FBI arrests Arkansas man from photo inside Pelosi’s office

The FBI on Friday arrested an Arkansas man who was photographed sitting at a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office following the storming of the Capitol by a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters, authorities announced.Richard Barnett turned himself in to FBI agents at the B

New Covid-19 variant found in eight US states

WASHINGTON: A new, more infectious strain of the coronavirus has now spread to at least eight US states, official data showed Friday, as the country logged a record new daily virus caseload.The B117 coronavirus strain, which emerged in Britain late last year, has been shown to be between 40 and 70

US Democrats push for Trump impeachment over Capitol riot

US Democrats will attempt to impeach President Donald Trump for his role in Wednesday's invasion of the Capitol. The charge of "incitement of insurrection" is set to be introduced by House Democrats on Monday and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would move forward with impeachment if

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos resigns over Washington riot

US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos submitted her resignation on Thursday, becoming the second member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet to quit over the riot by his supporters at the US Capitol. In a letter addressed to Mr Trump, she squarely laid the blame for the mayhem in Washington at

US sets new record with nearly 4,000 Covid deaths in one day: Johns Hopkins

WASHINGTON: The United States counted a record number of daily coronavirus deaths Thursday at nearly 4,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.The 3,998 deaths were recorded over the 24 hour period ending at 8:30 p.m. local time (0130 GMT Friday), during which the US notched 265,246 n

Pompeo says US not ‘banana republic’ despite Trump-inspired Capitol mob attacks

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday hit back at assertions that a mob attack on the Capitol showed the United States to be a “banana republic.”A number of foreign critics as well as former US president George W. Bush made the analogy after rioters stirred up by Presi

After Capitol violence, Trump faces calls for removal and staff exodus

WASHINGTO - The top two Democrats in Congress on Thursday called for President Donald Trump to be removed from office, one day after his supporters stormed and vandalized the U.S. Capitol in a harrowing assault on American democracy. With 13 days left in Trump’s term, House of Representativ

Democrats poised to control Senate, giving Joe Biden upper hand

With Democrats on the brink of sweeping both seats in Georgia’s special election on Wednesday, the blue party is effectively poised to control the Senate and the White House for the first time in a decade and will have the upper hand in shaping the legislative agenda. Both Raphael

More than two thirds of vaccine doses in US left unused

US President Donald Trump said Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was “crazy” and not a Republican after a recording of a phone call between the two men was leaked. Mr Trump spoke at a rally in Georgia amid revelations that he had pressured Mr Raffensperger, demanding

Major U.S. airlines back expanding COVID-19 testing for more international travelers

WASHINGTON - A group representing major U.S. airlines on Monday backed a proposal by public health officials to implement a global testing program requiring negative tests before most international air passengers return to the United States, according to a letter seen by Reuters. Airlines for Ame

US virus death toll hits 350,000; surge feared

 The COVID-19 death toll in the United States has surpassed 350,000 as experts anticipate another surge in coronavirus cases and deaths stemming from holiday gatherings over Christmas and New Year’s.Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows the US passed the threshold early Sunday

California funeral homes run out of space as US Covid-19 cases surge

The head of the state funeral directors association says mortuaries are being inundated as the United States passed the grim tally of 350,000 Covid-19 deaths. More than 20 million people in the country have been infected, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. “I’ve

Magnitude 3.6 earthquake jolts San Francisco Bay Area

The U.S. Geological Survey says the offshore quake struck around 5:40 a.m. yesterday a few miles west of San Francisco at a depth of about 9 miles (14 kilometers). The agency's website shows thousands of reports of people saying they felt the earthquake. Many of them took to social media to

Dick Thornburgh: Former US Attorney General, Pennsylvania governor during Three Mile Island crisis, dies at 88

Former Pennsylvania governor and US attorney general Dick Thornburgh, who steered the Justice Department under presidents Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush and oversaw the response to America’s worst nuclear accident, has died aged 88. The former governor passed away at a retirement home out

Portland America welcomes the New Year with protests and confrontations with the police

New Year's Eve riots broke out in Portland, the largest city in the US state of Oregon, during which protesters threw Molotov cocktails at police. And the police wrote in a tweet on Twitter: "A gathering in downtown Portland turned into a riot and the participants threw incendiary materials at th

US to move aircraft carrier out of Middle East amid Iran tension

The Pentagon has decided to send home the only US Navy aircraft carrier in the Middle East, reducing firepower in the region amid heightened tension with Iran, officials said on Thursday. The decision, confirmed by defence officials, came out a day after Air Force B-52 bombers flew non-stop from

California finds new coronavirus variant after first US case in Colorado

California Governor Gavin Newsom said his state had found its first known case of the new variant of the coronavirus, after the first US case was announced in Colorado. Mr Newsom discussed the case, which was discovered in Southern California, during an online conversation with the country's

Biden picks Lebanese-American doctor for Covid-19 response programme

US president-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday named Lebanese-American doctor Bechara Choucair as vaccine co-ordinator in an expansion of his Covid-19 response team. Dr Choucair is a family physician who served as Chicago’s public health commissioner from 2009 to 2014 and is currently chief health