WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US Senate will vote on Wednesday (Oct 21) on a US$300 billion (S$407.7 billion) Senate Republican coronavirus relief Bill that is far below the estimated US$2 trillion that Democrats have demanded. The Bill, dubbed a "skinny" relief Bill for its pared-down funding, was already rejected by Democrats in September and is again expected to fail. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement on Saturday that the vote would follow a standalone vote on additional Paycheque Protection Programme (PPP) funds on Tuesday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spoke for an hour and 15 minutes on Saturday evening and their staff "will continue discussions, and they have agreed to speak again on Monday", Treasury spokesman Monica Crowley said on Twitter. Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said that there was progress on coronavirus testing but "there remains work to do to ensure there is a comprehensive testing plan". He added there are numerous other differences "that must be addressed in a comprehensive manner in the next 48 hours". Mr Hammill also said "decisions must be made by the White House in order to demonstrate that
UNITED STATES (AFP) - An international treaty banning nuclear weapons has been ratified by a 50th country, a UN official said Saturday (Oct 24) , allowing the text proponents call historic to enter into force after 90 days. While nuclear-armed powers have not signed up to the treaty, activists who have pushed for its enactment hold out hope that it will nonetheless prove to be more than symbolic and have a gradual deterrent effect. Honduras became the 50th country to ratify the treaty. "Today is a victory for humanity, and a promise of a safer future," Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), said in a statement. Other NGOs also welcomed the news, including the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a coalition that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its key role in bringing the treaty to fruition. "Honduras just ratified the Treaty as the 50th state, triggering entry into force and making history," ICAN said in a tweet. The 75th anniversary of the nuclear bomb attacks on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, marked in August, saw a wave of countries ratify the treaty
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