Top Headlines for September 26, 2021

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Headline News from the Associated Press
  • Protesters in Germany Demand Climate Action

    Thousands of people took to the streets in Berlin to call for urgent action on climate change ahead of national elections in Germany. They were joined by the activist Greta Thunberg who urged them to continue pressuring their political leaders.
  • Trudeau Announces Release of Canadians Jailed in China

    Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, said the two men, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, were returning home after years of imprisonment in China. Their release came just hours after the U.S. had reached a deal to free the Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.
  • House Passes Bill to Protect Abortion Rights

    The Women's Health Protection Act, intended to enact abortion rights into federal law, came amid efforts from states to restrict abortion and growing hostility from the Supreme Court. The measure is unlikely to advance in the Senate.
  • Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou Walks Free

    The release of Huawei Technologies' chief financial officer came after a Justice Department agreement, clearing the way for her return to China in exchange for admitting some wrongdoing in a sanctions violation case.
  • Cargo Ships Back Up Off the California Coast

    A record number of vessels were anchored off the coast of Southern California, waiting to unload cargo. The backlog came amid a surge in demand for imported goods and supply-chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Afghanistan's Health System Is on the 'Brink of Collapse,' W.H.O. Says

    Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the W.H.O. director general, warned of an 'imminent humanitarian catastrophe' as the country's health care system struggles with a loss of foreign funding and dwindling supplies.
  • E.U. Plans to Make USB-C Ports Standard for All Mobile Devices

    The European Union announced plans to make USB-C connectors standard for all smartphones to reduce environmental waste and make switching between devices simpler. This initiative is likely to affect Apple the hardest.
  • New Zealand Aims to Avoid Lockdowns as Vaccinations Increase

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said high vaccination rates against Covid-19 would help New Zealand steer away from implementing future public health measures that are disruptive to everyday life.
  • 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.

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