Biden to sign orders limiting ‘ghost guns’, other measures in response to shootings – National

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday will unveil his administration’s first steps to curb gun violence, including a plan to reduce the proliferation of “ghost guns,” after a slew of mass shootings that have put pressure on him to act. Biden will announce that the Justice Department intends to issue a proposed rule within […]

EU to extend vaccine export control measures to end of June, sources say – National

The European Union is planning to extend its export authorization scheme for COVID-19 vaccines to the end of June, two EU sources told Reuters on Thursday, in a move that could reignite tensions with countries who rely on shots made in the EU. The mechanism was set up at the end of January as […]

Masks, testing, distancing: Coronavirus measures now the rule in Biden’s White House – National

Testing wristbands are in. Mask-wearing is mandatory. Desks are socially distanced. The clearest sign that there’s a new boss at the White House is the deference being paid to coronavirus public health guidlines. It’s a striking contrast to Donald Trump’s White House, which was the epicenter of no less than three separate outbreaks of […]

EU considers more measures to stop coronavirus variant spread – National

European Union leaders assessed more measures to counter the spread of coronavirus variants during a video summit Thursday as the bloc’s top disease control official said urgent action was needed to stave off a new wave of hospitalizations and deaths. Expressing great concern about the virus’ mutations, the 27 leaders looked at further border […]

Canada’s ‘ugly face’ exposed with new measures on Xinjiang forced labour, China says – National

China is hitting back at Canada over its new measures on forced labour in the Xinjiang region, condemning the move and stating that it exposes Canada’s “hypocritical and ugly face.” Read more: Feds to crack down on companies using forced Uighur labour in China’s Xinjiang region The latest release from the spokesperson of the […]

Voters across U.S. approve measures that support more police oversight – National

Voters in communities across the country approved measures on Election Day toughening civilian oversight of law enforcement agencies, including some that took years to reach the ballot but grew in urgency after global protests over racial injustice and police brutality. The measures take aim at a chronic sore point in many communities, particularly among […]

Ireland reimposes lockdown measures as coronavirus cases surge – National

Ireland announced some of Europe’s toughest COVID-19 constraints on Monday, shutting non-essential retail, limiting restaurants and pubs to take away service and telling people not to travel more than five kilometers (3 miles) from their home. Ireland imposed one of Europe’s longest lockdowns during the first surge in coronavirus cases and eased restrictions at […]

Boris Johnson to unveil new UK coronavirus measures amid growing cases, criticism – National

LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out new measures to try to contain a growing coronavirus crisis on Monday, outlining three new alert levels to better coordinate the government’s under-fire response. After being criticised for offering the public mixed messaging as the numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths […]

Few coronavirus measures at White House may have led to Trump’s diagnosis: experts – National

Masks were rarely spotted in the West Wing. Crowds of people gathered shoulder to shoulder on the White House South Lawn. And Air Force One streaked across the sky from one massive campaign rally to another. With ready access to testing and the best public health minds at his disposal, President Donald Trump should have been […]

U.S. budget deficit set to hit record $3.3 trillion due to coronavirus measures

The figure released Wednesday is more than triple the 2019 shortfall and more than double the levels experienced after the market meltdown and Great Recession of 2008-09.