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Pro-Trump protestors storm US Capitol building

Pro-Trump protestors storm US Capitol building

  • Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump addressed thousands of supporters, including members of far-right groups, at a rally in Washington.
  • A short walk from the rally, hundreds of Trump supporters overturned barricades and clashed with police on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol where Congress was meeting.
  • The Mayor of Washington DC has declared a citywide curfew starting at 6pm.
Updated 07 Jan, 2021 01:20am
U.S. hits Iran with fresh sanctions as Trump term nears end
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U.S. hits Iran with fresh sanctions as Trump term nears end

  • The United States on Tuesday blacklisted a Chinese company that makes elements for steel production, 12 Iranian steel and metals makers and three foreign-based sales agents of a major Iranian metals and mining holding company.
  • This move sought to deprive Iran of revenues as U.S. President Donald Trump’s term winds down.
Published 06 Jan, 2021 11:00am
Leader of far-right Proud Boys arrested on charges related to pro-Trump protests
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Leader of far-right Proud Boys arrested on charges related to pro-Trump protests

  • On Monday, Washington police arrested the leader of the far-right Proud Boys on the charge of destruction of property related to the pro-Trump protests last month.
  • During his arrest, Tarrio was found to be in possession of two high-capacity firearm magazines, prompting him also to be charged with possessing a high-capacity device, according to the police.
Updated 05 Jan, 2021 12:03pm
Israel, Saudi Arabia reportedly pushing Trump for a strike on Iran ahead of Biden inauguration
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Israel, Saudi Arabia reportedly pushing Trump for a strike on Iran ahead of Biden inauguration

  • Israel and Saudi Arabia are reportedly pushing the Trump Administration to carry out a surgical strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
  • Riyadh and Jerusalem have "exerted heavy pressure on the president to take out Iran's nuclear installations in a surgical strike", in an effort to "sabotage" President-elect Biden's plan to re-enter negotiations with the Iranian regime.
Updated 01 Jan, 2021 12:49pm
President Trump pardons 15 people, including two convicted for Russia probe
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President Trump pardons 15 people, including two convicted for Russia probe

  • On Tuesday, President Donald Trump granted a full pardon to George Papadopoulos, his former campaign aide who pleaded guilty after Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election.
  • These names were listed by the White House in a wave of pre-Christmas pardons, with President Trump granting full pardons to 15 people and commuted (fully or partly) the sentences of an additional five others.
Updated 23 Dec, 2020 11:51am
Israeli envoys fly to Morocco, aim to fortify U.S.-brokered ties
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Israeli envoys fly to Morocco, aim to fortify U.S.-brokered ties

  • On Tuesday, Israel sent envoys to Morocco to meet its king and work on an upgrade of diplomatic ties, which were forged by the White House.
  • Ben-Shabbat and Kushner will see Morocco’s King Mohammed during a two-day trip, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Updated 22 Dec, 2020 07:34pm
Trump administration cuts size of Arctic land offered for oil auction
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Trump administration cuts size of Arctic land offered for oil auction

  • The decision was announced late Friday by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the agency managing the oil lease sale.
  • The BLM said it shrank the size of the lease sale after reviewing comments from drilling opponents worried about the herd of caribou that uses the coastal plain.
Published 21 Dec, 2020 06:33pm
U.S. Congress reaches deal on COVID-19 aid package, plans votes for Monday
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U.S. Congress reaches deal on COVID-19 aid package, plans votes for Monday

  • U.S. congressional leaders reached agreement on Sunday on a $900 billion package to provide the first new aid in months to an economy and individuals battered by the surging coronavirus pandemic.
  • The pandemic will stand as the largest crisis facing Biden’s new administration, although signs of hope have emerged as the United States has begun vaccinating people against the highly contagious respiratory disease.
Published 21 Dec, 2020 11:11am
As pandemic rages across U.S., Congress scrambles to reach relief deal
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As pandemic rages across U.S., Congress scrambles to reach relief deal

  • As the coronavirus pandemic roared to new record highs across the United States, it lit a fire in the U.S. Congress, where Republicans and Democrats were scrambling to pass a new round of aid after months of partisan finger-pointing and inaction.
  • Multiple lawmakers floated the possibility the federal government would run out of money early Saturday morning while the COVID-19 relief negotiations continue.
Updated 18 Dec, 2020 04:27pm
United States hopes for trade deal with UK, Trump's trade chief says
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United States hopes for trade deal with UK, Trump's trade chief says

  • The United States is hopeful of sealing a mini-trade deal with the United Kingdom to reduce tariffs, President Donald Trump’s trade chief, Robert Lighthizer, told the BBC.
  • Lighthizer said he was hopeful for a deal that could see punitive tariffs on Scottish whisky lowered, the BBC said.
Published 17 Dec, 2020 04:31pm
Trump Administration has executed more Americans than all states combined: Report
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Trump Administration has executed more Americans than all states combined: Report

  • Under the Trump Administration, for the first time in United States history, the federal government has executed more American civilians than all the states combined, over the course of a year.
  • Despite the decline in the practice of the death penalty, the Trump Administration formally executed 10 prisoners in 2020, which was in stark contrast to all historical norms.
Updated 16 Dec, 2020 05:03pm