Biden expected to pitch sweeping ‘family plan’ in 1st joint address to Congress – National

U.S. President Joe Biden will use his first joint address to Congress to pitch a $1.8 trillion investment in children, families and education that would fundamentally transform roles the government plays in American life. Marking his first 100 days in office, Biden will make his case Wednesday night before a pared-down gathering of mask-wearing legislators […]

Myanmar protester expected to die from gunshot as clashes over coup turn violent – National

Protesters returned to the streets of Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw on Wednesday after the most violent day yet in demonstrations against a coup that halted a tentative transition to democracy under elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The United States and United Nations condemned the use of force against protesters, who demand the reversal of […]

Johnson & Johnson says coronavirus vaccine data expected next week – National

Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday said it expected to report eagerly-awaited data on its COVID-19 vaccine early next week, and that it would be able to meet the delivery target for doses to countries with which it had signed supply agreements. Public health officials are increasingly counting on single-dose options like the one being […]

Trump expected to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil: sources – National

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday rescinded entry bans imposed because of the coronavirus on most non-U.S. citizens arriving from Brazil and much of Europe effective Jan. 26, two officials briefed on the matter told Reuters. Reuters first reported in November that the administration had been considering lifting the restrictions, imposed early last year […]

Holiday travel expected to attract millions in the U.S., worrying health experts – National

Tens of millions of people are expected to travel to family gatherings or winter vacations over Christmas, despite pleas by public health experts who fear the result could be another surge in COVID-19 cases. In the U.S., AAA predicts that about 85 million people will travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 3, most of […]

Trump’s ‘abuse of power’ won’t stop peaceful transition, Biden expected to say at speech – National

Joe Biden is ready to declare that “not even an abuse of power” can stop a peaceful transition of power in the U.S. after last month’s election — a swipe at President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept defeat and at the top Republicans who have continued to stand by him. The president-elect is delivering […]

Biden expected to nominate longtime advisor Antony Blinken as U.S. secretary of state – National

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Antony Blinken as secretary of state, according to multiple people familiar with the Biden team’s planning. Blinken, 58, served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration and has close ties with Biden. If nominated and confirmed, he would […]

Boeing 737 Max expected to be cleared to fly again after nearly 2-year grounding – National

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected on Wednesday to clear Boeing’s 737 Max to fly again after grounding the jet for nearly two years due to a pair of crashes that killed 346 people. Agency Administrator Steve Dickson said last week the FAA was in the final stages of reviewing changes to the Max […]

India’s coronavirus cases are surging, but holidays expected to make it worse – National

Already on track to overtake the United States with the world’s most novel coronavirus infections, India is bracing for a surge of cases in coming weeks as it heads into its main holiday season with an economy freed of virus restrictions. The recent experience of the southern state of Kerala, which was praised for […]

North Korea expected to hold lavish military parade marking ruling party anniversary – National

North Korea on Saturday celebrated the 75th anniversary of its ruling party with outside observers expecting leader Kim Jong Un to take centre stage in a massive military parade in capital Pyongyang, where the North could possibly unveil the latest weapons in its growing nuclear force threatening U.S. allies and the American mainland. It […]