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US House Speaker Johnson heckled and booed at Columbia, centre of Gaza protests

New York/Los Angeles Reuters Columbia University students heckled House Speaker Mike Johnson on Wednesday as he visited the flashpoint of nationwide student demonstrations over the Israeli war in Gaza, even as the New York school agreed to 48 more hours of negotiations to end a protest encampment. Johnson’s visit, which he said was meant to […]

White House directs NASA to create time standard for the Moon

Washington DC, US Reuters The White House on Tuesday directed NASA to establish a unified standard of time for the Moon and other celestial bodies, as the United States aims to set international norms in space amid a growing lunar race among nations and private companies. The head of the White House Office of Science […]

US Lenten cease-fire campaign includes Ash Wednesday Mass outside White House

Washington DC, US RNS About 100 Christian protesters from several denominations praying for a cease-fire in Israel and Gaza gathered outside the White House on Ash Wednesday for a Catholic Mass and ecumenical Christian witness. “The intention was to pray for our fellow Catholic, Joe Biden,” said Judy Coode, communications director for the Catholic peace […]

Catholic groups protest at White House to call for Gaza ceasefire

Catholic activists participate in a “pray-in” protest, advocating a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, outside the White House, on Thursday, 2nd November, 2023, in Washington

Washington DC, USRNS Catholic activists hosted a “pray-in” protest outside the White House on Thursday (2nd November), calling on President Joe Biden to advocate for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip as Israel continues its advance into the region in the wake of a Hamas attack. Huddled in a circle near the White House fence, […]

White House: Russia is executing soldiers who refuse to follow orders

Russian conscripts called up for military service line up before their departure for garrisons as they gather at a recruitment centre in Simferopol, Crimea, on 25th April, 2023

Washington DC, USReuters The United States has information that the Russian military is executing soldiers who do not follow orders related to the war with Ukraine, the White House said on Thursday. “We have information that the Russian military has been actually executing soldiers who refuse to follow orders,” White House spokesperson John Kirby told […]

White House protest leads campaign for a cease-fire before Israeli ground invasion

Demonstrators calling for peace in Israel and Palestine gathered Monday afternoon, on 16th October, 2023 in front of the White House

Washington DC, USReligion News Service As Israel readies a massive military response to Hamas’ attack from the Gaza Strip, Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders and faith-based activist groups are mounting a campaign calling for a cease-fire, with some planning a large demonstration for Wednesday in the nation’s capital to ask the Biden administration to […]

In Washington, Zelenskiy courts Congress, Biden on military aid

US President Joe Biden meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, on 21st September, 2023

Washington DC, USReuters US President Joe Biden assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday that strong US support for his war to repel Russian invaders will be maintained despite opposition from some Republican lawmakers to sending billions more in aid. Biden and Zelenskiy held a war council in the White House East Room as part […]

Alongside Zelenskiy, Biden urges solidarity on Ukraine to continue in 2023

US White House Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Joe Biden3

Washington DC, US/Kyiv, Ukraine Reuters President Joe Biden stood with Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the White House on Wednesday during the Ukrainian leader’s first wartime visit to urge Americans and the world to keep backing Kyiv in 2023, when congressional approval for aid will be harder. The United States has sent about $US50 billion in assistance […]

For Biden and Zelenskiy, US visit highlights trust after friction

US White House Biden and Zelenskiy1

New York, USReuters Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s meeting with US President Joe Biden in Washington on Wednesday marks a high point in ties between Ukraine and its most important ally, putting the spotlight on a relationship strengthened by Russia’s invasion, but not without some friction along the way. The visit, which is Zelenskiy’s first trip […]