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Floyd brother tells US Congress ‘stop’ pain, pass police reform

Washington, United States | AFP | The brother of George Floyd, whose killing by police sparked worldwide protests against racism, told the US Congress Wednesday to “stop the pain” by passing reforms to address and reduce police brutality. One day after burying his brother in Houston, Philonise Floyd appeared in person before a House hearing, …

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US Congress set to ramp up China pressure over Uighur rights

Washington, United States | AFP | The US Congress was set Wednesday to authorize sanctions against Chinese officials over the mass incarceration of Uighur Muslims, ramping up pressure in another front in the Pacific powers’ troubled relationship. The US House of Representatives will vote later Wednesday on a final version of …

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US stimulus plan: what it could do, and what’s in dispute

Washington, United States | AFP | With American life upended, lawmakers in the US Congress are negotiating over a massive stimulus package to help pull the economy out of the steep decline caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Legislators are still negotiating the $2 trillion rescue which could be the largest emergency …

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Trump impeachment drive enters crucial week in divided Congress

Washington, United States | AFP | The impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in a sharply divided US Congress enter a new phase Monday when the House Judiciary Committee convenes a hearing expected to result in specific charges against the Republican leader. Democrats accuse Trump of abusing his power by allegedly …

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Huawei asks US court to throw out federal ban

Shenzhen, China | AFP | Chinese telecom giant Huawei stepped up its legal battle on Wednesday to overturn US legislation barring American federal agencies from buying its products amid an escalating high-tech dispute. Huawei filed suit against the US bill in March, calling it “unconstitutional” and saying the US Congress had …

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Side-front in Britain’s Brexit drama — the US Congress

Washington, United States | AFP | With Britain deadlocked on negotiating its divorce from the European Union, an unexpected side-front is emerging — the US Congress. Conservatives who pushed the June 2016 referendum that ended in the shock decision to leave the 28-member bloc dangled the prospect of a free trade agreement with the United …

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