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 […]

Brazil’s COVID deaths pass 200,000 as cases continue to rise

Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll passed 200,000 on Thursday amid a surging second wave, dousing optimism that 2021 will bring respite anytime soon for a country whose government’s erratic handling of the pandemic has drawn scathing criticism. The new coronavirus has now killed 200,498 people in Brazil, according to health ministry figures – the second-highest toll […]

US Congress poised to pass COVID relief bill

The $900bn stimulus package is aimed at boosting the economy and includes direct payments to Americans. The United States Congress is moving quickly towards passage on Monday of a $900bn emergency spending bill responding to the COVID-19 pandemic after months of partisan conflict. The COVID-19 relief bill provides $284bn for loans to small business to […]

Stimulus mess: US House set to pass one-week gov’t funding bill

The administration of United States President Donald Trump is back in the middle of Capitol Hill’s confusing COVID-19 negotiations, offering a $916bn package to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that would send a $600 direct payment to most Americans but eliminate a $300-per-week employment benefit favoured by a bipartisan group of Senate negotiators. The offer arrived […]

Israeli legislators pass draft proposal to dissolve Parliament

The vote is a significant step towards plunging Israel into its fourth national election in less than two years. Israeli legislators have passed a preliminary proposal to dissolve Parliament with support from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main coalition partner in a significant step towards plunging the country into its fourth national election in less than […]