‘It’s only going to get worse’: mask war in Arizona schools ramps up as Covid cases soar | Arizona

[ad_1] Sherry Dorathy has long lived in Miami, Arizona, a small, once prosperous copper mining town tucked behind rugged hills and wind-carved rock formations. A former special education teacher, she’s now the gentle-voiced superintendent of the Miami Unified school district 40. The district, like at least 13 others in the Grand Canyon state, requires students … Read more

Should sellers disclose a house’s dark secret? In some states it’s the law | Real estate

[ad_1] In Boston’s Little Italy, where tourists juggle coffee and cannoli, there is a 10ft-wide monument to revenge on the market that could be yours for $1.2m. It’s a spite house. An unusual architectural phenomenon, the property was built not with hope and love, but with venom and machiavellian planning, with the intention of irritating … Read more

Coronavirus live news: WHO to ship Chinese vaccines despite concerns, US Covid hospitalisations hit eight-month high | World news

[ad_1] The World Health Organization’s pandemic programme plans to ship 100m doses of the Sinovac and Sinopharm Covid-19 shots by the end of next month, mostly to Africa and Asia, in its first delivery of Chinese vaccines, a WHO document shows. Reuters reports that the Chinese shipments will help the sputtering global Covax vaccine sharing … Read more

Texas house passes sweeping voting restrictions bill | Texas

[ad_1] The Texas house of representatives has passed a sweeping elections bill that would prohibit 24-hour and drive-through voting, block election officials from sending out absentee ballot applications, impose new identification requirements on mail-in ballots, and give more leeway to partisan poll watchers at voting sites. The bill – which passed on a 79-37 mostly … Read more

Kabul airport atrocity offers a glimpse of the chaos to come in Afghanistan | Afghanistan

[ad_1] The tempting comparison between the withdrawals of US forces from Kabul in 2021 and Saigon in 1975 has offered diminishing returns over the past 12 days. Whereas about 7,000 people were evacuated from Vietnam (5,500 Vietnamese civilians and about 1,500 Americans), more than 95,000 people have left Afghanistan in a historic airlift since 14 … Read more

Kamala Harris’s south-east Asia trip reveals limits of US strategy | US foreign policy

[ad_1] In October 2013, as the former US president Barack Obama had to cancel his four-nation tour of south-east Asia due to the congressional impasse at home, China’s president Xi Jinping, instead, made the news headlines across the region. On that trip to Indonesia, Xi proposed to set up an Asian infrastructure investment bank to … Read more

Biden urged to scrap Trump ‘Remain in Mexico’ migrant policy after court ruling | US immigration

[ad_1] Democratic lawmakers and immigration advocates are pressing Joe Biden to take new steps to end an immigration policy begun by his predecessor, Donald Trump, after the US supreme court ordered that the controversial “Remain in Mexico” program be reinstated. The policy put in place by Trump, forced thousands of asylum seekers to stay in … Read more

White House in crisis mode after Islamic State attack in Kabul kills dozens | Joe Biden

[ad_1] Joe Biden is due to address the nation about the deepening crisis in Afghanistan at 5pm on Thursday after 12 US troops and at least 60 Afghan civilians were killed in an Islamic State attack in Kabul. The US president was reportedly in the situation room with his national security team when details of … Read more

San Francisco luxury tower still sinking even as engineers work on $100m fix | San Francisco

[ad_1] San Francisco’s notorious sinking luxury high-rise is still sinking, even amid a $100m project designed to fix the issue. Work to reinforce the foundation of Millennium tower in the city’s downtown came to a halt this week, after engineers found the building had sunk 1in in the months since work began. Engineers were working … Read more

‘It was like doomsday’: wait at Kabul airport descends into terror | Afghanistan

[ad_1] Another long, hot afternoon in Kabul was drawing to a close, thousands of foreigners and Afghans – many in family groups with young children – still hoping to flee the capital, thronged the heavily guarded gates of Hamid Karzai International Airport, desperate to board one of the last planes out. The atmosphere was febrile: … Read more