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# Joe Biden

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2022
# police reform
Two years after George Floyd's murder, Biden to sign executive order on police reform
The date of the signing is highly symbolic, coming exactly two years after Floyd’s death, which triggered huge nationwide demonstrations.
# US
Biden says US would intervene militarily if China invaded Taiwan
A Chinese official referred to the Taiwan issue as a “purely internal affair for China”, in reaction to Biden’s remark.
# Ukraine
Ukraine orders troops in steel plant to stand down as Zelenskyy says Donbas is now 'hell'
The Ukrainian President described the bombardment of Severodonetsk, where 12 people were reportedly killed, as “brutal and absolutely pointless”.
# Ukraine
Russia says 1,730 Mariupol fighters have surrendered as US grants $40 billion dollars to Ukraine
The Russian military says that a total of 1,730 Ukrainian fighters who were making a last stand in Mariupol have surrendered.
The Russian military says that a total of 1,730 Ukrainian fighters who were making a last stand in Mariupol have surrendered.
The Red Cross said that registrations of Ukrainian prisoners of war began on Tuesday under an agreement between Russia and Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden backed Finland and Sweden's Nato membership bids after meeting the countries' leaders in Washington.
# Ukraine
Russia urged to annex Ukraine's Kherson, Moscow claims Kyiv bombed Russian city
The Moscow-installed administration said there would be a “request to make Kherson region a full subject of the Russian Federation.”
# Ukraine
One killed after Russia fires hypersonic missiles at Odesa as ’44 civilians found dead in Izyum’
The civilians were inside a five-storey building that collapsed in Izyum in the Kharkiv region in March.
The Ukrainian military said Russian forces fired seven missiles from the air at Odessa, hitting a shopping centre and a warehouse.
Ukrainian officials said around 100 civilians remain trapped at a steel plant in Mariupol despite earlier reports that all had been evacuated.
US President Joe Biden signed a new bill to expedite more weapons to the country.
EU's Charles Michel forced to take cover during strike in Ukraine
EU member states continue to negotiate details of Russia oil embargo
# Ukraine
Biden signs measure speeding up US weapons deliveries to Ukraine
Acknowledging the billions of dollars already spent by the United States, Biden said “caving to aggression is even more costly.”
# 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.
# Washington
White House correspondents' dinner returns after two years
US President Joe Biden poked fun at his slumping poll ratings and took several digs at his predecessor Donald Trump.
# Zaporizhzhia
Two British aid workers 'captured' by Russian forces in Ukraine
It comes as Russia carried out an airstrike in Kyiv.
Paul Urey and Dylan Healy were "captured" by Russian soldiers at a checkpoint near Zaporizhzhia.
One person has been killed in a Russian strike on Kyiv during UN Secretary General's visit to the capital.
Zelenskyy said the strikes were an attempt by Russia to "humiliate" the UN and everything it represents.
US President seeks $33 billion package to send arms and aid to Ukraine
Poland and Bulgaria to receive gas from EU neighbours following Russian supply halt
# Crime
Next Irish ambassador to Washington hopes crackdown on Kinahan cartel will make a big difference
Geraldine Byrne Nason will take over the role of Irish Ambassador to Washington in early Autumn.
# mariupol
Joe Biden accuses Putin's forces of 'genocide' in Ukraine for the first time
“It’s become clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of even being able to be a Ukrainian,” Joe Biden said.
# US Courts
LGBTQ group sues Florida Governor over so-called Don’t Say Gay law
The law has catapulted Florida and Ron DeSantis, a potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate, to the forefront of the US’s culture wars.
# he's irish
Biden's Irish heritage was a factor in his weekend remarks about Putin, ex-US Defence Sec says
At the weekend, Biden remarked that the Russian President “cannot remain in power”.
# Vladimir Putin
Blinken stresses US does not seek Moscow 'regime change' after Biden's 'unscripted' comment
The US President’s apparently unscripted call caused the White House to scramble to row back on the remark.
# Ukraine
Joe Biden to visit town near Poland-Ukraine border in show of solidarity
Air Force One will jet into the eastern Polish town of Rzeszow.
# Meetings
Biden and other leaders head to Brussels ahead of back-to-back Nato, G7 and EU summits
The Taoiseach Micheál Martin and other leaders are also travelling to Brussels on Thursday.
# Washington DC
Most 'Irish' president since JFK: Biden in the White House 'enormously helpful' to Ireland
US ‘has skin in the game’ when it comes to maintaining peace in NI, says Congressman Brendan Boyle.
# St Patrick's Day
Taoiseach says Biden 'can't wait to come back to Ireland' but no date set for visit
Officials would like to get the Taoiseach back to Washington later in the year with another trip to the White House perhaps on the cards.
# Washington DC
Irish dancing, stout and a poem by Bono: US St Patrick's Day carries on without 'unlucky Taoiseach'
Micheál Martin’s long-awaited trip to the White House was scuppered after he contracted Covid.
# St Patrick's Day
Meeting with US President goes ahead virtually after Taoiseach tests positive for Covid
Micheál Martin and the US President held a meeting via video conference after the Taoisseach tested positive for Covid-19 last night.
Taoiseach and Biden to hold virtual meeting after Martin tests positive for Covid-19
The opening remarks between the US President and Taoiseach will be streamed online.
# Washington DC
Taoiseach to get leadership award at event attended by US President Joe Biden tonight
Taoiseach says it will be a ‘very pleasant’ meeting between ‘one Irishman and another Irishman’.
# US Trip
Ireland’s St Patrick's Day message and theme is being tweaked to reflect the Ukraine crisis
Micheál Martin has decided to evolve the ‘tone and theme’ of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations this week.
# Irish Unity
Sinn Féin on US charm offensive to garner support for Irish unity and the Good Friday Agreement
McDonald says we shouldn’t underestimate the power of having the US on our side.
# Washington DC
Taoiseach to meet US President at Ireland Funds dinner the day before White House meeting
Last year, due to Covid-19, the Taoiseach held virtual meetings with US President Joe Biden.
# 6 january
Proud Boys leader charged with conspiracy over riot at US Capitol
The charges against Henry ‘Enrique’ Tarrio are among the most serious filed so far.
# State of the Union
Biden bans Russia from US airspace and calls Putin a 'dictator' in first State of the Union address
The US president highlighted the bravery of Ukrainian defenders and the resolve of a newly reinvigorated Western alliance.
# Sanctions
Biden unveils 'severe' economic sanctions to make Putin a 'pariah on international stage'
The US President conceded there was a lack of Western unity for enacting an even tougher measure.
# pending
Biden nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson to US Supreme Court
Her nomination is subject to confirmation by the Senate.
# Ukraine
US warns a Russian attack on Ukraine is possible 'any day' as citizens told to leave
The Department of Foreign Affairs has said “there are no plans to withdraw staff from the Embassy of Ireland in Kyiv at this time”.
# Ukraine
Diplomatic flurry to avert Russia-NATO clash over Ukraine
US officials claim Russia is on track to amass a large enough force, 150,000 soldiers, for a full-scale invasion by mid-February.
# ukraine crisis
Kremlin urges US to 'stop escalating tensions' as NATO flags Russian troop build-up in Belarus
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg raised concerns about Russian troop buildup in Belarus.
# Russia
Biden to send troops to eastern Europe amid Ukraine diplomacy push
Russian leader Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed on the need for de-escalation.
# ukraine tensions
Ukraine tells West not to 'panic' over Russian troop buildup at border
Putin and Macron spoke by phone amid deep fears that a Russian troop build-up on the Ukrainian border.
# United States
Biden promises to nominate a black woman to the US Supreme Court for first time
The US President said a nomination like this is “long overdue”.
# US Court
US President to get Supreme Court pick as liberal justice Breyer set to retire
Joe Biden has pledged to name the first black woman to the US’s highest court.
# St Patrick's Day
Taoiseach hopes 'in-person' St Patrick's Day events can return with White House visit on the cards
This year will be Micheál Martin’s last opportunity as Taoiseach to visit with the US president in Washington DC.
# Kremlin
Biden threatens Putin with personal sanctions over Ukraine
The White House has said the risk of a Russian invasion of Ukraine “remains imminent”.
The White House has said the risk of a Russian invasion of Ukraine "remains imminent"
US President Joe Biden said such a move would prompt "enormous consequences" and "change the world"
Irish people have been advised to avoid non-essential travel to Ukraine
Taoiseach: Ireland 'not politically neutral but militarily neutral' as Ukraine travel advice is updated
Tom Clonan: Russia's decision to locate off Ireland gives the two-fingers to the US, EU & NATO
# ukraine tensions
Ukrainian president urges calm, insisting Russian invasion not imminent
Russia has denied it is planning an assault, but it has massed an estimated 100,000 troops near Ukraine in recent weeks.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the situation is “under control” and there is “no reason to panic”.
Nato said it was bolstering its deterrence in the Baltic Sea region, and the US ordered 8,500 troops to potentially deploy to Europe.
The Russian Ambassador to Ireland has also downplayed concerns about planned Russian missile tests off the Irish coast.
No reason to change plans for Russian missile tests 240km off Irish coast, ambassador says
Coveney: Russian military exercises 240km off Irish coast allowed but 'not welcome'