Top Headlines for September 23, 2021

Headline News from the Associated Press
  • Melbourne Surveys Earthquake Damage

    The 5.9-magnitude quake hit southeast Australia on Wednesday morning, damaging buildings and causing residents to flee their homes. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries or deaths.
  • Harris Announces Funding to Fight Future Pandemics

    Vice President Kamala Harris said that the U.S. would contribute at least $250 million to a new global health security fund aimed at increasing disease surveillance, vaccine development and health care worker support.
  • House Democrats Protest Treatment of Haitian Migrants

    House Democrats condemned the Border Patrol's treatment of Haitian migrants at the Texas-Mexico border and demanded action from the Biden administration after video showed mounted Border Patrol agents corralling and menacing migrants.
  • Biden's Call with Macron 'Friendly,' White House Says

    President Biden spoke with President Emmanuel Macron of France for the first time since a new defense arrangement between the United States, Britain and Australia scuttled a $66 billion French submarine project.
  • Aide to Ukraine's President Targeted in Assassination Attempt

    President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine said he considered the attack against his adviser, Serhiy Shefir, to be a message to him personally. Shefir was unharmed but his driver was shot and wounded.
  • House Approves Spending Bill and Debt Limit Increase

    A divided House passed legislation to fund the government through early December, raise the federal debt limit, and provide emergency money for Afghan refugees and natural disaster recovery. Republicans have warned they would block the measure in the Senate.
  • Migrants Met With Force at Texas Border

    Haitian migrants were chased by Border Patrol agents on horseback as they tried to cross the Rio Grande into Texas from Mexico on Saturday.
  • House Democrats Unveil Protecting Our Democracy Act

    Democrats aimed to use the legislation to strengthen checks on the presidency, making it harder for presidents to take certain actions related to pardons, oversight and potential conflicts of interest.
  • Melbourne Construction Workers Protest Vaccine Mandate

    Up to 2,000 protesters took to the streets in Melbourne, Australia, for the second day in a row, angry over new workplace vaccination requirements.
  • Xi's General Assembly Remarks Reject U.S. Portrayal of China

    President Xi Jinping of China, in a prerecorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly, pushed back against U.S. criticism of his government as authoritarian, asserting that the world should embrace 'civilizations of various forms'
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