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FBI releases newly declassified record on September 11 attacks

A declassified FBI document related to logistical support given to two of the Saudi hijackers in the run-up to the Septeber 11 attacks details contacts the men had with Saudi associates in the United States but does not provide proof that senior kingdom officials were complicit in the plot. Read full story

Greece to discuss 5-year US defence deal: PM

Greece and the US are in talks to extend their defence deals by five years, instead of one-year renewals now in force, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday. “We are discussing a five-year extension to the defence cooperation agreement, so that we don’t have to renew it on an annual basis,” Mitsotakis told a news conference at the Thessaloniki International Fair. Read full story

US Senator Manchin casts doubt on Democrats’ deadline for budget bill

Democratic US Senator Joe Manchin on Sunday said lawmakers were unlikely to finalize their massive spending package by congressional leaders’ September 27 deadline for the budget bill. “There’s no way we can get this done by the September 27 if we do our job,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union” program.

Gorillas at US zoo being treated for Covid-19

Several gorillas at Zoo Atlanta in the southern US state of Georgia have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, the zoo said. The western lowland gorillas were tested after keepers saw them coughing and other symptoms, it said. Read full story

Wildfire forces closure of part of freeway in California

A wildfire near Castaic Saturday has led to the closure of a part of a major freeway in Southern California, officials told local media. The fire, known as the Route Fire, reached 392 acres, or a little more than half a square mile, as of 6:28 p.m. and forced the shutdown of a section of Interstate 5

Al-Qaida chief appears in new video marking 9/11 anniversary

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a new video marking the 20th anniversary of the September 11, attacks, months after rumors spread that he was dead. Read full story

Unvaccinated may be 10 times more likely to die from Covid: US study

As the Joe Biden administration stepped up efforts to get more people vaccinated, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in three new studies emphasised the importance of Covid shots in preventing death rates, even amid concerns on waning immunity in some populations. The studies appeared in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.A study showed that people who are not vaccinated against the novel coronavirus disease are 10 times more likely to die from the infection compared to those who have taken the shots.

Vulnerable Democrats push for local priorities in budget

Ida deals new blow to Louisiana schools struggling to reopen

After a year and a half of pandemic disruptions that drove children from schools and pulled down test scores, at least 169,000 Louisiana children are out of class again, their studies derailed by the storm. The hurricane followed a rocky reopening in August that led to more Covid-19 infections and classroom closures, and now it will be weeks before some students go back again.

FBI releases newly declassified record on September 11 attacks

The FBI late Saturday released a newly declassified document related to logistical support given to two of the Saudi hijackers in the run-up to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The document details contacts the hijackers had with Saudi associates in the US but does not provide proof that senior Saudi government officials were complicit in the plot.

Biden to announce new Covid-19 steps ahead of UN meeting

US President Joe Biden will announce new steps to slow the spread of Covid-19 before the UN General Assembly meets, Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said Sunday. Murthy defended Biden’s efforts to expand vaccination in the United States. “There will be more actions that we continue to work on, especially in the global front,” he said.