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‘It is an encroachment on lives’: US Supreme Court blocks Joe Biden’s workplace vaccine mandate

The US Supreme Court has blocked President Joe Biden’s rule requiring workers at large companies to be vaccinated or masked and tested weekly. The justices at the nation’s highest court said the mandate exceeded the Biden administration’s authority. Separately they ruled that a more limited vaccine mandate could stand for staff at government-funded healthcare facilities. […]

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Caller pranks US President Joe Biden at White House Christmas event

A caller pranked US President Joe Biden by dropping an anti-Biden taunt into their chat during a White House Christmas event. Mr Biden and First Lady Jill Biden were hosting the festive call for families when a father told the president: “Let’s go, Brandon.” Apparently unaware of the gibe, Mr Biden said he agreed. The […]

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“This is not March of 2020 — We’re prepared, we know more”: Joe Biden amid surging Omicron variant

US President Joe Biden has said 500 million Covid rapid tests will be made available at no cost amid new measures to tackle the surging Omicron variant. In a Tuesday address, Mr Biden also announced expanded testing and military support for hospitals, but said lockdowns were not yet on the horizon. “This is not March […]

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President Joe Biden reveals White House’s newest member, German Shepherd puppy named ‘Commander’

The White House has a new resident, a German shepherd. President Joe Biden introduced the puppy, Commander, in a video posted Monday to Twitter. “Meet the newest Biden,” the tweet said. In the video, the playful pup runs to the president, who greets it with “Hey, pal. How you doing? How are you?” The 3-month-old […]

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Joe Biden declares tornadoes that ripped through US states a major federal disaster

US President Joe Biden declared a major federal disaster in Kentucky, releasing more aid to the hard-hit state, after a swarm of deadly tornadoes ripped across the country’s central region. Biden made the declaration late on Sunday, two days after authorities said more than 30 tornadoes tore across seven US states, leaving a trail of […]

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US Congress pass stopgap bill to fund federal agencies, avoiding government shutdown

The US Congress has passed a stopgap bill to fund federal agencies until 18 February, avoiding a costly government shutdown over the festive season. In a 69-28 vote, the Senate backed the measure approved earlier by the House of Representatives. President Joe Biden is now expected to sign it into law. “I am glad that, […]

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‘Omicron Covid variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic’: President Biden

US President Joe Biden has called the Omicron Covid variant a “cause for concern, not a cause for panic” one day after it was detected in North America. Cases have been found in Canada, and his speech from the White House comes as US travel bans on eight African countries takes affect. Mr Biden also […]

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Kamala Harris to get US presidential powers briefly as Joe Biden undergoes health check

US Vice-President Kamala Harris will become the first woman to briefly be given presidential powers as Joe Biden undergoes his regular health check. President Biden will transfer power to Ms Harris for the period in which he is placed under anaesthesia for a routine colonoscopy on Friday. The medical examination will be Mr Biden’s first […]

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US court temporarily blocks Joe Biden’s plans to enforce vaccine mandate for businesses

A US appeals court has temporarily blocked President Joe Biden’s plans for a vaccine mandate for businesses. The law would require workers at private companies with more than 100 employees to get fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or be tested weekly. But the court found “grave statutory and constitutional” issues with the rule, set to be […]

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‘Thanks to the vaccine, I have only experienced mild symptoms’: Jen Psaki tests positive for Covid-19

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says she has contracted COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms. In a statement on Sunday, Psaki said she was last in contact with United States President Joe Biden on Tuesday, when she met him in the White House, where they were more than 6 feet apart and wearing masks. […]

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Biden administration to approach Supreme Court to block Texas’ near total abortion ban

US President Joe Biden’s administration has said it will ask the Supreme Court to block a restrictive Texas law that imposes a near-total ban on abortion. It comes after a federal appeals court reinstated the law. The Supreme Court cited procedural issues when deciding against intervening to block it last month. The law bans abortions […]

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United States: Joe Biden signs stopgap bill to avoid government shutdown

President Joe Biden has signed a stopgap bill passed earlier by Congress ahead of a midnight deadline to avoid forcing the US government to shut down due to lack of funding. “There’s so much more to do. But the passage of this bill reminds us that bipartisan work is possible and it gives us time […]