USA news live updates: US puts 8,500 troops on heightened alert amid Russia tension – Times of India

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Monday no final decisions had been made on deployments, which he said would happen only if the Nato alliance decides to activate a rapid-response force “or if other situations develop” in connection with tensions over Russia’s military buildup along Ukraine’s borders.

US puts 8,500 troops on heightened alert amid Russia tension

The Pentagon says that defense secretary Lloyd Austin has put about 8,500 troops on heightened alert, so they will be prepared to deploy if needed to reassure NATO allies in the face of ongoing Russian aggression on the border of Ukraine.

US warns against travel to Peru, Kuwait, UAE over Covid

NY City will appoint anti-gun violence coordinators in every local agency: Mayor Adams

The Houthi attacks on the UAE and strikes on Saudi Arabia and Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen “represent a troubling escalation” of violence, state department spokesman Ned Price told a news briefing.

U.S. condemns latest Houthi missile attack on UAE: State department

Florida district cancels seminar over race theory concerns

School administrators in a central Florida county canceled a seminar for history teachers on the U.S. civil rights movement, in part, because it hadn’t been screened to make sure it was free of critical race theory.

Webb telescope reaches destination, 1 million miles from Earth: NASA

WH: Look forward to welcoming new German chancellor in February

WH: Deeply concerned about reports of escalation in Yemen

No plan of military evacuation of Americans in Ukraine: White House

Three former Minneapolis officers broke the law by failing to stop Derek Chauvin killing George Floyd during an arrest and were indifferent to the handcuffed Black man’s dying pleas, a prosecutor told a jury in opening statements in the federal trial on Monday.

Social media figure gets home detention in Capitol riot case

A pro-Trump social media influencer who posted video of himself at the US Capitol during last year’s riot has been sentenced to three months of home detention.

WH: Biden doesn’t look at stock market to judge economy, it is up 15% since the President took office

WH: Never ruled out additional assistance to eastern flank cointries in event of an invasion by Russia into Ukraine

W House: Biden call with Europeans focused on deterence measures

White House says it is refining military plans for all scenarios on Ukraine crisis

The United States is fine-tuning its military plans for all scenarios in the Ukraine crisis, the White House said on Monday, as Washington worked to bolster deployments on NATO’s eastern flank. Read more

Palin Covid-19 tests delay libel trial against NYT

An unvaccinated Sarah Palin tested positive for Covid-19 Monday, forcing a postponement of the start of a trial in her libel lawsuit against The New York Times.

We call for the immediate release of President Kabore and other government officials and for members of the security forces to respect Burkina Faso’s constitution and civilian leadership.

State Department official, on condition of anonymity, in a statement

US demands ‘immediate release’ of Burkina president