US: 20,000 Afghan interpreters request asylum
17 July 2021 | 2:39 pm
The White House says some 20,000 people who worked as interpreters for the US during the war in Afghanistan have applied for evacuation.
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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.
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.
Like many European countries, Belgium has been witnessing a crisis in its asylum system for several months. With its welcome centres and public services stretched to breaking point, NGOs are now sounding the alarm. They say more resources are needed to help process the many unaccompanied minors arriving in Belgium, with three quarters coming from Afghanistan.
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.
US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned that inaction on the debt ceiling would "cause severe hardship." The previous estimate for a potential debt default was June 1.
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