US Vice President Kamala Harris announced over $1 billion in grants for states to prepare for and respond to calamities caused by climate change.
The UK defense ministry said in an intelligence update that Russian forces are still focusing their tactical assault in the Bakhmut area of eastern Ukraine.
The negotiations between Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines follows China's military drills near the island.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington opposes any effort to unilaterally change the status quo on Taiwan and that the US policy has not changed.
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Many Afghans were reportedly surprised to know about the strike on the al Qaeda leader, amidst a reluctance to speak out under the Taliban.
The regional governor said Ukrainian forces successfully recaptured 53 villages in the Russian-occupied Kherson region.
British foreign secretary Truss said the public wants the government to focus on other key issues instead of taxes on foods deemed unhealthy.
Kyiv said it was forced to abandon territories deemed defensive positions as Russian forces gear up for new offensive in the south.
The junta charged Japanese journalist Toru Kubota with encouraging dissent against the military and breaching immigration laws.
The current chair of the ASEAN bloc said Myanmar would not be represented in the upcoming summit this week, following the junta's decline of the proposal to send a non-political envoy.
DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, who was implicated in the ongoing Jan. 6 probe, was revealed to have violated ethics rules in his previous government post.
Kamala Harris assures of federal relief for Americans affected by snowstorm in Texas
Residents in southern states, especially in Texas, are currently experiencing a snowstorm unlike any other that has resulted in many losing heat and electricity. With the Biden administration’s approval of a declaration of emergency in the state, Vice President Kamala Harris assured Texas residents that federal relief is coming.
Appearing on the Today show on NBC Wednesday, Harris assured Americans residing in Texas that federal relief is on the way. Harris reiterated Joe Biden’s approval to declare a statewide emergency in Texas, authorizing federal agencies in charge to attend to the state. Aside from the assurance of federal emergency aid, Harris also echoed Biden’s pledge to increase vaccine production and distribution by July.
“I just want to mention all of those folks in Texas and the mid-Atlantic,” said the Vice President. “I know they can’t see us right now because they’re without electricity, but the president and I are thinking of them, and really hope we can do everything that is possible through the signing of the emergency orders to get federal relief to support them.”
When it came to the COVID-19 vaccines, Harris touted the speed of the federal government delivering vaccines to the states at a rate the White House has pegged at 13.5 million doses a week. This has increased by 57 percent since the inauguration. When pressed on the guideline by the CDC saying that teachers may be able to return to work even without getting the jab, Harris said that the White House felt that teachers should be among those ahead of the line for COVID-19 vaccine doses. Teachers’ unions have already expressed concerns regarding Biden’s plan for schools in the coming months that it may expose them to the coronavirus.
This week, Harris also reached out to another world leader, French President Emmanuel Macron. The White House released the readout of her phone conversation with the French leader, with Harris expressing the commitment the US has with its allies and towards reviving the transatlantic alliance. Prior to Macron, Harris spoke with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
In the phone conversation, Harris and Macron agreed on the need for global cooperation towards fighting the ongoing pandemic, addressing climate change, and fighting for democracy all over the world.