U.S. Congress approves bill to aimed at fighting hate crimes against Asian Americans – National

Congress approved legislation Tuesday intended to curtail a striking rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, sending President Joe Biden a bipartisan denunciation of the spate of brutal attacks that have proliferated during coronavirus pandemic. The bill, which the House passed on a 364-62 vote, will expedite the review of hate […]

G20 leaders snub COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver, watering down WHO funding commitments – National

Leaders of the world’s largest economies back “voluntary licensing” of COVID-19 vaccine patents, the draft conclusions of a summit show, watering down a U.S. push for waivers and earlier commitments to supply more funds to the World Health Organization. The draft document, seen by Reuters, lists commitments of G20 nations and other countries and […]

Canada, U.S., Britain impose new sanctions against Myanmar junta – National

Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom on Monday imposed new sanctions targeting Myanmar’s junta, increasing pressure on the military in the latest in a series of punitive actions since it took power in a Feb. 1 coup. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau said the country had imposed additional sanctions on individuals […]

Longtime associate of Matt Gaetz pleads guilty to underage sex trafficking charges – National

A Florida politician who emerged as a central figure in the Justice Department’s sex trafficking investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz pleaded guilty Monday to six federal charges and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of a plea deal. Joel Greenberg, a longtime associate of Gaetz’s, appeared in federal court in Orlando. He pleaded […]

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to weigh case that could roll back abortion rights – National

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to a showdown over abortion in a case that could dramatically alter nearly 50 years of rulings on abortion rights. With three justices appointed by former President Donald Trump part of a 6-3 conservative majority, the court is taking on a case about whether states can ban abortions before […]

‘No question’ U.S. Capitol riots could happen again, says Trump critic Cheney – National

Rep. Liz Cheney, newly ousted from House Republican leadership for challenging former President Donald Trump, criticized GOP colleagues Sunday for downplaying the Jan. 6 riot and condoning Trump’s lies that the 2020 election was stolen, saying they were “complicit” in undermining democracy. In television interviews, the Wyoming Republican said there was “no question” an […]

U.S. ‘working tirelessly’ to end conflict in Gaza: official – National

By Staff The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2021 3:56 pm     Updated May 16, 2021 4:03 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says […]

Pro-Trump lawmaker compares U.S. Capitol riot to ‘normal tourist visit’ – National

A Republican member of Congress compared the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as a “normal tourist visit” on Wednesday, in a counter-factual defence of the deadly riot that former U.S. president Donald Trump helped incite. Rep. Andrew Clyde, a rookie lawmaker from Georgia, claimed there was “no insurrection” during a House Oversight […]

Relatives of Ethiopian, Iran air disaster victims temporarily offered residency path – National

Canada is offering a path to permanent residency for the next year to the relatives of victims of two major recent air disasters: Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced the move on Thursday morning. He said while the Canadian government remains focused on continuing to push […]

GOP dumps Liz Cheney Cheney from top House post over anti-Trump comments – National

Republicans dumped GOP Rep. Liz Cheney from her House leadership post Wednesday for her persistent repudiation of Donald Trump’s election falsehoods, underscoring the hold the defeated and twice-impeached former president retains on his party. She defiantly insisted she’ll keep trying to wrench the party away from him and his “destructive lies.” Meeting behind closed […]