Nancy Pelosi vows action on Trump impeachment trial

US House Democrats are pushing for a quick impeachment trial for Donald Trump over the riots at the Capitol, saying full reckoning is necessary before the country and Congress can move on. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could send the article charging the former president with “incite

Joe Biden says travellers to the US will need to quarantine

People travelling to the US will need to quarantine, President Joe Biden said on Thursday afternoon. "In light of the new Covid variants you're learning about, we're instituting now a new measure for individuals flying into the United States from other countries," Mr Biden said. The US is f

Biden signs wide range of orders, including to rejoin Paris climate accord

US President Joe Biden signed executive orders to launch his administration on Wednesday, including a decision to rejoin the Paris climate accord and a mask mandate for all federal buildings. The orders included keeping the US in the World Health Organisation, ending the ban on entries from mostl

Joe Biden to new staff: be respectful to colleagues or you're fired

President Joe Biden gave a stark warning to the nearly 1,000 federal employees and staff he appointed on day one in office. Be respectful to colleagues, he warned, or you’re out. "If you're ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I

Biden plans immediate end to Trump’s ‘travel ban’ on Muslim majority states

WASHINGTON: Joe Biden will sign orders hours after being sworn in as US President to break from policies imposed by the departing President Donald Trump, including a ban on visitors from several majority-Muslim countries.The controversial ban was introduced during Trump’s first week in offic

Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

Coronavirus deaths are rising in American states as a winter surge pushes the toll towards 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold. As Americans observed a national holiday Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pleaded with federal authorities to stop travel fr

FBI: Capitol rioter allegedly hoped to sell Pelosi laptop to Russia

 young woman is accused of storming the US Capitol and stealing a laptop from the office of top Democrat Nancy Pelosi with the hope of selling it to a Russian spy agency. The FBI filed a complaint against Riley June Williams of Pennsylvania late on Sunday in a U

Biden to block Trump's plan to lift COVID-19 European travel restrictions

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to quickly extend travel restrictions barring travel by most people who have recently been in much of Europe and Brazil soon after President Donald Trump lifted those requirements effective Jan. 26, a spokeswoman for Biden said. Trump signed an order Monday li

Washington's Martin Luther King Jr memorial closed on his own federal holiday

The memorial to Martin Luther King Jr was closed on his own holiday amid an unprecedented shutdown in downtown Washington in the lead-up to president-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. “The National Park Service and the US Secret Service remind the public that sec

US Capitol lockdown lifted, fire nearby contained

The US Capitol complex was shut down for about an hour on Monday out of an abundance of caution after a small fire broke out nearby, underscoring security jitters days before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.The Capitol Police in a statement said the lockdown was lifted and the fire n

Biden nominates veteran diplomats for top State posts

WASHINGTON  - Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday nominated U.S. foreign policy veteran Wendy Sherman, a key negotiator of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, to be the No. 2 official at the State Department. Biden also nominated Victoria Nuland, a retired career foreign service offi

U.S. capitals on edge for armed protests as Trump presidency nears end

Washington, D.C., was locked down and U.S. law enforcement officials geared up for pro-Trump marches in all 50 state capitals this weekend, erecting barriers and deploying thousands of National Guard troops to try to prevent the kind of violent attack that rattled the nation on Jan. 6. The FBI wa

Biden to unveil coronavirus vaccine distribution plan as cases soar

President-elect Joe Biden will on Friday outline his plan to ramp up vaccinations against COVID-19 as he prepares to take office amid soaring infection rates and an early rollout by the Trump administration he called “a dismal failure.” Biden has promised to take more serious action t

Eyes on Pelosi as Trump impeachment trial timing up in the air

The timing of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial could come into clearer focus on Friday when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to take questions about her next steps at a morning news conference at the U.S. Capitol. The Democratic-led House of Representatives voted 232-197 on

Pompeo: Trump should win Nobel prize for Middle East peace

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo has suggested that outgoing President Donald Trump should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting harmony between Arab countries and Israel. This comes despite Trump facing trial in the Senate after becoming the first US president to be charged with misco

National Guard on 24-hour watch in U.S. Capitol after Trump supporters' siege

The National Guard were on a 24-hour watch in the U.S. Capitol after last week’s violence, with off-duty members left to catch naps in hallways and below the bust of General George Washington, who led the United States to victory in its battle for independence against Britain more than two c

US House convenes to impeach Trump for his role in Capitol assault

WASHINGTON: A week after President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the US Capitol, the US House of Representatives gathered on Wednesday to impeach the president for his role in an assault on American democracy that stunned the nation and left five dead.At least five Republicans have s

Acting US homeland security head Chad Wolf steps down after Capitol riot

Acting US Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf is stepping down from his post, days after criticising President Donald Trump over the riot at the Capitol. Mr Wolf said he was resigning over “recent events,” including court rulings saying he was not lawfully appointed to the post. He