supreme Court made a slew of decisions on Monday regarding cases already before the court, many of which involved former President Donald Trump, and what arguments it will hear in the upcoming term. The cases that the court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority, has decided to dismiss or hear range across the […]

Made your bed: Dominion sues MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for $1.3bn

The suit is the latest in multibillion-dollar court actions taken by voting machine companies in the wake of the 2020 US election. MyPillow Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mike Lindell tried to boost sales by adopting Donald Trump’s false claims about a vast election conspiracy, according to a $1.3 billion lawsuit filed by a voting machine […]

Biden boosts lending to small businesses hit by coronavirus woes

For two weeks starting this week, the Small Business Administration will only take applications for PPP loans from firms with fewer than 20 employees. United States President Joe Biden will launch changes on Monday to the main US coronavirus aid programme for small businesses to try to reach smaller, minority-owned firms and sole proprietors left […]

What to watch as Biden admin ‘re-engages’ with UN

The United States Senate is set to confirm President Joe Biden’s nominee for ambassador to the United Nations this week, a major step in the administration’s drive to take a multilateral approach to foreign policy and mend Washington’s relationship with the international body. While the country has held an outsized role at the UN since […]

Erdogan: Turkey’s common interests with US outweigh differences

Turkish president seeks improvement in ties between the two NATO allies that have been strained over a host of issues. Turkey wants to improve cooperation with the United States on a “win-win” basis, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, striking a conciliatory tone amid strained relations between the two NATO allies. “As Turkey, we believe […]

Feds charge nine Oath Keepers with conspiring to storm US Capitol

Following Trump, the group planned a military-style attack that even contemplated staging an armed ‘reaction’ force. A federal grand jury indicted nine associates of the far-right, anti-government Oath Keepers militia on Friday for conspiring to storm the US Capitol on January 6 to prevent Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election victory. In a superseding indictment, US prosecutors charged six people allegedly […]

Joe Biden urges Americans to ‘please … take the vaccine’

Amid delays in vaccinations due to bad weather, President Joe Biden tours Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine plant. President Joe Biden toured a state-of-the-art coronavirus vaccine plant Friday as extreme winter weather across broad swaths of the US handed his vaccination campaign its first major setback, delaying shipment of about six million doses. The disruptions caused by frigid […]

First batch of asylum seekers waiting in Mexico allowed into US

Twenty-five people who were forced to wait in Mexico while their asylum claims were being processed were allowed into the United States on Friday, after the reversal of an immigration policy put in place by former President Donald Trump. The asylum seekers crossed through the San Ysidro crossing in San Diego, California and are part […]

Biden set to declare major disaster in storm-hit Texas

Biden expedites governor’s request as state deals with widespread water access issues and more than 180,000 without power. US President Joe Biden said on Friday he was ready to declare a major disaster in storm-slammed Texas as soon as the declaration hits his desk, and that he would travel to the state as long as […]