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  • Biden reportedly considers bypassing Congress to crackdown on migration at US-Mexico border – live
    by Gloria Oladipo on February 22, 2024 at 4:01 pm

    White House considers using various aspects of federal immigration law to unilaterally initiate a crackdown on migrants crossing into the US from MexicoMore progressive lawmakers are criticizing Biden’s potential use of presidential authority to limit asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border.Abdullah H Hammoud, the mayor of Dearborn, Michigan, said that Biden’s potential actions mimic Trump’s infamous “Muslim ban”. Continue reading…

  • From trash to table: will upcyled food save the planet?
    by Victoria Namkung on February 22, 2024 at 4:00 pm

    Nearly 40% of all food grown annually in the US goes unsold or uneaten. These companies are getting salty about food wasteWhen Kaitlin Mogentale was studying environmental science at the University of Southern California, she watched a friend juice a carrot and noticed the waste it produced – and wondered what was happening to all of the pulp from Los Angeles’s juice shops. She later learned that most of it was being sent to landfills, where food waste contributes to more methane emissions than any other landfilled matter.“I was a college student, very young and naive, and I think that’s the recipe you need to get into the business,” said Mogentale, who founded Pulp Pantry, makers of fiber-filled Pulp Chips, which are created from the leftover pulp from cold-pressed juice. Mogentale said the company goes to juice-production facilities and collects 10,000lb (4,536kg) of pulp at a time – one day’s worth of leftovers – then transfers it in temperature-controlled trucks back to its manufacturer to make the chips. Continue reading…

  • Second Alabama provider pauses IVF treatments after embryo ruling
    by Carter Sherman on February 22, 2024 at 3:51 pm

    Alabama Fertility halts new procedures ‘due to the legal risk’ after state supreme court says embryos are ‘extrauterine children’A second Alabama provider announced that it will pause its in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments on Thursday, just days after the state supreme court ruled in a first-of-its-kind decision that embryos are “extrauterine children”.“We have made the impossibly difficult decision to hold new IVF treatments due to the legal risk to our clinic and our embryologists,” Alabama Fertility said in a post to its Instagram account. “We are contacting patients that will be affected today to find solutions for them and we are working as hard as we can to alert our legislators as to the far reaching negative impact of this ruling on the women of Alabama.” Continue reading…

  • US intelligence has ‘low confidence’ in some of Israel’s UNRWA claims, report says
    by Guardian staff on February 22, 2024 at 3:45 pm

    Intelligence report says some accusations aid workers participated in Hamas attacks credible but could not be independently verifiedA US intelligence assessment of Israel’s claims that UN aid agency staff members participated in the Hamas attack on 7 October said some of the accusations were credible but that the claims of wider links to militant groups could not be independently verified.The assault precipitated a full-scale invasion by Israel of Gaza that has killed upwards of 30,000 Palestinians. Earlier this year, Israel accused 12 employees of the United Nations Reliefs and Works Agency (UNRWA) of participating in the 7 October attacks alongside Hamas. It also said 10% of all UNRWA workers were affiliated with Hamas. Continue reading…

  • Russia-Ukraine war live: UK and US back Dutch PM Rutte to be new Nato chief
    by Mabel Banfield-Nwachi (now) and Martin Belam (earlier) on February 22, 2024 at 3:37 pm

    At the Munich Security Conference last week, Rutte told European security leaders to ‘stop moaning and nagging and whining about Trump’Denmark has agreed on a military aid package to Ukraine worth 1.7bn crowns ($247.40m), prime minister Mette Frederiksen said.At a news conference, she said:Time does not help Ukraine, only action counts on the battlefield.Ukraine’s fight for freedom is our fight. Continue reading…

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