• 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.

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    Ex-world leaders urge US to waive vaccine property rules

    In an open letter to President Joe Biden published late Wednesday, the group said it was "gravely concerned by the very slow progress" in scaling up global vaccine access and inoculation in low- and middle-income countries.

  • US President Joe Biden speaks about lives lost to COVID-19 after death toll passed 500,000, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, DC, 22 February 2021. Picture: AFP

    Biden to address US Congress to mark 100 days in office

    The speech will not technically be a so-called State of the Union address, which American presidents give yearly under the Constitution. Brand new leaders like Biden instead deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress.