US President Joe Biden has apologised after some members of the National Guard stationed at the Capitol were pictured sleeping in a car park. More than 25,000 troops were deployed to Washington DC for his inauguration after violence earlier this month. Images spread on Thursday showing them forced to rest in a nearby parking garage after lawmakers returned. The conditions sparked anger among politicians, and some state governors recalled troops over the controversy. Mr Biden called the chief of the National Guard Bureau on Friday to apologise and ask what could be done, according to US media reports. First Lady Jill Biden also visited some of the troops to thank them personally, bringing biscuits from the White House as a gift.
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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has posted online an apparent call for an attack on Donald Trump in revenge for last year’s killing of its top military commander, Gen Qasem Soleimani. A photomontage, on his official website, appears to show the ex-US president playing golf in the shadow of a warplane or large drone. The website image is captioned “vengeance is definite”. Twitter has suspended a small account which first tweeted the image. A spokeswoman told Reuters the account – @khamenei_site – was fake and violated Twitter’s platform manipulation and spam policy. However, the post was also retweeted by Ayatollah Khamenei’s much larger Farsi Twitter account with more than 300,000 followers. It has since disappeared from that account.
Kristin Hunter wept when she heard the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine had arrived in Canada in mid-December. “I was so excited that it was possible that the people that I loved, my dad in particular with his health issues, may make it through this pandemic,” said Hunter, whose 65-year-old father has dementia and lives in a retirement residence just outside of London, Ont. Middlesex Terrace, a 105-bed facility, has seen 37 staff members and 25 residents become infected with COVID-19 amid an ongoing outbreak as of Jan. 22. Another 12 residents have died from the virus. When Hunter learned that her father was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Jan. 8, 2021, tears of frustration filled her eyes again. “These are people’s lives and they matter,” she said.
On Tuesday (Jan. 19), one of the world’s driest places awoke to an otherworldly dusting of frost. In the Sahara Desert of northwestern Algeria, just outside the town of Ain Sefra, sand dunes were streaked with ice crystals as far as the eye could see. Local photographer Karim Bouchetata captured the unusual weather in pictures and videos that have since made headlines around the world. Ain Sefra sits about 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) above sea level and is surrounded by the Atlas Mountains, near the Algerian-Moroccan border. While summer temperatures in the region regularly soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), January days average a much milder 57 F (14 C), according to Sky News. Tuesday’s ethereal display of frost followed a rare night of 27-F (minus 3 C) temperatures.
It’s been one cruel decade since Egyptians dared to disrupt the status quo of living in a suffocating police state. The first month of 2011 was marked by the early days of Egypt’s uprising, part of a wave of Arab Spring protests that many saw as brave, hopeful and inevitable. Now, with a pandemic capping off a decade of violence, horror and mass displacement in the Middle East, the protests in Tahrir Square are, at best, consciously forgotten by skeptical Egyptians as a naïve footnote or, at worst, cursed as original sin. Many of the ills that made Egypt ripe for an uprising in 2011 have only been exacerbated in 2021: the lack of jobs, the lack of political participation and the utter lack of freedom.
President Joe Biden has finished his first full day in office. He immediately took steps to undo several Trump-era policies with executive actions – including halting funding for the border wall and reversing the travel ban on majority Muslim countries. We asked Republicans on our voter panel how they feel that fits with the president’s call for unity.
Internal reports prepared by Veterans Affairs Canada show Canadian veterans have been waiting longer and longer in recent years to access psychiatric services and other medical support at government-run clinics. The reports obtained by The Canadian Press through the access-to-information system are separate from the controversy surrounding the backlog of tens of thousands of applications from veterans for disability benefits.
In Payette’s appointment, we can see the consequences of a PM leaping before looking. Julie Payette might still want to debate the details of what exactly occurred inside Rideau Hall over the last three and a half years. But she apparently couldn’t escape an increasingly obvious conclusion — that for her to continue as governor general would risk inflicting serious damage on the office… Payette’s time as governor general was threatening to tarnish that office. Other governors general have landed in controversy and maybe no one gets through their time at Rideau Hall without experiencing some criticism — either for being too interesting or not interesting enough.
Allies and supporters of the 45th president won’t be safe. As Joe Biden, an illegitimate president, was sworn in at a funereal inauguration ceremony surrounded by thousands of U.S. troops, Democrats were busy plotting and scheming and planning reprisals against Republicans for doing nothing other than supporting his duly elected predecessor. These anti-democratic Democrats have been driven to utter madness by the events of January 6 even though what happened that day does not compare with the months of Antifa and Black Lives Matter murdering people and burning down cities to protest the Fentanyl-caused death in police custody of George Floyd, a drug-addicted career criminal who resisted arrest. Even the claim that five people were killed January 6 is a lie that the Left is using as propaganda against Orange Man Bad and his backers.
The region of the Jezreel Valley bears many testimonies of ancient Christian life. A 1,500-year-old Greek inscription bearing the name “Christ, born of Mary” was unearthed in northern Israel, the Antiquities Authority announced on Wednesday. The archaeologists discovered the inscription engraved at the entrance of an impressive building from the Byzantine or early Islamic period, featuring mosaic pavements decorated with a geometric design. “Christ born of Mary. This work of the most God-fearing and pious bishop [Theodo]sius and the miserable Th[omas] was built from the foundation. Whoever enters should pray for them,” reads the full inscription, according to Dr. Leah Di Segni, researcher at the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.