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US, UK Covid-19 deaths hit daily records as vaccinations get underway

Washington - The United States and Britain endured their worst day of the pandemic as countries around the world tightened virus restrictions on Wednesday and mass vaccination campaigns got under way.

Once Trump is impeached (again), what's next?

Washington - With the US House of Representatives poised to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time -- just days before he is to leave office -- questions are being raised about what happens next.

Trump impeached for unprecedented second time

Washington - Donald Trump became the first US president in history to be impeached twice when the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to charge him with inciting last week's mob attack on Congress.

Japan expands virus emergency, tightens border restrictions

Apo - Japan expanded a coronavirus state of emergency on Wednesday to seven more regions -- including Osaka and Kyoto -- and also tightened border restrictions as infections surge nationwide.

Uber and Lyft drivers challenge California 'gig worker' ballot

San Francisco - Drivers for ride-share and meal delivery apps filed a lawsuit Tuesday to nullify a referendum passed by California voters that lets such "gig workers" be treated as contractors.

First US federal execution of woman in decades

Washington - An American woman was put to death by lethal injection Wednesday, becoming the first female to be executed by US federal authorities in nearly seven decades.

YouTube suspends Trump channel for week over violence fears

Washington - Google-owned YouTube on Tuesday temporarily suspended President Donald Trump's channel and removed a video for violating its policy against inciting violence, joining other social media platforms in banning his accounts after last week's Capitol riot.

Turbulent Trump diplomacy ends with scrapped Europe, Taiwan trips

Washington - The United States called off last-minute trips by top envoys to its allies in Europe and Taiwan on Tuesday in a sudden diplomatic volte-face during the chaotic swansong days of the Trump administration.

US Covid-19 deaths hit daily record as China rushes to contain outbreaks

Washington - The United States has endured its worst day of the pandemic, with three Americans dying every minute, as China took decisive steps on Wednesday to stamp out a tiny coronavirus outbreak.

Deserted, boarded up, fenced off: Washington is barely recognizable

Washington - Walking through central Washington, it is difficult to distinguish between those buildings boarded up due to pandemic closures, and those boarded up due to riots.

Activists call for YouTube to dump Trump channel

San Francisco - An activist group on Tuesday called for YouTube to join other social media platforms in dumping US President Donald Trump, threatening an advertising boycott campaign.

'So much death': LA hospital reels at center of Covid storm

Los Angeles - Deep within a South Los Angeles hospital, a row of elderly Hispanic men lay hooked up to ventilators -- their bodies resting in induced comas -- while nurses clad in spacesuit-style respirators checked their patients' bleeping monitors in the otherwise...

VP Pence rejects invoking 25th Amendment to oust Trump

Washington - US Vice President Mike Pence told House leaders Tuesday he does not support invoking the 25th Amendment process to remove Donald Trump, all but guaranteeing an impeachment vote against the besieged president.

Aswan High Dam: Nasser's dream, Nubian nightmare

Apo - It was the dream of Egypt's pan-Arab nationalist president Gamal Abdel Nasser, but the inauguration of the Aswan High Dam 50 years ago came at a big cost.

US struggles to confront far right threat

Washington - The violent assault on the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump underscored how unready the United States is to confront its growing right-wing extremist threat, despite years of warnings.

Pompeo and US UN envoy scrap trips to Europe, Taiwan

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled his final official visit to Europe, while Washington's UN envoy scrapped a trip to Taiwan, officials said Tuesday, as President Donald Trump faces an impeachment vote in Congress.

Trump, unapologetic but bleeding support, faces impeachment

Washington - A defiant Donald Trump rejected blame Tuesday for a deadly assault on Congress by his supporters, but cracks emerged in the president's Republican support with several now backing his removal on the eve of an all-but-certain historic second impeachment...

VOA under fire for reassigning reporter over question to Pompeo

Washington - Voice of America's management came under fire Tuesday across party lines after reassigning a journalist who attempted to pose a question to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

UN hoping for violence-free Biden inauguration

New York - The United Nations on Tuesday called on political leaders including US President Donald Trump not to incite violence, as Washington prepares for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

In final Trump chaos, Pompeo loyal to the end

Washington - Donald Trump in his final days in the White House has seen cabinet members quit, his vice president for the first time take a distance and some members of his party support impeachment.
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