Storm Isaias to become hurricane as it moves up US East Coast

New York City is bracing for a storm surge in lower Manhattan, Isaias expected to hit Carolina coastlines. Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to batter the coast of North and South Carolina on Monday, and will likely regain hurricane strength as it moves up the United States East Coast towards major cities such as Washington, […]

Coronavirus: Hays Travel to cut up to 878 jobs

Hays Travel is to cut up to 878 jobs from a workforce of 4,500, the firm has announced. Owners John and Irene Hays blamed the government’s advice against all non-essential travel to Spain and the changes in furlough conditions, saying these two things had left them with “no choice”. They said: “We are devastated that […]

$600 benefit to millions of US unemployed expires

A $600 (£459) jobless benefit paid weekly to tens of millions of unemployed Americans expired overnight after Republicans and Democrats failed to reach a deal on its extension. Friday was the deadline for an agreement on the coronavirus relief, which tops up state benefits that are mostly far below $600. Republicans want a smaller relief […]

House prices spike to 11-year high – but there are fears it is ‘a false dawn’

UK house prices saw their biggest rise in 11 years this month as the property market bounced back quicker than expected with the easing of lockdown restrictions. However, economists have cautioned reading too much into the increase in terms of the economic recovery, warning it may prove “a false dawn” as the fallout of the […]

US appeals court to rehear arguments over ex-Trump aide Flynn

US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments in the matter on August 11. A United States appeals court on Thursday agreed to rehear arguments over whether a federal judge assigned to the US criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn must agree to dismiss […]

Heated NJ contest to take on ex-House Democrat turned Republican

Jeff Van Drew started his term a Democrat then switched parties, setting up a battle to represent Atlantic City. Congressman Jeff Van Drew outraged New Jersey Democrats and delighted Donald Trump last year when he switched parties and pledged his “undying support” to the Republican president. He will face challenges from all sides on Tuesday, […]

In pictures: Iraqis try to stay cool in heatwave

Iraqis have been struggling to keep cool as a heatwave continues across much of the Middle East. The temperature in the capital Baghdad reportedly approached 52C on Tuesday, one of the highest the city has ever seen. The heat is said to have remained above 51C on Wednesday. Many people stayed indoors, with some in […]

NASA launches Mars rover to look for signs of ancient life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The biggest, most sophisticated Mars rover ever built — a car-size vehicle bristling with cameras, microphones, drills and lasers — blasted off Thursday as part of an ambitious, long-range project to bring the first Martian rock samples back to Earth to be analyzed for evidence of ancient life. NASA’s Perseverance rode […]