Biden tells Congress US ‘moving forward’ amid pandemic

United States President Joe Biden delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, telling Americans that the country is “moving forward” again, after the coronavirus pandemic claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives and crippled the country’s economy. “After just 100 days, I can report to the nation: America is … Read more

India surpasses 200,000 COVID deaths amid record spike: Live news

India has surpassed the grim milestone of more than 200,000 deaths caused by the COVID-19 disease as a devastating second wave of  infections overwhelms the South Asian nation’s under-funded healthcare system. Hospitals across the country are reporting a shortage of medical oxygen and beds. Even crematoriums are running out of space, with funerals held in … Read more

Fighting erupts in eastern Myanmar near Thai border

Some of the most intense fighting in Myanmar since the country’s seized power in a coup on February 1 erupted in eastern Myanmar near the Thai border early on Tuesday, as ethnic minority Karen insurgents attacked an army outpost. The clash came as the generals said they would “positively” consider suggestions from the Association of … Read more

UK COVID aid reaches India, Australia suspends flights: Live news

India’s new coronavirus cases have stayed above 300,000 for a sixth consecutive day on Tuesday, while its armed forces pledged urgent medical aid to help battle the staggering spike in infections overwhelming its hospitals and even the crematoriums. Many countries including the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States have pledged to send urgent medical aid, … Read more

Jury considers verdict in murder trial of Derek Chauvin

Minneapolis, Minnesota – The jury in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over the murder of Black man George Floyd has begun to consider its verdict, with the city of Minneapolis on edge ahead of the decision. The court heard closing arguments on Monday, with prosecutor Steve Schleicher summarising the state’s position that Chauvin used excessive … Read more