Hello, this is Danielle Jalowiecka with the BBC News. President Biden is beginning an address to a joint session of Congress to mark his first 100 days in office.He's expected to offer support to the middle class and blue-collar workers and to redress economic inequality by investing billions of dollars into education and childcare. This will be paid for by reversing Donald Trump's tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans. Lebo Diseko is in Washington.I think that he is certainly putting an ambitious plan forward. The two plans that will work together, proposals that will work together. The American jobs plan and the American families plan together come to about $4 trillion in spending. So, yeah, this is certainly more than a transitional President. It is a President who wants to really change the role of government here in America and change social spending here. But I think the message that he wants to get across is America is back. America is going to go from really crisis to opportunity.
The Federal Reserve has said that economic activity and employment in the United States have strengthened. But a meeting of the central bank's main policy-making committee has decided not to change its current measures to encourage recovery. The chairman of the Fed Jerome Powell said there were clear signs of economic revival.We're making our way through an unprecedented series of events really in which a synchronized global shutdown is now giving way to widespread reopening of economies in many places around the world.In the United States, fiscal and monetary policy continue to provide strong support. Vaccinations are now widespread, and the economy is beginning to move ahead with real momentum.But Mr. Powell said the Fed's main interest rate would stay at zero.
The Manhattan home and office of Rudy Giuliani have been searched by the FBI as part of their investigation into the business dealings in Ukraine of former President Trump's personal lawyer. Electronic devices were among items seized. Investigators are looking into whether Mr. Giuliani illegally lobbied the Trump administration on behalf of the Ukrainian government, as well as allegations of money laundering and campaign finance violations. Mr. Giuliani's son Andrew accused the Justice Department of not acting independently.Any American, whether you are red or blue, should be extremely disturbed by what happened here today, by the continued politicization of the Justice Department. This is disgusting. This is absolutely absurd. And it has to stop. If this can happen to the former President's lawyer, this can happen to any American. Enough is enough.
18 serving French military officers who signed an open letter warning of the risk of civil war are to face sanctions before a military council. The head of the French Armed Forces General Francois Lecointre said the officers could be delisted.You're listening to the world news from the BBC.