Biden’s meeting with Israeli PM delayed due to Afghanistan
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s meeting with President Joe Biden on Thursday has been delayed, the White House and an Israeli official has confirmed, while Biden holds consultations on the deadly explosions in Afghanistan.
US officials strongly believe ISIS-Khorasan behind Kabul attack: Source familiar with briefings
US official says as per initial information, 5 American troops may have been injured in blast near Kabul airport
The United States is shipping more than two million doses of the Covid-19 vaccines to Algeria, Ghana and Yemen, the White House said Thursday, boosting efforts to combat a third wave of the pandemic across Africa.
Adult film star Ron Jeremy indicted in Los Angeles on more than 30 sexual assault charges
Porn actor Ron Jeremy on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to more than 30 counts of sexual assault, including 12 of rape, in the Los Angeles area over a 23 year period. The Los Angeles district attorney’s office said Jeremy was indicted by a grand jury last week on the charges, which involve 21 women aged between 15 and 51 years. Jeremy, 68, was among the biggest names in the adult film industry having appeared in more than 2,000 movies, starting in the 1970s.
Forbes to go public via $630 mn SPAC merger
The publisher of Forbes magazine will go public through a merger with a blank-check firm in a deal that values the combined entity at $630 million, the companies said on Thursday, as part of a broader consolidation of the media industry in recent months. Forbes, one of the oldest media outlets in the United States, will merge with Magnum Opus Acquisition Ltd, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), led by Jonathan Lin, a former executive at billionaire Steven Cohen’s Point72.
Pentagon says explosion at Abbey Gate result of “complex attack” that caused number of US and local civilian casualties.
KCC estimates insured loss to onshore properties from hurricane Grace will be around $330 mn
Pentagon rejects reports they are preparing to end Afghanistan evacuations early
Pentagon says Kabul airport operations will continue until August 31.
Pentagon confirms ‘casualties’ in Kabul airport bombing
According to reports, the explosion took place at Kabul airport’s main Abbey Gate, where thousands of people have massed over the past 12 days hoping to be evacuated after the Taliban seized power.
NHC: Tropical depression over Caribbean Sea to approach the US northern Gulf coast this weekend
Tropical depression 9 has formed over the west-central Caribbean Sea and is forecast to approach the US northern Gulf coast this weekend, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. In a different forecast, it said a tropical wave located over the central tropical Atlantic, about 1,000 miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands has a 40% chance of becoming a cyclone over the next 48 hours.
Health Insurer Cigna to expand Obamacare to three new US states
US second-quarter economic growth revised slightly higher; weekly jobless claims rise
The US economy grew a bit faster than initially thought in the second quarter, lifting the level of gross domestic product above its pre-pandemic peak, as massive fiscal stimulus and vaccinations against the Covid-19 boosted spending. Gross domestic product increased at a 6.6% annualised rate, the commerce department said on Thursday in its second estimate of GDP growth for the April-June quarter. That was revised up from the 6.5% pace of expansion reported in July. Meanwhile, the US jobless claims rise for first time in five weeks, climbing by 4,000 to 353,000.
Prez, Israeli PM seek to reset relations, narrow differences on Iran
President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Thursday will seek to reset the tone of the US-Israeli relations in their first White House meeting and find common ground on Iran despite differences on how to deal with its nuclear programme.
Illinois governor to announce mask mandate, order vaccines for schools
Illinois governor JB Pritzker is expected to announce a new Covid-19 policy for the state on Thursday, requiring eligible students and school staffers to be vaccinated and all to wear masks in schools and colleges, the Chicago Tribune and other media reported. Pritzker, a Democrat, is also expected to order an indoor mask mandate statewide, including children aged 2 and above, the Tribune reported citing two unnamed sources.
California wildfire dangers may be spreading to the south
VP Harris says US will ‘speak up’ on South China Sea
The United States welcomes competition and does not seek conflict with Beijing, but will speak up on issues like maritime disputes in the South China Sea, Vice President Kamala Harris said on Thursday as she concluded a trip to Southeast Asia. In visits to Singapore and Vietnam, Harris charged China with bullying its neighbors in the region.
US should offer more temporary labour visas to central American: Mexican prez
US diplomat: Security threat at Kabul airport ‘imminent’