Biden overturns Trump bans on green cards and work permits

Trump-era measure restricting many visa applicants cited need to protect US jobs amid COVID-19 pandemic. US President Joe Biden has revoked a proclamation issued under the Trump administration that blocked many foreign workers and green card applicants from entering the United States. The order by former President Donald Trump, known as Presidential Proclamation 100014, cited […]

With Trump’s Records, Manhattan D.A. Has His Work Cut Out

Weather: Rain, mixed with a little snow, around midday. Clearing later, but wind gusts continue. High in the mid-40s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Friday (Purim). After more than a year of legal wrangling, it’s official: the Manhattan district attorney’s office will be allowed to access years of former President Donald J. Trump’s tax returns […]

With Trump’s Records, Manhattan D.A. Has His Work Cut Out

Weather: Rain, mixed with a little snow, around midday. Clearing later, but wind gusts continue. High in the mid-40s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Friday (Purim). After more than a year of legal wrangling, it’s official: the Manhattan district attorney’s office will be allowed to access years of former President Donald J. Trump’s tax returns […]

UN World Food Programme warns could suspend work in North Korea

MANILA: Philippine forces have arrested nine women who were related to Abu Sayyaf commanders and militants in the south and could have been “potential suicide bombers,” the military said Tuesday.The women were captured Friday in raids on houses in three towns in the predominantly Muslim province of Sulu, said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., who […]

WHO ‘concerned’ COVID vaccines will not work on new variants

The European head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said he is “concerned” over whether COVID-19 vaccines will prove effective against new virus variants. “The virus still has the upper hand on the human being,” WHO Europe Director Hans Kluge told the AFP news agency on Friday. Asked whether the vaccines available since December […]

MSF suspends work in San Salvador area after ambulance attacked

Medical aid organisation says ambulance was ‘attacked by an armed group’ east of El Salvador’s capital early on Sunday. Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) has suspended its activities in areas dominated by gangs near San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, after the medical aid organisation said one of its ambulances was […]

How Travel Restrictions Work

Want to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up. Good morning. Travel restrictions have been one of the most effective pandemic responses — if they’re strict. One of the biggest lessons of the pandemic has been the success of travel restrictions at reducing its spread. And this is a moment when they have the […]

US will work with Israel to build on regional normalization agreements: Biden adviser

JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities said that they seized an Iranian tanker and Panamanian tanker suspected of carrying out the illegal transfer of oil in their country’s waters Sunday.The tankers — the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Panamanian-flagged MT Frea — were seized in waters off Indonesia’s West Kalimantan province, said Wisnu Pramadita, a spokesman for the […]

‘Social justice and work’: Tunisians rise up again

Ettadhamen, Tunisia – Ten years after Tunisians rose up against poverty and autocracy and removed a dictator, demonstrators are again demanding the social and economic reforms they were promised. “We are out on the streets because we want social justice and work,” explained Chabib from Ettadhamen, a densely populated working-class district on the outskirts of […]

EU, Turkey to work on improving relations after tumultuous 2020

The European Union and Turkey have pressed each other to take concrete steps in order to improve relations long strained by disagreements over a number of issues including energy and migration. Turkey, which remains an official candidate for EU membership despite the tensions, is facing the threat of economic sanctions by the bloc over a […]

Merkel sees broader scope to work with US under Biden

Berlin ready to work with Washington on issues including COVID pandemic, climate change and security, Merkel says. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said there is a broader scope to work together with Washington now that Joe Biden has replaced Donald Trump in the White House. Merkel said Germany and Europe were ready to do their […]

Work suspended on Keystone XL pipeline as Biden is sworn in

The Canadian company behind the Keystone XL pipeline said it has suspended work on the project in anticipation of US President Joe Biden revoking its permit. The Canadian company behind the Keystone XL oil pipeline said on Wednesday that it has suspended work on the pipeline in anticipation of newly sworn-in United States President Joe […]

How will Democrats’ control of an evenly-divided Senate work?

Georgia certified election results Tuesday confirming the victories of Georgia Democratic Senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to the US Senate. Their arrival in the Senate splits the partisan makeup in the chamber equally between 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, a divide that has occurred only three times before in the nation’s history. Warnock and […]

Cheat sheet: MIT professor charged with hiding work for China

MIT professor Gang Chen did not disclose his connections to China as is required on federal grant applications, US authorities said. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor was arrested and charged Thursday with hiding work he did for the Chinese government while he was also receiving United States dollars for his nanotechnology research. Gang […]

Pakistani authorities work to restore power after blackout

A major fault at a thermal power plant causes a countrywide blackout, plunging millions into darkness. Islamabad, Pakistan – Authorities have restored electricity supply to parts of several main Pakistani cities and work on power restoration is continuing on Sunday after a major fault at a thermal power plant caused a countrywide blackout, plunging millions […]

Vaccines may not work against SA virus variant, UK minister warns

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps warns virus mutation first recorded in South Africa is a ‘very big concern’. A British minister has raised concerns that COVID-19 vaccines might not work properly against the new and highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus discovered in South Africa. “The South African variant is worrying the experts because it may […]

Afghan Hazara’s journey to Pakistan for work meets brutal end

Kabul, Afghanistan – When Aziz Begi left his native Daikondi province to resume work at a coal mine in Pakistan, last month, his life was brimming with new possibilities. His eldest son was preparing for the college entrance exam and his wife was just about to give birth to their seventh child. It was these prospects […]

Conspiracy theories in Armenia have put NGO work in danger

Two weeks after the war in Nagorno-Karabakh started, the phone rang at “Article 3” Human Rights Club founded by our NGO For Equal Rights. I picked up and heard a panicked voice on the other end. It was Elya, an internally-displaced woman from Nagorno-Karabakh, who had just hitchhiked from the war zone to the Armenian […]

Warnock, Loeffler work to consolidate voters in US Senate runoffs

When Georgia Republican Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock advanced to the January 5 US Senate runoff, they faced the immediate challenge of winning over the two million voters who chose one of the 18 other candidates in November’s election. Polls show they have largely succeeded, and that could give Loeffler, the incumbent, a small […]

Chinese vaccines are poised to fill gap, but will they work?

With rich countries snapping up supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, some parts of the world may have to rely on Chinese-developed shots to try to conquer the outbreak. The question: Will they work? There is no outward reason to believe they will not, but China has a history of vaccine scandals, and its drugmakers have revealed […]

U.K. and France Work to Help Stranded Truckers and Ease Fears of Food Shortages

LONDON — Britain and France inched closer on Tuesday to a deal that would allow freight trucks to resume traveling between the two countries, raising hopes of relief for hundreds of drivers stuck near British ports and for supermarkets warning that they could soon run short of fruit and vegetables. France closed its border for […]