• US President Joe Biden speaks during a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on 1 June 2021. Pictre: Mandel Ngan/AFP

    Biden honours victims of 'forgotten' Tulsa race massacre, 100 years on

    The Democratic leader marked the centenary of the massacre by meeting survivors in the city, after the White House announced new initiatives including billions of dollars in grants to address racial disparities in wealth, home ownership and small business ownership.

  • A combination of photos of US President Joe Biden on 15 March 2021 and Russian President Vladimir Putin on 6 March 2020. Picture: Eric Baradat, Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Sputnik

    Biden vows to push Putin at summit to protect human rights

    The face-to-face meeting with the Kremlin leader comes amid levels of tension not seen for years, with Washington now dialing back its ambitions to little more than establishing a relationship in which both sides understand each other and can work together in specific areas.

  • US President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress as Vice President Kamala Harris (L) and Speaker of the House US Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R) look on in the House chamber of the US Capitol on 28 April 2021 in Washington, DC. Picture: AFP

    Biden pitches $6 trillion budget to 'reimagine' US economy

    The president's annual budget is more a wish list or a message on his priorities than anything else. Congress ultimately decides what money goes where and the current Congress has only the narrowest Democratic majority.

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    Facebook reverses course, won't ban lab virus theory

    The latest move by Facebook, announced late Wednesday on its website, highlights the challenge for the world's largest social network of rooting out false and potentially harmful content while remaining open for discourse.

  • Members of the US National Guard stand watch at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on 17 January 2021. Picture: AFP

    National Guard exits US Capitol after 6 January attack

    The troops were mobilised after hundreds of supporters of then-president Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, halting the joint session to confirm Trump's rival Joe Biden as winner of the presidential election.

  • FILE: A meeting of the UN Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York on 26 February 2020. Picture: Johannes Eisele/AFP

    US and France tangle at UN over Middle East

    Despite guaranteed opposition from the United States, France proposed another draft UN Security Council resolution calling for the end of hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians, as well as humanitarian access to the Gaza Strip.

  • Motorists wait in line to refuel at a Circle K gas station on 12 May 2021 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Most stations in the area along I-95 are without fuel following the Colonial Pipeline hack. The 5,500 mile long pipeline delivers a large percentage of fuel on the East Coast from Texas up to New York. Picture: SEAN RAYFORD/AFP

    Major US pipeline delivering fuel but shortages continue

    Frantic motorists from Florida to Maryland had lined up at gas stations trying to fill their tanks and other containers, and the surge in demand sent the national average price above $3 a gallon for the first time since late 2014 despite government efforts to ease the supply crunch.

  • Members of various civil societies gathered outside the embassies of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Brazil, and other countries which opposed a temporary patent waiver on COVID-19 vaccines which was proposed to the World Trade Organization by South Africa and India. Picketers stood outside embassies and handed over letters calling on these countries to support the TRIPS Waiver to allow for more drug manufacturers to have access to vaccine designs. TADEU ANDRE/MSF

    US backs plan to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents

    US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said that while intellectual property rights for businesses are important, Washington 'supports the waiver of those protections for COVID-19 vaccines' in order to end the pandemic.