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West imposes sanctions on Iran over human rights violations
On January 23rd, the European Union, Britain, and the U.S. imposed sanctions on more than 30 Iranian officials and organizations. The sanctions have been imposed in response to the suppression of recent protests in Iran.
 
U.S. FDA proposes new COVID-19 prevention strategy
The US Food and Drug Administration wants to simplify the Covid-19 vaccine process to a single booster dose with an updated bivalent Covid-19 vaccine. According to a statement released by the FDA, "an updated bivalent Covid-19 vaccine provides broad protection against Covid-19 and is expected to provide better protection against Covid-19 caused by the currently circulating Omicron variant."
 
Ten dead and several others injured in LA mass shooting
On January 21, a man fatally shot ten people and injured at least ten others at a ballroom dance hall during a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration near Los Angeles. The LA County Sheriff's Dept Information Beaureu released a statement that read "officers from the Monterey Park Police Department responded to a business in the 100 block of West Garvey Avenue in the city of Monterey Park regarding shots fired call."
 
Six more classified documents found at Biden home during DOJ search
U.S. President Joe Biden’s personal attorney Bob Sauer says the Department of Justice has found another six classified documents in the president’s Delaware home during a search on Saturday morning. Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) says Democrats are expecting honest answers from the White House and president about the classified documents found in his possession. Porter said oversight is not a partisan issue and that anyone who breaks the law should be held accountable.
 
U.S. Treasury Sec. warns Congress on need to raise debt limit
On January 19, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen sent a letter to all members of the Congressional leadership regarding the debt limit. The letter warned that the U.S. government cannot choose to pay some bills over others if Congress fails to raise the borrowing limit.
 
Google announces 12,000 employees will be laid off
On Friday, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to employees in which he announced the company will be reducing its workforce by around 12,000 roles. Pichai says the company had hired “to match and fuel” its “periods of dramatic growth” over the past two years, but today faces “a different economic reality.”
 
U.S. announces $2.5 billion Ukraine security aid package
The U.S. Department of Defense authorized a $2.5 billion Ukraine security package on Thursday. It includes, for the first time, Stryker armored vehicles and more Bradley fighting vehicles; 90 Stryker armored personnel carriers and 59 more Bradley infantry fighting vehicles are on the list of supplied military capabilities. This is the Biden administration’s thirtieth drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021, in response to Ukraine’s call for arms.
 
Trump fined nearly $1 million for suing Hillary Clinton
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks sanctioned former President Donald Trump and his attorneys to pay more than $937,000 in fines for suing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The lawsuit was initiated on March, 24, 2022, alleging that Clinton and other Democrats "orchestrated a malicious conspiracy" to accuse the Trump campaign of links to Russia, and thereby rig the 2016 election.
 
U.S. designates Russia’s Wagner Group a criminal organization
The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated Wagner Group, the Russian private military contractor, as a significant Transnational Criminal Organization under Executive Order 13581 on Friday. National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby says, "Wagner is a criminal organization that is committing widespread atrocities and human rights abuses, and we will work relentlessly to identify, disrupt, expose, and target those who are assisting Wagner." He emphasized the importance of the U.S. Treasury designation, saying, "It will open up additional avenues for us to continue to not only sanction Wagner and put more squeeze on their ability to do business around the world, but will assist others in doing the same."
 
U.S launches Welcome Corps – a private sponsorship refugee programme
The State Department launched a new refugee admission program called Welcome Corps on Thursday. It will allow everyday Americans to directly help refugees adjust to life in the U.S. through private sponsorship. The program aims to lower government costs while boosting admission rates.