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# America

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# tyre nichols
Biden calls for calm after five police officers charged with beating black man to death
Tyre Nichols died in hospital after he was stopped on 7 January for what the Memphis Police Department said was reckless driving.
29-year-old Tyre Nichols died in hospital after he was stopped for what the Memphis Police Department said was reckless driving.
Family lawyers said police 'brutalised him to the point of being unrecognisable'.
Video footage of the arrest is to be published today
Five US officers charged with murder over beating of black man following traffic stop
This month
January 2023
# Gun violence
Teacher shot by six-year-old in US is recovering, police say
The teacher was identified as Abby Zwerner, 25, who is described as ‘devoted to students’.
# kevin mccarthy
McCarthy inches ahead in US speaker race after fierce rebellion within Republican party
The chamber is unable swear in members and begin its 2023-24 session.
# Shooting
Five children among eight relatives found shot dead in Utah home
Bodies were discovered yesterday when police did a welfare check at the house.
Last year
# Blizzard
At least 47 killed after 'worst storm' in almost half a century hits US northeast coast
Much of the eastern United States is expected to remain in a deep freeze until tomorrow at least.
# volodymyr zelensky
Zelensky tells US congress aid is 'investment in global security'
Zelensky enjoyed a hero’s welcome on a trip to Washington to rally support
# January 6 committee
January 6 committee to issue criminal referrals over attack on Capitol, chairman says
The panel’s chairman said that the committee has decided to issue the referrals, but he did not disclose who the targets will be.
# brittney griner
US basketball star moved to penal colony following nine-year sentence for drug possession
A Russian court rejected an appeal against Griner’s nine-year sentence for drug possession last month.
Larry Donnelly: Biden’s student debt initiative is a welcome drop in the ocean
Our columnist looks at the prohibitive cost of education in the US and Biden’s recent efforts to address this.
# Ukraine
US says Russia trying to fabricate evidence after deadly strike on prisoners-of-war
The Ukrainians killed at the Donetsk prison included troops captured during the fall of Mariupol.
# Diplomacy
US and Russian top diplomats hold 'frank' first talks since Ukraine war
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he told his Russian counterpart that the world will not recognize annexation.
# Abortion Rights
'My body my choice': Thousands rally across US for abortion rights
Thousands also rallied in Texas and Kentucky, and more protests were planned in other major cities as well as at hundreds of smaller events across the country.
# Roe v Wade
White House warns against violence after abortion protests
Press Secretary Jen Psaki called for restraint after reports of demonstrations outside the homes of two Supreme Court justices.
All time
# America
Police officer guilty of manslaughter over death of black motorist Daunte Wright
Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter shot Wright during a traffic stop after she said she confused her gun for her Taser.
# Kyle Rittenhouse
Anger among black Americans following Rittenhouse verdict as Biden warns against violence
The defendant and the two men he killed were white but the case has been linked from the start to issues of race and the criminal justice system.
# America
One dead as US college endures two shootings in a week
It is the second shooting at the university but is not thought to be linked.
# San Diego
At least two dead after plane crashes in California suburb
The plane was a twin-engine Cessna C340, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
# US Covid-19
Biden pushes vaccine mandates to boost US economy
Biden had ruled out mandates in the past but feels the action is now required as almost 70 million Americans remain unvaccinated.
# Facebook
Zuckerberg says claim Facebook put profits over safety 'just not true'
His comments came after a whistleblower Frances Haugen, gave evidence to US politicians yesterday.
# America
Convicted murderer executed in Missouri despite pleas for clemency
Ernest Lee Johnson, 61, was executed for the 1994 murders of three convenience store workers.
# us shutdown
US Senate to vote later today in bid to avert government shutdown
The coming days are expected to be the most critical yet for Biden’s presidency.
No migrants left at Texas border camp as Biden condemns ‘horrible’ scenes
Almost 15,000 people – most of them Haitians – converged on the area just days earlier seeking asylum.
# Space
Space tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown
The SpaceX capsule carrying four space tourists landed in the Atlantic after three days in orbit.
# America
New York millionaire Robert Durst guilty of best friend’s murder
The 78-year-old Durst will appeal against the conviction, which carries a mandatory life sentence.
# California
California forest fires threaten world’s largest trees
Groves of gigantic sequoias could be in the path of the wildfires.
# America
Irishman, 'one of world's largest facilitators' of child abuse images, jailed for 27 years in US
Marques had been arrested in Dublin and extradited to the US in 2019.
# the recall
California's Democratic governor Gavin Newsom defeats recall election
The Democrat stays in office in the US’s most populous state, preserving his chances for a future run at federal politics.
Only a handful of the 46 names on the ballot had any level of public recognition and most failed to gain traction.
The victory cements Newsom as a prominent figure in national Democratic politics in the US.
Dozens of candidates try to unseat California governor in 'recall election' - here's how it works
# California
Dozens of candidates try to unseat California governor in 'recall election' - here's how it works
Most of the list of 40-odd challengers are Republicans.
# 9/11 Attacks
World leaders pay tribute to 9/11 victims
Jihadists carried out multiple attacks in the US 20 years ago today.
The commemorations will take place at the Pentagon, Shanksville in Pennsylvania and at the World Trade Centre in New York.
# America
Biden blames continued Covid-19 spread on 'distinct minority of Americans'
Measures include all US-based employers with more than 100 workers will have to ensure employees are vaccinated.
# Texas
Joe Biden condemns Supreme Court failure to block Texas abortion curb
The court voted 5-4 to deny an emergency appeal from abortion providers and others.
Robert F Kennedy’s assassin Sirhan Sirhan granted parole
Two of RFK’s sons went against their siblings’ wishes to support the release of their father’s assassin.
# Travel
US maintains restrictions on travel due to rising Delta cases
“We will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.
# Washington DC
Woman dies after being shot as Trump supporters storm US Capitol building
Police said the victim was a white female shot in the shoulder, according to local reports.
# Campaign Trail
Trump enters White House without a mask and tells people 'don't be afraid of Covid' after leaving hospital
The US President may remain infectious for much of the next week, according to his own administration’s guidelines.
# America
'It's unfathomable that we've reached this point': US death toll from Covid-19 tops 200,000
Only five countries — Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Spain and Brazil — rank higher in Covid-19 deaths per capita.
# America
US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies aged 87
She died of pancreatic cancer.
# September 11
US pays tribute to 9/11 victims as pandemic forces socially distanced commemorations
President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will pay their respects at the same memorial today.
# Death Toll
US coronavirus death toll hits 150,000
The figure is by far the highest in the world.
# China
US says Beijing's pursuit of offshore resources in South China Sea are illegal
Beijing claims most of the South China Sea through a vague delineation based on maps from the 1940s.