U.S. weighs new COVID rules for travelers from China

U.S. weighs new COVID rules for travelers from China

Dec 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. government may impose new COVID-19 measures on travelers to the United States from China over concerns about the “lack of transparent data” coming from Beijing, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The move comes after Japan, India and Malaysia announced stepped up rules on travelers from China in the last … Read more

Bankman-Fried’s criminal case assigned to judge in Trump, Prince Andrew cases

Bankman-Fried’s criminal case assigned to judge in Trump, Prince Andrew cases

Dec 27 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried’s criminal case over the collapse of his FTX cryptocurrency exchange has been reassigned to a judge recently known for handling defamation lawsuits against former U.S. President Donald Trump and a sexual abuse lawsuit against Britain’s Prince Andrew. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan replaces his colleague Ronnie Abrams, who recused … Read more

Arizona governor-elect asks court to sanction election denier Lake

Arizona governor-elect asks court to sanction election denier Lake

Dec 26 (Reuters) – Arizona’s Democratic Governor-elect Katie Hobbs asked a court on Monday to sanction defeated Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake over her failed effort to overturn the state’s election results. An Arizona judge on Saturday rejected Lake’s lawsuit that challenged the counting and certification of the November electoral contest in a bid to … Read more

Capitol riot panel’s final report sets out case to try Trump

Capitol riot panel’s final report sets out case to try Trump

WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – The congressional panel probing the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol released its final report late on Thursday, outlining its case that former U.S. President Donald Trump should face criminal charges of inciting the deadly riot. The House of Representatives Select Committee also made public the transcripts of … Read more

COVID border restrictions on migrants to stay after U.S. Supreme Court order

COVID border restrictions on migrants to stay after U.S. Supreme Court order

WASHINGTON/CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said COVID-era restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border that have prevented hundreds of thousands of migrants from seeking asylum should be kept in place for now, siding with Republicans who brought a legal challenge. The restrictions, known as Title 42, were implemented under … Read more

Brittney Griner says she will advocate for Americans detained abroad, resume career

Brittney Griner says she will advocate for Americans detained abroad, resume career

Dec 16 (Reuters) – U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner, who on Friday left an Army medical center where she had been recuperating following her release from a Russian penal colony as part of a prisoner swap, said she would work to help bring other detained Americans home and planned to resume her WNBA career. Griner, … Read more

Biden says U.S. is ‘all in’ on Africa’s future

Biden says U.S. is ‘all in’ on Africa’s future

WASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden announced an agreement aimed at bolstering trade ties between the United States and Africa on Wednesday after years in which the continent took a back seat to other U.S. priorities as China made inroads with investments and trade. “The United States is ‘all in’ on Africa’s future,” … Read more

U.S. lawmakers unveil bipartisan bid to ban China’s TikTok

U.S. lawmakers unveil bipartisan bid to ban China’s TikTok

WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Tuesday announced bipartisan legislation to ban China’s popular social media app TikTok, ratcheting up pressure on owner ByteDance Ltd amid U.S. fears the app could be used to spy on Americans and censure content. The legislation would block all transactions from any social media company … Read more

Election denier Kari Lake sues Arizona elections officials

Election denier Kari Lake sues Arizona elections officials

Dec 10 (Reuters) – Defeated Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake sued Arizona elections officials on Friday to challenge the counting and certification of the November electoral contest and ask to be declared the winner despite a lack of evidence of voter fraud. The suit targets Lake’s Democratic opponent, Governor-elect Katie Hobbs, currently Arizona’s secretary of … Read more

U.S. House overwhelmingly approves bill backing record military spending

U.S. House overwhelmingly approves bill backing record military spending

WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives backed legislation on Thursday paving the way for the defense budget to hit a record $858 billion next year, $45 billion more than proposed by President Joe Biden. The House passed the compromise version of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, an annual must-pass … Read more