Montana Public Radio

Jaclyn Diaz

Updated March 19, 2021 at 3:24 AM ET

The first face-t0-face meeting between U.S. and Chinese officials got off to a heated start Thursday. For more than an hour, top officials traded barbs at what would normally be a photo-op ahead of a two-day meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.

A new report from the U.S. intelligence community warns of future, unspecified, violence committed by domestic extremists, who have been emboldened by the siege on the U.S. Capitol and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and coronavirus pandemic.

Updated at 10:50 a.m. ET

Sweden is the latest European country to suspend the administration of a COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca following reports of abnormal blood clotting in recipients.

Tens of thousands of people marched across Australia on Monday to protest sexual violence, harassment and gender inequality in the country after a wave of sexual assault allegations tied to Parliament.

Participants wore all black. Many women held signs that said, "Enough is enough." In Melbourne, marchers carried a list of names of women killed by men since 2008.

Updated March 15, 2021 at 5:37 PM ET

A winter storm that snarled traffic, knocked out power and disrupted flights in parts of Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska through the weekend is forecast to spread into the Midwest on Monday.

Dozens of students were reportedly kidnapped from their school in northwestern Nigeria during the early morning hours on Friday.

Around 30 students were taken from Federal College Of Forestry Mechanization, which sits just outside Kaduna city. The incident marks at least the fourth kidnapping of students in the country since December.

The three person Board of Stark County Commissioners in Ohio rejected the purchase of more than 1,400 new Dominion voting machines. The county's Board of Elections had recommended the purchase, but the three members voted to withhold the money for the purchase following pressure from supporters of former President Trump, who falsely accused the machines of manipulating vote tallies in President Biden's favor.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday signed into law one of the country's most restrictive abortion bans, a measure supporters hope will force the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit its 1973 decision sanctioning the procedure.

Alaska on Tuesday became the first state in the nation to make COVID-19 vaccinations available to anyone over the age of 16 who lives or works in the state.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy called the vaccination expansion a "game changer." He said eligibility requirements for the vaccinations are dropped, effective immediately.

"A healthy community means a healthy economy," Dunleavy said. "With widespread vaccinations available to all Alaskans who live or work here, we will no doubt see our economy grow and our businesses thrive."

A federal judge ruled Monday that the man often called the "QAnon Shaman" must remain in jail pending his trial for his role in the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol because he remains a threat to the public.

Judge Royce Lamberth said in his order rejecting Jacob Chansley's request for release that "no condition or combination of conditions" would ensure Chansley's return to court if he were released.

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