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    Looming US evictions spur growing concerns, calls for action

    Concerns are growing in the United States after a nationwide moratorium on rental evictions during the coronavirus pandemic expired this weekend, threatening to make millions of Americans homeless as early as Monday morning. A freeze on evictions expired at midnight on Saturday, triggering a scramble to unlock billions of dollars in stalled rental aid and spurring blame-trading in Washington, DC.…

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    US COVID spike: ‘More pain and suffering’ ahead, says Fauci

    The rise in US coronavirus cases amid the spread of the Delta variant prompts renewed call for more Americans to get vaccinated. The top infectious disease expert in the United States has warned that the country will experience more “pain and suffering in the future” as coronavirus infections are surging, especially in parts of the country where large segments of…

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    Canada officially marks first nationwide Emancipation Day

    August 1 is now recognised across Canada as Emancipation Day, marking the end of slavery in the British Empire in 1834. After years of campaigning by Black legislators and community advocates, Canada on Sunday is officially marking the abolishment of slavery nearly 200 years ago in its first nationwide Emancipation Day. Canadian parliamentarians unanimously voted in March to recognise Emancipation…

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    US urges Tunisia’s Saied to return swiftly to ‘democratic path’

    In a phone call with Tunisian president, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan underscored the need for ‘rapidly forming a new government’, White House says. US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has urged Tunisian President Kais Saied to outline a swift return to the “democratic path”, days after his shock seizure of governing powers, the White House said. On July…

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    Canada: Protesters demand investigation into residential schools

    Call comes after over 1,000 unmarked graves found at institutions Indigenous children were forced to attend for decades. Warning: The story below contains details of residential schools that may be upsetting. Canada’s Indian Residential School Survivors and Family Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at 1-866-925-4419. Hundreds of people took part in a rally in the Canadian capital…

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    Top US diplomat to meet with Southeast Asian officials next week

    Secretary of State Antony Blinken to attend annual meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers, among others, US official says. The United States’ top diplomat will meet virtually with Southeast Asian officials next week, a senior State Department official said on Saturday, as President Joe Biden’s administration seeks to show the region is a priority while also addressing the crisis in Myanmar.…

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    Millions across US at risk of eviction as coronavirus surges

    Millions of people across the United States could be forced out of their homes as a nationwide moratorium on evictions is set to expire at midnight on Saturday amid a spike in coronavirus infections. With billions in government funds meant to help renters still untapped, President Joe Biden this week urged Congress to extend the 11-month ban on removals after…

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    George W Bush should shut up and go away

    [By now, George W Bush should have completed volumes one and two of his prison letters. But, as we know, the world is not a just place. So, like all the other American presidents who have avoided the dock despite the crimes they have committed at home and abroad, the former US president remains a free, and, indeed, carefree, man.…

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    US gymnast Biles withdraws from more Olympics finals

    Biles was expected to be one of the headliners of the Tokyo Games in a bid for six gold medals. Simone Biles has withdrawn from the vault and uneven bar apparatus finals at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday as the US gymnast continued to wrestle with mental health issues. Biles had earlier stunned the Tokyo Games when she dropped out…

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    US seizes tanker used to evade North Korea sanctions

    US says 2,734-tonne M/T Courageous was seized in Cambodia after it transferred more than $1.5m worth of oil to a North Korean ship. The United States has seized a Singapore-owned oil tanker that was used to make oil deliveries to North Korea in violation of international sanctions, the Justice Department said. A New York federal judge issued a judgement of…

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