Biden to tackle climate, COVID-19 and US alliances at annual UN meeting
President Joe Biden faces a series of headaches, both big and small, going into the United Nations’ annual summit starting Tuesday in New York City. The 76th General Assembly meeting comes after weeks of international incidents grabbing the White House’s attention. Biden’s team will navigate the pressures of shifting alliances, the limits of American power in the face of U.S. defeat in Afghanistan, and broader questions of stability in emerging world order — all in addition to the global challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. The hybrid event will feature speeches from global leaders, with more than 100 planning to attend the event in person, while others will attend virtually. Here are the major issues to look out for.
White House: Biden to call Macron amid outrage over sub deal
The White House says President Joe Biden will hold a call with French President Emmanuel Macron this week to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to one of its “closest partners” amid a diplomatic crisis stemming from a nuclear submarine deal. (Sept. 20)
Haitian migrant crisis continues: What we know
More than 14,500 migrants, the vast majority of whom are Haitian, are facing high temperatures and poor conditions at a camp under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. They are awaiting either deportation, or deciding to stay and seek asylum. Haitians have been crossing into the U.S. for weeks, but the number of migrants reached new levels in recent days, said Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas. About 3,500 migrants from the camp have already been relocated, and 3,000 more were expected to be moved to another processing facility Monday, Mayorkas said. At least three deportation flights with 145 passengers each arrived Sunday in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, and the U.S. government expects to ramp up to an expected six expulsion flights to Haiti Tuesday.
Haitian migrants face deportation amid crackdown at U.S.-Mexico border
Thousands of Haitian migrants are stuck at the U.S.-Mexico border wading through the Rio Grande near Del Rio, Texas.
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Mystery continues in the Gabby Petito case as her fiancé remains missing
The FBI announced Sunday that agents discovered a body on the edge of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, which Gabby Petito, 22, and her fiancé Brian Laundrie, 23, had visited while on a cross-country road trip. An autopsy is set for Tuesday. But the expectation is the forensic review will confirm the body found was Petito’s. “I would like to extend sincere and heartfelt condolences to Gabby’s family,” Charles Jones, an FBI special agent said. FBI agents and police on Monday searched the Florida home of Petito and Laundrie, who were living with his parents before their departure. The FBI offered no details, but agents towed away a car that neighbors said was typically used by Laundrie’s mother. Local media said Laundrie’s parents were seen getting into a police vehicle. Laundrie returned to Florida alone Sept. 1 and refused to discuss Petito’s whereabouts with authorities, then disappearing himself last week.
FBI believes Gabby Petito’s body has been found in Wyoming
A body has been found in Wyoming in the same area where officials are searching for Gabby Petito. There is no confirmation yet on the identity.
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New book ‘Peril’ recounts Trump-Biden transition
What were former President Donald Trump’s final days in office like? Based on more than 200 interviews with eyewitness accounts, The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa recount the transition from Trump to Joe Biden in “Peril,” scheduled to be released Tuesday. The book alleges that in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection, top military adviser Gen. Mark Milley took precautions to limit Trump’s ability to launch a military strike or deploy nuclear weapons. Milley told senior staff that: “You never know what a president’s trigger point is,” according to CNN. The book is supplemented with classified material, from secret orders to call transcripts, diaries, emails, meeting notes and personal government records.
Milley: China calls were ‘perfectly’ within job
The top U.S. military officer said Friday that calls he made to his Chinese counterpart in the final stormy months of Donald Trump’s presidency were “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his job. (Sept. 17)
Hurricane season continues as tropical storms spin in Atlantic
This year’s hurricane season continues to buzz with activity as Tropical Storms Peter and Rose are active in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Peter, which formed Sunday, could bring heavy rain to portions of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the northern Leeward Islands, the National Hurricane Center said. Swells generated by Peter are expected to affect the northern Leeward Islands early this week, then reach the Bahamas by midweek. “These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” according to the Hurricane Center. Tropical Storm Rose, which formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, poses no threat to any land areas, the hurricane center said. Rose is expected to continue to spin across the central Atlantic over the next few days and is likely to weaken into a depression by midweek, forecasters said.
Experts focus on two tropical storms to start week
Tropical storms Peter and Rose formed over the weekend and forecasters will be watching them closely, particularly if Peter nears the Leeward Islands.
Contributing: The Associated Press