Top Headlines for October 31, 2021

Headline News from the Associated Press
  • Protesters Rally in Rome During G20

    Several thousand people marched in Rome as the Group of 20 summit was underway. The demonstrators included a broad range of groups, including climate activists, vaccine skeptics and labor union members.
  • World Leaders Pose for 'Family Photograph' at G20 Summit

    Leaders of the world's largest economies were joined by first responders as they posed for photographs at the start of the two-day Group of 20 summit in Rome.
  • Italian Prime Minister Opens G20 Summit

    Mario Draghi started the Group of 20 meeting in Rome with a message that advocated multilateralism and the fair disbursement of vaccines between rich and poor nations.
  • Sheriff Defends Charging Cuomo With a Sex Crime

    The Albany County sheriff acknowledged that his office had not coordinated with the county's district attorney before filing a criminal complaint against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, but he rejected accusations that the filing was a 'political hit job.'
  • Families of Charleston Shooting Victims Reach Settlement

    The families of nine Black parishioners who were fatally shot by a white supremacist, and survivors of the shooting, reached an $88 million settlement with the Justice Department.
  • Progressives Ready to Vote for 'Both Bills,' Jayapal Says

    Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington, the chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said that her members wanted to see the text of the Build Back Better plan before voting on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.
  • New Zealand Will Relax Quarantine Requirements

    Chris Hipkins, New Zealand's Covid-19 response minister, announced that the mandatory quarantine period for travelers to the country would be cut in half next month. The changes would free up about 1,500 rooms a month in the country's quarantine hotels.
  • Garland Defends Schools Memo Against Republican Attacks

    Attorney General Merrick B. Garland rejected Republicans' criticisms that the Justice Department's initiative to address threats against educators was an effort to intimidate parents who were concerned about issues like curriculums and mask mandates.
  • State Department Protests Israeli Settlement Expansion

    A State Department spokesman, Ned Price, criticized the Israeli government's plan to to build more than 3,000 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, saying the move 'damages the prospects for a two-state solution.'
  • Blinken Pushes 'Significant Reorientation of U.S. Foreign Policy'

    Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced a new set of priorities for the State Department that include preventing cyberattacks and fighting misinformation.
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