• Marchers Across US Call on Congress to Bolster Voting Rights
    2021-08-28 23:35:49 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of voting rights advocates rallied across the country Saturday to call for sweeping federal laws that would wipe out voting restrictions advancing in some Republican-controlled states that could make it harder to cast a ballot. Many activists view the fight over voting rules as the civil rights issue of t...
  • Hurricane Ida Bears Down on New Orleans
    2021-08-30 01:58:23 UTC

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Ida blasted ashore Sunday as one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S., knocking out power to all of New Orleans, blowing roofs off buildings and reversing the flow of the Mississippi River as it rushed from the Louisiana coast into one of the nation’s most important industrial corridors. The ...
  • US Launches Air Strike Targeting ISIS-K in Afghanistan
    2021-08-28 03:05:16 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting swiftly on President Joe Biden’s promise to retaliate for the deadly suicide bombing at Kabul airport, the U.S. military said it used a drone strike to kill a member of the Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate Saturday. The strike came amid what the White House called indications that IS planned to st...
  • New Zealand Maximum Response After a Single Community Covid-19 Case Was Detected
    2021-08-27 06:25:51 UTC

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — By early next week, New Zealanders should know if their government’s strict new lockdown is working to stamp out its first coronavirus outbreak in six months. A successful effort could again make the nation’s virus response the envy of the world. A failure could expose flaws in its health system, inclu...
  • Biden Promises Retaliation for Attacks in Kabul
    2021-08-27 06:23:38 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is pressing ahead with the evacuation of Americans and others from Afghanistan after attacks that killed at least 12 U.S. servicemembers and dashed hopes of ending the 20-year U.S. war without further bloodshed. As many as 1,000 Americans and many more Afghans are still struggling to get out of Kab...
  • Kabul's Airport Hits by Explosions, Dozens of Civilians and 13 U.S. Troops Killed
    2021-08-27 06:24:25 UTC

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Two suicide bombers and gunmen attacked crowds of Afghans flocking to Kabul’s airport Thursday, transforming a scene of desperation into one of horror in the waning days of an airlift for those fleeing the Taliban takeover. At least 60 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members were killed, including 12 Marines and on...
  • Delta's Unvaccinated Employees Must Pay More For Health Care
    2021-08-25 21:38:55 UTC

    CHICAGO, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines on Wednesday said employees will have to pay $200 more every month for their company-sponsored healthcare plan if they choose to not vaccinate against COVID-19. The move to add a surcharge to health insurance contributions is the latest tactic by corporate America to push employees to get ...
  • Gaza's Uncertain Future
    2021-08-25 06:53:12 UTC

    BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) — The electricity is out again tonight in what’s left of Zaki and Jawaher Nassir’s neighborhood. But from the shell of their sitting room, its wall blown open by Israeli missiles, twilight and a neighbor’s fire are enough to see by. Here, down a narrow lane called Al-Baali, just over a mile from the heav...
  • Afghanistan War Ends with A Humiliating Fiasco
    2021-08-19 04:22:40 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The warnings were clear: The Afghan government would likely fall once U.S. troops pulled out. But intelligence agencies and ultimately President Joe Biden missed how quickly it would happen, losing weeks that could have been used for evacuations and spurring a foreign policy crisis. Without a sense that the country...
  • Taliban Vows to Respect Women’s Rights
    2021-08-17 19:31:33 UTC

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban vowed Tuesday to respect women’s rights, forgive those who fought them and ensure Afghanistan does not become a haven for terrorists as part of a publicity blitz aimed at reassuring world powers and a fearful population. Following <a href="">a lightning...
  • US Political Collapse in Afghanistan: Taliban Seize Power
    2021-08-15 19:59:51 UTC

    KABUL — It is simply dizzying the speed at which events are unfolding – earlier this week US officials were cautioning that it would be months before Kabul might fall. It’s turned out to be days. Extraordinary scenes of Afghanistan's military fleeing to Iran with advanced equipment, likely supplied by US. And now, for all the d...
  • Taliban in Kabul: Afghan President Flees
    2021-08-15 19:59:18 UTC

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s embattled president left the country Sunday, joining his fellow citizens and foreigners in a stampede fleeing the advancing Taliban and signaling the end of a 20-year Western experiment aimed at remaking Afghanistan. The Taliban, who for hours had been on the outskirts of Kabul, announced soon...
  • Lionel Messi in Tears as He Bids Farewell to FC Barcelona
    2021-08-10 00:01:21 UTC

    BARCELONA - Lionel Messi wept on Sunday as he bade farewell to his boyhood team FC Barcelona and confirmed he was talking with French club Paris St Germain over a possible move. The 34-year-old Argentine's emotional news conference followed Barca's announcement last week that it could no longer afford him after a glittering two deca...
  • What Life is Like in Florida, the U.S. Epicenter of the Pandemic
    2021-08-02 17:39:00 UTC

    Florida is now leading the U.S. in per capita hospitalizations for COVID-19, as hospitals around the state report having to put emergency room visitors in beds in hallways and others document a noticeable drop in the age of patients. The Sunshine State had 10,207 people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to data r...
  • Belarus Runner Alleges Olympic Team Tried to Send Her Home
    2021-08-02 03:26:19 UTC

    TOKYO (AP) — A Belarus track sprinter alleged her Olympic team tried to remove her from Japan in a dispute that led to a standoff Sunday evening at Tokyo’s main airport. An activist group supporting Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said she believed her life was in danger in Belarus and would seek asylum with the Austrian Embassy in Tokyo. ...
  • Bernardinelli-Bernstein: Largest Known Comet Is Coming to a Sky Near Earth
    2021-07-31 21:56:08 UTC

    Comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein, which is between 100 and 200 km (62-124 miles) across, will make its closest approach to the Sun in 2031, according to an analysis of data from the Dark Energy Survey. It could be the largest member of the Oort Cloud ever detected, and it is the first comet on an incoming path to be detected so far away. ...
  • Study: Foods High in Flavonoids Could Slow Down Cognitive Decline
    2021-09-02 05:28:03 UTC

    A new study shows that people who eat a diet that includes at least half a serving per day of foods high in flavonoids like strawberries, oranges, peppers and apples may have a 20% lower risk of cognitive decline. The research is published in the July 28, 2021, online issue of Neurology the medical journal of the American Academy of Ne...
  • Olympics Reveals Impact of Athlete's Mental Health
    2021-07-28 18:01:46 UTC

    TOKYO (AP) — For decades, they were told to shake it off or toughen up — to set aside the doubt, or the demons, and focus on the task at hand: winning. Dominating. Getting it done. For years, Simone Biles was one of the very best at that. Suddenly — to some, shockingly — she decided she wasn’t in the right headspace. By pulling o...
  • Florida Is Bungling Its COVID-19 Data As Cases Surge
    2021-07-24 18:46:53 UTC

    (AP) — Several states scaled back their reporting of COVID-19 statistics this month just as cases across the country started to skyrocket, depriving the public of real-time information on outbreaks, cases, hospitalizations and deaths in their communities. The shift to weekly instead of daily reporting in Florida, Nebraska, Iowa and ...
  • Great COVID-19 Divergence: Managing an Equitable Recovery in Zimbabwe vs Canada
    2021-07-23 07:04:33 UTC

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — When mother-of-three Amanda Wood heard that hundreds of coronavirus shots were available for teens, only one thing prevented her from racing to the vaccination site at a Toronto high school — her 13-year-old daughter’s fear of needles. Wood told Lola: If you get the vaccine you’ll be able to see your friends...
  • U.S. Government Prepares for a Potential Guantanamo Shutdown
    2021-07-19 17:50:18 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration took a step toward its goal of shutting down the Guantánamo Bay detention center for international terror suspects on Monday, releasing into the custody of his home country a Moroccan who’d been held without charge almost since the U.S. opened the facility 19 years ago. The transfer of Abdu...
  • US-German Relationship Is Entering New Territory
    2021-07-16 03:53:28 UTC

    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) &mdash; Welcoming Angela Merkel to the White House for a final time, President Joe Biden renewed his concerns to the German chancellor Thursday about a major, nearly complete Russia-to-Germany gas pipeline but said they agreed Russia must not be allowed to use energy as a weapon.</p><p>The two discussed &mdash; thoug...
  • Crowds Clash with Police in Cities Across South Africa
    2021-07-14 06:54:09 UTC

    JOHANNESBURG, July 13 (Reuters) - Crowds clashed with police and ransacked or set ablaze shopping malls in cities across South Africa on Tuesday, with dozens of people reported killed, as grievances unleashed by the jailing of ex-president Jacob Zuma boiled over into the worst violence in years. Protests that followed Zuma's arrest ...
  • Biden on Trump: The Big Lie Is Just That, A Big Lie
    2021-07-13 20:18:29 UTC

    PHILADELPHIA — President Joe Biden forcefully defends the integrity of the 2020 United States presidential election: “No other election has ever been held under such scrutiny and such high standards. The big lie is just that, a big lie.” Speaking at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Biden declared that preserving vo...
  • Anti Vaccine Nurse Dies From Covid-19
    2021-07-12 23:41:46 UTC

    A young ER nurse who questioned the safety of vaccines has died of complications from COVID-19. Olivia Guidry, from Lafayette in the US state of Louisiana, died after battling the virus in the intensive care unit for only days, friends say. On July 8, the nurse's sister wrote on Facebook she had a really high fever and a seizure...