U.S. Supreme Court petitioned to scrap Obamacare law amid pandemic

President Donald Trump’s administration petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the Obamacare law introduced by his predecessor that added millions to the healthcare safety net, seeking to scrap coverage during the novel coronavirus crisis. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, in a filing late on Thursday, argued for the administration that the Affordable Care Act (ACA)… Read More U.S. Supreme Court petitioned to scrap Obamacare law amid pandemic

Google announces programme to pay publishers for high-quality content

Alphabet’s Google on Thursday took a step towards resolving its spat with publishers, saying it would pay some media groups in Australia, Brazil and Germany for high-quality content and expects to do more deals, but others were sceptical. The U.S. internet giant has for years tried to fend off demands for payment from news publishers… Read More Google announces programme to pay publishers for high-quality content

Mexico City police chief injured, bodyguards dead following assassination attempt

Mexico City’s chief of police was shot and injured and two of his bodyguards killed in a dramatic assassination attempt early on Friday that he quickly blamed on one of Mexico’s most powerful drug gangs, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG). The city’s public security chief Omar Garcia Harfuch suffered three bullet wounds as he… Read More Mexico City police chief injured, bodyguards dead following assassination attempt

Georgia governor Brian Kemp signs hate crimes bill into law

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Friday signed a hate crimes bill that provides for extra penalties for crimes motivated by race, color, gender or sexual orientation, a move in part motivated by the high-profile killing of a Black jogger this year. The legislation comes at a time when the slayings of African Americans at the… Read More Georgia governor Brian Kemp signs hate crimes bill into law

U.S. House of Representatives approves statehood for Washington, D.C.

Four decades after launching its drive for U.S. statehood, Washington, D.C., was poised to take a step toward becoming the 51st state as the House of Representatives on Friday approved its admission. The initiative passed in the Democratic-controlled House by a vote of 232-180, with no Republicans supporting it. The Republican-controlled Senate is not expected… Read More U.S. House of Representatives approves statehood for Washington, D.C.

Police fatally shoots man following stabbing rampage in Glasglow

A man stabbed six people including a policeman in the Scottish city of Glasgow on Friday before he was shot dead by police. Scottish police named the man as Badreddin Abadlla Adam, 28, from Sudan. An eyewitness told Sky News she had seen several people covered in blood being treated by emergency services after the… Read More Police fatally shoots man following stabbing rampage in Glasglow

Belarus accuses Russia, Poland of meddling in presidential election

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko accused Russian and Polish forces on Thursday of meddling in his country’s presidential election campaign and trying to discredit him. The former collective farm boss, who has ruled Belarus for 26 years and allowed little dissent, said he would discuss the alleged meddling with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He did not… Read More Belarus accuses Russia, Poland of meddling in presidential election