Fauci predicts ‘really dark time’ in mid-January if no mitigation in US
09 December 2020 | 5:47 pm
Top infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci warns mid-January to be "a really dark time" for the US unless "substantial mitigation" is carried out, during a press briefing by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases predicts a "surge upon a surge" with Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations coming shortly after Thanksgiving.
US President Joe Biden is meeting with Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy this Monday, resuming talks on raising the government's borrowing limit. Washington has until June 1 to reach a deal before the government runs out of money to pay its bills, which would send shockwaves through the US economy and global financial markets.
While the opposition has framed the 2024 vote as a choice between war and peace, the ruling party has urged voters to choose democracy over authoritarianism.
The US is seeking to deter Pacific island nations from forming security ties with China. Analysts say Pacific countries are forced into a balancing act as they try to safeguard their own interests.
China said claims it was behind hacking attacks targeting US infrastructure networks were part of a "disinformation campaign."
US President Joe Biden has called for a ban on assault weapons as the US marked a year since the Uvalde massacre where 21 lives were lost. A commemoration event was later held in the city where hundreds had gathered.
The governor of Florida announced his bid during a Twitter Spaces with Elon Musk. However, the 2024 presidential pitch was knocked out for large parts by the platform's inability to produce audio.
Exactly three years ago, George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, was killed by a White police officer, Derek Chauvin. Floyd's death triggered widespread protests across the United States and around the world, with calls to end police violence and systemic racism. Chauvin was eventually sentenced to more than 22 years in prison, while the city of Minneapolis reached a $27 million settlement with Floyd's family. Three years after Floyd's murder, how much has changed in the US? Our correspondent reports.
The 2020 murder of George Floyd focused attention on police violence in the United States. Though the officers involved are serving time in prison, efforts to address police racism remain stalled.
The US president vowed that a US debt default would be avoided, as a deadline for agreeing on more borrowing loomed. However, Biden acknowledged remaining differences with Republicans.
The founder of the far-right militia was found guilty of seditious conspiracy late last year. The sentence is the most draconian to date in connection with the US congress attack in January 2021.
The two Los Angeles residents are accused of scheming to revoke the tax-exempt status of a New York-based Falun Gong, an organization banned in China.
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