WASHINGTON – Abortion rights advocates on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide – a 1973 landmark imperiled in the legal fight over Mississippi’s attempt to ban the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy. “The fallout would be swift and certain. As abortion bans are enforced – or the threat of enforcement looms – large swaths of the South and Midwest would likely be…"Abortion providers urge U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Roe v. Wade landmark"
WASHINGTON – A U.S. House of Representatives panel plans to vote next week on legislation that includes $10 billion in government assistance for high-speed-rail corridors. The House Transportation and Infrastructure proposal also includes $10 billion to enhance mobility for low-income Americans, including establishing new transit routes and funding for a fare-free service. The money is expected to be included in a $3.5 trillion government spending bill. The transit funds would also go to boost transit…"U.S. lawmakers to vote on $10 billion for high-speed-rail grants"
WASHINGTON – A congressional committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol received thousands of documents before Thursday’s deadline for U.S. companies and government agencies to submit them, a committee spokesperson said. The National Archives, which handles presidential records, has also begun a pre-release review of documents tied to former Republican President Donald Trump’s White House that were part of the committee’s document request. The Democratic-led House of Representatives Select Committee last…"U.S. congressional committee receives thousands of documents in Jan 6 probe"
DUBLIN – Britain is set to announce further extensions to post-Brexit grace periods on some goods imports to Northern Ireland, Irish deputy prime minister Leo Varadkar said on Monday, suggesting London and Brussels had agreed they needed more time for talks. Ireland is a key player in post-Brexit trade talks and Varadkar, speaking after a meeting with British Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, said he expected the British move to lead towards attempts to reach…"UK preparing to extend Brexit grace periods – Ireland’s Varadkar"
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee on Wednesday backed a proposal to increase spending for the Department of Defense by about $25 billion, more than the $715 billion proposed by President Joe Biden’s administration. The vote paved the way for $740 billion budget for the Pentagon next year, since the Senate Armed Services Committee had already backed that spending level in its version of the bill. The vote in favor of…"U.S. House committee backs $25 billion increase in defense spending"
WASHINGTON – The top Republican in the House of Representatives lashed out at President Joe Biden on Friday over the deaths of 13 U.S. Marines in Afghanistan but stopped short of joining calls from other Republicans for the Democratic president to resign or face impeachment. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy instead asked Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call lawmakers back from an August break to consider legislation that he said would prevent a U.S. withdrawal…"U.S. Republicans blast Biden over Afghanistan deaths"
BRUSSELS – The euro zone economy grew 2% in the second quarter, the European Union statistics office said on Tuesday, confirming its earlier reading as the easing of coronavirus restrictions spurred economic activity after a brief recession. In a separate release Eurostat also said that employment in the 19-nation bloc grew 0.5% in the April-June period compared to the previous quarter, in line with forecasts of economists polled by . The healthy 2% increase of…"Euro zone growth confirmed at 2% in Q2, employment rises"
BENGALURU – The European Central Bank is likely to announce long-awaited plans to reduce its pandemic-related asset purchases in the next quarter, according to a poll of economists, most of whom expected the programme to be wrapped up by the end of March. With the euro zone economy growing at its fastest pace on record and inflation set to rise further, pressure on the ECB to taper its Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP) is building,…"ECB seen laying out plans in Q4 to end emergency asset purchases: Reuters poll"
BRUSSELS – European Union exports to Britain rose in June after a volatile start to the country’s first year outside the single market, while the bloc’s exports to the rest of the world dropped slightly in the same month. The EU statistics office Eurostat said on Friday seasonally adjusted exports to Britain increased by 4.7% in June on the month, whereas imports from the UK were “nearly unchanged”. The EU’s growth in exports to Britain…"EU exports to Britain rise in June as they fall with rest of the world"
NEW YORK – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned on Tuesday following an inquiry that found he sexually harassed 11 women, mounting legal pressure and demands for his departure by President Joe Biden and others, a startling downfall for a man once seen as a possible U.S. presidential contender. Cuomo, a Democrat who had served since 2011 as governor of the fourth most-populous U.S. state, made the announcement after New York Attorney General Letitia James…"New York Governor Cuomo resigns after sexual harassment findings"