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WHO considers declaring monkeypox a global health emergency

Jun 23 2022 — — As the World Health Organization convenes its emergency committee Thursday to consider if the spiraling outbreak of monkeypox warrants being declared a global emergency, some experts say WHO’s decision to act only after the disease spilled into the West could entrench the grotesque inequities that arose between rich and poor countries during the coronavirus pandemic. […]

UK inflation rate hits new 40-year high of 9.1%

Jun 22 2022 — — Britain’s inflation rate hit a new 40-year high of 9.1% in the 12 months to May, figures showed Wednesday, as Russia’s war in Ukraine drove food and fuel prices ever higher. The Office for National Statistics said consumer price inflation rose slightly from 9% in April, itself the highest level since 1982. Chief economist Grant […]

Biden to call for 3-month suspension of gas and diesel taxes

Jun 22 2022 — — President Joe Biden on Wednesday will call on Congress to suspend federal gasoline and diesel taxes for three months — a move meant to ease financial pressures at the pump that also reveals the political toxicity of high gas prices in an election year. The Democratic president will also call on states to suspend their […]

Jan. 6 committee to hear from election workers, officials pressured by Trump

Jun 21 2022 — — The House 1/6 committee is set to hear from the caretakers of American democracy – elections workers and local officials – who fended off Donald Trump’s pressure to overturn the 2020 presidential election, at times despite frightening personal attacks. The hearings investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the U.S. Capitol resume Tuesday with a […]

Biden says decision on gas tax holiday may come this week

Jun 20 2022 — — President Joe Biden said Monday that he will decide by the end of the week whether to order a holiday on the federal gasoline tax, possibly saving U.S. consumers as much as 18.4 cents a gallon. “Yes, I’m considering it,” Biden told reporters after taking a walk along the beach near his vacation home in […]

Israel to hold 5th election in 3 years as coalition government dissolves

Jun 20 2022 — — Israel’s weakened coalition government on Monday decided to dissolve parliament and call new elections. The vote, expected later this year, could bring about the return of a nationalist religious government led by former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu or another prolonged period of political gridlock. In a nationally televised news conference, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said […]

Le Pen: Huge gains in French parliament a ‘seismic event’

Jun 20 2022 — — Far-right leader Marine Le Pen said on Monday that her party’s extraordinary surge in the country’s parliamentary election is a “historic victory” and a “seismic event” in French politics. Many voters in Sunday’s poll opted for far-right or far-left candidates, denying President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance a straight majority in the National Assembly. Le Pen’s […]

Trump, advisers knew plan to overturn 2020 election was illegal

Jun 16 2022 — — Former U.S. president Donald Trump pressured his vice-president, Mike Pence, to overturn his 2020 election defeat despite being told repeatedly Pence had no authority to do so, aides to Pence told the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. Members of the Democratic-led House of Representatives select committee […]

Kevin Spacey ‘strenuously’ denies sex assault charges, granted bail

Jun 16 2022 — — Kevin Spacey “strenuously denies” allegations of sexual assault, his lawyer said Thursday, as the Oscar-winning actor appeared in a London court to face five charges of offences against three men. Photographers and television camera crews thronged Spacey, 62, as he arrived at London’s Westminster Magistrates Court for the preliminary hearing. Spacey sat in the glass-fronted […]

Russians control 80% of contested city in eastern Ukraine

Jun 14 2022 — — Sievierodonetsk, the main focus of the fighting in eastern Ukraine in recent weeks, isn’t yet blocked off by Russian troops even though they control about 80% of the city and have destroyed all three bridges leading out of it, an official said Tuesday. “There is still an opportunity for the evacuation of the wounded, communication […]

Trump’s former campaign manager abruptly drops out of 2nd Jan. 6 hearing

Jun 13 2022 — — Donald Trump‘s former campaign manager Bill Stepien abruptly pulled out of Monday’s appearance before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, citing a family emergency, the panel said. Stepien was expected to be a key witness as the panel delves deeper into what it calls the “big lie,” the defeated Republican […]

Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu faces rape charge in court

Jun 13 2022 — — Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu has faced rape and other criminal charges at a closed trial in Beijing as China was in uproar over a video showing a group of men physically assaulting four women in another city. Wu’s trial Friday at the Chaoyang People’s court was reported late Friday night by Chang’An Net, which […]

Jan. 6 panelists: Enough evidence uncovered to indict Trump

Jun 12 2022 — — Members of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot said Sunday they have uncovered enough evidence for the Justice Department to consider an unprecedented criminal indictment against former President Donald Trump for seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election. “I would like to see the Justice Department investigate any credible allegation of criminal […]

US lifts COVID-19 test requirement for international travel

Jun 10 2022 — — The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international air travelers to the U.S. take a COVID-19 test within a day before boarding their flights, easing one of the last remaining government mandates meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus. A senior administration official said the mandate expires Sunday at 12:01 a.m. EDT, saying […]

US lifts COVID-19 test requirement for international travel

Jun 10 2022 — Associated Press — WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international air travelers to the U.S. take a COVID-19 test within a day before boarding their flights, easing one of the last remaining government mandates meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus. A senior administration official said the mandate expires Sunday at 12:01 a.m. […]