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David Miliband charity pushes ‘white supremacy culture’, workers allege

International Rescue Committee hires law firm to review internal policies as leadership accused of ‘belittling and gaslighting’ staffThe International Rescue Committee reinforces “white supremacy culture”, staff have alleged, with the aid organization subsequently hiring a law firm to review its policies relating to discrimination, harassment and retaliation, the Guardian can reveal.Headed by former UK foreign secretary David Miliband, the IRC is a major NGO with 20,000 staff and volunteers and ...
Tags: Politics, UK, New York, Africa, US, Society, UK News, World news, US news, David Miliband, Aid, Global development, International Rescue Committee, NGO, IRC


‘It’s brutal’: Las Vegas cooks amid blazing heatwave – and it’s going to get worse

Tourists line the air-conditioned casino labyrinths amid record temperatures – but many locals are not able to take cover indoorsBy midnight on Wednesday, two days into a scorching heat wave to hit the US west, the air in Las Vegas had barely cooled.Throughout the day and for the days that followed, temperatures in the desert city hovered close to historic highs, peaking at 116 degrees Fahrenheit (46.6 Celsius), and setting a new record for such dangerously hot weather so early in the year. Mean...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, US, Water, Drought, World news, US news, Las Vegas, Nevada, Climate crisis in the American west


Covid ‘remains a serious and deadly threat’ for unvaccinated people, Biden says – as it happened

President hails 300m vaccine doses administered since JanuaryMike Pence heckled at conservative Christian summit in FloridaMcConnell says voting rights proposal is ‘rotten to the core’The inner circle egging on Trump and fueling his election lie 1.00am BST – Joan E Greve and Maanvi Singh 12.48am BST The history of the race massacre in Elaine, Arkansas, has always been contested.It is widely accepted that in 1919, a group of white men, with the backing of federal troops, tortured and kill...
Tags: Republicans, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, US Senate, US Congress, Biden, Trump, Mike Pence, Elaine, Maanvi Singh, Joan E Greve, Elaine Arkansas, Coronavirus


Covid ‘remains a serious and deadly threat’ for unvaccinated people, Biden says – live

President hails 300m vaccine doses administered since JanuaryMike Pence heckled at conservative Christian summit in FloridaMcConnell says voting rights proposal is ‘rotten to the core’The inner circle egging on Trump and fueling his election lie 8.18pm BST Joe Biden took a couple questions from reporters after concluding his prepared remarks on his administration’s coronavirus vaccination efforts.One reporter asked the president for his response to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops takin...
Tags: Republicans, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, US Senate, Catholic, US Congress, Biden, Trump, Mike Pence, U S Catholic, U S Conference of Catholic Bishops, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Coronavirus


Mike Pence heckled with chants of ‘traitor!’ at conservative Christian conference – live

Former vice-president jeered at Faith & Freedom summitMcConnell says voting rights proposal is ‘rotten to the core’The inner circle egging on Trump and fueling his election lie 7.20pm BST More than 300 coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered since Joe Biden took office in January, the White House announced in a press release.“Today, thanks to the President’s COVID-19 strategy, the virus is in retreat. 300 million shots have been administered in 150 days, COVID-19 cases and deaths ha...
Tags: Republicans, Senate, White House, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, Alaska, US Senate, US Congress, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence, Interior


Daredevil motorbike rider Alex Harvill dies during world-record jump practice

Harvill, 28, crashed during warm-up in Washington stateAutopsy to be performed Friday after Harvill fell from bikeAn experienced motorcycle stunt rider was killed in Washington state as he practiced for an attempt at a world record jump. Related: Republicans slap down Manchin’s voting rights compromise – US politics live Continue reading...
Tags: Washington, US, World news, US news, Washington State, Manchin, Harvill, Alex Harvill


Republicans slap down Manchin’s voting rights compromise – US politics live

Mitch McConnell says proposal is ‘rotten to the core’Manchin’s plan tries to attract bipartisan support in Senate 2.25pm BST Christopher Staudinger reports for the Louisiana Illuminator and Floodlight, a nonprofit that partners with the Guardian:One morning in September, word of layoffs began to spread quickly through Marathon Petroleum’s refinery in the small industrial community of Garyville, Louisiana. Related: A US oil company cut nearly 2,000 jobs – and reaped $2.1bn in pandemic benef...
Tags: Washington, Senate, US, America, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, Mitch McConnell, US Senate, US Congress, Manchin, Marathon Petroleum, Garyville Louisiana, Christopher Staudinger


Digested week: I’ve belatedly become an American. Congratulations, people say | Emma Brockes

It’s a good week to feel positive about my adopted country, or at least the corner of it that we inhabit“You can’t wear that!” says a scandalised six-year-old, looking at a pair of trousers I have pulled from the drawer. With effortless conservatism redolent of my child’s nationality from birth – and one which, today, I’m belatedly adopting – she begs me to put on a dress. I find something black and woollen and adjourn downtown to become an American. Continue reading...
Tags: New York, World news, US news, Emma Brockes


Joe Biden’s foreign foray is all about shoring up democracy – in the US | Henry Farrell

The president’s visit to Europe isn’t about trade deals but repairing US domestic politicsDuring his first trip abroad as US president last week, Joe Biden kept telling Europe that “the US is back”. Before the G7 meeting, Biden signed a new Atlantic charter with Boris Johnson that agreed to protect democracy and open societies. After Cornwall, he went on to more meetings in Brussels with the European Union, as well as a Nato summit and a head to head with Vladimir Putin in Geneva. Past president...
Tags: Europe, Vladimir Putin, US, Eu, European Union, UK News, Joe Biden, US news, Atlantic, US politics, Nato, Cornwall, Geneva, Boris Johnson, Brussels, Biden


Golden Globes: two members resign from ‘toxic’ Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Wenting Xu and Diederik van Hoogstraten cite resistance to change, watered down diversity rules and a culture of fearTwo members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the body that organises the Golden Globes, have resigned, denouncing the organisation as “toxic” in a letter obtained by the LA Times.In their letter, Wenting Xu and Diederik van Hoogstraten said that “staying inside the association is no longer tenable for us”. They list a number of reasons, including that “the majori...
Tags: Film, World news, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Golden Globes, Hfpa, LA Times, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Hollywood Foreign Press Association HFPA, Diederik van Hoogstraten, Wenting Xu


A US oil company cut nearly 2,000 jobs – and reaped $2.1bn in pandemic benefits

Marathon Petroleum received more tax benefits than any other US oil company while also cutting about 9% of its workforceOne morning in September, word of layoffs began to spread quickly through Marathon Petroleum’s refinery in small industrial community of Garyville, Louisiana.Seven months into the pandemic, workers at the oil refining plant thought they would be spared the fate of their colleagues at other facilities, who had already been jettisoned into a daunting job market. Continue reading....
Tags: Business, Environment, US, World news, Commodities, US news, Louisiana, Marathon Petroleum, Garyville Louisiana


Joe Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday – as it happened

‘Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments,’ president says‘It is time to move forward,’ Biden says after supreme court decisionSupreme court votes 7-2, preserving healthcare for millionsHouse votes to repeal measure that gave Bush authority to invade IraqNew York grand jury stores up trouble for Trump Organization executives 1.01am BST 12.16am BST A Republican congressman “ran as quickly as he could, like a coward” when a police officer injured in the attack on Congress on ...
Tags: Republicans, Congress, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Cnn, Democrats, US politics, House Of Representatives, US Senate, US Congress, Biden, Bush, Capitol, Trump Organization, Andrew Clyde


Juneteenth becomes federal holiday celebrating end of slavery in US

Biden signs bill at jubilant ceremony as US takes steps to confront shameful historyThe US will officially recognize Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in America, as a federal holiday after Joe Biden signed a bill into law on Thursday.At a jubilant White House ceremony, the president emphasized the need for the US to reckon with its history, even when that history is shameful. Continue reading...
Tags: White House, Race, US, America, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, US Congress, Biden, Kamala Harris, Juneteenth


Joe Biden signs bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday – live

‘Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments,’ president says‘It is time to move forward,’ Biden says after supreme court decisionSupreme court votes 7-2, preserving healthcare for millionsHouse votes to repeal measure that gave Bush authority to invade IraqNew York grand jury stores up trouble for Trump Organization executives 9.23pm BST Now that Joe Biden has signed the Juneteenth bill, June 19 officially becomes a federal holiday just two days before America commemorates the end...
Tags: Republicans, White House, US, America, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, House Of Representatives, US Senate, US Congress, Biden, Bush, Trump Organization, US Office of Personnel Management


Obama says ACA ‘is here to stay’ after supreme court dismisses Republican challenge – live

Supreme court votes 7-2, preserving healthcare for millions House votes to repeal measure that gave Bush authority to invade IraqCongress approves Juneteenth as a federal holidayNew York grand jury stores up trouble for Trump Organization executives 7.25pm BST Joe Biden had a somewhat cheekier response on Twitter to the supreme court’s decision to dismiss the Obamacare challenge.“A big win for the American people,” the president said in a tweet. He also encouraged Americans to sign up for a ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Obama, Republicans, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, House, House Of Representatives, US Senate, US Congress, Bush, Trump Organization, Juneteenth, Today 's Supreme Court


US supreme court upholds Obamacare, preserving healthcare for millions – live

Supreme court dismisses challenge brought by Republican-led statesCongress approves Juneteenth as a federal holidayAll 14 ‘no’ votes from RepublicansNew York grand jury stores up trouble for Trump Organization executives 3.23pm BST Two of the three supreme court justices nominated by Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, sided with the majority to uphold the Affordable Care Act.The third justice nominated by Trump, Neil Gorsuch, joined Samuel Alito in dissenting to the majorit...
Tags: Twitter, Obamacare, Republicans, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, House Of Representatives, US Senate, US Congress, Samuel Alito, Trump Organization, Ron Klain, Juneteenth


Stumbling block: how West Virginia politics explains Joe Manchin

Critics say senator is indicative of the Democratic party in a state where marginalized people have been shut outThe West Virginia senator Joe Manchin has emerged as one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the passing of Joe Biden’s ambitious domestic agenda, declaring he will vote against a key voting rights bill and also blocking reform of the filibuster – a rule that at the moment allows Republicans to kill Democrat legislation.Yet Manchin is no Republican. He is a key member of Biden’s party,...
Tags: Senate, US, America, West Virginia, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, US Senate, Biden, Roosevelt, Manchin, Joe Manchin


It used to feel that life hung in the balance during US-Russia summits. No longer | Martin Kettle

A transformed global context and the rise of China put any decisions made at Biden’s meeting with Putin into perspectiveJoe Biden’s meeting with Vladimir Putin in Geneva looked like a summit, sounded like a summit, and in some genuine senses really was a summit. But it was not an east-west superpower summit in the 20th-century sense. It was a bilateral meeting between the leaders of two important countries whose relations are possibly more difficult today than they were in the cold war. Yet life...
Tags: Europe, Putin, Vladimir Putin, China, Russia, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Earth, United States, Nato, Geneva, Biden, Martin Kettle


Manchin’s blocking bid is no shock, say disgruntled West Virginia Democrats

Critics say senator is indicative of Democratic politics a state where marginalized people have been shut out by the status quoWest Virginia senator Joe Manchin has emerged as one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the passing of Joe Biden’s ambitious domestic agenda, declaring he will vote against a key voting rights bill and also blocking reform of the filibuster – a rule that at the moment allows Republicans to kill Democrat legislation.Yet Manchin is no Republican. He is a key member of Bide...
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US poised to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

The commemoration marks when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas on 19 June 1865, ending slaveryThe United States will soon have a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the nation.Congress has approved a bill that would make Juneteenth, or 19 June, a holiday – a bill Joe Biden is expected to sign into law. Continue reading...
Tags: Texas, Congress, Race, US, Joe Biden, US news, United States, US politics, US Congress, Biden Administration


South Carolina court blocks executions, saying inmates must have choice of firing squad

New law says death row prisoners must choose between electric chair and firing squad if lethal drugs aren’t availableSouth Carolina’s supreme court has blocked the planned executions of two inmates by electrocution, saying they cannot be put to death until they truly have the choice of the firing squad option set out in the state’s newly revised capital punishment law.The high court on Wednesday halted this month’s scheduled executions of Brad Sigmon and Freddie Owens, writing that corrections o...
Tags: World news, US news, Capital punishment, South Carolina, availableSouth Carolina, Brad Sigmon, Freddie Owens


Russian war games set stage for Biden and Putin’s head-to-head

Moscow may not play fair, but observers can take solace in reaffirmed declaration against nuclear warOn the day that Joe Biden met Vladimir Putin in Geneva, the Russians held war games moving their nuclear missiles around, while Nato warplanes were scrambled to intercept Russian fighters over the Baltic.If Biden had wanted to illustrate his emphasis on the need for stability and dialogue between Washington and Moscow, he could not have arranged it better. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington, Russia, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Nato, Moscow, Geneva, Biden


Woman allegedly raped at New York Airbnb received secret $7m settlement – report

Airbnb taskforce that ‘cleans up only after disaster strikes’ intervened after alleged attack, reports Bloomberg BusinessweekAn Australian woman who was allegedly raped at knifepoint in an Airbnb apartment in New York received a secret settlement of $7m which included restrictions on what she could say about the incident, according to a media investigation into the vacation listings giant’s “guest safety” policies .The 29-year-old was attacked in a property near the tourist magnet and central Ma...
Tags: New York, Bloomberg, World news, US news, Manhattan, Airbnb, Bloomberg Businessweek, Times Square, New York Airbnb


Biden apologises for being 'short' with reporter at Putin summit press conference – video

Speaking to reporters by Air Force One in Geneva, Joe Biden has expressed regret for some sharp words to a journalist who questioned him about the success of his summit with Vladimir Putin. Frustrated by a question asked by CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins at the end of his press conference, he told her she was 'in the wrong business'. Biden later apologised for being 'short', adding: 'To be a good reporter, you’ve got to be negative. You’ve got to have a negative view of life ... you never ask a po...
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Joe Biden, US news, Cnn, Geneva, Biden, Kaitlan Collins, Biden Putin


Biden warns US will hit back if Russia continues with cyber strikes

US president hails ‘good and positive’ talks but added ‘proof of the pudding is in the eating’The US will retaliate if Russia continues to carry out malicious cyber-attacks against American targets, Joe Biden said on Wednesday, after holding “good and positive” talks in Geneva with Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.Speaking after their first face-to-face summit, Biden said he had made clear the Kremlin had to “abide by the rules of the road” or face unspecified consequences. Putin was aware the...
Tags: Europe, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, Switzerland, Geneva, Kremlin, Biden, Biden Administration


Little left to chance in carefully-curated Geneva summit

Meeting goes as well as could be expected as Biden and Putin speak language of diplomacy – but hardly one of affectionJoe Biden and Vladimir Putin hadn’t even sat down before tensions boiled over at the 18th-century Villa La Grange, a fine Swiss manor house besieged on Wednesday by a 21st-century press pool. The two men looked cordial enough as they shook hands for the first time as leaders. But the sun-struck journalists behind them pushed and shouted, some knocked to the floor, as they fought...
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, US, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, Geneva, Biden, Villa La Grange


Five things we learned from the Biden-Putin summit in Geneva

Cool normality helped exorcise ghost of 2018’s disastrous Helsinki summit but what else was achieved?1) The weird and unpredictable Trump era is over. In 2018 Donald Trump held a disastrous summit with Putin in the Finnish capital Helsinki. The then US president said he believed Putin’s assurances that Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 US election with a joint press conference that was so humiliating for America that Trump’s senior adviser Fiona Hill considered bringing it to a close by whack...
Tags: Europe, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, America, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, Moscow, Geneva, Kremlin, Biden, Donald Trump, Helsinki


Biden rejects Putin’s ‘ridiculous comparison’ between Capitol rioters and Alexei Navalny at summit – live

Biden says he raised human rights concerns at summitPutin says he and Biden agreed ambassadors should return to postsSummit concludes after about three hours of talks between leadersFirst session was small meeting with Blinken and Lavrov presentSecond session included more of the two leaders’ senior aides 7.20pm BST Back in Washington, a contender for headline of the day from MSNBC’s Maddowblog. Trumpets please…Defying irony, GOP alleges White House ‘weakness’ toward RussiaPresident Joe Bide...
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington, White House, Russia, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, Gop, US politics, Geneva, Biden, Msnbc, Republican National Committee, Alexei Navalny


Putin says Biden is an ‘experienced statesman’ and ‘very different from Trump’ after summit – live

Putin says he and Biden agreed ambassadors should return to postsSummit concludes after about three hours of talks between leadersFirst session was small meeting with Blinken and Lavrov presentSecond session included more of the two leaders’ senior aides 6.26pm BST Joe Biden is now holding his solo press conference after his summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland.“I told Putin our agenda is not against Russia or anyone else. It is for the American people,” Biden ...
Tags: Usa, Putin, Vladimir Putin, White House, Russia, World news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, US news, US politics, Geneva, Biden, Lavrov, Geneva Switzerland, Randolph, Blinken


Russia and US to restore ambassadors after Putin-Biden talks

Kremlin recalled its envoy to the US after Biden described Putin in a TV interview as a ‘killer’ Russia and the US have agreed that their ambassadors will go back to their posts in Moscow and Washington, following what Vladimir Putin called “extremely constructive” talks with Joe Biden at a highly anticipated summit in Geneva.Speaking after meeting the US president, Putin said the talks had been conducted without “hostility”. “Quite the contrary,” he said. He described Biden as a balanced and ex...
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