U.S. Senate rejects minimum wage amendment in President Biden’s coronavirus relief bill

The U.S. Senate on Friday rejected an amendment to more than double the federal minimum wage over five years, as it launched what is expected to be a long debate over President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The vote on the proposal offered by Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent aligned with Democrats, was… Read More U.S. Senate rejects minimum wage amendment in President Biden’s coronavirus relief bill

At least twenty dead, several injured following suicide car bombing outside restaurant in Somalia

At least 20 people were killed and 30 wounded by a suicide car bomb just outside a restaurant near the port in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu late on Friday, an emergency services official said. The blast sent plumes of smoke into the sky and triggered gunfire, witnesses and state-owned media reported. “So far we have carried… Read More At least twenty dead, several injured following suicide car bombing outside restaurant in Somalia

One dead as Myanmar police open fire on anti-coup protesters yet again

Police in Myanmar on Friday opened fire on protesters against last month’s military coup, killing one man, as international condemnation rained down on the junta ahead of a United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the crisis. The violence took place as the military lost a tussle over leadership of its U.N. mission in New… Read More One dead as Myanmar police open fire on anti-coup protesters yet again

Eleven dead, three injured following military helicopter crash in southeast Turkey

A military helicopter crashed in southeast Turkey on Thursday, killing 11 army personnel including a lieutenant general and injuring three, the defence ministry said. The helicopter took off from the Bingol province at 1055 GMT, the ministry said in a statement, adding that search operations were launched after it lost contact at 1125 GMT. It… Read More Eleven dead, three injured following military helicopter crash in southeast Turkey

Thousands evacuated in New Zealand following series of earthquakes

Thousands of New Zealanders on the east coast of the country’s North Island evacuated to higher ground on Friday, and its biggest city was put on alert after three offshore earthquakes in less than eight hours triggered tsunami sirens and warnings. Workers, students and residents in areas like Northland and Bay of Plenty, on the… Read More Thousands evacuated in New Zealand following series of earthquakes

Square to acquire Tidal majority stake in $297million deal

Payments firm Square Inc agreed on Thursday to buy a majority stake in rapper Jay-Z’s Tidal music streaming service for $297 million in a deal that could popularize blockchain or other new approaches to storing and buying online media. Square Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, who also runs Twitter Inc, said in a statement that the… Read More Square to acquire Tidal majority stake in $297million deal

U.S. places Myanmar ministries, businesses on trade blacklist

The United States on Thursday unveiled new measures to punish Myanmar’s army for its February 1 coup, adding the country’s ministries of defense and home affairs and its top military conglomerates to a trade blacklist. Washington has also subjected Myanmar to ‘military end use’ export control restrictions, requiring its U.S. suppliers to seek difficult-to-obtain U.S.… Read More U.S. places Myanmar ministries, businesses on trade blacklist