WASHINGTON -- The Democrats-held House approved U.S. President Joe Biden's 1.9-trillion-U.S.-dollar COVID-19 relief package early Saturday morning amid Republican opposition, sending the bill to the Senate.
The measure, which is a major legislation for Biden, cleared the lower chamber of Congress by a vote of 219 to 212, with Democrats and Republicans largely voting along party lines. Two Democrats voted against it. (US-House-Relief Package, 2nd LD)
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KABUL -- Three family members of a slain journalist have been killed in a shooting by unknown men in Afghanistan's western Ghor province, an independent war monitoring group reported Saturday.
On Jan. 1, Bismillah Adil Aimaq, head of a local radio station, lost his life in an attack along a road in the city of Firoz Koah, capital of Ghor. Militants broke into his parents' house in Firoz Koah on Thursday night, Reduction in Violence (RiV) group reported on its website. (Afghanistan-Ghor-Attack)
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HONG KONG -- A total of 585,000 doses of the Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine procured by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government arrived in Hong Kong from Germany on Saturday.
These were among the first batch of 1 million doses of the Comirnaty vaccine, developed by Fosun Pharma and BioNTech, delivered to Hong Kong. The remaining doses will arrive in early March, a spokesman for the HKSAR government said. (HK-COVID-19)
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WASHINGTON -- Senior officials of the U.S. Justice Department said Friday that the recent surge in violence and hate incidents against Asian Americans in the country is unacceptable, vowing to investigate those cases and other hate crimes.
These "horrific attacks on Asian Americans across the country" have "no place in our society," Deputy Attorney General John Carlin told a news briefing on domestic terrorism, adding that the Justice Department is "committed to putting a stop to it." (US-DOJ-Anti-Asian Hate Incidents)