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US House to vote to repeal Iraq war authorisation

US House to vote to repeal Iraq war authorisation

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, PEOPLE, POLITICS, Security, USA
Symbolic vote expected later this week as lawmakers and Joe Biden seek to revise and update legal basis for US military action. The United States House of Representatives will vote later this week to repeal the authorisation of war that Congress gave to former President George W Bush in 2002 enabling the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. The motion to repeal the Authorization of Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq, coming for the first time with support from President Joe Biden, is expected to be taken up in the House on Thursday, CNN reported. The Biden administration said on Monday that the US “has no ongoing military activities that rely solely on the 2002 AUMF as a domestic legal basis” and its repeal “would likely have minimal impact on current military operations”. ...
After a 17 year war over jet subsidies, US and EU eye a truce

After a 17 year war over jet subsidies, US and EU eye a truce

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, TRAFFIC, TRANSFER, Transport, TRAVEL, UK, USA, WORLD
A deal to end or pause world’s largest corporate trade war will help dozens of industries caught in tit-for-tat tariffs. The dispute between the US and EU dates back to 2004 over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus [File: Edgar Su/Reuters] The United States and Europe are speeding efforts to reach a pact to end a 17-year-old dispute over aircraft subsidies but may settle for a prolonged truce in recent tariff wars, people familiar with the matter said. A deal to either end or pause the world’s largest corporate trade dispute would grant relief to dozens of other industries affected by tit-for-tat tariffs that were suspended in March. They face a renewed trade war within weeks if there is no progress. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai discussed the dispute in her first face-to-f...
S Korea holds naval drills amid row over Japan Olympics map

S Korea holds naval drills amid row over Japan Olympics map

CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, SOUTH KOREA, WORLD
Spat about an Olympics map escalates as South Korea kicks off naval drills near disputed islands and leaders call off planned talks. Seoul and Tokyo have been at odds over the sovereignty of the islets called 'Dokdo' in South Korea and 'Takeshima' in Japan, which lie about halfway between the neighbours in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea [File: Handout via AFP] South Korea’s military began annual drills on Tuesday around a set of islands also claimed by Japan, days after planned talks between the two countries’ leaders were called off amid a spat about an Olympics map. Seoul and Tokyo have been at odds over the sovereignty of the islets called “Dokdo” in South Korea and “Takeshima” in Japan, which lie about halfway between the two countries in the Sea of Japan, also ...
With millions unemployed, gov’ts not worried about inflation

With millions unemployed, gov’ts not worried about inflation

COVID-19, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, WORLD
Governments can just keep interest rates low and spending high to support virus-hit economies. One reason why so many policy makers are refusing to panic about inflation is that the world economy is still short so many millions of jobs. The global employment shortfall from the pandemic is predicted by the International Labour Organization to be 75 million this year. Nor does it expect the gap to be closed in 2022, when it reckons the world will still be 23 million jobs short of its pre-Covid path even as economies rebound. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development echoes the warning, saying unemployment will remain above pre-crisis levels in many countries next year. With so many workers still on the sidelines, it should be harder for those in employmen...
US Navy aircraft carrier USS Reagan enters South China Sea

US Navy aircraft carrier USS Reagan enters South China Sea

China, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, POWER, Security, TENSION, USA, WORLD
The ship was accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh and the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey in a ‘routine mission’ A Super Hornet aircraft lands on the flight deck of the US Navy’s USS Ronald Reagan [Courtesy of US Navy/ Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Samantha Jetzer] A US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Ronald Reagan has entered the South China Sea as part of a routine mission, the US Navy said, at a time of rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, which claims most of the disputed waterway. The carrier is being accompanied by the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh and the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey, the US Navy said on Tuesday.China frequently objects to US military missions in the South China Sea, saying they do not help promote ...
Christchurch attack film slammed over ‘white saviour’ narrative

Christchurch attack film slammed over ‘white saviour’ narrative

FAMILY, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, PEOPLE, Religion
Community members, leaders slam planned movie for not focusing on the victims of the attack which killed 51 Muslims. . The attacker killed 44 people at the Al Noor mosque before driving to the Linwood mosque, where he killed seven more [File: EPA] A planned film about the 2019 Christchurch mosque killings has sparked an intense backlash in New Zealand, with community members and leaders slamming the project for pushing a “white saviour” narrative. The film, “They Are Us”, aims to focus on New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s handling of the horrific shootings in March 2019 when a white supremacist gunman ran amok at two mosques during Friday prayer, killing 51 and seriously injuring another 40.The attacker killed 44 people at the Al Noor mosque before driving to the ...
China denounces G7 statement, says US has ‘sinister intentions’

China denounces G7 statement, says US has ‘sinister intentions’

China, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, G7, G7 SUMMIT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, USA, WORLD
Beijing’s fury comes after G7 leaders took China to task over human rights in the mostly Muslim region of Xinjiang. China has denounced G7 leaders’  joint statement that scolded Beijing over a range of issues as gross interference in the country’s internal affairs and urged the grouping to stop slandering China. China’s embassy in London said on Monday it was strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed to mentions of Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan that distorted the facts of the situations and exposed the “sinister intentions of a few countries such as the United States”. The Group of Seven leaders had taken China to task on Sunday over human rights in the mostly Muslim region of Xinjiang, called for Hong Kong to keep a high degree of autonomy, and underscored the impor...
NATO to call out China’s behaviour as ‘systemic challenge’

NATO to call out China’s behaviour as ‘systemic challenge’

BREAKING NEWS, EUROPE, G7, G7 SUMMIT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, WORLD, World Bank
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan, US President Joe Biden and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talk as Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson sits before a plenary session at a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium Expected statement would mark a first for the Western alliance, which is historically focused on Russia. NATO is expected to formally call out China’s behaviour as a “systemic challenge” in its final summit statement, a first for the alliance historically focused on Russia. Leaders of the Western military alliance meeting in Brussels on Monday, including US President Joe Biden, will condemn China for rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, its opaqueness in modernising its forces and its military cooperation with Russia, according to the document seen by Reuters. h...
Aung San Suu Kyi trial begins in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi trial begins in Myanmar

Asia, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, MYANNMAR, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, UN, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, UNHCR, WOMEN, Women Emamanicipation
The trial of the ousted leader is hearing its first testimony in a junta court. Suu Kyi faces a widening array of charges such as flouting coronavirus rules and "illegally" importing walkie-talkies. The trial of Myanmar's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi got underway on Monday in the capital Naypyidaw, more than four months after a military coup. Criminal convictions would bar Suu Kyi from running for office. Suu Kyi's prosecution prevented her National League for Democracy (NLD) party from serving a second five-year term following last year's landslide election victory. Army officials have also threatened to dissolve the NLD for alleged involvement in election fraud. hat charges does Suu Kyi face? The 75-year-old stands accused of violating cor...
Thousands Protest Against Spain’s Pardons for Jailed Catalan Leaders

Thousands Protest Against Spain’s Pardons for Jailed Catalan Leaders

CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, PROTESTS, SPAIN, WORLD
Opposition lawmakers from the conservative People's Party (PP), the far-right Vox party and the centrist Ciudadanos joined the rally in Madrid's central Plaza Colon. adrid: Tens of thousands of Spaniards protested in Madrid on Sunday against government plans to pardon 12 Catalan politicians who were convicted over the region’s failed independence bid in 2017, a move the demonstrators see as a threat to national unity. Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo gave the clearest indication yet that the pardons of the Catalan separatists were “close” in an interview published on Sunday with La Vanguardia newspaper, but the issue has bitterly divided Spaniards. Around 63% of Spaniards oppose granting the pardons while some 25% backed it and about 6% were indifferent, according t...
Afrin Hospital Hit in Artillery Attacks

Afrin Hospital Hit in Artillery Attacks

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, SYRIA, TURKEY, WORLD
The first attack struck a residential area while the second hit a hospital shortly after, civil defence sources said. Idlib, Syria: At least 13 people were killed and several wounded in two separate artillery attacks on the northern Syrian town of Afrin on Saturday, local medical sources and Turkey’s government said. The first attack struck a residential area while the second hit a hospital shortly after, civil defence sources said. Video footage on social media showed casualties amid the ruins of the Al Shifa Hospital. Ankara condemned the missile attack that it said was launched by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, though the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US-backed militi...
What the G7 Agreed This Weekend – China, Climate and Vaccines

What the G7 Agreed This Weekend – China, Climate and Vaccines

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, G7, G7 SUMMIT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, UK, WORLD
The Group of Seven rich nations met this weekend to tackle several issues. FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, President of the European Council Charles Michel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in attend a working session during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021. Leon Neal/Pool Carbis Bay, England: The Group of Seven rich nations promised to tackle China‘s growing influence, fight climate change, get more COVID-19 jabs to poor countries and keep up th...
Bennett sworn in as prime minister, unseating Netanyahu after 12 years in power

Bennett sworn in as prime minister, unseating Netanyahu after 12 years in power

Asia, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, WORLD
Government approved 60-59; Yamina head heckled throughout his Knesset speech; Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid becomes alternate PM; Netanyahu derides new PM and vows: ‘We’ll be back soon’ In a history-making vote, Israel’s 36th government was sworn in at the Knesset on Sunday, installing Yamina chair Naftali Bennett as prime minister and ousting Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years of consecutive rule as premier. MKs voted by a wafer-thin 60-59 in favor of the new government, made up of right-wing, left-wing, centrist, and Islamist parties that came together to oust Netanyahu and end two years of political deadlock. One MK, Ra’am’s Saeed al-Harumi, abstained from the vote. Three MKs from the predominantly Arab Joint List — Ayman Odeh, Ahmad Tibi and Osama Saadi — stayed out of the chambe...
Biden congratulates PM Bennett in phone call as US embraces new government

Biden congratulates PM Bennett in phone call as US embraces new government

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, USA, WORLD
US leader says he looks ‘forward to working’ with premier ‘to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations;’ FM Lapid invited to Washington US President Joe Biden congratulated new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Sunday night on being sworn in as the head of a new government coalition, issuing a statement and immediately following it up with a phone call. “On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet,” Biden said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations.” US Secretary of State Blin...
New government starts process of taking power after 12 years of Netanyahu

New government starts process of taking power after 12 years of Netanyahu

Asia, GOVERNMENT, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Middle East, POLITICS, WORLD
Cabinet to convene at Rivlin’s residence for festive photo; outgoing PM will brief successor but skip traditional toast; Sa’ar concedes challenge in holding new coalition together Illustrative: Then-education minister Naftali Bennett and President Reuven Rivlin at a ceremony announcing the winners of the Wolf Foundation award, at the president residence in Jerusalem, on January 16, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) Israel’s new government will meet President Reuven Rivlin for a festive photo on Monday as it begins the process of taking power following 12 years of rule by Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud. The traditional group photo will be one of the last major acts as president for Rivlin, who ends his term on July 9. While the traditional photo at the President’s Residence signifie...
11 fighters said killed in alleged Israeli strikes in Syria

11 fighters said killed in alleged Israeli strikes in Syria

Asia, CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, PALESTINE, POLITICS, WAR, WORLD
Reported strikes in Homs Province in central Syria are the first in the country attributed to Israel in more than a month At least 11 people were reportedly killed overnight Wednesday in Israeli airstrikes in Syria. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights — a pro-Syrian opposition organization of uncertain funding based in the UK — the government troops and militiamen were killed in Homs Province in central Syria. The monitor’s director, Rami Abdul Rahman, told AFP that “at least seven army soldiers and four National Defence Forces militiamen were killed” in the strikes shortly before midnight, adding that all of the dead were Syrian. May 1, 2020. (Syrian state media SANA) At least 11 people were reportedly killed overnight Wednesday in Israeli airstrikes i...
Hajj pilgrimage will be limited to 60,000 people from within Saudi Arabia due to Covid, kingdom says

Hajj pilgrimage will be limited to 60,000 people from within Saudi Arabia due to Covid, kingdom says

INTERNATIONAL, ISLAM, PILGRIMAGE, Religion, WORLD
Mecca will be off limits to the vast majority of Muslims this year, after Saudi Arabia announced that only a select few, all from within the country, would be allowed to participate in the annual Hajj pilgrimage. The religious ceremony, which begins in mid-July, will be limited to 60,000 pilgrims between the ages of 18 to 65 who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the kingdom’s Hajj and Umrah Ministry said in a statement released on Saturday. All participants must either be citizens or residents of Saudi Arabia.  The restrictions reflect Riyadh’s “constant concern for the safety and security of pilgrims, as well as the safety of their countries,” the ministry explained.  All Muslims who can perform Hajj are required to do so at least once in their lifetime, and d...
Shooting in downtown Austin, Texas wounds several people

Shooting in downtown Austin, Texas wounds several people

CRIME, CRISIS, INTERNATIONAL, Security, USA, WORLD
At least 13 people were injured when gunfire erupted early on Saturday morning along Sixth Street, a popular area filled with bars and restaurants. At least 13 people were wounded in a shooting in downtown Austin, Texas early, police said, adding the suspected shooter was still at large. Two of the injured are reported to be in a critical condition, Austin Police Department Interim Chief Joseph Chacon said in a statement. “I cannot say that there is no further public danger at this point because the suspect is not in custody. It appears at this point to be isolated to this one area," Chacon said. The incident took place at around 01:30 am (0630 GMT) in the Sixth Street Entertainment District area and there were no deaths reported at the time of the briefing, he added. F...
G7 leaders meet in Cornwall to discuss the main issues of our time

G7 leaders meet in Cornwall to discuss the main issues of our time

CANADA, France, G7, G7 SUMMIT, GERMAN, INTERNATIONAL, Italy, JAPAN, POLITICS, POWER, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, QUEEN, UK, USA, WORLD
G7 leaders met in Cornwall, in the South of England on Friday (11 June) to discuss the main issues of our time.  They are later today expected to commit to using all their resources in an effort to ensure the devastation caused by a pandemic like Covid-19 is never repeated in a declaration that sets out a series of measures intended to achieve this. The G7 (Group of Seven) is an organisation made up of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies: Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, the UK and the US. The Summit is also attended by the president of the European Council and the president of the European Commission. Mr Johnson, who is hosting the three-day gathering at the Cornish seaside resort of Carbis Bay, said it was vital to learn from the "mistakes" of the 200...
Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden come together to call for better care and education for our young children is key to rebuilding after Covid pandemic in co-written article

Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden come together to call for better care and education for our young children is key to rebuilding after Covid pandemic in co-written article

ADVOCACY, CHILDREN, DIPLOMACY, G7, G7 SUMMIT, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UK, USA, WORLD
The Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden have said better care and education for young children is key to rebuilding the UK after lockdown. Kate Middleton joined the US First Lady yesterday to meet children aged four and five in reception class at the Connor Downs Academy near Camborne followed by a round table discussion with UK education experts. In a joint opinion piece written for CNN the women said a 'fundamental shift' was needed in the UK and US' approach to educating children.While Mrs Biden has been a teacher for more than 30 years, Kate has shown a passion for early years since becoming a mother to her children George, 7, Charlotte, 6, and Louis, 3. Kate Middleton joined the US First Lady (pictured together) yesterday to meet children aged four and five in reception clas...