• Covid live: Italy pledges to donate 45m vaccine doses; UK records 34,460 new cases
    by Nadeem Badshah (now); Tom Ambrose, Miranda Bryant and Helen Sullivan (earlier) on September 22, 2021 at 10:47 PM

    Thanks for following along – this blog is now closed. You can catch up with the latest coronavirus coverage here. 11.47pm BSTThanks for following along – this blog is now closed. You can catch up with the latest coronavirus coverage here. 11.00pm BSTSyria is facing a new surge in Covid-19 infections in both government-held areas and territory outside state control that could overwhelm the country’s fragile health system, aid workers, officials and medical sources said.Government health authorities said the number of cases reported in the last twenty four hours has hit 235, the highest daily tally since the first case was reported in March last year. Continue reading...

  • Biden announces US will donate another 500m vaccine doses at Covid summit – live
    by Maanvi Singh (now) and Joan E Greve in Washington (earlier) on September 22, 2021 at 10:44 PM

    US to donate 500m Pfizer doses to low- and lower-middle-income countriesDoses are in addition to the over 600m the US has committed to sendingHouse Democrats pass spending bill in party-line vote of 220 to 211McConnell pledges to oppose any effort to raise the debt ceilingSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 11.44pm BSTThousands of migrants and asylum seekers are facing desperate conditions as they continue to be held in makeshift camps under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas, including high temperatures, squalid living conditions, probable deportation and shocking mistreatment by border patrol agents.An estimated 14,000 migrants, including pregnant women and children, have crossed the Rio Grande over the last two weeks, coming by bus and foot to seek refuge or a new life in the US. The majority are Haitian, with many fleeing the recent mass destruction of an earthquake and political turmoil following President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination. Related: Crowded camps, garbage piles, extreme heat: migrants in Texas face unlivable conditions 10.44pm BSTThe latest Fed statement also showed that more members of the Fed committee now believe that interest rates should rise in the near future. Nine of the 18 officials expect to raise interest rates by the end of 2022, up from seven officials in June when a majority said they thought rates would rise in 2023.US stock markets reacted favorably to the news, which suggests the economy is still recovering from the pandemic, albeit with uncertainties remaining. Investors have been spooked in recent days by news that troubled Chinese property developer Evergrande could default on its $300bn debts. The company’s woes could drag in investors worldwide, but on Tuesday the company said it would be able to meet some of its obligations. Continue reading...

  • Hawaii to remove forbidden staircase due to ‘rampant trespassing’
    by Dani Anguiano on September 22, 2021 at 10:38 PM

    The Haiku Stairs, a nearly 4,000-step trail across Oahu’s Ko’olau mountain range, has drawn tourists despite being prohibited from useHawaii officials have announced plans to spend $1m removing a popular mountain trail known as the Stairway to Heaven, which they say has become the scene of “rampant illegal trespassing” and safety concerns despite the public being banned from using it. Tens of thousands of people have climbed the Haiku Stairs, which span nearly 4,000 steps across Oahu’s Ko’olau mountain range, since the US navy built the trail during the second world war. Though the public has been prohibited from the stairs since 1987, numerous people continued to use them, despite no trespassing signs and fines of up to $1,000. Continue reading...

  • Britney Spears says she agrees with father that conservatorship should end
    by Associated Press on September 22, 2021 at 10:23 PM

    Singer’s lawyer says in court filing that she consents to move but the first step should be her father’s removal from arrangementBritney Spears has said that she agrees with her father that the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money since 2008 should be terminated.The singer’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, said in a court filing on Wednesday that she “fully consents” to “expeditiously” ending the conservatorship. Spears’ father, James Spears, requested to end the controversial arrangement in early September. Continue reading...

  • Tunisia’s president to ignore parts of the constitution and rule by decree
    by Reuters on September 22, 2021 at 9:59 PM

    Kais Saied says he is preparing to change the political system, prompting opposition from rivalsTunisia’s president Kais Saied has declared that he will rule by decree and ignore parts of the constitution as he prepares to change the political system, prompting immediate opposition from rivals.Saied has held nearly total power since 25 July when he sacked the prime minister, suspended parliament and assumed executive authority, citing a national emergency in a move his foes called a coup. Continue reading...

  • 11 men sentenced for kidnap and gang-rape of Moroccan girl
    by AFP in Rabat on September 22, 2021 at 9:35 PM

    Khadija Okkarou had accused members of a ‘dangerous gang’ of kidnapping and torturing her for two monthsEleven men accused of kidnapping and gang-raping a Moroccan teenager have been each sentenced to 20 years in prison, the victim’s lawyer said on Wednesday, in a case that stirred national outrage.Khadija Okkarou, then 17, went public about the abuse in a video posted online in 2018. It was a rare move in the conservative north African country. Continue reading...

  • Crowded camps, garbage piles, extreme heat: migrants in Texas face unlivable conditions
    by Gloria Oladipo on September 22, 2021 at 9:30 PM

    An estimated 14,000 have crossed the Rio Grande only to be faced with squalid living conditions and possible deportationThousands of migrants and asylum seekers are facing desperate conditions as they continue to be held in makeshift camps under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas, including high temperatures, squalid living conditions, probable deportation and shocking mistreatment by border patrol agents. Related: Kamala Harris on expulsions at US border: ‘Human beings should never be treated that way’ Continue reading...

  • West Ham’s Lanzini strikes to knock Manchester United out of Carabao Cup
    by Jamie Jackson at Old Trafford on September 22, 2021 at 9:10 PM

    West Ham gained revenge for defeat three days ago, eliminating at the first hurdle a Manchester United who have twice been semi-finalists under Ole Gunnar Solskjær. For the closing minutes the manager called on Bruno Fernandes: the move said that the second string he sent out had failed and that the hope now was on his talisman saving the side yet again. Related: Arsenal’s Nketiah caps win over AFC Wimbledon with brilliant backheel Continue reading...

  • ‘Donnez-moi un break’: Johnson deepens rift with France over defence deal
    by Heather Stewart Political editor on September 22, 2021 at 9:02 PM

    UK prime minister hits out after Paris reacted with fury to announcement of defence pactBoris Johnson has reopened the rift with Paris over the Aukus defence and security deal, urging the French to “prenez un grip about this and donnez-moi un break”, after he and Joe Biden discussed deepening the pact.The prime minister was speaking in Washington, where he attended a dinner on Tuesday evening with the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, after meeting the US president at the White House. Continue reading...

  • Cinema returns to Somalia with first public screening in 30 years
    by AFP in Mogadishhu on September 22, 2021 at 9:00 PM

    Built as a gift from Mao Zedong, the National Theatre in Mogadishu had been shuttered since civil war broke out in 1991Somalia has hosted its first movie screening in 30 years under heavy security as the conflict-ravaged country hopes for a cultural renewal.The event was held at the National Theatre of Somalia, which has a history that reflects the tumultuous journey of the Horn of Africa nation. Continue reading...

  • Florida Republicans close voter registration gap with Democrats
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:54 PM

    MIAMI — The gap between Florida’s registered Democrats and Republicans, which has been steadily closing nearly every year since 2012, is a few thousand voters away from the GOP pulling … Click to Continue »

  • Mississippi voting rights case is argued at US appeals court
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:48 PM

    The authors of Mississippi's 1890 constitution had racist intent when they stripped voting rights from people convicted of some felonies because they chose crimes they thought were more likely to … Click to Continue »

  • California governor signs privacy laws for abortion patients
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:38 PM

    Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two laws on Wednesday that aim to protect the privacy of abortion providers and their patients, declaring California to be a “reproductive freedom state” in contrast … Click to Continue »

  • US-French spat seems to simmer down after Biden-Macron call
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:38 PM

    The most significant rift in decades between the United States and France seemed on the mend Wednesday after French President Emmanuel Macron and President Joe Biden got on the phone … Click to Continue »

  • Florida makes quarantine optional for exposed students
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:38 PM

    A day after assuming his job, Florida's newly appointed surgeon general on Wednesday signed new protocols allowing parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or stay in school if … Click to Continue »

  • Ex-Chicago sergeant gets probation for bar fight that hurt 2
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:36 PM

    A former Chicago police sergeant with a history of misconduct allegations has been sentenced to probation for beating two men outside a bar so badly in 2018 they were hospitalized. … Click to Continue »

  • Stocks rise broadly on Wall Street ahead of Fed statement
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:36 PM

    Stocks rose broadly on Wall Street Wednesday ahead of an update from the Federal Reserve on how and when it might begin easing its extraordinary support measures for the economy. … Click to Continue »

  • Editorial Roundup: South Carolina
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:36 PM

    The (Charleston) Post and Courier. Sept. 20, 2021. Editorial: SC on track for marriage of cheaper, greener electricity. We can’t back down South Carolinians got taken to the cleaners in … Click to Continue »

  • Officers who punched, kicked man sued in federal court
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:36 PM

    A man who was punched and kicked in the head by Georgia police officers during a traffic stop four years ago has filed a lawsuit alleging the stop was unjustified … Click to Continue »

  • The Latest: Schauffele has no big Ryder Cup memories from TV
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:36 PM

    The Latest on the Ryder Cup, the golf showdown between the United States and Europe (all times CDT): ___ Noon Xander Schauffele doesn't have a lot of favorite memories of … Click to Continue »

  • Report Tags Nicolle Wallace as Replacement for Maddow's MSNBC Slot
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:31 PM

    MSNBC show host Nicolle Wallace is being considered to take over the political news channel's time slot occupied by eponymous anchor Rachel Maddow when the latter transitions from a nightly to a weekly program, a report indicated Wednesday....

  • Murders Increased by 29 Percent in 2020, Biggest Bump Since Record-Keeping Began
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:12 PM

    Murders rose by almost 30 percent nationwide in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a tumultuous presidential election and pushback against police-related killings of Black people, according to data gathered by the FBI for its annual Uniform Crime Report, reports The New York...

  • Melvin Van Peebles, Influential Director, Actor and Writer, Dies at 89
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:04 PM

    Melvin Van Peebles, the influential filmmaker behind "Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song," and father of director and actor Mario Van Peebles, has died. He was 89."Dad knew that Black images matter," Mario Van Peebles said in a statement from the Criterion Collection. "If a...

  • HHS Docs Reveal Child Sexual Abuse at Southern Border
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:03 PM

    Documents obtained by Judicial Watch and released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) indicate instances of physical and sexual abuse of migrant children occurring at the southern border....

  • Four Marines Hurt in Kabul Terrorist Attack Still Hospitalized at Walter Reed
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:01 PM

    A Marine Corps spokesperson said Tuesday that four of the Marines injured in the terrorist attack at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, almost a month ago are still at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

  • NJ Race Starts to Tighten
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:18 PM

    Gov. Phil Murphy's lead over his Republican challenger, Jack Ciattarelli, shrank slightly in the most recent survey of the state from the Monmouth University Poll released on Wednesday....

  • HHS Docs Reveal Child Sexual Abuse at Southern Border
    on September 22, 2021 at 10:03 PM

    Documents obtained by Judicial Watch and released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) indicate instances of physical and sexual abuse of migrant children occurring at the southern border....

  • Trump Air Force One Redesign Not Final Says General
    on September 22, 2021 at 9:53 PM

    A top Air Force general this week said that the red, white, and blue paint scheme chosen by former President Donald Trump may not be the final selection, Defense One reports.Lt. Gen. Duke Richardson, the Air Force military deputy for acquisition, said on Tuesday at the...

  • Rabbi Spero: Dems Bowing to Growing Anti-Israel Base by Cutting Iron Dome Funding
    on September 22, 2021 at 8:37 PM

    The Democratic Party, in cutting $1 billion in military funding for Israel's Iron Dome missile-defense system from its $3.5 trillion spending bill, is bowing "to its ever-growing anti-Israel power base," Conference of Jewish Affairs spokesman Rabbi Aryeh Spero said in a...

  • US Fed Warns of 'Severe Damage' If Senators Allow Debt Default
    on September 22, 2021 at 8:09 PM

    The chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve called on lawmakers to raise the nation's borrowing limit urgently on Wednesday, warning that failure to pay government debts would do "severe damage" to the economy."It's just very important that the debt ceiling be raised in a...