‘Just say the election was corrupt,’ Trump told US Justice Dept

Notes of a call between Trump and a top Justice official are another example of his pressure campaign to overturn the election. President Donald Trump urged senior US Department of Justice (DOJ) officials to declare the 2020 election results “corrupt” in a December phone call, according to handwritten notes from one of the participants in […]

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US consumer spending rose more than expected in June

As more places reopened and people got COVID-19 jabs, consumers confidently spent money at restaurants and stores. U.S. personal spending accelerated more than expected in June, reflecting a ramp up in outlays on services, while a closely watched inflation measure continued to climb. Purchases of goods and services increased 1% from a month earlier, following […]

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US sues Texas governor to halt new migrant order

Justice Department aims to block an order framed as a public health measure to battle COVID that targets undocumented immigrants. The US Justice Department on Friday sued Texas and its governor, Greg Abbott, seeking to block an order targeting undocumented immigrants that state claimed was a  public health measure to contain surging COVID-19 infections. The […]

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Canadian priest banned after downplaying residential school abuse

Father Rheal Forest also blamed the media for spreading ‘fake news’ about the physical abuse of Indigenous children. A Catholic priest in Canada has been banned from speaking publicly by the Archdiocese, after accusing Indigenous residential school survivors of physical and sexual abuse, of lying to get money in federal court settlements. Father Rheal Forest […]

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SEC halts Chinese IPO listings until risks are divulged

The US Securities and Exchange Commission said such disclosures are at the heart of its mandate to protect investors. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has halted initial public offerings of Chinese companies until they provide more disclosures about investment risks. SEC Chair Gary Gensler said the Chinese government’s recent crackdown on foreign listings and […]

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Duterte restores Philippines’s key military agreement with US

President Rodrigo Duterte has restored a pact governing the presence of US troops in the Philippines, the two countries’ defence secretaries announced on Friday, retracting a decision that had caused increasing concern among policymakers in Washington and Manila. The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) provides rules for the rotation of thousands of US troops in and […]

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Israel’s war on (‘anti-Semitic’) ice cream

Israel is going through a surrealistic summer meltdown over yummy ice cream. Its leaders have launched a chilling assault on Ben & Jerry’s, the world-famous American brand, after the company decided to boycott its illegal settlement in occupied Palestine earlier this month. Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennet condemned the “anti-Semitic” decision, and his foreign minister, […]

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Russian space module misfire mishap knocks ISS out of position

Flight controllers have regained control of the International Space Station (ISS) after it was knocked off course by a newly arrived Russian research module. Thursday’s mishap saw the jet thrusters of the multipurpose Nauka module inadvertently fire about three hours after it had latched on to the orbiting outpost, briefly throwing it out of control, […]

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Coronavirus Delta variant as transmissible as chickenpox: CDC

Internal CDC report, quoted by NYT, says Delta variant likely to break through protections afforded by the vaccines. The Delta variant of the coronavirus is as contagious as chickenpox and could cause severe illness, according to an internal document at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The New York Times reported. […]

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