Afghan Refugees

States learning how many Afghan evacuees coming their way


The Biden administration on Wednesday began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many Afghan evacuees from among the first group of nearly 37,000 arrivals are slated to be resettled in their states. California is projected to take more arrivals than any other — more than… Read


Judge rejects delay to defamation suit against Donald Trump


A federal judge on Wednesday rejected a request by lawyers for former President Donald Trump to delay the progression of a defamation lawsuit by a woman who accused him of rape. Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Manhattan issued a brief denial of the request the lawyers made in December to… Read


EU pledges 200 million more COVID vaccine doses to Africa


The European Union’s top official said Wednesday that ramping up COVID-19 vaccinations around the world was the bloc's No. 1 priority right now and committed another 200 million vaccine doses to Africa and low-income nations. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen used her State of the European Union speech… Read


British PM Johnson replaces foreign secretary in cabinet shake-up

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson demoted his top diplomat and fired his education minister in a major government shakeup Wednesday, as he tried to move on from a series of political missteps and revive his promise to “level up” prosperity across the UK. In the biggest move, Johnson demoted Foreign… Read


Pope questions vaccine skeptics, including cardinals


Pope Francis said Wednesday he didn’t understand why people refuse to take COVID-19 vaccines, saying “humanity has a history of friendship with vaccines,” and that serene discussion about the shots was necessary to help them. “Even in the College of Cardinals, there are some negationists,” Francis said Wednesday, en route… Read


As COVID-19 vaccine mandates rise in U.S., religious exemptions grow


An estimated 2,600 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination. In Washington state, thousands of state workers are seeking similar exemptions. And in Arkansas, a hospital has been swamped with so many such requests from employees that it… Read


Report: Most nations fall far short in plans to curb warming

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Nearly every nation is coming up short — most of them far short — in their efforts to fight climate change, and the world is unlikely to hold warming to the internationally agreed-upon limit, according to a new scientific report. Only one nation — tiny Gambia in Africa — is… Read


Yemen separatists declare emergency amid protests in south


Yemen’s southern separatists on Wednesday resorted to emergency measures in a bid to put down growing protests over dire living conditions in areas under their control. Aydarous al-Zubaidi, the head of the separatists’ Southern Transitional Council, declared a state of emergency across Yemen's southern provinces, including the port city of… Read


Sydney to lift 9 p.m. - 5 a.m. curfew but most COVID restrictions remain


Sydney authorities moved to lift curfews for coronavirus hotpots Wednesday, as infection numbers stabilized and vaccination rates surged. Almost three months after activity in Australia's largest city was frozen by lockdown orders, state authorities announced easing restrictions for the worst-hit areas. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the 9… Read


Rival Koreas test missiles hours apart, raising tensions


The rival Koreas test-launched ballistic missiles hours apart from each other on Wednesday in a display of military assets that came amid a faltering diplomatic push to strip North Korea of its nuclear program. South Korea's presidential office said it conducted its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test on Wednesday afternoon.… Read

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