Scientists urge global action after ‘historic’ US climate bill.

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 2225 EAT on Monday 8th August 2022. Scientists welcomed the passing of US President Joe Biden’s “historic” climate bill while calling for other major emitters – namely the European Union – to follow suit and implement ambitious plans to slash emissions. The bill, which would see an unprecedented $370bn invested in…

Abu Akleh: Official suggests US not seeking independent probe.

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 0757 EAT on Friday 5th August 2022. Despite growing calls for an independent probe into the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akle, who was fatally shot by Israeli forces in May, a top US official has suggested that Washington does not back such an investigation. At a hearing…

US Justice Department sues Idaho over abortion ban.

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 1415 EAT on Wednesday 3rd August 2022. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has sued Idaho over the state’s near-total ban on abortion, saying the stringent ban denies pregnant women potentially life saving medical care , and therefore “directly conflicts” with federal law. The DOJ announced the lawsuit on…

US VP Harris to announce $1bn to states for floods, extreme heat.

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 0755 EAT on Tuesday 2nd August 2022. Kamala Harris, the vice president of the United States, has called climate change an “immediate” and “urgent” crisis as she detailed Biden administration efforts to respond to disasters such as the deadly flooding in kentucky and wildfires ravaging her home state of…

US weekly jobless claims unexpectedly jump to 8-month high.

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 1659 EAT on Thursday 21st July 2022. Applications for US state unemployment insurance rose for a third week to the highest since November as more companies announce job cuts, suggesting some softening in the labor market. Initial unemployment claims increased by 7,000 to 251,000 in the week ended July…

UAE arrests Khashoggi’s US lawyer on money laundering charges.

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 2309 EAT on Sunday 17th July 2022. Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have arrested an American citizen and civil rights lawyer who previously served as a lawyer for slain journalist jamal khashogi, according to an official and a United States-based rights group. A UAE government official confirmed to the…

US jobless claims rose last week to highest since January.

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 2105 EAT on Thursday 7th July 2022. Applications for jobless aid for the week ending July 2 rose to 235,000, up 4,000 from the previous week, US data shows. More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week and while layoffs remain low, it was the fifth consecutive week that…

US opens criminal probe after 51 people die in Texas truck.

Joe Biden condemns ‘horrifying and heartbreaking’ deaths as driver of truck and two Mexican men tied to the smuggling incident are taken into custody. Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 0953 EAT on Wednesday 29th June 2022. Authorities in the United States have opened a criminal investigation into deaths of at least 51 people  who…

Leader of Mexican megachurch sentenced in US for chiled sex abuse.

Updated by Faith Barbara Namagembe at 1348 EAT on Thursday 9th June 2022. Naason Joaquin Garcia, head of a church with five million followers, has been sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison. The head of a Mexico-based mega church has been sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison in the United States for sexually abusing three…