Biden inauguration rehearsal paused amid US Capitol lockdown

image copyrightEPA image captionSecurity is tight in Washington DC The Capitol complex in Washington DC was briefly locked down after a security alert, two days before Joe Biden is inaugurated as US president. Police say they acted out of an abundance of caution after witnesses reported smoke rising nearby. The fire was several blocks away. … Read more

Tech tonic for growth: Will Sitharaman’s bahi-khata have what’s been missing from Budgets so far?

Millions lost their jobs, walked thousands of miles to get home, starved, got sick, died. The lockdown following the Covid-19 pandemic was the worst catastrophe for India since the ‘Spanish flu’ influenza epidemic a century ago. Just how bad is documented by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its Financial Stability Report (FSR; bit.ly/3oP9DBT) … Read more

Analysis: Why you won’t find Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson on British TV

“The mob that stormed and desecrated the Capitol … could not have existed in a country that hadn’t been radicalized by the likes of [Fox News hosts] Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham, and swayed by biased news coverage,” wrote Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan. But are the airwaves of any democracy free … Read more

FBI investigating woman said to have stolen Pelosi’s laptop during Capitol riot to sell to Russia

US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, speaks during her weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 15, 2021. – Pelosi tasks retired general Russel Honoré with the security review after US Capitol riot on January 6. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via … Read more

Martin Luther King Jr.’s life in pictures

Preaching a message of nonviolent resistance, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was the leading voice of the American civil rights movement. The protests he organized, the marches he led and the speeches he delivered continue to resonate today. They were also key in bringing about landmark legislation such as the Civil Rights Act of … Read more

US and China clash at WHO over scientific mission in Wuhan

GENEVA – The United States called on China on Monday to allow an expert team from the World Health Organization (WHO) to interview “care givers, former patients and lab workers” in the central city of Wuhan, and ensure its access to medical data and samples. The team of WHO-led independent experts trying to determine the … Read more

Canada to lift Boeing 737 Max flight ban on Wednesday

American Airlines flight 718, the first U.S. Boeing 737 MAX commercial flight since regulators lifted a 20-month grounding in November, takes off from Miami, Florida, December 29, 2020. Marco Bello | Reuters Canada said on Monday it will lift a near two-year flight ban on Boeing’s 737 Max on Jan. 20, joining other countries like … Read more