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In four wars, the toll rises in a Gaza neighborhood

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip (AP) – Power cuts again tonight in what’s left of Zaki and Jawaher Nassir’s neighborhood. But from the shell of her living room, the wall of which was blown open by Israeli rockets, twilight and a neighbor’s fire are enough. Here, in a narrow alley called Al-Baali, just over a mile from the heavily fortified border between the northern Gaza Strip and Israel, blocks of concrete huddle together before opening into a modest courtyard beneath the Nassir perch. Until this neighborhood was hit by the fourth war in 13 years between Israel and Hamas militants, the Nassirs would often sip coffee by the window and watch children play volleyball with a rope instead of a net.

Despite criticism of the Kabul deadline on August 31, Biden is sticking to it

US President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he was sticking to his August 31 deadline for completing a risky airlift with Americans, vulnerable Afghans and others seeking to flee Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. The decision defies Allied leaders who want to give the evacuation more time and opens Biden to criticism for giving in to the Taliban’s deadlines. “Every day we are there is another day we know that ISIS-K is trying to target the airport and attack both us and allied forces and innocent civilians,” Biden said in white House, referring to the Afghanistan of the IS group subsidiary, which is known for staging suicide bombings on civilians.

The Supreme Court orders the reinstatement of the “stay in Mexico” policy

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court said Tuesday the Biden administration likely broke federal law in trying to end a Trump-era program that forces people to wait in Mexico while they are in the US Seeking asylum refused to block a lower court ruling ordering the government to reintroduce the program informally known as Remain in Mexico. It is not clear how many people will be affected and how quickly. The lower court ruled that the administration must try “in good faith” to resume the program. There is also nothing stopping the administration from trying again to exit the program officially called Migrant Protection Protocols.

House hands over 3.5 tons of Biden blueprint by arrangement with moderates

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Democratic leaders of the House of Representatives have reached an agreement with the moderates, overriding President Joe Biden’s multi-trillion dollar budget bill, ending a risky stalemate and getting the party’s domestic infrastructure agenda back on track Brought away. Tuesday’s 220-212 vote was a first step in drawing up Biden’s $ 3.5 trillion rebuilding plan this fall, and the slim result in the face of the unanimous Republican opposition signaled the power that some votes have to rule the debate to change and the challenges ahead still threaten to turn the president’s agenda upside down. From the White House, Biden praised the result as “one step closer to really investing in the American people.” He said at a press conference that he called to congratulate the House of Representatives on their work.

US outbreaks force an early reversal of personal learning

ATLANTA (AP) – A few weeks into the new school year, more and more US districts have stopped personal learning or switched to hybrid models due to the rapidly increasing coronavirus infections. More than 80 school districts or charter networks in more than a dozen states have closed or postponed classroom teaching for at least one entire school. Others have sent entire grades home or asked half of their students to stay home on hybrid timetables. The setbacks in mostly small, rural districts that returned to the first are dampening hopes for a sustainable, nationwide return to the classroom after two years of schooling disrupted by the pandemic.

House passes law to strengthen groundbreaking electoral law

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Democrats passed bill that would bolster a groundbreaking civil rights-era electoral law that has been weakened by the Supreme Court over the past decade, a move that party leaders consider advancement in their struggle against the in the Republicans to promote election restrictions -lead states. The bill, part of a wider democratic effort to carry out a major election overhaul, was passed 219-212 with no Republican support. His Tuesday passage was praised by President Joe Biden, who said he protected a “sacred right” and called on the Senate to “send this important bill to my desk.”

Clean-up work begins for the earthquake-destroyed houses in the city of Haiti

MANICHE, Haiti (AP) – On the edge of a heap of rubble, Michael Jules pushed an iron bar over and over into the crumbling concrete of his grandmother’s house. A younger cousin crouched at his feet, clearing away the rubble with a trowel. It was Jules’ third day working on the site like an archaeologist, removing layer after layer of rock. He had more or less determined the size of his room. On Tuesday morning, he uncovered a corner of his mattress. While Jules, 21, toiled with hand tools and sometimes with his bare hands, heavy earthmoving machines were clearing down the street, clearing entire houses on dump trucks or scraping collapsed houses into neat piles.

The next sentence for a man who says he planned to kidnap the governor

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (AP) – Prosecutors preparing for the first sentence in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer loudly signal to five other defendants that a key insider has shared extraordinary details about the operation. Ty Garbin cooperated within weeks of his arrest and willingly put a “target on his back to begin his own salvation,” the government said in a court record. Prosecutors want US District Judge Robert Jonker to take this into account on Wednesday when he convicts Garbin of conspiracy. The government recommends a nine-year prison sentence, a long sentence that would be even longer if he had not helped investigators after his indictment.

Report details of mishandling the police emergency call system on 1/6

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Capitol Police did not respond adequately to frantic calls for help from officials when they pressed panic buttons on their radios to seek immediate assistance when dozens of pro-Trump rioters beat officers with bats, poles and other weapons, found an inspector general report. The report received from The Associated Press included new details about the shortcomings of law enforcement agencies during the January 6th uprising at the Capitol. The report found that most emergency activations from individual officers’ radios were never broadcast simultaneously over the police radio, a standard protocol developed to notify other officers of emergencies and crises.

Drummer Charlie Watts, the backbone of the Rolling Stones, dies aged 80

LONDON (AP) – Charlie Watts, the humble and steadfast drummer for the Rolling Stones who helped anchor one of rock’s greatest rhythm groups and used his “day job” to support his continued love of jazz, has died, according to his publicist . He was 80 years old. Bernard Doherty said Tuesday that Watts “died peacefully today with his family in a London hospital”. “Charlie was a valued husband, father and grandfather, and one of the greatest drummers of his generation as a member of the Rolling Stones,” said Doherty. Watts had announced that it would not go on tour with the Stones in 2021 due to an undetermined health problem.

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