U.S. faces dark milestone as nation nears 500,000 COVID-19 deaths – National

The United States faces a dark milestone despite a recent decline in COVID-19 cases as it prepares to mark a staggering half million deaths this week, nearly a year after the novel coronavirus pandemic upended the country with duelling public health and economic crises. While the number of COVID-19 cases fell for the fifth […]

Key senators to watch as Trump’s 2nd impeachment trial nears – National

The stage is set, and all eyes will be on Republican senators as the second impeachment trial of former U.S. president Donald Trump begins next month. In a statement on the Senate floor on Friday, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the former president’s second trial will begin the week of Feb. 8. “We all […]

No-deal Brexit a ‘strong possibility,’ Johnson says, as deadline nears – National

With a chaotic and costly no-deal Brexit three weeks away, leaders of both the European Union and United Kingdom saw an ever likelier collapse of trade talks Thursday, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson even spoke of a “strong possibility” of failure. Both sides told their citizens to brace for a New Year’s shock, […]

Hurricane Iota strengthens to Category 5 storm as it nears Nicaragua – National

Hurricane Iota rapidly strengthened Monday into a Category 5 storm that is likely to bring catastrophic damage to the same part of Central America already battered by a powerful Hurricane Eta less than two weeks ago. Iota has intensified over the western Caribbean on approach to Nicaragua and Honduras. The U.S. National Hurricane Center […]

Officials warn of flooding, landslides as Category 4 Hurricane Eta nears Nicaragua – National

Hurricane Eta erupted quickly into a potentially catastrophic major hurricane Monday as it headed for Central America, where forecasters warned of massive flooding and landslides across a vulnerable region. Eta was a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 240 kph late Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It was centred about […]

Thailand’s prime minister calls for calm as protesters’ deadline nears – National

Thailand’s government and the country’s pro-democracy movement appeared no closer to resolving their differences Saturday, as the protesters’ evening deadline for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down approached. Prayuth’s office issued a statement repeating his plea to resolve differences through Parliament, which will discuss the political situation in a special session starting Monday. […]

Hurricane Sally nears U.S. Gulf Coast as residents brace for historic floods – National

Hurricane Sally drifted in a slow crawl Tuesday toward the northern Gulf Coast, threatening dangerous storm surge and relentless rainfall that forecasters warned could trigger historic flooding as the storm was expected to hover in the area long after coming ashore. “It’s going to be a huge rainmaker,” said Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist […]

India nears 100,000 new coronavirus cases daily, setting new global record – National

India reported a record daily jump in coronavirus cases for a second consecutive day, logging 97,570 new infections on Saturday, data from the federal health ministry showed. With total cases of more than 4.65 million, India is the world’s second worst affected country, trailing only the United States, which has more than 6.4 million […]

Coronavirus: U.S. budget deficit tops $3 trillion as 2020 fiscal year nears end – National

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed the U.S. federal budget deficit above US$3 trillion for the first 11 months of fiscal 2020, more than doubling the previous full-year record, the U.S. Treasury said on Friday. The budget deficit for August was US$200 billion, matching the deficit in August 2019 but lower than the US$245 billion […]

U.S. economy is improving as the election nears. Will Trump benefit? – National

The U.S. labor market and broader economy made some gains this week, which history shows should be good news for U.S. President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. But the gains may be overshadowed by the tens of millions of Americans still out of work because of coronavirus-related shutdowns and growing concerns that there is no […]