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What has Biden achieved in his first 100 days?

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In Biden’s initial acts as the 46th US president, he signed 15 executive orders. These included a package to boost the federal response to the coronavirus crisis and orders reversing the Trump administration’s stance on climate change and immigration.

Covid relief package and vaccine rollout

Biden passed a $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill into law within two months of his appointment.

The emergency relief package funds vaccinations and support struggling families and communities.

The twofold plan focuses on overcoming the Covid health crisis and then investing in American jobs to promote economic recovery.

It includes funding to provide direct economic relief, safely reopen schools and mount a national vaccination program.

More than half of adults in the United States have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose and the country has surpassed 200 million administered doses.

The US also rejoined the World Health Organisation, with Dr. Anthony Fauci as the head of delegation.

Dr. Fauci is the top infectious disease expert in the US.

Racial Justice

Biden signed four executive actions to advance racial equity.

He directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to redress discriminatory federal housing policies.

He also signed an Executive Order to end the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) use of private prisons.

This comes after former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted for the murder of Georgia Floyd.

President Biden said the verdict was a ‘giant step towards justice in America’, but added there is still work to be done to dismantle systemic racism in the country.

‘It was a murder in the full light of day and it ripped the blinders off the whole world to see,’ he said, before declaring that systemic racism is ‘a stain on our nation’s soul’.

Climate Crisis

The president also signed executive orders to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, pledging to bring down the rate of global heating to 1.5C by 2030.

Biden also reviewed a number of Trump-era rollbacks, including revoking the pipeline for TC Energy Corp.’s controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.

A recent global summit hosted by the US opened with the president’s climate pledge.

The US pledged to cut in half the amount of climate-wrecking coal and petroleum fumes it is pumping out.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

Climate Change

Australia places honeybees in lockdown

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Honeybees in Australia are in lockdown after a deadly parasite was discovered in Sydney

A parasite has been found to weaken and kill bee colonies, which could threaten the already-scarce bee population.

Australian bees have been into lockdown, which means beekeepers are not allowed to move hives, bees or honeycombs until further notice from biosecurity.

Local authorities say swift measures are being taken to contain the disease.

“We have immediately launched an eradication plan which involved setting up a biosecurity zone, containing the infected hives and euthanising the bees.”

NSW Agriculture Minister Dugald Saunders

Until now, Australia is one of a few continents who did not have the varroa destructor, which can attach itself to the body of a bee and weaken its fat.

Nearly one-third of Australia’s food production relies on bee pollination. But the outbreak could cost the honey industry millions of dollars.

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North Korea bears the brunt of the crypto market crash

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The crypto market crash is impacting North Korea’s weapons programme

The recent crypto market crash has made its way to North Korea, where hackers are bearing the brunt.

The isolated country relies on stolen crypto to fund part of their weapons program.

But as crypto holdings drop by millions of dollars, the nation is reportedly scrambling to find new ways to fund Pyongyang’s missile plans.

KCNA

North Korea has ramped up its stolen crypto assets in recent times leading to one of the largest cryptocurrency heists on record earlier this year.

Hackers allegedly stole $615 million worth of crypto prompting the U.S. tplace a warning about potential workers who are hiding their identities to find jobs abroad.

Meanwhile, crypto holdings have decreased in value with the market sliding below $1 trillion for the first time since January 2021.

Katerina Kostakos contributed to this report

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Ukraine Crisis

Sean Penn visits President Zelensky in Kyiv

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Sean Penn is the latest celebrity to travel to Ukraine and meet with President Zelensky

Actor Sean Penn is reportedly creating a documentary on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

He is seeking to visit the war-torn areas where Russian troops have allegedly committed war crimes.

The leader thanked Penn for his support during the meeting. It comes a week after Zelensky met with Hollywood star Ben Stiller, who was visiting for humanitarian reasons.

“The whole world will soon be able to see the whole truth about the war thanks to his film. Sean, thank you for the support of our state and our people.”

UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY

Meanwhile, fresh vision has emerged of a Russian missile strike on a crowded shopping mall in the country’s east.

It’s understood 18 people are dead, and dozens are still missing. Moscow says it struck a nearby arms depot and is claiming the mall was empty at the time.

The blast sent shockwaves around surrounding areas, where people can be seen running away from the areas of impact.

Meanwhile, President Zelensky is calling Russia a terrorist state. He urged his U.N. counterparts to stand up and pay their respects, as he dialled in for urgent talks.

“Who of you does not agree that this is terrorism?”

UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY

Zelensky named victims of the war, including a three-month-old. He also drew on the U.N. Charter for maintaining international peace and security.

Meanwhile, Russia’s representatives expressed concern about President Zelensky’s speech. Dmitry Polyanskiy says he did not receive any consultation beforehand.

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