Biden approves redeployment of under 500 ground troops to Somalia -officials

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the US Capitol in Washington, US May 15, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden has authorized the redeployment of fewer than 500 American troops into … Read more

Churchgoers hog-tie gunman after shooting in California kills one

LOS ANGELES, May 15 (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire in a Southern California church during a lunch banquet on Sunday, killing one person and wounding five, before churchgoers detained the suspect and hog-tied his legs with an electrical cord, authorities said . Police responded to the incident that unfolded at about 1:30 pm local … Read more

Disney employees stage walkouts to protest company response to Florida bill

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (Reuters) – Employees of the Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) staged walkouts and social media campaigns on Tuesday to protest the company’s response to Florida legislation that would limit classroom discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity. In a rare public demonstration of unrest, about 60 Disney employees gathered at a park … Read more

Trade deal to lift tariffs on British steel, U.S. whiskey, motorcycles -sources

BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON March 22 (Reuters) – The United States and Britain are expected to announce an end to a long-running steel trade dispute on Tuesday, granting a UK duty-free import quota of over 500,000 tonnes of British-made steel annually, people familiar with the deal said. The pact, to be announced by US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo … Read more

A third of U.S. COVID now caused by Omicron BA.2 as overall cases fall

People still wear their masks, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Los Angeles, California, US, February 8, 2022. REUTERS/David Swanson Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register March 22 (Reuters) – About one-in-three COVID-19 cases in the United States are now caused by the BA.2 Omicron sub-variant of the coronavirus, according to … Read more

‘Cowboys for Trump’ founder guilty of breaching U.S. Capitol in win for prosecutors

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) – A New Mexico county commissioner who founded a group called “Cowboys for Trump” was found guilty by a judge on Tuesday of breaching the US Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021 riot, a second consecutive win at trial for the Justice Department. US District Judge Trevor McFadden rejected Couy Griffin’s … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court pick Jackson rejects Republican criticism on crime

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) – Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden’s US Supreme Court nominee, on Tuesday rejected Republican claims that she has been overly lenient toward some criminal defendants as a judge and pledged to “stay in my lane” if confirmed to the lifetime job. Jackson, in responding to Republican accusations that she has … Read more

Riyadh gets U.S. military help as Washington seeks better ties

RIYADH, March 22 (Reuters) – The United States has stepped up its military support for Saudi Arabia over the past few months following missile strikes on the kingdom by the Yemeni Houthi group, Western diplomats said, an indication that Washington is trying to mend its strained ties with traditional Gulf allies. The desire for improved … Read more

U.S., British officials kick off talks to strengthen trade ties

Talks to resolve steel subsidy dispute ongoing UK official says ‘protectionism is not the solution’ Bilateral trade ties add up to $260 billion a year BALTIMORE, Md., March 21 (Reuters) – US and British officials kicked off two days of meetings to strengthen trade ties on Monday, underscoring transatlantic cooperation at a time when Western … Read more

U.S. Republican Senate hopeful Brooks pledges to ‘fire’ McConnell

US Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) makes an announcement in Huntsville, Alabama, US March 22, 2021. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) – US Senate Republican hopeful Mo Brooks pledged on Monday to “fire” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, days after former President Donald Trump told … Read more