North America

Trump names ‘brilliant’ conservative to US Supreme Court

  by Sebastian Smith Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump named Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, setting in motion a rush by Republicans to cement a conservative majority on the court on the eve of a tense and potentially disputed US election. Trump stood alongside Barrett at a White House Rose Garden ceremony to announce his decision, calling her “one of the most brilliant and gifted […]

Enough is enough’: China attacks US at Security Council

  by Philippe Rater with Valerie Leroux in Paris Agence France Presse UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — China on Thursday lashed out at the United States at a high-level UN meeting over its criticism on the coronavirus, with its envoy declaring, “Enough is enough!” Two days after President Donald Trump used his annual address to the General Assembly to attack China’s record, the US ambassador to the United Nations also took an outraged tone — after […]

Louisville heads for another night under curfew amid Breonna Taylor protests

by Camille CAMDESSUS LOUISVILLE, United States (AFP) — Louisville began another night under curfew Thursday after the Kentucky city was rocked by protests over the news that no one would face charges for the police killing of Breonna Taylor — a decision her family lawyer blamed on the “devil of racism.” Demonstrations erupted in Louisville and other cities around the United States after it was announced Wednesday that a grand jury had decided not to […]

Novavax enters late-stage clinical trials

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US biotech firm Novavax said Thursday it was initiating its final Phase 3 clinical trial for its experimental Covid-19 vaccine. The trial will be carried out in the United Kingdom and aims to enroll 10,000 volunteers, aged 18-84, with and without underlying conditions, over the next four to six weeks. “With a high level of SARS-CoV-2 transmission observed and expected to continue in the UK, we are optimistic that this […]

Arab leaders voice alarm at UN over Iran tensions

by Philippe Rater with Shaun Tandon in Washington UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — Arab leaders voiced fears Wednesday before the United Nations of new conflict in the region as tensions soar between Iran and the United States. The annual extravaganza of international diplomacy at the UN General Assembly has been turned into a virtual affair this year, with leaders sending in recorded speeches due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Two days after US President Donald […]

Eiffel Tower evacuated for 2 hours after bomb threat: police

PARIS, France (AFP) — The Eiffel Tower in Paris was evacuated for two hours Wednesday after an anonymous caller threatened to blow up the great edifice in the heart of the French capital, police said. After an inspection, nothing suspicious was found and the Eiffel Tower was able to reopen to visitors. “A man phoned up, shouted ‘Allah Akbar’ and said he was going to ‘blow up everything’” at the Eiffel Tower, said a police […]

Trudeau promises 1 million jobs as virus, election risk loom

by Michel COMTE OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled a grand plan Wednesday to address social inequalities laid bare by the coronavirus pandemic and create one million jobs during recovery, while also extending emergency measures for a second wave of Covid-19. In the so-called throne speech, read by Governor General Julie Payette at a joint sitting of MPs and senators, Trudeau’s government vowed to eliminate homelessness, hasten Canada’s fight against climate […]

J&J Covid-19 vaccine trial moves into late stage

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it was entering the final Phase 3 stage of its Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial following positive results in earlier stages. The trial will seek to enroll up to 60,000 volunteers across more than 200 sites in the US and around the world, the company and the US National Institutes for Health (NIH), which is providing funding, said. With the move, J&J becomes the tenth maker […]

US passes 200,000 virus deaths as spread quickens worldwide

by Agence France Presse bureaus WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The United States has passed 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, as a record-breaking wave of new infections forces authorities in Europe to reimpose lockdown restrictions. The world’s most powerful nation hit the figure just 41 days before a presidential election, and as the World Health Organization warned that new cases worldwide have risen to record highs. US President Donald Trump — who faces a […]

US House adopts bill to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US House of Representatives adopted a budget bill Tuesday to avoid an imminent government shutdown and extend funding through early December, after Democrats reached a deal with the White House and Republicans. The bipartisan text would still need the Senate’s backing and President Donald Trump’s signature before it could enter into force. “We have reached an agreement with Republicans,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement following a […]

Trump says UN must ‘hold China accountable’ for Covid-19

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that China must be held accountable by the world for its actions over the Covid-19 pandemic. In a recorded message played to the annual meeting of the UN, Trump accused Beijing of allowing the coronavirus to “leave China and infect the world.” “The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions,” he said. Trump, who faces a […]

Honolulu battles food insecurity through programs to revive industries, feed families

  (Eagle News) — The City-county of Honolulu teamed up with local businesses to slowly restart the economy and, at the same time, help fight hunger on Oahu. In this combined report aired on Eagle News International, EBC Hawaii correspondent Alfred Acenas talks about the fish-to-dish program while another EBC correspondent in Hawaii Jhojie Carnate shares with us his first-hand experience in a recent drive-thru fresh food donation drive. (Eagle News Service)