Unemployment benefits expire for millions without pushback from Biden

Expanded unemployment benefits that have kept millions of Americans afloat during the pandemic expired Monday, setting up an abrupt cutoff of assistance to 7.5 million people as the delta variant rattles the pandemic recovery. The end of the aid came without objection from President Joe Biden and his top economic advisers, who have become caught … Read more

COVID hospitalisation rate for children soars in US

Pediatric hospitalisations for COVID-19 have soared over the summer as the highly contagious delta variant spread across the United States, according to two new studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From late June to mid-August, hospitalisation rates in the United States for children and teenagers increased nearly fivefold, although they remain slightly … Read more

Member of Islamic State group ‘Beatles’ cell plans to plead guilty in abuse of hostages

A notorious British member of the Islamic State group who is facing federal charges over accusations that he helped jail and tortured Western hostages is preparing to plead guilty, according to a court notice filed late Tuesday. A terse filing in the public docket for the case against the man, Alexanda Kotey, announced the scheduling … Read more

American University of Kabul students and alumni trying to flee were sent home

Hundreds of students and alumni of the American University of Kabul gathered at a safe house Sunday and boarded buses in what was supposed to be a final attempt at evacuation on US military flights, students and alumni said. But after seven hours of waiting for clearance to enter the airport gates and driving around … Read more

Biden to Israeli PM: U.S. has options if Iran nuclear diplomacy fails

President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in White House talks on Friday that he was putting “diplomacy first” to try to rein in Iran’s nuclear program but that if negotiations fail he would be prepared to turn to other unspecified options. After a one-day delay due to a deadly suicide bombing in … Read more

US Supreme Court Ends Biden’s Eviction Moratorium

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the Biden administration’s latest moratorium on evictions, ending a political and legal dispute during a public health crisis in which the administration’s shifting positions had subjected it to criticism from adversaries and allies alike. The court issued an eight-page majority opinion, an unusual move in a ruling on an … Read more

Relief, and worry, for arrivals from Afghanistan

Thousands of Afghan refugees and Americans have arrived in the Washington region in the past few days, finding shelter and a sense of relief after shuffling from country to country and sometimes fending off violent attacks from the Taliban while fleeing Kabul. At Dulles International Airport on Wednesday, Afghans were processed and tested for the … Read more

Legitimacy of any future Afghan govt depends on Taliban’s approach to prevent nation from being ‘base for terrorism’, says Joe Biden

The G-7 countries are united on its stand on Taliban and they agreed that the legitimacy of any future government in Afghanistan depends on the armed group’s approach to prevent the war-torn nation from being used as a “base for terrorism”, US President Joe Biden has said. Biden’s remarks on Tuesday came hours after a … Read more

US says it is focused on completing evacuation from Afghanistan by Aug. 31

However, a final decision to extend the evacuation mission from the Kabul airport would be taken by US President Joe Biden, according to officials from the White House, the State Department and the Pentagon. “Ultimately, it will be the President’s decision how these proceeds, no one else’s,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters at … Read more