Archive for the ‘Americas’ Category

CIA mocked from all sides over new ‘woke’ recruitment video

The CIA has been mocked from all sides for posting a recruitment video which has been accused of being “full of woke propaganda”. The two-minute video, posted on Twitter on 28 April, features a 36-year-old Latina CIA officer who uses words like “intersectional”, “cisgender”, and “millennial.” Critics said the CIA was trying to get “woke” […]

‘Imagine if we gave them a full chance’: Biden pitches childcare, education and tax plan in Virginia

Without any Republican endorsements for his administration’s expansive agenda to support childcare and education through increased taxes on the nation’s wealthiest, Joe Biden is appealing directly to Americans with a series of stops across the US, in efforts that could see one of the largest boosts to federal safety nets in decades. Following a tour […]

Madrid election centers on virus response, rise of far right

Madrid residents are voting Tuesday for a new regional assembly in an election that tests the depths of resistance to virus lockdown measures and the divide between left and right-wing parties. Polling stations opened at 9 a.m. with strict requirements to prevent the spread of the coronavirus: double masks, separated entrance and exit paths for […]

At least 20 dead as Mexico City subway overpass collapses

At least 20 people were killed and more than 70 injured after a subway train derailed in Mexico City late on Monday. The concrete subway overpass partially collapsed, and images and videos from the scene showed parts of a train hanging in mid-air. 49 have been hospitalised. A rescue operation is underway, the government said. […]

‘The swamp won’: Lincoln Project needles Trump with new attack ad

The election is over, but the Lincoln Project is still taunting Donald Trump. “The swamp won, Donald,” the anti-Trump group says in a new attack ad. “Mitch McConnell’s Washington consultants are making big money using your name.” The new ad, titled “Swamp Thing,” is set to hit airwaves on Fox News and local stations in […]

Corpse believed to belong to controversial cult leader found in a Colorado shrine covered in glitter with no eyes

A corpse believed to be of a leader of a controversial Colorado religious group was found mummified in a sleeping bag, wrapped in Christmas lights and with glitter around its missing eyes. The remains are believed to be of Amy Carlson, 45, known to her followers as “Mother God”, who was a self-proclaimed “divine being” […]

Disneyland’s new Snow White ride draws consent backlash over ‘problematic’ sleeping kiss

Disneyland is the latest battleground in the cancel culture war after a new ride was deemed problematic over Prince Charming kissing Snow White “without consent”. The California theme park reopened after pandemic lockdowns with the revamped “Snow White’s Enchanted Wish” ride featuring an animatronic recreation of the fabled smooch. In a review of the new […]

Biden news – live: President quadruples refugee cap as adviser suggests he ‘wears mask outside out of habit’

Joe Biden enters House chamber for joint session of Congress Joe Biden has quadrupled the US’ refugee cap after facing a bipartisan backlash for being slow to increase the low number set by the Trump administration. The president formally confirmed the decision to raise the bar from 15,000 to 62,500 refugee admissions per year, three […]

Florida teacher caught on camera hitting 6-year-old girl with paddle

A 6-year-old child was hit with a paddle as her mother watched the “hatred” towards her daughter in a graphic video filmed at an elementary school in South Florida. In the footage, the girl can be seen crying and pleading “no, no” as one woman holds her down and another smacks her at least three […]

Asian woman attacked with a hammer for refusing to take off her mask on New York street

The New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Hate Crimes Task Force has launched a manhunt for the person who attacked an Asian woman with a hammer in Times Square on Sunday. The attack unfolded around 8:40pm when then a 31-year-old recent FIT graduate was walking with a friend on the subway when the attacker approached them […]

Mexico City Metro Overpass Collapses Onto Road, Kills 13 People

MEXICO CITY—An overpass in Mexico City’s metro collapsed Monday night, sending a train plunging downward onto a road, trapping cars under rubble, and killing at least 13 people, authorities said. Mexico City’s civil protection agency tweeted that almost 70 people were injured in the accident in the south of the capital and were being taken […]

Police investigating after ‘hangman’s noose’ found at Amazon distribution centre construction site

Police are investigating a hangman’s noose — and six other ropes that could be interpreted as nooses — found inside an Amazon distribution centre construction site in Windsor, Connecticut. On Tuesday, police were called to the Amazon site where they said they found a noose hanging from a steel beam on the second floor of […]

Two police officers accused of punching Arab American teenager and then lying about it

Two New Jersey police officers have been accused of punching an Arab American teenager and then lying about it. Paterson Police Officers Kevin Patino and Kendry Tineo-Restituyo face civil rights and obstruction of justice charges over the alleged incident. Investigators have accused them of depriving Osamah Alsaidi, then 19, of his constitutional right to be […]

Texas special election poses test for anti-Trump Republicans

Adam Kinzinger came to Texas this week to hunt unicorns. The Illinois congressman was looking for Republicans who, like him, see former President Donald Trump as a scourge on their party and a threat to democracy. Kinzinger met privately with one sympathetic Republican, former President George W. Bush, on his first day in the state. […]

All aboard! Biden to help Amtrak mark 50 years on the rails

President Joe Biden once a regular Amtrak rider, is set on Friday to help the nation’s passenger rail system celebrate 50 years of service. As a U.S. senator, Biden was a fixture on Amtrak trains between his home in Wilmington Delaware and Washington, D.C., when the Senate was in session. He continued riding Amtrak as […]

Census Bureau: 70% of voters cast ballots early or by mail

More than two-thirds of all U.S. citizens of the voting age population participated in the 2020 presidential election, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report, and 69% of those cast ballots by mail or early in-person voting — methods that Republicans in some states are curtailing. That’s an explosion in the use of mail […]

Key piece of Biden’s $1.8T families plan expires after 2025

President Joe Biden couldn’t get everything he wanted into his own $1.8 trillion families plan. His proposed child tax credit is set to expire after 2025. It would provide parents with $300 a month for each child under 6 and $250 a month for older children. Democratic lawmakers are pushing hard to make the credit […]

‘I’m still exhaling’: Swing-state voters on Biden’s 100 days

On the sidelines of her son’s soccer practice in upscale Elm Grove, Wisconsin, Laura Hahn said President Joe Biden is doing well 100 days into his presidency. But she attributed the opinion as much to relief as analysis. “I’m still exhaling,” Hahn said, referencing the tumult of former President Donald Trump s term. “It’s been […]

Biden’s agenda: What can pass and what faces steep odds

President Joe Biden laid out a long list of policy priorities in his speech to Congress — and some are more politically plausible than others. The two parties are working together in some areas, including on changes to policing and confronting the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans. But Republicans are likely to block […]

Rudy Giuliani tells Tucker Carlson he offered FBI agents Hunter Biden’s laptop during raid

Rudy Giuliani says he offered FBI agents Hunter Biden’s laptop hard drives during the early morning raid at his New York apartment. Donald Trump’s lawyer told Tucker Carlson on Fox News that despite his offer the agents refused to take the hard drives from him. The former mayor of New York’s apartment in Manhattan was […]

‘Watch the show folks’: Officer who played to camera before violently removing Black man from vehicle loses his job

A Virginia State Trooper who played to the camera before violently removing a Black man from his vehicle has left the agency. Former officer Charles Hewitt can be seen in a 2019 viral video telling Derrick Thompson: “You are going to get your a** whooped,” before forcefully removing him from his car. Virginia State Police […]

‘Pop’ fans: Biden kids, grandkids part of White House scene

President Joe Biden s grandkids say anyone who wants to take a crack at their “Pop” has to go through them first. When Biden calls to check in, he doesn’t stop with one grandchild but ends up dialing all of them for updates. Even son Hunter Biden gets a nightly call from Biden. Biden’s big […]

Influencers ordered to stay out of Utah drainage ditch which has become bizarre Instagram hotspot

Influencers have been told to stay out of a Utah drainage ditch which has become a bizarre hotspot for people snapping photos to post on Instagram. The so-called “blue canal” is located just east of the Bonneville Salt Flats in western Utah, and is leased by mining company Intrepid Potash, which uses the canal as […]

Review: Legal writer John Grisham pens a basketball thriller

“Sooley,” by John Grisham (Doubleday) When you’ve written 35 novels and are working on a streak of 43 consecutive No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, you can write abut whatever you want. That’s probably the simplest way to explain why John Grisham’s latest is a basketball story and doesn’t feature a single courtroom scene. It’s […]

Biden news – live: Supreme Court takes up case to overturn US gun law as Trump Jr pushes fake burger claims

(Getty Images) The Supreme Court has announced it will hear a major gun rights case on whether New Yorkers should be able to carry concealed handguns in public. Under New York’s long-held handgun licensing law, handgun owners must be able to demonstrate “proper cause” to hold the firearms in order to obtain a license. Those […]

Collins won’t run for Senate or Georgia governor in 2022

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Collins a favorite of former President Donald Trump says he doesn’t plan to run for governor or U.S. Senate in Georgia in 2022. Collins’ announcement Monday makes it less likely there will be a top-drawer Republican primary challenger to Gov. Brian Kemp In the separate U.S. Senate race, it could […]

Supreme Court takes up case which could give New Yorkers right to carry guns in public

The US Supreme Court will rule on a New York state law prohibiting residents from carrying guns in public unless they can provide a justifiable reason for doing so. The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Corlett, will be heard on Monday. The majority conservative Supreme Court’s ruling has the potential […]

Syria rights group urges world to reject presidential vote

A leading Syrian rights group Monday called on the international community to reject next month’s presidential elections because they will take place under the rule of President Bashar Assad who is implicated in war crimes. Paris-based Syrian Network for Human Rights, describing the elections as a sham, said the vote was scheduled by Assad’s government […]

What is the difference between a State of the Union and joint address?

When Joe Biden speaks in front of both houses of Congress on Wednesday, it will be the first time he does so as US President. Mr Biden is expected to address the coronavirus pandemic and a range of other issues in front of members of Congress, on what will be the eve of 100 days […]

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 2-8

Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 2-8: May 2: Singer Englebert Humperdinck is 85. Country singer R.C. Bannon is 76. Actor David Suchet (TV’s “Poirot”) is 75. Country singer Larry Gatlin is 73. Singer Lou Gramm of Foreigner is 71. Actor Christine Baranski is 69. Singer Angela Bofill is 67. Actor Brian Tochi (“Revenge […]

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