Palm Oil: Consuming Sweat and Blood
2020-09-25 02:21:38 UTC
PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic.
Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his Indonesian pa...
Trump Apparently Plans to Sabotage U.S. Election
2020-08-13 19:56:52 UTC
<p>WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he opposes additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service, acknowledging that his position would starve the agency of money Democrats say it needs to process an anticipated surge in mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pan...
New Poll: Majority of Scots Want Independence From UK
2020-08-13 07:05:31 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - A majority of Scots support independence from the United Kingdom, a YouGov poll found on Wednesday, with support for nationalists bolstered by a much more positive view of how they have responded to COVID-19 compared with London.
The poll for the Times newspaper found that 5...
A Strong Kamala Harris Delivers Powerful Speech as VP Candidate
2020-08-12 22:30:42 UTC
<p>WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Democrat Kamala Harris made her campaign-trail debut as Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate on Wednesday, criticizing Republican Donald Trump for mismanaging the coronavirus pandemic and making an urgent argument for a Biden administration. </p><p...
Obama on Harris as VP: Now Let's Go Win This Thing
2020-08-12 22:30:32 UTC
Former President Barack Obama has led congratulations to Senator Kamala Harris on her selection by Joe Biden as his running mate.
Mr Obama released a statement lauding Senator Harris’ career and inspirational life story. He called her an ideal partner for Mr Biden and said that his former vice...
Kamala Harris Makes History as the First Black Woman on a Major Presidential Ticket
2020-08-12 22:30:20 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Months after her presidential campaign collapsed amid questions over her political identity, Kamala Harris suddenly and forcefully found her voice – and at a fortuitous time.
Harris, a 55-year-old U.S. senator from California, was chosen by Democratic presidential candid...
Biden Chooses Kamala Harris as Running Mate
2020-08-12 22:30:07 UTC
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald T...
Collapse of Stimulus Talks: A Last-Ditch Effort by Democrats Ended in Disappointment
2020-08-07 22:06:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A last-ditch effort by Democrats to revive collapsing Capitol Hill talks on vital COVID-19 rescue money ended in disappointment on Friday, making it increasingly likely that Washington gridlock will mean more hardship for millions of people who are losing enhanced jobless benefi...
Nancy Pelosi Slams Trump's Team: I Don't Think They Know What They're Talking About
2020-08-12 22:26:34 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump huddled at the White House Thursday with the Senate’s top Republican, searching for a way forward on vital COVID-19 rescue money, while Trump’s top bargainers returned to Capitol Hill amid increasing concern that negotiations with Democrats might collapse....
Pelosi Has "No Confidence in WH Coronavirus Task Force"
2020-08-12 22:24:40 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday she does not have confidence in White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, linking her to disinformation about the virus spread by President Donald Trump.
“I think the president has been spreading disin...
Biden Slams Trump/GOP, Demands to Fix Unemployment Benefits
2020-08-12 22:25:37 UTC
WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Saturday slammed Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for letting the Senate go home for the weekend without a deal to extend the unemployment benefits or protect renters facing eviction.
“Because Donald Trump is abdicati...
WH Signals Willingness to Accept Keeping $600 Benefit For Now
2020-08-06 03:25:39 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and some of its Republican allies in the Senate are signaling they want to extend, at least temporarily, a $600-per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped keep families and the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. The move looks to be too little, t...
GOP Has Left Millions of Out-of-Work Americans in Limbo
2020-08-12 22:27:39 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday that Republicans were set to roll out the next COVID-19 aid package Monday and assured there was backing from the White House after he and President Donald Trump’s top aide met to salvage the $1 trillion proposal that had floundere...
UK Death Toll Edges Close to 50,000: Boris Johnson Says "Maybe There Were Things We Could Have Done Differently"
2020-07-25 00:23:45 UTC
<p>LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been criticised for acting too slowly in the COVID-19 pandemic, said on Friday there may have been things he could have done differently. </p><p>He has pledged to hold an inquiry into his handling of the coronavirus crisis b...
A Look at Comet Neowise
2020-07-24 19:31:19 UTC
LINVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The newly discovered comet Neowise is only visible from Earth once every 6,800 years, and photographers who want to document it seek places with high elevation and little smog or light pollution. A place like North Carolina’s famed Grandfather Mountain.
On a recent weeken...
Biden and Warren Get together, Take Aim at Trump
2020-08-12 22:28:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden accused Elizabeth Warren last year of holding an “angry, unyielding viewpoint.” She embraced that label and slammed Biden as “naive” for thinking he could work with Republicans as president. She warned Democrats against picking a “Washington insider” and pointedly refu...
Speaker Nancy Pelosi Says Trump Will Be 'Fumigated Out' of Office
2020-08-12 22:29:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. Democrat said on Monday that Donald Trump might not like the outcome of the Nov. 3 presidential election but reminded the Republican president that he will have to vacate the White House if he loses.
“There is a process. It has nothing to do with if the cert...
UK Covid-19 Vaccine Shows Promising Results
2020-07-20 19:18:54 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental coronavirus vaccine has been shown in an early trial to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot.
British researchers first began testing the vaccine in April in about 1,000 people, half of w...
WHO Warns "No Return to Normal, It’s Going to Get Worse and Worse and Worse”
2020-07-13 21:48:19 UTC
MIAMI (AP) — The resurgence of the coronavirus in the United States ignited fierce debate Monday about whether to reopen schools, as global health officials warned that the pandemic will intensify unless more countries adopt comprehensive plans to combat it.
“If the basics aren’t followed, the...
COVID-19-Infected Brazil's Bolsonaro Says It's Just a “Little Flu”
2020-07-07 16:46:22 UTC
<p>RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday he has tested positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying the virus’ severity. </p><p>Bolsonaro confirmed the test results while wearing a mask and speaking to reporters in capital Brasilia, and s...
Trump Attempts to Deport International Students If Their Classes Are Online
2020-07-06 23:00:50 UTC
<p>NEW YORK (Reuters) - Foreign students must leave the United States if their school’s classes this fall will be taught completely online or transfer to another school with in-person instruction, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced on Monday. </p><p>It ...
Coronavirus Could Be Spread by Tiny Particles in the Air
2020-07-06 19:27:19 UTC
GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) is reviewing a report that suggested its advice on the novel coronavirus needs updating, after some scientists told the New York Times there was evidence the virus could be spread by tiny particles in the air.
The WHO says the COVID-19 dis...
First Industrialized Country: Germany Leaves Behind Both Nuclear Energy and Coal
2020-07-04 03:02:11 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers have finalized the country’s long-awaited phase-out of coal as an energy source, backing a plan that environmental groups say isn’t ambitious enough and free marketeers criticize as a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Bills approved by both houses of parliament Friday e...
Russians Approve Putin to Hold Power Until 2036
2020-07-01 19:47:23 UTC
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian voters approved changes to the constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin to hold power until 2036, but the weeklong plebiscite that concluded Wednesday was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities.
With the nation’s polls ...
U.S. Intel Officials Warned White House of Russian Bounties in 2019
2020-06-30 18:44:14 UTC
Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelli...