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US House to approve $6.3B for Afghan refugee resettlement

US House to approve $6.3B for Afghan refugee resettlement

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Funding will bolster US government agencies’ Afghan refugee resettlement efforts after Kabul evacuation in August.The US House of Representatives is moving to approve $6.3bn in emergency assistance to help resettle Afghan refugees in the United States after the country’s evacuation operation from Kabul last month. The funds are part of a larger $28.6bn disaster relief and stopgap government funding bill expected to be passed in the House on Tuesday evening – but could face an uphill battle in the US Senate. “This funding will ensure the government agencies involved in the resettlement process have the capacity necessary to help our Afghan allies build new lives in safety in the United States,” said Representative Deborah Ross, a House Democrat. House Democratic leaders attached the emergen...
UK power firm stops taking new customers amid escalating crisis

UK power firm stops taking new customers amid escalating crisis

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The British government held an emergency meeting with small power suppliers on Tuesday, and by the late afternoon Igloo, Green, Ampower, Utilita and NEO Energy had posted notices on their websites saying they were closed to new business.By Rachel Morison, William Mathis and Todd Gillespie and Isis AlmeidaBloomberg21 Sep 2021A raft of small U.K. gas and power suppliers stopped accepting new customers in a dramatic escalation of the country’s energy crisis. The British government held an emergency meeting with small power suppliers on Tuesday, and by the late afternoon Igloo, Green, Ampower, Utilita and NEO Energy had posted notices on their websites saying they were closed to new business. Hours later, the regulator demanded five small companies pay overdue levies owed t...
Biden Vows to Double Aid on Climate, a Key Issue at U.N. Gathering

Biden Vows to Double Aid on Climate, a Key Issue at U.N. Gathering

Technology, World
President Biden said on Tuesday that his administration would seek to double aid aimed at helping developing nations address climate change, raising a pledge he made in April to about $11.4 billion a year by 2024.The pledge is considered critical to the success of United Nations-led climate talks that are scheduled to take place in November in Glasgow, though whether and when the money will materialize depends on congressional approval.Climate change is perhaps the most important subject at this year’s General Assembly meeting, with new scientific evidence showing a losing battle in what the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, has called an existential struggle.Many developing countries have repeatedly pointed out that rich countries have not delivered the $100 billion a ye...
Texas doctor who defied state’s new abortion ban is sued

Texas doctor who defied state’s new abortion ban is sued

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A doctor in the United States who performed an abortion in defiance of a new Texas state law has been hit with a pair of lawsuits following his public admission during the weekend he had violated the new law.Former lawyers in Arkansas and Illinois filed separate state lawsuits Monday against Dr Alan Braid, who in a weekend Washington Post opinion column became the first Texas abortion provider to publicly reveal he had performed an abortion since the Texas law took effect on September 1. Dr Braid, of San Antonio, all but dared supporters of the state’s near-total ban on the procedure to try making an early example of him by filing a lawsuit. “I fully understood that there could be legal consequences — but I wanted to make sure that Texas didn’t get away with its bid to prevent this blatant...
Hundreds more evacuated as lava spews from Canary Islands volcano

Hundreds more evacuated as lava spews from Canary Islands volcano

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New fissure opens up on Cumbre Vieja’s slope after earthquake rocks La Palma late on Monday.A river of lava gushing from an erupting volcano in Spain’s Canary Islands has forced authorities to evacuate hundreds more people on the crisis-hit island of La Palma. About 500 people were evacuated from the El Paso municipality late Monday and early Tuesday after a new stream of lava started flowing from another crack on the slope of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, according to local officials. The new fissure opened after what the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute said was a 3.8-magnitude earthquake late on Monday. The volcano first erupted on Sunday after a week of thousands of small tremors, shooting lava hundreds of metres into the air and sending molten rock tumbling downhill across the island’...
India’s aim to tighten e-com rules faces internal gov’t dissent

India’s aim to tighten e-com rules faces internal gov’t dissent

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India’s plan to tighten rules on its fast-growing e-commerce market has run into internal government dissent, memos reviewed by Reuters news agency show, with the Ministry of Finance describing some proposals as “excessive” and “without economic rationale”.The memos offer a rare glimpse of high-stakes policy-making governing a market already featuring global retail heavyweights from Amazon to Walmart, plus domestic players like Reliance Industries and Tata Group. The sector is forecast by Grant Thornton to be worth $188bn by 2025. It is not clear how the objections from the finance ministry – a dozen in total – will ultimately be reflected in the proposed rule changes, first floated in June. But watchers of the influential government arm say its complaints will not fall on deaf ears in the...
Biden Administration to Draft Rules on Workplace Heat Dangers

Biden Administration to Draft Rules on Workplace Heat Dangers

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is opening an effort across federal agencies to address the health impacts from heat, including the first ever labor standard aimed at protecting workers from extreme heat, as part of a growing recognition of the dangers posed by warming temperatures caused by climate change.The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, part of the Labor Department, will draft its first rule governing heat exposure designed to protect those who work outdoors in agricultural, construction and delivery services as well as workers in warehouses, factories, and kitchens.It comes after a summer that saw record heat waves in the Western United States and British Columbia, which scientists say were made more extreme by climate change. According to the National Weather Se...
Canada: Trudeau’s Liberals to form government, CBC projects

Canada: Trudeau’s Liberals to form government, CBC projects

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BREAKINGPM Trudeau’s party expected to form minority government, Canada’s public broadcaster reports, after tight election race.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party will form the next government, the country’s public broadcaster projected, after a close election battle against the opposition Conservatives. CBC News reported late on Monday that the Liberals would hold onto power, but the network did not immediately say whether the party would get a minority or majority in Canada’s 44th parliament. The final results may not be released on Monday, Canadian media have reported, as election officials will begin counting hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots on Tuesday morning. In a push for a majority, Trudeau triggered the snap election in mid-August, telling voters he wan...
‘Obscene’: Rights groups slam US expulsions of Haitian migrants

‘Obscene’: Rights groups slam US expulsions of Haitian migrants

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Washington, DC – Rights groups in the United States have blasted the Biden administration for its planned expulsion of some 12,000 mostly Haitian migrants and asylum seekers who have been camped under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, after wading across the Rio Grande River from Mexico.US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on Monday that 6,500 migrants and asylum seekers have been taken into custody in advance of processing and removal from the US. On Sunday, the first flights carrying migrants landed in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince. “It’s completely unconscionable,” Steven Forester, immigration policy coordinator at the US-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, told Al Jazeera. “There’s no way Haiti can handle the people that are in Haiti now...