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US: Evictions expected to spike as federal moratorium ends

US: Evictions expected to spike as federal moratorium ends

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Boston, August 2 Evictions, which have mostly been on pause during the pandemic, are expected to ramp up on Monday after the expiration of a federal moratorium as housing courts take up more cases and tenants are locked out of their homes. Housing advocates fear the end of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium could result in millions of people being evicted in the coming weeks. But most expect an uptick in filings in the coming days rather than a wave of evictions. The Biden administration announced Thursday it will allow a nationwide ban to expire. It argued that its hands are tied after the U.S. Supreme Court signaled the moratorium would only be extended until the end of the month. House lawmakers on Friday attempted but, ultimately failed, to pass a bill to ext...
After months of work, US senators unveil $1-trillion infrastructure Bill

After months of work, US senators unveil $1-trillion infrastructure Bill

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Washington, August 1 US senators introduced a sweeping $1-trillion bipartisan plan to invest in roads, bridges, ports, high-speed internet and other infrastructure, with some predicting the chamber could pass this week the largest public works legislation in decades. The massive infrastructure package, a goal that has eluded Congress for years, is a top legislative priority for Democratic President Joe Biden, who billed it on Sunday as the largest such investment in a century. Senators said the 2,702-page Bill included $550 billion in new spending over five years for items such as roads, rail, electric vehicle charging stations and replacing lead water pipes on top of $450 billion in previously approved funds. "I believe we can quickly process relevant amendments and pass this bill in ...
New Zealand to open one-way travel for workers from some Pacific nations

New Zealand to open one-way travel for workers from some Pacific nations

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Wellington, August 2 New Zealand will open up one-way quarantine-free travel for seasonal workers from Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu to address labour shortages in the horticulture industry, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. The quarantine-free arrangement is expected to start from September, Ardern said at a news conference. It will only be available to workers who qualify under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme, which allows the horticulture sector to recruit labour from overseas for seasonal work when there are not enough New Zealand workers. The scheme was suspended after the country shut its borders last year due to COVID-19. "Covid has closed borders and New Zealand like many others experienced workforce shortages," Ardern said. "We know our agriculture sector is ex...
Thousands turn out in Berlin to protest German govt’s anti-coronavirus measures; 600 detained

Thousands turn out in Berlin to protest German govt’s anti-coronavirus measures; 600 detained

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Berlin, August 2 Thousands turned out in Berlin to protest the German government's anti-coronavirus measures despite a ban on the gatherings, leading to clashes with police and the detention of some 600 protesters. Local authorities had banned several different protests this weekend, including one from the Stuttgart-based Querdenker movement, but protesters in Berlin defied the ban. Berlin's police department deployed more than 2,000 officers to try and disperse the protests on Sunday, but it said officers who sought to redirect protesters or disband larger groups were "harassed and attacked". "They tried to break through the police cordon and pull out our colleagues," Berlin police said, adding that officers had to use irritants and batons. As the crowds made their way from Berlin's ...
19-year-old TikTok star dies days after he was shot in US movie theatre

19-year-old TikTok star dies days after he was shot in US movie theatre

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Corona (US), August 2 A young man, who had been on life support after being shot at inside a Southern California movie theatre, has died, police and his family have said. Anthony Barajas, 19, was watching "The Forever Purge" at a theatre in Corona with Rylee Goodrich, 18, on Monday when they were shot in the head. They were found by an employee after the last showing of the night. Goodrich died at the scene. Barajas was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was placed on life support. Police said the shooting appeared to be random and unprovoked. They were working with Riverside County prosecutors to add a second murder count against the suspected shooter, Joseph Jimenez. Jimenez, 20, appeared in Riverside County Superior Court on Friday after being charged with murder in the death of ...
Israel blames Iran for oil tanker attack, Tehran denies charge

Israel blames Iran for oil tanker attack, Tehran denies charge

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Dubai, August 1 Israel's Prime Minister on Sunday directly blamed Iran for a drone attack on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman that killed two persons, making a veiled threat to retaliate as Tehran denied being involved in the assault. The comments by Premier Naftali Bennett and Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh come after the Thursday night strike on the oil tanker Mercer Street. The attack marked the first-known fatal attack after years of assaults on commercial shipping in the region linked to tensions with Iran over its tattered nuclear deal. Know how to hit back The Iranian attackers intended to harm an Israeli target. We know how to convey the message to Iran in our own way. —Naftali Bennett, Israel prime minister Empty accusations It's not the first time...
Outgoing Iran Prez says govt not always truthful

Outgoing Iran Prez says govt not always truthful

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Dubai, August 1 Iran's outgoing President on Sunday acknowledged his nation at times "did not tell part of the truth" to its people during his eight-year tenure, as he prepares to leave office with his signature nuclear deal with world powers in tatters and tensions high with the West. President Hassan Rouhani's comments, aired on state television, come as officials in his government have appeared rudderless in recent months amid a series of crises ranging from the Covid pandemic to parching droughts fueling public protests. After appearing just days earlier to be lectured by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei about their failures in the nuclear negotiations, Rouhani's remarks appeared aimed at acknowledging the problems his government faced in its waning hours. President-elect Ebrah...
Kim’s sister warns S Korea against military drill with US

Kim’s sister warns S Korea against military drill with US

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Seoul, August 1 Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said on Sunday that if South Korea carried out a planned joint military exercise with the US, it would damage the resolve of the two Koreas to rebuild relations, state media KCNA reported. She also said the recent decision to restore hotlines between the two Koreas should not be seen as anything more than reconnecting "physical" ties, and that it would be "thoughtless" to assume that summits were around the corner. Her comments come at a time when North and South Korea are in talks to hold a summit as part of efforts to restore relations. Washington and Seoul are due to hold a joint military drill later in August. The two Koreas, still technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a ceasefire, on Tuesd...
Pakistan finalises law to award new status 
to Gilgit-Baltistan

Pakistan finalises law to award new status to Gilgit-Baltistan

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Islamabad, August 1 Pakistan authorities have finalised a law to award provisional provincial status to strategically located Gilgit-Baltistan, a media report said on Sunday. A newspaper reported that under the proposed law by the Ministry of Law and Justice, the Supreme Appellate Court (SAC) of Gilgit-Baltistan may be abolished and the region's election commission is likely to be merged with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Sources in the law ministry told the newspaper that the draft of the bill titled '26th Constitutional Amendment Bill' had been prepared and submitted to PM Imran Khan. In the first week of July, the prime minister had assigned the task of preparing the law to federal Law Minister Barrister Farogh Naseem. India's stand India has clearly conveyed to P...
China sounds alarm as Delta variant spreads to 18 provinces

China sounds alarm as Delta variant spreads to 18 provinces

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Beijing, August 1 The highly contagious Delta variant of the Covid-19 has raised major concerns in China as it spread to 18 provinces with fresh cases emerging in capital Beijing on Sunday. At least 18 provinces in China have sounded alarm about virus as more than 300 domestic cases were detected in 10 days, posing great challenges to the country as it deals with the worst epidemic in months, official media reported. At least 27 cities in 18 provinces reported more than 300 confirmed cases in recent days, including Beijing, Jiangsu and Sichuan, state-run Global Times reported on Sunday. The number of medium and high-risk regions across the country rose to 95 on Sunday, of which 91 are medium-risk regions and four are high-risk regions, including Dehong Prefecture of Yunnan, Nanjing of ...