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    Poland has sent hundreds of tanks to Ukraine as part of renewed heavy weapons shipments to help it win the war against Russia. Warsaw has sent more than 200 T-72s - originally produced by the Soviet Union - into Ukraine in recent weeks, the country's national radio broadcaster said today, along with mobile artillery, drones and rocket launchers as part of a $1.6bn package. Ukraine's allies have massively stepped up support for Kyiv as fierce fighting rages in the east, with Kyiv's generals today saying that Russia is suffering 'colossal' casualties in the pivotal battle for Donbas. Oleksiy Arestovych, a Ukrainian secret service veteran-turned presidential adviser, acknowledged his military is suffering 'serious losses' on battlefields in the east but insisted that Russia's casualties are 'much, much worse'. Meanwhile Ukraine continues to carry out attacks behind Russian lines to cut off vital supply routes, with a fuel dump in the Donetsk region catching fire today. Kyiv has not acknowledged carrying out any of the attacks - which have also hit railway bridges and ammo dumps - but is widely thought to...
    TWO British aid workers have been reportedly captured by Russian forces after joining Ukraine's fight against Putin. It comes after the first UK casualty was named yesterday as British armed forces veteran Scott Sibley and another Brit volunteer is missing. 7A non-profit organisation said the two aid workers were captured in ZaporizhzhiaCredit: Getty 7Scott Sibley was named as the first UK casualty killed in Ukraine Non-profit organisation Presidium Network said that the two men were detained by Russian troops at a checkpoint south of Zaporizhzhia in south-eastern Ukraine. The charity said in a statement that the two civilians were working as humanitarian aid volunteers when they were captured on Monday. Trade minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan told Sky News: "I know that the Foreign Office will be working very closely with both the authorities and families to understand [what is happening] and support them. "That will be ongoing at pace in the days ahead. It's a tragic story and our hearts go out to the families involved." READ MORE ON UKRAINERED BARMY How desperate Kremlin tightly controls ailing Putin to hide his ill...
    The White House is expected to announce its latest military aid package to Ukraine, according to multiple outlets. The Biden administration has provided $1.7 billion in assistance through the first six-plus weeks since Russia invaded, and it will soon authorize another $750 million later this week, Reuters reported Tuesday. This round of aid will be funded using the Presidential Drawdown Authority, which permits a president to authorize the transfer of articles and services from U.S. stocks without congressional approval in response to an emergency. UKRAINIAN PROSECUTOR GENERAL INVESTIGATING ROUGHLY 5,800 ALLEGED WAR CRIMES The aid could include new capabilities, including unmanned surface vehicles and Mi-17 helicopters, according to NBC News. Their military assistance has come in the form of more than 1,400 Singer anti-aircraft systems, 5,000 Javelin anti-aircraft systems, and 7,000 other anti-armor systems, according to a fact sheet from the administration provided to reporters last week. The aid comes as Russia has changed its focus in Ukraine to emphasize the Donbas region, the southeastern part of the country that has a large contingent of Russian separatists. This change...
    Russia is issuing a stark warning to America not to build up or maintain nuclear capacities or military facilities in former Soviet bloc nations as Congress prepares to pass a bill next week that would send up to $10 billion more in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Moscow's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said U.S. nuclear weapons should have already been returned to American soil from European states like Romania and Poland. 'It is unacceptable for us that U.S. nuclear weapons still remain in a number of European states in contradiction to the basic points of the Non-Proliferation Treaty,' he was quoted by TASS as saying during a video address Tuesday to the Geneva conference on disarmament.  'The bad practice of joint nuclear missions with the participation of non-nuclear NATO states continues. During such missions, the use of nuclear weapons against Russia is being practiced,' Lavrov continued. 'U.S. nuclear weapons must have long been returned home, and the corresponding infrastructure in Europe must have long been eliminated.' President Biden is poised, according to The New York Times, to take credit...
    (CNN)Struggling Americans are getting some more help to pay their home heating bills, which have skyrocketed for many this winter, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday.The agency is adding $100 million to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps families afford heating and cooling. The infusion is the first installment of a five-year, $500 million investment contained in the bipartisan infrastructure package enacted last year.The money is on top of more than $8 billion flowing into the program from the American Rescue Plan Act, enacted last March, and from Congress' annual appropriation in its continuing resolution approved in September.Though this is an unprecedented level of funding for the 41-year-old program, it will likely fall short of meeting all the need, experts have said.Typically, LIHEAP assists more than 5 million Americans -- about 1 in 6 eligible households.Read MoreThe additional funding means that more families will be served than ever before, said Lanikque Howard, director of the Office of Community Services at HHS' Administration for Children and Families, which runs the LIHEAP program.However, she could not...
    Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich with Donald Trump in 2016. There are few people in modern political history who have done as much damage to our democracy as Newt Gingrich. As the prototypical, ideological Republican “bomb-thrower” who first came of age during the Reagan “revolution” in the 1990s, Gingrich ushered in and patented an era of hyperpartisan viciousness and crass, unrelenting political rancor that finally reached its apotheosis in a GOP now firmly under the thumb of Donald Trump. As a co-author of the Republican Party’s infamous 1994 Contract with America (a revenue-gutting, deregulatory attack on government programs recast by President Bill Clinton as a Contract on America), Gingrich established the standard legislative template for all future attempts by conservatives at governance (actually “non-governance”) while in the process turning the “government shutdown” deficit-scolding and brinksmanship into routine tactics for Republicans whenever a Democrat occupies the Oval Office. Gingrich was and still is a nasty piece of work. He is notable for creating a smear lexicon that he encouraged Republicans to adopt in which Democrats were routinely labeled with such pejoratives as “sick,” “decay,”...
    SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) — Amid a surge in omicron cases and soaring costs because of supply chain issues, city leaders and restaurant industry officials have issued a dire warning that a wave of San Francisco Bay Area independent restaurants and bars could shut down for good unless Congress steps in again. The Independent Restaurant Coalition and 25 current and former U.S. mayors including those San Rafael’s Kate Colin, Oakland’s Libby Schaaf and San Francisco’s London Breed sent a letter to members of Congress on Friday. READ MORE: Exclusive VIDEO: Sisters Hide In Bedroom During Terrifying San Francisco Home Invasion RobberyThey asked the federal government to give out another round of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Last year, that fund helped more than 100,000 restaurants, but it ran out of money and 177,000 applicants were turned away. “They could close,” said Laurie Thomas, the executive director of Golden Gate Restaurant Association. “The IRC did a survey a couple of months ago, and out of the people that didn’t get (the federal money,) 85% weren’t sure they could continue.” But experts said...
    The Biden administration announced Friday that it is giving another $20 million to Mexico and Central America in aid for the hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees in the region -- including money for healthcare, shelter, and legal aid. The State Department announced that through its Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, it is providing the money "to help meet urgent humanitarian needs for the nearly 700,00 asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants in Central America and Mexico." DHS SAYS IT ANTICIPATES RESTARTING TRUMP-ERA ‘REMAIN-IN-MEXICO’ POLICY IN NOVEMBER, IS REBUILDING TENT COURTS The money will support access to legal aid, shelter, healthcare and "mental health and psychosocial support," a statement from the State Department said. It brings the total assistance for FY 2021 for the region to more than $331 million, the agency said -- also noting that the U.S. is the single largest donor of aid to the region and for migrants in the region. Amid a continuing and surging crisis at the southern border that has seen more than 200,000 migrant encounters a month in July and...
    NEW YORK (AP) — An inmate died at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex, bringing the death toll at the troubled facility to 11 this year, authorities said. The 42-year-old prisoner died at a jail infirmary just before 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the Department of Correction said in a news release. The department gave his name as Karim Isaabdul. The Legal Aid Society, which represented him, identified him as Isaabdul Karim, citing his surviving partner. Isaabdul was taken to the infirmary after he reported that he was not feeling well, Department of Correction officials said. He was given CPR, but he was later pronounced dead. The city medical examiner’s office will determine the inmate’s cause of death. Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi said the death “appears to be natural.” The death came days after both Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced plans to improve conditions at Rikers Island, where longstanding problems have worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. De Blasio’s planned reforms include requiring absent jail guards to get a doctor’s note if they’re out for...
    A FOURTH stimulus check could be in the cards as Americans are calling for extra cash after a number of pandemic-related financial programs have either ended or are due to expire soon. President Joe Biden is yet to propose a fourth round of federal stimulus checks but calls remain persistent among growing sections of the American public. 1A fourth stimulus check is not currently likely More than 2.7 million people have called for the White House to propose recurring checks worth up to $2,000 amid fears that the current amount is not enough. Restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin, of Colorado, created the petition last year and support keeps growing. She said that stimulus checks should be targeted at Americans who are struggling and instructed politicians that they need to learn from the past year. More than 180,000 people signed another petition calling for checks worth up to $2,000. And, petitions that were created during the Trump presidency have reached 75,000 and 60,000 signatures. PRESSURE BUILDS But pressure may soon once again mount on lawmakers to action the fourth round of...
    HUNDREDS of thousands of eligible Americans will be getting another stimulus aid payment starting today. Approximately 600,000 people in California can look forward to getting a second Golden State Stimulus check as early as this weekend. 1Approximately 600,000 people in California can look forward to getting a second Golden State Stimulus check as early as this weekendCredit: Getty According to the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom, the second round of payments could be received on Friday, August 27, at the earliest. A Thursday news release, which notes that two out of three eligible Californians are eligible for the payments, reads: "Tomorrow, August 27, Californians will begin receiving the second round of Golden State Stimulus payments." It describes the Golden State Stimulus payments as "the historic $12 billion state tax rebate program enacted by Governor Gavin Newsom to provide direct relief for Californians hit hardest by the pandemic and support the state’s economic recovery." Additionally, the Franchise Tax Board confirmed the exciting news for the eligible check recipients to ABC10. The Franchise Tax Board also told the news outlet that it has approximately...
    THERE are three key changes that must occur to have Congress approve another stimulus payment this year.  While there is still national discussion about a fourth payment, some clues indicate where things are heading. 2A Change.org petition has over 2.8million signatures Growing national support A Change.org petition has over 2.8million signatures urging for a fourth stimulus check of $2,000 for adults and $1,000 for children monthly for the rest of the pandemic. The petition says that "the recovery hasn't reached many Americans" and notes that immediate checks are needed with regular payments to “keep our heads above water.” A study showed that the first three stimulus checks were vital to reduce issues like food insecurity and financial imbalance. As of now, eligible adults have received a maximum of $3,200 and children have been granted $2,500, which is not enough for struggling families to bounce back from lost benefits and incomes. Even though the Change.org petition is widely popular, the overall outcome is still unknown.  2As of now, employment rates remain below pre-pandemic levels Drastic downturn in economy As of now,...
    The government is issuing another batch of refunds to taxpayers who received jobless aid last year and overpaid on taxes, the Internal Revenue Service announced Wednesday. The agency will issue 1.5 million tax refunds to Americans this week, with the typical refund around $1,600, the IRS said. Direct-deposit payments will go out starting July 28, while paper checks will be mailed out starting Friday, July 30, according to the agency. This is the fourth round of refunds related to unemployment aid that the IRS has issued since Congress changed the tax law this spring to allow formerly unemployed people to keep more of their benefits. The IRS sent out three previous rounds of payments in May, June and earlier this month. Normally, unemployment benefits are subject to federal income tax. However, the American Rescue Plan, passed in March, decreed that up to $10,200 in jobless benefits would not be taxable. The change, passed after millions of jobless aid recipients already filed tax returns, meant that many were due refunds. The IRS previously said that as many as 13...
    The number of Americans applying for jobless aid continues to drop, signaling that the job market is recovering as more people are vaccinated against COVID-19 and consumers resume normal activities.  Some 385,000 people filed for unemployment aid last week, a drop of 20,000 from the previous week and the lowest level since March 14, 2020, the Labor Department said Thursday. Another 76,000 claims were filed for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a federal program for self-employed and gig workers. "New jobless claims have sunk to a fresh pandemic low, falling for a fifth straight week," Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at Bankrate, said in an email. "The seasonally adjusted headline number is now below 400,000, which has often been seen as psychologically important during past economic downturns." The number of weekly jobless claims, which generally reflect the pace of layoffs, has fallen steadily all year, though they remain high by historical standards. The drop reflects the job market's ongoing recovery from the coronavirus recession. More Americans are venturing out to shop, travel, dine and congregate at entertainment venues. All that...
    A GOOD Samaritan in his 30s has been stabbed to death after trying to help another man. The victim was attacked in Laindon, Essex, at 9.30pm on Sunday and three boys and two girls, aged between 13 and 16, have been arrested. 2A Good Samaritan was attacked in Laindon, Essex, at 9.30pm on SundayCredit: UkNewsinPictures 2Essex Police said the man was going to the aid of another victim in LaindonCredit: UkNewsinPictures Cops have said the victim was killed “going to the aid of another man” leaving a “family broken apart”. He was found with stab wounds and died at the scene despite the efforts by paramedics. Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Jennings, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Our enquiries have led us to believe the victim was going to the aid of another man. “As a result, he lost his life during an altercation which ensued with a group of young people not directly known to him. “It is a tragic loss of life and we are continuing to appeal for the public’s help. “We are really...
    Since the fall of Siad Barre’s regime in 1991, which led to a prolonged period of civil unrest, Somalia has been in a near-constant state of food insecurity. It also suffered two famines – in 1992 and 2011. Every year, between April and May (when food is planted and not harvested), aid agencies make dire predictions about the impending doom of the upcoming growing season and to appeal for funds to support increased food aid. This year, Save the Children announced that millions of Somalis won’t have enough food to eat as crop and vegetable production is expected to drop by 75%-80%. And the UN’s 2021 Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan seeks $1.09 billion to provide “life-saving assistance” across Somalia. As agricultural experts working in Somalia for the last 35 years we have done extensive research into food production. We have been involved in developing agricultural policies aimed at finding solutions to the country’s stagnant cereal production with an eye on reducing food insecurity in the country. Article continues after advertisement As part of our work we investigated historic trends over the...
    The partner of Chicago Officer Evan Solano immediately tried to provide medical aid to Anthony Alvarez, who was shot during a foot chase. Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability Anthony Alvarez was shot and killed on March 31 during a foot chase in a Chicago neighborhood. The cop who shot Alvarez asked another officer to cuff the man as he lay bleeding, body camera footage shows. That officer refused and yelled that he needed to render aid to Alvarez, according to the footage. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Chicago police officer who shot a 22-year-old Latino man as he ran away during a foot chase last month asked the other officer on scene to place the bleeding man in handcuffs, according to police body camera footage released by the city's independent police review board. That officer refused to do so and instead tended to the man's wounds, the footage shows.  Facebook Icon The letter F. Follow Insider on Facebook Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability released footage of the March 31 shooting of Anthony Alvarez on...
    DUBAI, April 26 – An Iranian court sentenced British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to another year in jail, just weeks after she finished a prior five-year sentence, a decision Britain called “inhumane”. When Zaghari-Ratcliffe was freed from house arrest last month at the end of a sentence for seeking to overthrow Iran’s government, her family had hoped she could go home to London. But she was immediately ordered back into court to face new charges of propaganda against Iran’s ruling system. “So, the lawyer was summoned to (the judge’s) office today and was shown the verdict, but was not given a copy. One year’s sentence, plus one year’s travel ban (which I presume run consecutively),” her husband Richard told Reuters in an email, adding that an appeal would be filed within 20 days. The Iranian judiciary could not be reached for comment. In a statement calling for Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “This is a totally inhumane and wholly unjustified decision.” Earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters: “I don’t think it’s right at all that Nazanin should be sentenced to any more time in jail.” ‘ORDEAL’ Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters...