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 The New York appellate court has ruled against former US president Donald Trump, saying he will have to testify under oath as part of the New York Attorney General's Office's investigation of his business practices in the state.



The investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James has been exploring records belonging to Trump and the Trump Organization, and has focused on suspicion that the former president provided a false valuation of his assets in order to secure more favorable positions regarding loans and taxes. Trump refused to provide documents and was then taken to court by the NY attorney general's office. 

He was found guilty of being in contempt of court and ordered to pay $10,000 per day for every day he refused to submit a deposition. He appealed the court's ruling, arguing that they could not be forced to testify because their responses could be used against them in a criminal probe and that violated their constitutional rights. His appeal has now been lost.

The ruling on Thursday, May 26, by a panel of four judges upheld a decision by New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron, who said in February that Trump and two of his children had to comply with subpoenas calling for them to sit for depositions. Engoron also ordered that Trump was in contempt for failing to turn over company documents.

"The existence of a criminal investigation does not preclude civil discovery of related facts, at which a party may exercise the privilege against self-incrimination," Thursday's ruling from the Supreme Court's Appellate Division said.

The former president can appeal this latest decision to the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals.

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 Mahjabin Hakimi, a member of the Afghanistan women's youth volleyball team, has reportedly been beheaded by the Taliban in the country's capital of Kabul because of its objection to women's sport.

 


After the murder of Hakimi, the group is then alleged to have posted pictures of her decapitating head on social media, possibly as a brutal warning to others.

 

Conflicting reports have emerged about the death of the young girl.

 

A death certificate that emerged showed she had possibly died a week before the Taliban took control following the retreat by the US and its allies from the country.

 

Other claims state that the young athlete took her own life.

 

Taliban beheads rising female volleyball player and posts photo online, coach says

 

A leaked photo of her body showed wounds to her neck, but it wasn't clear if a blade or a ligature point had caused this.

 

However, the Afghanistan based Payk Investigative Journalism Centre said that its sources had confirmed that Mahjabin had been "beheaded by the Taliban in Kabul".

 

In an interview with the Persian Independent, one of Hakimi's coaches - speaking under a pseudonym - said that she was killed in early October but that it had been kept a secret as her family had been threatened not to talk about it.

 

Taliban beheads rising female volleyball player and posts photo online, coach says

 

Dozens of female athletes have fled Afghanistan in fear of their lives since the Taliban swept back into power in August as the preexisting Afghan Government collapsed.

 

The Taliban has banned all sports for females since taking power, and have yet to allow girls to return to school for an education.

 

Only two of the women's youth volleyball team's players managed to escape Afghanistan, it has been reported.

 

"All the players of the volleyball team and the rest of the women athletes are in a bad situation and in despair and fear," the coach said, according to the Persian Independent.

 

"Everyone has been forced to flee and live in unknown places."

 

Taliban beheads rising female volleyball player and posts photo online, coach says

Taliban beheads rising female volleyball player and posts photo online, coach says

 

Hakimi played for Kabul Municipality Volleyball Club before the Taliban seized power. 

 

Afghanistan's Chef de Mission at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, Arian Sadiqi, fears for the lives of 12 Para athletes who are still stuck in the country and is worried that those who did not escape when the Taliban seized power have been forgotten about.

 

"If these girls don’t get help soon, they may fall into the hands of the Taliban and may get killed," Sadiqi said, according to Insidethegames.

 

Athletes Noorja Najafi, Rahela Haidari, Nargis Masomi and Benafsha Najafi have all called on European countries to help evacuate them from Afghanistan.

 

"The right to education has been taken away from us," said Najafi in a video.

 

"We cannot go to university safely or study safely because we are disabled," Najafi continues in the video.

 

"Without wearing a hijab, we cannot walk or go out.

 

"We are very worried that our lives are in danger."

 

The women's national volleyball team has petitioned for foreign organisations to help get them out of the country, but have so far been unsuccessful.

 

"Our players who were living in the provinces had to leave and live in other places," Zahra Fayazi, a coach for Afghanistan, told the BBC in September.

 

"They even burned their sports equipment to save themselves and their families.

 

"They didn't want them to keep anything related to sport.

 

"They are scared.

 

"Many of our players who are from provinces were threatened many times by their relatives who are Taliban and Taliban followers.

 

"The Taliban asked our players' families to not allow their girls to do sport, otherwise they will be faced with unexpected violence."


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 Afghans recently resettled in Britain, after the Taliban overthrew the Afghan government, have begged to be allowed to return to their country.

 

A shortage of available permanent homes meant thousands of those Afghans who fought alongside British forces or fled in fear of their lives have been put up in hotels.

 

Late last month the Home Office permanent secretary Matthew Rycroft said 7,000 Afghans were in emergency accommodation, and many would remain there into the New Year.

 

The resettlement scheme, tagged Operation Warm Welcome, launched on August 29 to resettle Afghans in Britain.

 

However, a doctor said he’s had "a few patients telling me they want to go home" already.

 

He told the Guardian: "I had to put him on medication, and his wife, because they were so upset."

 

The delivery of the scheme intended to help Afghans rebuild their lives in the UK has come under criticism from numerous angles.

 

Concerns have been raised about refugees’ access to healthcare and getting registered with a local GP.

 

The Helen Bamber Foundation said contractors at some of the hotels were unaware of their obligation to get them signed up.

 

The charity’s lead doctor Jill O’Leary said the Home Office had a "blind spot when it comes to vulnerability".

 

Health charity Medcat also expressed concerns with the provisions for "destitute" asylum seekers.

 

A spokesperson said: "Arrangements by the Home Office and its contractors to house those waiting in interim publicly funded accommodation are medically dangerous."

 

In Greenwich, London, the council said nearly 700 Afghans have been resettled locally and slammed the "reprehensible" lack of clarity about what would happen to them once their quarantine period ended.  

 

Deputy leader Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald said on September 9: "Having been through hell, the government continues to fail Afghan refugees.

 

"These are people who have experienced unimaginable trauma, sleepless nights, and fear for their family members back home.

 

"They now have the additional worry of not knowing where they will be sent next. The lack of basic leadership from the government is putting people’s lives at risk."

 

A spokesperson for the Home Office said: "The UK’s biggest and fastest emergency evacuation in recent history helped over 15,000 people to safety, and hotels remain a temporary measure to help accommodate those we brought here.

 

"It is going to take time to find permanent homes for everyone but we are working urgently with our partners to do so.

 

"Our aim is to support everyone who is resettled here to build a successful life in the UK, and that is why we work around the clock to provide wrap-around support to families. This includes working closely with local authorities across the UK to ensure everyone temporarily accommodated in hotels has access to essential provisions, healthcare, education and universal credit."

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CEO of antivirus  company McAfee, has been found dead in a Spanish prison near Barcelona after the Spanish high court authorised his extradition to the United States

 


The Bristih technology entrepreneur reportedly commited suicide by hanging on Wednesday afternoon June 23, in a prison cell, just hours after a preliminary ruling for his extradition to the United States on charges of tax evasion.

 

The Catalan justice department confirmed in a statement that the likely cause of death is suicide, Reuters reported.

 

Employees at the Brians 2 penitentiary tried to revive the 75-year-old Mr McAfee but were unsuccessful, according to a statement cited by Spanish newspaper El Mundo and reporting by the Associated Press.

 

According to the newspaper El Pais, the software entrepreneur was arrested in October and was awaiting extradition to the US when he was found dead.

 

The paper added that police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.


Mr. McAfee had been charged with several federal financial crimes in two US districts. In the Western District of Tennessee, Mr McAfee was indicted in October on ten counts of allegedly evading taxes on millions of dollars of income.

 

In a Manhattan federal court in March, he was charged for a scheme involving cryptocurrency, which he was pushing on social media.

 

The charges carried a prison sentence of up to 30 years.

 

A statement from the regional Catalan government didn’t identify the American tycoon by name but said he was a 75-year-old US citizen awaiting extradition to the country.

 

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Former US President, Donald Trump has said 'there is no way' Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential Election after a new poll claimed the majority of GOP voters do not consider the president to be the legitimate winner.

A CBS News poll published on Sunday, May 16, showed that 67 percent of self-described Republicans did not think that President Joe Biden won the election legitimately.

'Breaking News! New polling by CBS News on the state of the Republican Party (which is very strong!),' Trump wrote on his own website as he reacted to the outcome of the poll. 

''President Trump has a strong hold on the GOP." 80% of Republicans agree with the removal of Liz Cheney from GOP Leadership and only 20% disagree.

'The poll also showed that 67% of Republicans said that they do not consider Sleepy Joe Biden to be the legitimate winner of the 2020 Presidential Election. 

'I agree with them 100%, just look at the facts and the data—there is no way he won the 2020 Presidential Election!'

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Trump has made several false claims of electoral fraud in the November presidential election in which he lost out on a second term. 

The CBS News survey was conducted by YouGov between May 12 and 14. It spoke to 951 'self-identified Republicans (including Republicans and Republican-leaners)'.

The sample was weighted to be representative of Republicans in the previous national polls, according to several factors including gender, race, and education. 

The poll showed that voters considered it most vital that GOP officials and candidates propose important legislation. 

Seventy-three percent of respondents considered that very important, compared to 37 percent who said it was very important for officials and candidates to support claims of 2020 election fraud.

Support for election fraud claims also fell behind agreement on economic policy and agreement on culture and values in terms of importance to voters.  

CBS News conducted the poll following the ouster of Congresswoman Liz Cheney from her leadership post.

The Republican lawmaker, who is the daughter of ex-US Vice-President Dick Cheney, had held the third-ranking post in the House of Representatives since 2019. 

She was voted out for clashing with members of her party over Trump’s false claims about election fraud and his actions on the day of the Capitol riot.

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United States President, Joe Biden, has raised the minimum wage of those working on federal contracts to $15 per hour which is equivalent to N5,700 at the official exchange rate of N379 per dollar.

This means that each worker would be able to go home with $10,950 monthly (N4.2 million).

This comes amid debates in Nigeria over the N30,000 minimum wage per month for workers which is equivalent to $66.

Biden took to his official Twitter account on Tuesday, to inform all workers in America of the development.

He wrote; “I believe no one should work full time and still live in poverty. That’s why today, I raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour for people working on federal contracts.”

Meanwhile, recall that in 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari forwarded an executive bill to the National Assembly for amendment of the National Minimum Wage Act after prolonged and heated negotiations between the workers, employers and the government.

Buhari signed the passed bill into law in April 2019, raising the minimum wage from N18,000 to N30,000.

Some states have, however, been unable to pay the new wage.

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US President, Joe Biden on Wednesday April 14, formally announced his decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan before September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that led the US into the country to wage its longest war.



Biden delivered the historic statement from precisely the same spot in the White House Treaty Room that President George W. Bush announced the start of the war on October 7, 2001.


Biden said after the statement he'll visit the section of Arlington National Cemetery where many of America's war dead from Afghanistan are buried.


He also added that American diplomatic and humanitarian efforts will continue in Afghanistan while the US would support peace efforts between the Afghan government and the Taliban but the war between the US and Afghanistan is over.

 

"We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan hoping to create the ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result," Biden said.


"I am now the fourth American president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats," he added. "I will not pass this responsibility to a fifth."


"It is time to end America's longest war. It is time for American troops to come home," he said.


Biden said the withdrawal will begin on May 1, in line with an agreement President Donald Trump's administration made with the Taliban. He said the complete withdrawal will be done by September 11.


The White House believes that after two decades of "war," it is clear to the President that throwing more time and money at Afghanistan's problems wasn't going to work.


"This is not conditions-based," a senior administration official heavily involved in the deliberations said on Tuesday.


"The President has judged that a conditions-based approach, which has been the approach of the past two decades, is a recipe for staying in Afghanistan forever."


Some US troops will remain to protect American diplomats, though officials declined to provide a precise number.


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Wednesday he spoke to Biden and that he "respects the US decision."


"Afghanistan's proud security and defense forces are fully capable of defending its people and country, which they have been doing all along, and for which the Afghan nation will forever remain grateful," Ghani said on Twitter.

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Biden said that he spoke with former President George W. Bush on Tuesday ahead of announcing his decision to withdraw the troops.

"I spoke yesterday with President Bush to inform him of my decision. While he and I have had many disagreements over policy throughout the years, we are absolutely united in our respect and support for the valor, courage and integrity of the women and men of the United States forces who've served," Biden said.


The war in Afghanistan has killed some 2,300 US troops and cost more than $2 trillion.

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Queen Elizabeth II has ordered that no royal should wear military uniform for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

Prince Harry had faced the humiliating prospect of being the only senior male in the royal family who won't wear the military uniform after losing his honorary ranks.

 

Harry, 36, was stripped of his three military titles when he quit royal duty with wife Meghan.

 

Royal protocol now means the Duke — who did two tours of Afghanistan with the Blues and Royals — can only wear a suit with medals at royal functions.

 

Also, there was serious debate about whether Prince Andrew should be allowed to wear his Admiral uniform since he's been implicated in the scandal involving convicted pedophile Jeffrey Eastern.

 

While Andrew has lost many of his charitable patronages, he has not been stripped of his military positions and titles yet, unlike Prince Harry.

 

Piers Morgan even weighed in saying "shameful" Prince Andrew should be denied wearing an Admiral's uniform until he speaks to the FBI over his alleged links to Jeffrey Epstein.

 

Piers Morgan wrote: "His request to attend the funeral as an Admiral when he has so far failed to either clear his name or return to public duties is completely outrageous.

 

"How dare he 'demand' anything given his refusal to be interviewed by the FBI about a very serious sex crime investigation?"

 

Insiders involved in planning for Saturday’s funeral claim the Queen personally stepped in to suggest all senior male royals wear suits and ties.

 

A military source told The Sun: "It’s the most eloquent solution to the problem."

 

Another source confirmed last night that "current thinking is no uniforms".

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 Well it seems nothing can come between Donald Trump and his Coke - not even his call for the boycott of the product.



A bottle of a drink that looks like Coke was spotted on the desk of the office of the Former US president — even though he recently urged his supporters to stop patronizing the drink for political reasons.


Stephen Miller, Trump’s former senior White House adviser, posted what seemed to be an innocuous photo on Twitter of himself with the ex-president in his Florida office.


“Just had a terrific meeting with President Trump!” Miller captioned the pic, in which both men smiled.

 

Trump spotted hiding

 

But eagled eyed fans noticed the shape of what appeared to be a glass bottle of Coke hidden behind a landline phone on his desk.

 

Trump spotted hiding

Trump spotted hiding

 

Over the weekend, Trump called on his supporters to boycott Coca-Cola and several other companies that condemned Georgia Republicans for enacting new voting restrictions that critics say are designed to disenfranchise Black voters in the state.


“Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS, and Merck,” Trump said in a statement Saturday. 


“Don’t go back to their products until they relent. We can play the game better than them.”


Trump is reportedly an avid Coke consumer. The former U.S. president consumed so much Coke while in the White House that he reportedly had a special button installed on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office that he could press whenever he wanted a drink. Once he pressed the red button, “a White House butler soon arrived with a Coke for the president,” according to an Associated Press report.


Some Twitter users criticized the Republican leader for his hypocrisy.

 

Trump spotted hiding

Trump spotted hiding

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 Jane Fonda, 83, has said she doesn't desire to be in a relationship, but if she does, it will only be with a younger man.

 


In her new cover interview for Harper's Bazaar, the actress said: "I don’t want to be in a relationship, a sexual relationship, again. I don’t have that desire."

 

She added: "Do I fantasize? Yes…That I meet a professor or a researcher, somebody in that line who is really capable of loving, of cherishing a woman, so that I could test myself and see if I could show up. I think maybe now I could, but the problem is that, like a man, I would want a younger man. Isn’t that awful? It’s a thing about skin. I would want a younger man, and I’m too vain."

 

Fonda went on to explain that after her three failed marriages to French director Roger Vadim, political activist Tom Hayden, and billionaire founder of CNN, Ted Turner, she wonders if she's not capable of intimacy.

 

"What I’ve had to really think about is that I’m not really capable [of intimacy]." She continued, "It’s not them. It’s me. If a guy had come along and said, ‘Come on, Fonda, show up,’ I would have run away scared. I was attracted to men who never would have done that to me because they couldn’t necessarily show up themselves. I didn’t know that at the time, but now I know. I don’t think I can do anything about it now, but that’s the truth, as Lily [Tomlin] would say. That’s the truth."


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 Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world for the fourth year in a row despite the COVID-19 pandemic, according to this year's World Happiness Report.

 


The World Happiness Report, which was launched in 2012, is an annual survey conducted by the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The survey ranks global happiness in countries around the world.

 

The happiness index included surveys on how countries have dealt with the coronavirus pandemic that has shaken the world for more than a year.

 

The report's authors said this year's survey examined the effects of the crisis on the structure and quality of people's lives as well as how governments dealt with it.

 

“Surprisingly there was not, on average, a decline in well-being when measured by people’s own evaluation of their lives,” said University of British Columbia professor John Helliwell, one of the people behind the report. “One possible explanation is that people see Covid-19 as a common, outside threat affecting everybody and that this has generated a greater sense of solidarity and fellow-feeling.”

 

On this year's report, Iceland came in second, followed by Denmark, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

 

See the World’s 20 Happiest Countries.

  1. Finland
  2. Iceland
  3. Denmark
  4. Switzerland
  5. Netherlands
  6. Sweden
  7. Germany
  8. Norway
  9. New Zealand
  10. Austria
  11. Israel
  12. Australia
  13. Ireland
  14. United States
  15. Canada
  16. Czech Republic
  17. Belgium
  18. United Kingdom
  19. China
  20. France
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 US President, Joe Biden, tripped and fell thrice while climbing the Air Force One stairs on Friday, March 19.

 


He was on his way to Georgia when he missed his step three times while boarding the Air Force One.

 

Following the incident, Donald Trump Jr, the son of the 45th US President, took to Twitter to mock his father's successor.

 

He shared a video of Biden falling and wrote: "I remember the press bashing Trump for touching the rail once. Biden falls repeatedly but I’m sure he’s the picture of health. No wonder all our enemies are pouncing simultaneously and mocking him publicly."

 

Joe Biden trips and falls thrice while climbing Air Firce One stairs and Donald Trump Jr. mocks him mercilessly (video)

 

He also shared a doctored video showing his father, Donald Trump Sr., playing golf, and when he hit the ball, it flew and hit Biden on the head, causing him to fall.

 

His caption on the video reads: "It wasn’t the wind folks."

 

Joe Biden trips and falls thrice while climbing Air Firce One stairs and Donald Trump Jr. mocks him mercilessly (video)

 

In another post, he wrote: "Pay no attention to the fact that the President of the United States is so frail that he got knocked over repeatedly by a gust of wind.

 

"Nothing at all to see here, folks!"

 

Joe Biden trips and falls thrice while climbing Air Firce One stairs and Donald Trump Jr. mocks him mercilessly (video)

 

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Akwa Ibom-based Danish aid worker, Anja Ringgren Loven has shared a hateful and racist message she received from a man on Instagram.

 

Loven had on Monday, posted a photo of herself with some of the children in Land of Hope, Eket, to celebrate International Women's Day.

 


In the message, the user, who goes by the handle "suodj" told Loven to go kill herself along with her "niggers"

 

"Kill yourself, disgusting bestiality lover with your N199ers"  the meassage reads. The person also added a gorilla photo to the message. 

 

Man sends racist and hateful message to Danish aid worker, Anja Ringgren Loven referring to  Nigerian children as "gorilla and niggers" "I don’t even have words to describe this message I received today on Instagram. I have now blocked the profile. I want to know if it’s even possible to report this hateful racist message to any authorities ? It’s a secret profile so it seems like there is nothing else to do than to report it to Instagram. I have a lot to say to the person behind this profile but let me just share the message for the world to see this cowards stupidity !!" Anja wrote. 

Man sends racist and hateful message to Danish aid worker, Anja Ringgren Loven referring to  Nigerian children as "gorilla and niggers"

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US First Family, Joe and Jill Biden's German shepherds have been removed from the White House after the younger dog, Major, reportedly bit a security agent.

 


According to reports, the pets have been sent back to the Biden family home in Wilmington, Delaware.

 

Joe Biden


It follows reports Major, a dog not usually used to public life, started exhibiting aggressive behaviour towards White House staff.


The Bidens adopted three-year-old Major in 2018. He is officially the first dog from an animal shelter to live in the White House.


Their other dog, Champ, is 13 years old.


Reports from US media say Major had been jumping, barking and charging at White House staff and security since he entered the White House.


Last month, Jill Biden told The Kelly Clarkson Show that she was focused on getting the dogs settled.


"They have to take the elevator, they're not used to that, and they have to go out on the South Lawn with lots of people watching them. So that's what I've been obsessed with, getting everybody settled and calm," she said.


Even though Donald Trump was the first president in more than 100 years not to have a dog, the White House has a long history with pets.


Former US President Lyndon B Johnson also had a rescue dog - a terrier mix named Yuki.

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Hundreds of sex workers in the Netherlands took part in a demonstration in which they were protesting against unequal treatment and stigmatization. The sex workers who were demonstrating in The Hague on Tuesday were demanding the right to return to work so that they can provide their services.



This comes after the country’s Health Minister Hugo de Jonge announced last week, that other “contact professions” such as hairdressers, beauty salons and masseurs would be allowed to reopen from Wednesday. However, the Health Minister specifically excluded sex workers from reopening, arguing that the very nature of their profession requires close proximity of individuals that cannot be safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. The decision by the Dutch government to allow certain people to return to work in what it termed a “risky relaxation strategy”, was made even though infection numbers have started to edge higher recently.

Unsurprisingly, the sex workers were not happy with the Minister’s decision to bar them from working saying that it was discriminatory. They argued that just like everyone else, they also have bills to pay



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 Joe Biden's administration has announced a sweeping immigration bill that would create an eight-year path to citizenship for millions of immigrants already in the country and provide a faster way for undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children to gain citizenship.

 


Here's what the bill, titled the US Citizenship Act of 2021, announced on Thursday, February 18 includes:


1. Plan for a pathway to citizenship- The bill cuts the time to acquire citizenship to eight years instead of 13.

Individuals would be in a temporary status for five years, with three years until they get citizenship, amounting to an eight-year path.

 

While undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children, who fall under a form of humanitarian relief known as Temporary Protected Status or who are farmworkers can go directly to green cards if they meet requirements, including passing background checks.


But to be eligible for the bill's legalization plan, immigrants must have been in the country before January 1, 2021.


2. Biden's proposed bill, if passed,  would remove the word "alien" from US immigration laws, replacing it with the term "noncitizen." 


According to the administration the change, is "to better reflect the President's values on immigration."


The term "illegal alien," is seen as a dehumanizing slur by immigrant rights advocates, and was well used during the Trump era.


3. The bill provides funding to US Citizenship and Immigration Services to chip away at the backlog of asylum applications.


4. The bill provides funding for more immigration judges with emphasis on access to counsel.

 It authorizes funding for counsel for children and vulnerable individuals, and eliminates the one-year limit for filing an asylum case.


5. The bill repeals the bars to reentering the United States if an individual had previously been illegally residing in the country


It increases the number of available so-called diversity visas, which are awarded by random selection in select countries to promote immigration from places that don't otherwise send many immigrants to the US. 


6. The bill would increase the number of visas granted annually from 55,000 to 80,000.


The legislation proposes creating a commission composed of employers, labor unions and civil rights advocates to make recommendations on improving worker verification.


7. The measure would also increase protections for immigrants who come forward to report labor violations and increase penalties for employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers.


8. Invest in US-Mexico border and Central America.

 

The bill would help South American countries tackle smugglers and narcotics and trafficking networks. It would seek to create legal and safer pathways for migration by setting up refugee processing in Central America and would create a $4 billion investment plan in the region.

 

The legislation will be hard to pass in Congress, where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has just a five-vote margin and Senate Democrats do not have the 60 votes needed to pass the measure in the Senate as the Senate is divided 50-50.

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 Porn star, Stormy Daniels has called the alleged sex she had with former president Donald Trump 'the worst 90 seconds of my life'



Daniels shared the details of what she claims happened while chatting with former Trump fixer, Michael Cohen for his new podcast, which was released on Monday February 8.
 

Cohen spent time in jail for paying Daniels $130,000 hush money during the 2016 presidential campaign to try and cover up the alleged sex story. 


The disgraced lawyer who Trump has branded a liar, apologized to Daniels for causing her ‘needless pain’ by arranging the payment. 


Trump is alleged to have had sex with Daniels months after Melania gave birth to their son Barron, who is now 14.

 

News of the alleged fling hit US tabloids shortly after, then re-emerged after Trump ran for office.

 

 ?Sex with Donald Trump behind Melania?s back was worst 90 seconds of my life? - Porn star Stormy Daniels

 

The former president – who met Daniels at a celebrity golf tournament a year after he wed third wife Melania – denies her claims of a fling.

 

But Daniel still insists it happened. Recalling the alleged sexual encounter, Daniels claimed that an almost-naked Trump sat on the edge of a hotel bed waiting for her. 

 ‘I just froze and I didn’t know what to say.'' She said in the Podcast which came out Monday night, February 8.

 ‘He had stripped down to his underwear and was perched on the edge of the bed doing his best yet horrifyingly disturbing impression of Burt Reynolds.’


Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, continued: ‘I went to sidestep and he stood up off the bed and was like “This is your chance.” ‘And I was like “What?” and he was like “You need to show me how bad you want it or do you just want to go back to the trailer park?”‘ 

 

Daniels claims she then had sex with the ex-President. 

 

 She admitted the sex was consensual and has spoken about the alleged encounter before, telling an earlier interviewer that sex with Trump was ‘textbook generic.’  

 

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 A man from North Carolina, USA, David Kyle Reeves, 27 has been charged with making threats to kill US leader Joe Biden.



According to a federal criminal complaint unsealed in court Thursday, February 11, David Kyle Reeves, was arrested February 5 for knowingly and willfully making threats to take the life of and inflict bodily harm upon the U.S. President.

 

Man charged with threatening to kill US President, Joe Biden

 

The Prosecutors allege that between January 28 and February 1, Reeves contacted the White House switchboard multiple times by phone and made threats against Biden and others.


In one call, Reeves allegedly said he was going to kill everyone and "chop your heads off," according to the criminal complaint. 


The complaint also alleges  hat after the threat was made, a Secret Service agent contacted Reeves to discuss the threats.

 

Then Reeves called the agent several times throughout the day and continued making threats against the President, the agent and others.

 

Reeves told the Secret Service agent "that he had free speech and did nothing wrong," according to an affidavit in support of the criminal complaint


"Mr. Reeves has plead not guilty and receiving appropriate mental health evaluations," his attorney, Kevin Tate, senior litigation counsel for the office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of North Carolina, said.


He is now in the Mecklenburg County jail, according to jail records.


Threatening the president of the United States carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


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 US House impeachment managers on Tuesday filed their memorandum for the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, laying out claims that he committed impeachable offenses and must be barred from running for federal office again.

 


In the brief, the managers, led by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., argue that Trump was personally responsible for the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. They say Trump incited the attack when his efforts to overturn the presidential election failed.

 

"President Trump's responsibility for the events of January 6 is unmistakable," they write in the 80-page document, stating that his "abuse of office threatened and injured our democratic order."

 

"His conduct endangered the life of every single member of Congress, jeopardized the peaceful transition of power and line of succession, and compromised our national security," the brief says. "This is precisely the sort of constitutional offense that warrants disqualification from federal office."

 

The Senate "must establish beyond doubt" that Trump's behavior was intolerable, it says.

 

The managers slammed the claims made by Trump's lawyers and allies that the Senate has no jurisdiction because Trump is now a former official.

 

"That argument is wrong. It is also dangerous," they write, saying it is unthinkable that the framers of the Constitution would have "left us virtually defenseless against a president's treachery in his final days, allowing him to misuse power, violate his Oath, and incite insurrection against Congress and our electoral institutions simply because he is a lame duck."

 

Nothing in the Constitution says only current officials can be tried, they argue. The Constitution gives the Senate the power "to try all impeachments," they note, emphasizing the word "all."

 

They add that it is "obvious" that the Senate has the right to hold the trial, which is set to begin next week because Trump was impeached by the House while he was still in office. The framers of the Constitution "clearly intended for the impeachment process to reach former officials," they write, adding that the Senate found it had the power to try former officials as far back as 1798, in the case of former Sen. William Blount.

 

They also say Trump cannot hide behind a free speech argument, arguing that the right means little if Trump can "provoke lawless action if he loses at the polls."

 

Trump's legal team filed its trial brief shortly after, asking that the Senate dismiss the impeachment article "because the Senate lacks jurisdiction to remove from office a man who does not hold office."

 

"In the alternative, the 45th president respectfully requests the Senate to acquit him on the merits of the allegations raised in the article of impeachment," the attorneys, Bruce Castor Jr. and David Schoen, wrote in the 14-page brief.

 

They denied that "the 45th president engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States" or that he violated his oath of office.

 

"To the contrary, at all times, Donald J. Trump fully and faithfully executed his duties as president of the United States, and at all times acted to the best of his ability to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, while never engaging in any high crimes or misdemeanors," they wrote.

 

Their brief says that Trump did not incite the crowd at his rally to engage in destructive behavior and that his statement that "if you don't fight like hell you're not going to have a country anymore" had nothing to do with the violence at the Capitol.

 

It also rejects the idea that Trump intended to interfere with the counting of electoral votes, which Congress had begun to do that afternoon before the mob overtook the Capitol. Trump made it clear, however, in the runup to the joint session of Congress that he wanted Republicans and Vice President Mike Pence to interfere by contesting Joe Biden's victory.

 

On Trump's false claims that the election was stolen from him, his attorneys say he "exercised his First Amendment right under the Constitution to express his belief that the election results were suspect." They add that there is "insufficient evidence" to conclude that Trump's statements were not accurate, "and he therefore denies they were false."

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 President Joe Biden's pledge that there will be sufficient vaccines for 300 million Americans by the end of summer represents a bold and politically risky response to criticism his pandemic plan lacks ambition.



In effect, the President is putting a date on a return of a semblance of normal life -- with no guarantee that he can deliver.
If the President succeeds, Tuesday may be remembered as a key turning point in a pandemic exacerbated by the former Trump administration's disastrous response. Should he fall short, the credibility of his new presidency will take a serious hit, that would not only prolong the crisis into another fall and winter but would also hamper his ambitious program on other key issues. In a show of presidential power six days into his term, Biden sought to galvanize the action of federal, state and local governments into the kind of unified, national effort that had up until now been lacking during this once-in-century crisis.
"To a nation waiting for action, let me be clearest on this point: Help is on the way," Biden said Tuesday, after announcing the purchase of another 200 million vaccine doses and a hike in distribution to states within days.
In some ways, Biden's pledge included some political sleight of hand, since it will not get vaccine supply anywhere near levels demanded by the states in the short-term and he admitted deaths could hit half a million next month.
Tuesday's announcement was both administrative and political.
It offered a rare morale boost after nearly a year of lockdowns, social distancing, separated families and sickness and death, especially coming in the darkest days of one of the grimmest winters in years.
"Let's say we are able to get 300 million people vaccinated by the summer, life changes dramatically and we get out of this situation we are living in where the pandemic dominates our lives," Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, said on CNN's "The Situation Room."
Signs that there is finally a federal government that is not in denial and has a coherent plan could give businesses, from cruise lines to restaurants, the capacity to plan ahead -- a crucial factor in the recovery of the economy from its pandemic stasis.
And Biden's aggressive, daily, actions designed to combat the pandemic since taking office may also inject a sense of urgency on Capitol Hill as Republicans question the need for a rescue package that is vital to speeding up vaccinations.

New White House seeks momentum

Biden's White House appearance was the latest in a series of choreographed events in recent days on issues from racial equity, climate change and the economy designed to show a new president, in charge and gaining momentum. The planned string of announcements is clearly designed to signal a sharp break from the chaos and tweeted incoherence of the last administration.
In other encouraging news on Tuesday, a new US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study added to the growing evidence that in-person schooling is low risk, as long as the right mitigation measures, including masking, are observed.
School closures have not only severely hampered the education of a generation of kids. They have complicated the lives of parents who struggle to work if they can't access childcare. But the prospect of a return to class worries teachers unions -- a strong force in the Democratic Party -- amid concerns that especially older school staff are vulnerable to complications from the virus.
Signs of frenetic activity in the West Wing are already cheering governors used to inaccurate data and guidance from the Trump administration and who are pleading for more vaccine doses. In a show of presidential power six days into his term, Biden sought to galvanize the action of federal, state and local governments into the kind of unified, national effort that had up until now been lacking during this once-in-century crisis.
"To a nation waiting for action, let me be clearest on this point: Help is on the way," Biden said Tuesday, after announcing the purchase of another 200 million vaccine doses and a hike in distribution to states within days.
In some ways, Biden's pledge included some political sleight of hand, since it will not get vaccine supply anywhere near levels demanded by the states in the short-term and he admitted deaths could hit half a million next month.
Tuesday's announcement was both administrative and political.
It offered a rare morale boost after nearly a year of lockdowns, social distancing, separated families and sickness and death, especially coming in the darkest days of one of the grimmest winters in years.
"Let's say we are able to get 300 million people vaccinated by the summer, life changes dramatically and we get out of this situation we are living in where the pandemic dominates our lives," Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, said on CNN's "The Situation Room."
Signs that there is finally a federal government that is not in denial and has a coherent plan could give businesses, from cruise lines to restaurants, the capacity to plan ahead -- a crucial factor in the recovery of the economy from its pandemic stasis.
And Biden's aggressive, daily, actions designed to combat the pandemic since taking office may also inject a sense of urgency on Capitol Hill as Republicans question the need for a rescue package that is vital to speeding up vaccinations.

New White House seeks momentum

Biden's White House appearance was the latest in a series of choreographed events in recent days on issues from racial equity, climate change and the economy designed to show a new president, in charge and gaining momentum. The planned string of announcements is clearly designed to signal a sharp break from the chaos and tweeted incoherence of the last administration.
In other encouraging news on Tuesday, a new US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study added to the growing evidence that in-person schooling is low risk, as long as the right mitigation measures, including masking, are observed.
School closures have not only severely hampered the education of a generation of kids. They have complicated the lives of parents who struggle to work if they can't access childcare. But the prospect of a return to class worries teachers unions -- a strong force in the Democratic Party -- amid concerns that especially older school staff are vulnerable to complications from the virus.
Signs of frenetic activity in the West Wing are already cheering governors used to inaccurate data and guidance from the Trump administration and who are pleading for more vaccine doses.