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# US

# Intelligence
Pentagon tracking Chinese spy balloon over the US
The US military has not shot down the balloon because of the risk to people on the ground.
Yesterday
2nd February 2023
# DC
Republican-led Congress ousts Ilhan Omar from US Foreign Affairs Committee
The Democrat has made several comments critical of Israel since 2012 that were condemned on all sides
This week
29th January 2023 - 3rd February 2023
# Ukraine
Ukraine to push for European Union membership at summit in Kyiv
Ukraine gained EU candidate status in June last year, several months after Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops rolling across the border.
# Nuclear Weapons
US says Russia is not complying with last remaining nuclear treaty
Moscow announced in early August that it was suspending US inspections of its military sites, which were part of the New START treaty.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# US
Three shot dead at party at luxury home near Beverly Hills
Four others are being treated in hospital, two of them for critical injuries.
# 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
# Ukraine War
US along with Germany and Norway announce tanks for Ukraine as battle intensifies
Norway has also promised tanks.
President Biden confirmed the news this evening.
Germany said it will also provide a company of 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks from the Bundeswehr stocks
Norway confirmed it is also sending tanks
The powerful tanks are seen as key to punching through enemy lines
# half moon bay
Seven dead in shootings in city near San Francisco just days after separate mass killing
Police have arrested a 67-year-old man in connection with the shooting.
Last month
January 2023
# Ukraine
'It's killing more of our people': Ukraine denounces 'global indecision' on tanks
Zelensky has said there is ‘no alternative’ but for the West to give Ukraine heavy tanks.
# US
Trump and his lawyers sanctioned nearly $1mil over 'frivolous' Clinton lawsuit
The lawsuit claimed that Clinton and others had created a false narrative that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia.
# Joe Biden
More classified documents found at Biden home in Delaware
The newly discovered documents date back to Biden’s time as vice president.
# Severe Weather
At least seven dead following severe winds and tornadoes in US south
Authorities said a clearer picture of the extent of the damage and a search for additional victims would come today.
# RIP
Tributes paid to Lisa Marie Presley, only daughter of Elvis, who has died aged 54
In a statement, the Presley family said they were “shocked and devastated” by the news.
# FAA
US lifts flight restrictions that grounded thousands of early-morning departures
Flights were delayed or cancelled at multiple locations across the United States, leading to serious disruption.
# Virginia
Teacher shot by six-year-old in US school showing 'signs of improvement'
No pupils were injured in the shooting.
# kevin mccarthy
US House speaker finally chosen after bitter Republican dispute
A far-right revolt in the party had extended the contest to a historic 15 rounds of voting.
# El Raton
Mexico arrests son of notorious drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman
The 32-year-old, nicknamed ‘El Raton’, has allegedly helped to run his father’s drug trafficking operations since El Chapo was extradited to the US.
# Cairo
Looted ancient sarcophagus returned to Egypt from US
The repatriation is part of the Egyptian government’s efforts to stop the trafficking of its stolen antiquities.
Last year
2022
# US
Woman sues Steven Tyler, alleging child sexual assault in 1970s
Representatives for Tyler did not immediately return requests for comment.
# Air Force
US says Chinese fighter jet could have caused air collision
US Indo-Pacific Command said the Chinese Navy J-11 flew in front of and within six metres of the nose of a US reconnaissance plane.
# Buffalo
US winter storm death toll rises to 61
More than three dozen deaths have been reported in western New York state.
# US politics
Republican US congressman-elect under investigation for fabricated CV
George Santos has admitted he never worked for Goldman Sachs as he claimed, and he is not Jewish.
# Coronavirus
US to require negative Covid tests for travelers from China after country's sudden Covid pivot
The United States says China is not sharing enough information about the surge in coronavirus cases there.
# Western Balkans
Tension soars as Kosovo shuts main border crossing with Serbia
The EU and the US have called on both countries to “refrain from provocations, threats, or intimidation”.
# Blizzard
Winter freeze leads to 50 deaths across the US, including 28 in New York
The storm knocked out power in communities from Maine to Seattle.
# US winter storm
'Life-threatening' winter storm in US wreaks havoc on Christmas travel plans
Americans in the central US states are waking up to a strong winter storm
# Donald Trump
US committee votes to publish Donald Trump’s tax returns
A report indicates that the Trump administration may have disregarded an IRS requirement dating back to 1977.
# Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein found guilty of rape in Los Angeles trial
It is Weinstein’s second criminal trial.
# 6 january
US Capitol riot panel eyes recommending three criminal charges for Trump
The panel is to meet publicly on Monday, where the recommendation would be made public.
# Summit
US defence chief warns African leaders China and Russia are 'destabilising' continent
Today marks the start of a three-day US-Africa summit.
# Lockerbie
Man accused of Lockerbie bombing charged in US court
The man allegedly worked as an intelligence operative for the regime of Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi between 1973 and 2011.
# third conspirator
Man accused of being Lockerbie bombmaker in US custody
The alleged ‘third conspirator’ in the downing of Pan Am flight 103 is now in the custody of the US.
# US
Trump lawyers in court for hearing in Mar-a-Lago documents case
Defence lawyers were seen entering the courtroom around 2pm and were still inside more than an hour later.
# US
Classified items found at Trump storage unit in Florida – report
The items were discovered by an outside team brought in by Trump’s representatives.
# Russia
US says it hasn't 'enabled' Ukraine strikes inside Russia, after spate of drone attacks
Kyiv did not directly claim responsibility but neither did it criticise the action.
# Poker face
Man who shot Lady Gaga’s dog walker and stole her French bulldogs jailed for 21 years
James Howard Jackson pleaded no contest to one count of attempted murder.
# Backlash
Donald Trump rebuked for call to suspend constitution over election
The former US president made his remarks on his Truth Social media platform.
# US
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones files for personal bankruptcy following $1 billion court ruling
He has been ordered to pay nearly $1.5 billion in damages over his false claim that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax.
# Washington
Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron vow united front against Russia during historic state visit
The pair said the West must hold fast against Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.
# 6 january
Founder of far-right Oath Keepers found guilty of seditious conspiracy over US Capitol riot
A Washington DC jury found Stewart Rhodes guilty of sedition after three days of deliberations in the nearly two-month trial.