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US – Trump signs proclamation restricting visas for uninsured

(Source: The Associated Press) – Immigrants applying for US visas will be denied entry into the country unless they can prove they can afford health care, according to a proclamation signed Friday by President Donald Trump. The new rule applies to people seeking immigrant visas from abroad — not those in the US already. It […]

‘Multiple casualties’ in Texas mass shooting

(Source: BBC) – A mass random shooting in western Texas has left “multiple gunshot victims”, local police say. At least one gunman was said to have driven round the western city of Odessa and shot randomly at people. A US Postal Service van is said to have been hijacked during the incident. Police now say […]

USA – Jeffrey Epstein ‘found dead in cell’ in New York

(SOURCE: BBC) – Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead in his prison cell while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, US media report. His body was discovered at 7:30 local time on Saturday at the facility in New York. The circumstances of his death are unclear. He was reportedly on suicide watch following […]

Nine confirmed killed in second mass shooting in US in 24 hours

Nine people have been killed and at least 26 injured in a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio – the second US mass shooting in 24 hours. Mayor Nan Whaley said the injured were in several hospitals throughout the city. The shooting began at 1:07 local time in the Oregon district of the city centre. Police […]

El Paso shooting: ‘Multiple fatalities’ in Texas mall attack

A shooting at a Texas shopping mall has ended in “multiple fatalities”, local officials say. The shooting happened at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, just a few miles from the US-Mexico border. At least 22 people arrived at local hospitals for treatment for their injuries. One person is in custody, and police did not […]

USA – Hospital fires 23 workers in case of excessive doses, deaths

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio hospital system where excessive painkiller doses were given to dozens of patients who died fired 23 nurses, pharmacists and managers Thursday and said it is changing leadership, a sign that professional fallout from the scandal has expanded far beyond the intensive care doctor accused of ordering the drugs. The announcement […]

USA – ‘Not intentional’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Thursday that “Iran made a very big mistake” by shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz but suggested it was a foolish error rather than an intentional escalation of the tensions that have led to rising fears of open military conflict. Asked about a U.S. […]

Authorities search a container along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP)

USA – Drug bust

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. authorities seized 33,000 pounds, or 15,000 kilograms, of cocaine from a ship at Philadelphia’s port in what they described as one of the largest drug busts in American history. They said the haul could have been worth more than $1 billion on the street. The U.S. attorney’s office in Philadelphia announced […]

USA – Long list of troubled nursing homes revealed by senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government for years has kept under wraps the names of hundreds of nursing homes around the country found by inspectors to have serious ongoing health, safety or sanitary problems. Nearly 400 facilities nationwide had a “persistent record of poor care” as of April, but they were not included along with […]

US now requiring visa applicants to list social-media names

(Source – AP) The United States now wants to know the social-media user names of people applying for visas, part of stepped up screening of foreign visitors and immigrants. The change, first announced last year and taking effect this month, follows on a 2017 order by President Donald Trump requiring heightened vetting for visa applicants, […]

US – Trump breaks silence amid Alabama abortion ban row

(BBC) – US President Donald Trump has outlined his “strongly pro-life” views on abortion amid controversy over strict new laws passed in several states. Trump said he was against abortion except in cases of rape, incest or a “serious health risk” to the mother. His stance on what is a divisive election issue in the […]

US: Jimmy Carter won’t teach Sunday school days after procedure

(The Associated Press) – Former United States President Jimmy Carter has changed plans and will not teach Sunday school just days after undergoing surgery for a broken hip. Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo says the 94-year-old Carter underestimated the amount of time he would need to recover from a hip replacement procedure. Carter broke his hip […]

USA – Pregnant Chicago woman slain, baby cut from her womb

CHICAGO — A pregnant woman who had gone to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes was strangled and her baby cut from her womb, police and family members said. The newborn was in grave condition and not expected to survive, and three people were taken into custody, including […]

USA – Over 1,000 firearms seized from LA home

LOS ANGELES – More than 1,000 guns were found Wednesday in a home in the upscale Los Angeles neighbourhood Holmby Hills. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Los Angeles police officers executed a search warrant in an investigation of someone suspected of manufacturing and selling illegal firearms, Los Angeles police […]

USA – Governor signs restrictive ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban in Georgia

ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday signed into law one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws, a measure that bans the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant. Kemp, a Republican, said he approved the bill “to […]

FLORIDA – Charter plane travelling from Cuba to Florida ends up in a river

(ASSOCIATED PRESS) – Federal investigators have taken possession of the flight data recorder from the chartered jet that ran off a military base runway and into the St Johns River in north Florida. The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted a photo of an investigator holding the orange recorder that was recovered Saturday from the Boeing […]

Ilhan Omar: The 9/11 row embroiling the US congresswoman

BBC – A Democratic congresswoman says she will not be silenced after facing a barrage of criticism over comments she made about the 9/11 attacks – including from Donald Trump. The US president tweeted “WE WILL NEVER FORGET” alongside a video showing footage of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks spliced with a speech by Representative […]