The death toll has since climbed up to 43 as protesters call for an end to violence against the Hazara community.
Biden is set to announce the new guidelines, including grants to protect reproductive rights Tuesday.
The opposition Labor Party maintains its lead over the Conservative Party in recent polls, the latest Opinum survey showing a 19-point lead.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said NATO remains in support of Ukraine despite Putin's attempts to deter the alliance in his latest escalatory moves.
US-based Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad said the ongoing protests are a "result of 40 years of women fighting back."
VP Kamala Harris said China has undermined the international rules-based order and that the US will continue to support Taiwan and oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo.
Kyiv said personal sanctions are not enough to punish Russia for staging sham referendums to annex parts of Ukraine.
Two lawmakers briefed by the South Korean intelligence agency said Pyongyang may carry out its nuclear test between October 16 and November 7
The agency is looking to the public for a way to better invoke the Defense Production Act to boost power grid reliability.
The White House announced during its summit on hunger, nutrition, and health that the private sector has made $8 billion in pledges to combat the issue.
Officials from both sides agreed to meet for the first time in seven months to resume talks on the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The Austrian foreign ministry said the referendums in occupied territories are illegitimate and will not be recognized along with Russia's annexation.
The Iranian-American national convicted of spying charges was allowed release from prison on a one-week furlough.
US VP Kamala Harris launches task force to target online harassment following mass shootings
US Vice President Kamala Harris launched a task force this week that would tackle online harassment. The task force would make good on a campaign promise by President Joe Biden following the recent mass shootings that proved the link between online harassment and violence.
Harris inaugurated the task force Thursday. The group is given six months to draft a plan that outlines the actions to address the issue, including additional support for victims, prevention, and better accountability for aggressors and the platforms that host the aggressors.
Senior administration officials said the group would be co-chaired by the White House Gender Policy Council and the National Security Council. Attorney General Merrick Garland, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and tennis player Sloane Stephens were present at the inaugural event.
“This affects all of us if it’ll affect one of us,” said Harris in her remarks during the task force’s inauguration. “We, therefore, all of us, have a responsibility to stand together, to support those who have gone through this but to also recognize they shouldn’t have to be alone fighting on this issue.”
The formation of the task force follows the horrific mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where the gunman, Salvador Ramos, reportedly posted violent content online before carrying out the massacre. 19 children and two adults were killed in an elementary school.
Prior to the shooting, Ramos apparently threatened to rape girls and shoot up schools in his posts on the social media platform Yubo.
“It’s imperative that we commit to better understanding and addressing the nexus between online misogyny and radicalization to violence,” said a senior administration official.
Harris also announced Thursday the expansion of a federal program that provides healthcare coverage for low-income women for up to one year after giving birth. Three more states were given access to the program: Maine, Minnesota, and New Mexico, as well as Washington DC.
The program provides health benefits such as pelvic exams, vaccinations, and screenings for qualified families through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The Biden administration estimated that around 250,000 parents are qualified to be part of the program. Nine more states have applied to take part in the effort.
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