Amid rising crime, Biden targets gun violence in the US

Responding to a string of mass shootings and rising crime in the United States, President Joe Biden is taking new steps to control gun violence with a “zero-tolerance” policy for gun dealers and new funding for police and communities. Biden in a speech on Wednesday will announce new gun safety measures and will redirect some […]

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Eric Adams on top in New York City mayoral primary – for now

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former police captain who put public safety at the centre of his campaign for New York City mayor, was leading a field of 13 Democratic candidates in Tuesday’s primary election, though the outcome is unlikely to be known for weeks. With 90 percent of the in-person votes counted, Adams […]

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US seizes three dozen websites used for ‘Iranian disinformation’

The US Justice Department and Commerce Department have seized about three dozen websites, many of them linked to Iranian disinformation activities, US government sources told Reuters and The Associated Press news agencies on Tuesday. An official US government announcement is expected later. The sites appear to include Iran state media’s English-language outlet Press TV, Yemeni […]

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US Senate Republicans to block Biden-backed voting reforms

The effort by US Democrats to enact nationwide reforms to voting rights lacks support from Republicans. Republicans in the United States Senate are poised to block debate on sweeping election reform legislation proposed by Democrats and backed by President Joe Biden setting the stage for a confrontation between the two top political parties over US […]

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US Justice Department launches strike force to fight gun crime

Gun crime continues to see steady increase across the US as country emerges from COVID lockdown. The US Justice Department is launching a new strike force aimed at cracking down on illegal firearms trafficking, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said on Tuesday. The strike force will be focused on reducing violent crime by targeting activity […]

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US crime rise draws fears of ‘bloody summer’, calls for more cops

Fears of a bloody summer have become a focal point of New York City’s mayoral race as residents go to the polls in primaries to choose Democratic and Republican candidates amid rising violent crime across the US. Homicides and other violent crimes that shot up in 2020 are continuing their national rise, and President Joe […]

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Spanish government pardons nine Catalan separatist leaders

Spain’s government has issued formal pardons for nine Catalan separatist leaders imprisoned for their part in a failed 2017 independence bid. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Tuesday’s move was needed to diffuse longstanding tensions in Catalonia, where the referendum-fuelled drive to break away from Spain four years ago plunged the country into its deepest political […]

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Court rejects call to return Keiko Fujimori to jail for graft

Prosecutors are seeking a 30-year jail term for Fujimori over claims of corrupt funding in previous election campaigns. A Peruvian judge has declined a prosecutor’s request to return presidential election candidate Keiko Fujimori to remand prison for allegedly failing to comply with her bail conditions for the charges of money laundering and corruption that she […]

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Argentina, Mexico withdraw envoys over Nicaragua crackdown

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s government has arrested 17 opposition figures this month, including five presidential hopefuls. Mexico and Argentina have recalled their ambassadors to Nicaragua for consultations in response to President Daniel Ortega’s mounting crackdown on the opposition, a joint statement said on Monday. Both countries want to consult their ambassadors about “the worrisome political-legal […]

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