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Germany’s finance minister pushes for review of Palestine aid

Germany should urgently review the money it spends on humanitarian aid for Palestinians, given the ongoing large-scale attacks by Hamas militants on Israeli civilians, Finance Minister Christian Lindner said on Saturday.  “The terrorism [committed against Israelis] is shocking. We should react to it not only with words,” Lindner, the leader …

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Belarus pushes to expand its military

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has instructed the government in Minsk to create a militia in order to expand the armed forces and deter outside meddling, Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin said on Friday. Lukashenko has already announced the creation of a southern military command on the border with Ukraine. Among other …

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Congress pushes arming Ukraine over Covid aid to Americans

Democrats will make a separate $10 billion coronavirus funding proposal so the nearly $40 billion in weapons and other aid to Ukraine could get approved more quickly ahead of a “critical” deadline, US President Joe Biden said on Monday.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) originally had funding for Covid-19 treatments, …

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Japan pushes India to denounce Russia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in New Delhi on Saturday, where the two leaders discussed bilateral affairs and international security, as India continues to resist pressure to openly condemn Russia for its military actions in Ukraine. “We exchanged views at length in a small group today in …

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Biden pushes ‘voting rights’ legislation in MLK speech

US President Joe Biden marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a speech linking the civil rights leader’s efforts to unite Americans to his own party’s voting rights legislation, all but dismissing those against it as racists. Biden called Americans to “commit to [King’s] unfinished work” on Monday, describing that …

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Omicron pushes health service into ‘state of crisis’

Several NHS trusts have declared that “critical incidents,” such as staffing shortages and an increase in hospital admissions due to the rapid spread of Omicron, have pushed the NHS into “a state of crisis.” Speaking on Tuesday, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation, Matthew Taylor, warned that the UK …

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Biden pushes ‘aggressive’ green mileage standard

The rule, announced Monday, will see the standard raised to 40 mpg in 2023 and up every year from there. It is a 25% increase over the Trump administration standard of 36 mpg announced last year, and 5% above the 38 mpg the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed in August.  …

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