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Over 95,000 registered as disappeared, says UN committee

New York [US], November 30 (ANI): More than 95,000 people have been officially registered as disappeared in Mexico as of last Friday, according to a report by UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances.That includes a worrying increase in the number of women and children, a trend that has worsened during the pandemic, with migrants particularly at risk. UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances noted that more than 100 disappearances allegedly took place just during the course of their fact-finding mission.In a statement, the Committee urged Mexican authorities to quickly locate those who have gone missing, identify the deceased and take prompt action to investigate all cases.The delegation of the UN Committee On Enforced Disappearances went to 13 Mexican states and held 48 meetings with more than 80 different authorities.Members also met hundreds of victims, and dozens of victims’ collectives and civil society organisations, from almost every…

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US calls for greater cooperation with its allies to counter Chinese threat in Indo-Pacific region

Washington [US] : In a bid to promote peace in the Indo-Pacific region, the US on Monday (local time) called for additional cooperation with its allies to deter potential military aggression by China.The statement came from the US Department of Defence (DOD) while summing up the conclusions of ‘Global Posture Review’, initiated by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in March. “In the Indo-Pacific, the review directs additional cooperation with allies and partners to advance initiatives that contribute to regional stability and deter potential Chinese military aggression and threats from North Korea,” the DOD said.These initiatives include seeking greater regional access for military partnership activities; enhancing infrastructure in Australia and the Pacific Islands; and planning rotational aircraft deployments in Australia, as announced in September.The review also informed Secretary Austin’s approval of the permanent stationing of a previously-rotational attack helicopter squadron and artillery division headquarters in…

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Former US Secretary of Defence sues Pentagon for withholding parts of his memoir

Washington [US] : Former US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has sued the Defence Department accusing Pentagon officials of blocking parts of his memoir.“Significant text is being improperly withheld from publication in Secretary Esper’s manuscript under the guise of classification,” Esper’s lawsuit filed in Federal District Court in Washington, DC, says, as quoted by The New York Times on Sunday. According to the suit, the withheld text is “crucial” to telling certain important stories about his tenure under former US President Donald Trump.“I am more than disappointed the current administration is infringing on my First Amendment constitutional rights. And it is with regret that legal recourse is the only path now available for me to tell my full story to the American people,” Esper said in a statement on Sunday.According to The New York Times, the Pentagon is aware of the former defence secretary’s…

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Biden expresses hope Japan would increase defence spending amid China’s rise

Washington [US] : US President Joe Biden expressed his hope that Japan would increase its defence budget during a phone call with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in October, Japanese media reported on Saturday.Biden’s remarks came as Kishida is showing eagerness to ramp up Japan’s defence outlays amid China’s rise, Kyodo News reported citing a diplomatic source. So far, Japan has kept its defence budget around 1 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product in view of the passive Constitution.On Saturday, the Japanese Prime Minister vowed to strengthen the country’s defence capabilities.Kishida’s remarks came during a speech at a Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) base, where he expressed concern about North Korea’s rapid development of missile technology and China’s military expansion, Kyodo News reported.When Japan revises its foreign and security policies, Kishida said all options will be on the table including the idea of giving…

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New York declares State of Emergency amid spike in COVID-19 infections

New York [US]: New York Governor Kathy Hochul issued a state of emergency in the state due to a spike in new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations, according to her executive order.“Whereas, New York is now experiencing COVID-19 transmission at rates the State has not seen since April 2020…Whereas, the rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions has been increasing over the past month to over 300 new admissions a day…I do hereby declare a State disaster emergency for the entire State of New York through January 15, 2022,” the executive order said on Friday evening. The state of emergency will increase hospital capacity in New York and support vaccination efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.Hochul issued the state of emergency amid concerns over the new Omicron coronavirus variant detected in southern Africa. The United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and many…

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US special envoy for Afghanistan to meet Taliban in Doha

Washington [US] : The US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tom West will be meeting with the Taliban leaders in Doha next week.“They’ll discuss … our vital national interests when it comes to Afghanistan,” said State Department spokesperson Ned Price, reported Tolo News. “That includes counterterrorism, that includes a safe passage for US citizens and for Afghans to whom we have a special commitment and that includes humanitarian assistance and the economic situation of the country,” he added.On November 8, West started his first trip in this role to Europe and Asia as the US special envoy for Afghanistan. He visited Brussels and consulted with EU and US allies on Afghanistan.The US envoy, Tom West, earlier this month attended a meeting of the extended Troika, comprising Pakistan, China, Russia and the United States to discuss Afghanistan. The group had also met with senior Taliban representatives,…

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SpaceX to conduct ‘humanity’s first planetary defence test’ to redirect asteroid

California [US] : SpaceX is planning to conduct humanity’s first planetary defence test to redirect an asteroid through Falcon 9’s launch of NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission on Tuesday (local time).“DART is humanity’s first planetary defence test mission to see if intentionally crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid is an effective way to change its course, should an Earth-threatening asteroid be discovered in the future,” read a statement by SpaceX. This will be the third flight for this Falcon 9’s first stage booster, which previously supported the launch of Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich and a Starlink mission. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage will land on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship, which will be located in the Pacific Ocean, it said.The instantaneous launch window is at 10:21 pm PST (6:21 UTC on November 24), and a backup opportunity is…

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Peng Shuai’s reappearance undermines its expressed commitment to Human Rights

New York [US] : The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) collaboration with Chinese authorities on tennis star Peng Shuai’s reappearance undermines its expressed commitment to human rights, including the rights and safety of athletes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday.This comes after IOC last week said in a statement that its president, Thomas Bach, had a 30-minute video call with three-time Olympian Peng Shuai, joined by a Chinese sports official and an IOC official. The statement said that, during the call, Peng appeared to be “doing fine” and “relaxed,” and said she “would like to have her privacy respected.” The IOC did not explain how the video call with Peng had been organized, given the difficulties other concerned parties have had reaching her.Yaqiu Wang, a senior China researcher at HRW, said that the IOC has vaulted itself from silence about Beijing’s abysmal human rights…

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Is US Covid Rebound bad?

Washington [US] : The latest US Covid-19 wave is taking its toll on some states’ intensive-care units, with several parts of the country seeing outbreaks that are as bad as ever. In 15 states, patients with confirmed or suspected Covid are taking up more ICU beds than a year earlier, according to Department of Health and Human Services data. Colorado, Minnesota and Michigan have 41 per cent, 37 per cent and 34 per cent of ICU beds occupied by Covid-19 patients, respectively, the data show. The dramatic uptick means there’s proportionately less space in hospitals for those suffering from other potentially deadly ailments. “Many of our physicians are at a breaking point,” said Ali Mokdad, a professor with the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. “It’s not easy to be day in and day out in an emergency room, in an…

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Parade incident driver to be charged with homicide

Wisconsin [US] : Police said Darrell Edward Brooks Jr, 39, killed five people, aged between 52 and 81, and injured 48 others, including young children, in Waukesha. Mr Brooks was fleeing a domestic disturbance when he mowed into the crowd, they said. They added he could face further charges based upon their investigation. Waukesha police also said the incident was not an act of terrorism. Several school children and grandparents were among the victims. They include members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, who are a regular fixture in the city’s parades. “Our group was doing what they loved, performing in front of crowds in a parade putting smiles on faces of all ages,” the group wrote in a statement on Facebook. “Those who died were extremely passionate Grannies.” Dozens of people remain in hospital. Police said the injured were taken to six area hospitals…

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Biden backs Powell to continue heading Federal Reserve, says Central Bank needs stability

Washington [US]: The Federal Reserve needs stable and independent leadership to navigate a post-pandemic world and Jerome Powell would be the right apolitical candidate to continue heading the US central bank, President Joe Biden said. “Now some will no doubt ask why I’m renominating Jay, when he was the choice of a Republican predecessor? Why I’m not picking a Democrat?” Biden said during a press conference on Monday. “Put directly at this moment of both enormous potential and enormous uncertainty for our economy, we need stability and independence. At the Federal Reserve, Jay has proven the independence that I value in the Fed chair.”The renomination of Powell, a Republican appointed by former president Donald Trump, comes after one of the most tumultuous periods ever for both, the Federal Reserve and the US economy emerging from the coronavirus pandemic and the recession triggered by the…

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USIBC Chief says two nations need to set ambitious goal

Washington [US] : Terming top US trade official Katherine Tai’s upcoming visit to India as a “very important” one, President of the US-India Business Council (USIBC), Nisha Biswal said it is an agenda-setting visit to see how the two countries can align their ambitions and approach to trade. United States Trade Representative (USTR) Tai will travel to India on a two-day visit from November 22 for talks with her Indian counterpart commerce minister Piyush Goyal.Acknowledging that there is a gulf between US and India when it comes to trade policies, Biswal suggested that the two countries need to set an “ambitious goal” with respect to trade ties and a roadmap to get there.“It is very important to visit. It is ambassador Tai’s first visit to India as USTR. It is important that US and India set an ambitious goal from where we want to…

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Russia hopes US will urge Ukraine to fulfill obligations under Minsk agreements

Washington [US] : Russia hopes that the United States will influence Ukraine so that Kiev will fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements on settling the conflict in Donbas, the Russian Embassy to the United States said.On Friday, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said that the United States welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement about resolving the conflict in Donbas based on the Minsk agreements and supported such conflict-resolution efforts. “We take note of the words of White House Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki concerning the support of the efforts to settle the conflict in Donbass in accordance with the Minsk Agreements,” the Russian Embassy wrote on its Facebook page.The Russian diplomatic mission said that Ukraine had to stop the ongoing sabotage of the Minsk agreement.“We hope that the U.S. Government will heed sound judgments and influence ‘the strategic partner’ so that the latter fulfills…

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Biden-Xi meeting intended to build consensus on major world problems: White House

Washington [US]: The recent virtual meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping was intended to build consensus between the two countries on major world problems, White House Coordinator on the Indo-Pacific Kurt Campbell said on Friday. “[T]his was really meant as an initial conversation about areas that we think we can potentially work together, like climate change, but also make clear where our purpose and determination are clear, like on the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” Campbell said during a conversation at the US Institute of Peace, reported Sputnik.Campbell added that the United States approach to the Indo-Pacific will remain multifaceted and not focused only on the competition with China and will also include advancement in such areas as technology, quantum computing, 5G networks and others, added Sputnik. The meeting was held amid deteriorating relations between…

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US today is much more flexible partner than in past, says Jaishankar

Singapore: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said that the US today is a much more flexible partner, much more open to ideas, suggestions, working arrangements than in the past. “I have been dealing with the US for close to 40 years now. US today is a much more flexible partner, much more open to ideas, suggestions, working arrangements, than in the past,” Jaishankar said in response to a query during the panel discussion ‘Greater Power Competition: The Emerging World Order’ at the Bloomberg New Economic Forum event in Singapore.Answering another query, he said the manner of China’s growing influence is very different from the US. “There is no question that the US has strategically contracted for some time. Relatively and absolutely, American power and American influence are not what they used to be. It is also clear China has been expanding, but…

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Pro-Iranian forces targeted US base in Syria

Washington [US] : Pro-Iranian forces have carried out a drone attack on a US base in Syria in response to Israeli airstrikes on the Arab Republic, US media reported.In late October, the US base of At Tanf came under a drone attack. The White House believes that the recent attack on its military base in Syria was “deliberate and coordinated” and the United States reserves the right to respond. According to The New York Times newspaper, the base was attacked by five “suicide drones” but only two of them exploded. Most of the US soldiers were evacuated from the base after receiving a warning from Israeli intelligence.US officials told The New York Times that the attack had been directed by Iran that supplied the proxy forces with the needed equipment.Both US and Israeli officials said that the attack was a retaliation for several Israeli…

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Trump administration was close to mini trade deal with India; but US domestic politics more complicated now, says trade body chief

Washington [US]: US-India Strategic Partnership Forum Chief Mukesh Aghi has said that the Trump administration was very close to the mini trade deal with India, but now the domestic politics in America is “much more complicated”.“With Trump administration, we were very close to the mini trade deal. I think to show some kind of success in early harvesting. It is important that India-US agree where it was left with the Trump administration to close that out to build the momentum itself. But the domestic politics in the US is now much more complicated,” Aghi told ANI on Wednesday (local time). Commenting further on the Biden administration, US-India Strategic Partnership Forum Chief said, “The progressive Left inserts labour rights, they talk about human rights, religious freedom, and I think if you start pushing those into a trade deal, you will not get a trade deal.”US…

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Japan, US launches initiative to facilitate discussions on trade issues

Tokyo [Japan]: Amid China’s economic rise, Japan and the United States on Wednesday launched an initiative to facilitate regular discussions on trade issues.The first series of meeting under the US-Japan Partnership on Trade is expected early next year, with the initial areas of focus including “third country concerns” and cooperation in improving a rules-based economic order in the Indo-Pacific region, Kyodo News reported citing officials of the two countries. The announcement was made as Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi held a meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, who is on her first visit to Japan since assuming her position in March.“Our close collaboration will support the Biden-Harris administration’s economic framework for the Indo-Pacific and help create sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and competitive trade policies that lift up our people and economies,” Tai said in a statement.In an apparent reference to China, Japan and the…

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‘US yet to decide on potential waiver of sanctions against India for S-400 purchase’

Washington [US] : The United States has not made a determination on a potential waiver of sanctions against India for its purchase of the S-400 missile defence system from Russia, a state department spokesperson said, noting that the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) does not have a blanket or country-specific waiver provision.The Joe Biden administration also urges “all of our allies, partners” to forgo transactions with Russia that risk triggering sanctions under the CAATSA, the spokesperson said in response to reports that Russia has started delivering the S-400 to India. India had signed a USD 5.43-billion deal with Russia for the purchase of five S-400 surface to air missile systems during the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit in New Delhi in October 2019, for long-term security needs.Washington had indicated that the Russian S-400 systems may trigger CAATSA sanctions. The CAATSA is a…

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Trump calls US ‘radicalised mess’ after indictment of his former adviser Bannon

Washington: Former US President Donald Trump has commented on the indictment of his former adviser Steve Bannon, saying that it demonstrates how Washington is failing in all aspects.“This Country has perhaps never done to anyone what they have done to Steve Bannon and they are looking to do it to others, also. If they would be so tough with China, Russia, and the world, who no longer respects us, maybe our Country would not be failing at a level at which we have never seen before,” Trump said in a statement. He added that the United States is heading in an “unthinkable” direction, with the situation having been exacerbated by the Afghanistan withdrawal, immigration issues and inflation.“The USA is a radicalised mess!” Trump said.On Friday, a US federal grand jury indicted former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon on two counts of contempt of Congress…

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US, Japan reaffirm their alliance a cornerstone of peace in Indo Pacific

Washington [US] : US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, had a telephonic conversation with Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa during which he emphasised Washington’s commitment to work closely with Japan and other allies to advance their shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific.The two leaders reaffirmed that the US-Japan alliance is the “cornerstone of peace, security, and prosperity in the region and globally”, according to the US state department. This comes amid China’s rising assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.Amid China’s military rise, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday met with the commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command and agreed to strengthen their alliance for a free and open Indo-Pacific.Japanese PM Kishida and US Admiral John Aquilino shared concerns regarding China’s unilateral attempts to alter the status quo in the region and exchanged views on North Korea’s test-firing of missiles, Kyodo News reported…

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US launches talks with Japan to address steel, aluminum excess capacity

Washington [US]: The United States and Japan have started consultations to address issues concerning excess capacity in the global steel and aluminum market, the Office of the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) office said.“United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and United States Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo today announced the start of consultations with Japan to address global steel and aluminum excess capacity, take effective measures to ensure the long-term viability of our steel and aluminum industries, and find solutions to strengthen our democratic alliance,” the Office of the US Trade Representative said in a press release on Friday. US and Japanese officials will also work to resolve bilateral issues related to steel and aluminum tariffs and the two countries intend to take beneficial actions that will restore market-oriented conditions, the release said.The US officials emphasized concerns about China and its role in supporting…

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Joe Biden administration settles for automatic job authorisation for spouses of H-1B visa holders

Washington [US] : In yet another immigration-friendly move, the Biden administration has agreed to provide automatic work authorisation permits to spouses of H-1B visas holders, a step that would benefit thousands of Indian-American women. The settlement in this regard was reached by the Department of Homeland Security in a class-action lawsuit, which was filed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on behalf of immigrant spouses this summer.”This (H-4 visa holders) is a group that always met the regulatory test for automatic extension of EADs (employment authorisation documents), but the agency previously prohibited them from that benefit and forced them to wait for reauthorisation. People were suffering. They were losing their high-paying jobs for absolutely no legitimate reason causing harm to them and US businesses,” Jon Wasden from AILA said. The litigation successfully achieved the reversal of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)…

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Kamala Harris, Emmanuel Macron agree to establish US-France comprehensive dialogue on space

Washington [US] : US Vice President Kamala Harris and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed to establish a US-France Comprehensive Dialogue on Space to enhance civil, commercial, and national security space cooperation, the White House said on Wednesday (local time).This comes after Harris met with Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris to express her appreciation for the close friendship and shared values between the United States and France. In a statement, Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders, on Harris’s meeting with Macron, said that the Vice President reinforced the United States’ commitment to continue deepening coordination and cooperation across a range of global challenges, from transatlantic security to the Indo-Pacific to the Sahel.According to the statement, Harris thanked Macron for his leadership in convening world leaders for the Paris Peace Forum and the Paris Conference on Libya. She also thanked Macron for…

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US central bank warns China’s property problem could hurt global economy

Washington [US] : The United States central bank has warned that China’s ongoing property woes could elevate financial stresses in China, which could further strain global financial markets and negatively affect the United States.In its biannual report on financial stability, the Federal reserve pointed specifically to the crisis at Evergrande, China’s most indebted developer, CNN reported. The company has sparked fears of contagion since September, upon warning that it could default on its debts of more than $300 billion. Several other real estate developers are also in trouble.Though “Chinese authorities have introduced measures to cool down property markets,” there is a risk that “financial vulnerabilities will continue to rise,” the Fed noted.The central bank warned that given the size of China’s economy and financial system, and its global ties, “financial stresses in China could strain global financial markets through a deterioration of risk sentiment,…

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US to waive immigration application free for thousands of evacuated Afghans

Washington [US] : The United States will exempt filing fees and streamline application processing for Afghan nationals who were paroled into the United States for humanitarian reasons on or after July 30, the Department of Homeland Security said.The department, in a statement, said that these actions will help facilitate the resettlement of Afghan nationals in the US by streamlining the processing of requests for work authorization, Green Cards, and associated services. The DHS is the lead federal agency coordinating Operation Allies Welcome, the ongoing all-of-government effort to resettle vulnerable Afghans, including those who worked on behalf of the United States.“By providing these evacuees with access to streamlined processing and fee exemptions, we will open doors of opportunity for our Afghan allies and help them begin to rebuild their lives in communities across our country more quickly,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N Mayorkas.“These…

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Trump slams Biden over ‘most embarrassing’ Afghanistan withdrawal

Washington [US]: Former US President Donald Trump slammed President Joe Biden’s administration for its withdrawal from Afghanistan and termed it the “most embarrassing and horrible thing”, reported TOLOnews. “What they did with the so-called withdrawal, which was really a surrender, what they did, it was the most embarrassing, horrible thing, and I don’t know that if we will ever psychologically recover from that,” TOLOnews quoted Trump as saying citing his interview with Fox News.The former President claimed that he would never have withdrawn from the war-torn country the way the Biden administration did, as per the news channel. Notably, it was under the administration of Donald Trump that the deal with the Taliban was signed about the withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan, following which the number of US troops in the country was decreased. Trump asserted that he would have withdrawn too…

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Japan, US exchange views on regional agenda

Tokyo [Japan]: US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink met on Monday with Japanese Director-General of the North American Affairs Bureau Keiichi Ichikawa to discuss bilateral relations and exchange views on regional agenda, Japan’s foreign affairs ministry said. “On November 8, Mr. ICHIKAWA Keiichi, Director-General, North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with Mr. Daniel Kritenbrink, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. They discussed a broad range of issues including Japan-U.S. cooperation towards further strengthening the Japan-U.S. Alliance and realizing a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific,'” the ministry said in a statement.This was Kritenbrink’s first visit to Japan since he was appointed to his position in September. The assistant secretary of state will remain in Japan until Wednesday before departing for Seoul for a visit from November 10-12. (ANI/Sputnik)

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US: MQM stages protest outside White House against Pak atrocities on Mohajirs

Washington [US] : The workers of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) staged a demonstration outside the White House against the atrocities by the Pakistani regime on Mohajirs.The MQM has demanded the United States in Washington to protest against the Pakistan apex court’s decision that pertained to demolishing the legal and private property of the Mohajirs in Karachi. MQM defines the apex Court’s orders as continued state atrocities against Mohajirs by the Pakistan military and its peripheral paramilitary forces and to make Sindh a federal colony.The MQM has demanded a separate nation for Sindhis. The MQM supporters gathered in front of the White House, chanting slogans for freedom and demanding for freedom. MQM Central Organizing Committee and workers of different chapters from different cities of the United States along with their families participated in the freedom demonstration. Rehan Ibadat and Mahfooz Haideri, members of the MQM…

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US reveals plans to develop powerful laser weapon after China’s hypersonic missile test

Washington [US]: The United States is developing a powerful laser weapon capable of blasting missiles and drones after China’s latest “nuclear-capable hypersonic missile” test. Last month, Boeing and General Atomics Electromagnetics Systems (GA-DMS) was awarded a US Army contract to develop a 300kW-class solid-state “Distributed Gain High Energy Laser Weapon System.”The delivery of the weapon will be a 300 kW-class distributed gain laser with an integrated Boeing beam director, according to the statement released on October 25. “The high power, compact laser weapon subsystem prototype that GA-EMS will deliver under this contract will produce a lethal output greater than anything fielded to date,” said Scott Forney, president of GA-EMS. “This technology represents a leap-ahead capability for air and missile defence that is necessary to support the Army’s modernization efforts and defeat next-generation threats in a multi-domain battlespace.” The partnership combines both companies’ expertise in…

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US court temporarily halts Biden’s vaccine mandate for companies

Washington [US] : A US federal appeals court has ruled to temporarily halt a mandate by President Joe Biden’s administration that required employees of large companies to get vaccinated or undergo frequent testing.According to the mandate, employees of companies with a workforce of 100 or more must be fully vaccinated by Jan 4. Unvaccinated employees must submit weekly negative COVID-19 tests to enter the workplace after the deadline, and have to wear masks indoors at their workplaces starting December 5. Issued by three judges from the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit who were appointed by Republican presidents, the order reasoned that “there are grave statutory and constitutional issues with the Mandate” and suspended the mandate “pending further action by this court.”The court order came after a joint petition against the mandate from several Republican-led states as well as several private companies.In…

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US lawmakers introduce resolution to support Lithuania-Taiwan ties amid tensions with China

Washington [US] : Amid ongoing tensions with Beijing over Taipei, the US lawmakers on Friday introduced a resolution to support Lithuania’s efforts to strengthen its ties with Taiwan.“Two ranking US senators introduced a resolution to support Lithuania’s efforts to strengthen its ties with Taiwan at a time when China has stepped up pressure against the Baltic state for treating Taipei in a way that offends Beijing,” Focus Taiwan reported. US Republican Senator Jim Risch, also a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, chair of the Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, jointly proposed the resolution.“On July 20, 2021, the government of Lithuania announced the opening of a Taiwan Representative Office in its capital city of Vilnius. Since that courageous decision, Lithuania has faced unacceptable economic retaliation from China,” Focus Taiwan quoted Risch as saying in a…

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Direct flights to promote Vietnam-US cooperation

Hanoi [Vietnam]: Deputy Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Pham Thu Hang said operating direct flights between Vietnam and the US will promote cooperation in economics, trade, tourism, education, and people-to-people exchanges. She made the comment at a virtual Ministry press conference on Thursday which also touched upon Vietnam Airlines’ plan to conduct its first regular commercial flights to the US starting late this month, after 20 years of preparation.Hang said Vietnam Airlines recently received approval from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for its aviation transport safety plan, paving the way for the airline to be licensed to operate regular flights between the two countries. According to Hang, Vietnamese agencies are coordinating final procedures to authorize the plan and will assist other airlines that wish to operate direct flights to the US. (ANI/VOVWORLD)

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US urges China not to restrict journalists’ freedom at Beijing Olympics

Washington [US] : The United States has urged China not to restrict journalists’ access and movement as they report on the 2022 Winter Olympics, local media reported.American officials, while not revealing whether the US would participate in the Games, said Washington would continue to raise concerns over China’s human rights issues, Voice of America (VOA) reported. “We urge PRC (People’s Republic of China) officials not to limit freedom of movement and access for journalists, and to ensure that they remain safe and able to report freely, including at the Olympic and the Paralympic Games,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said during Thursday’s press briefing.In a statement this week, Beijing-based journalists expressed deep concerns about “the lack of transparency and clarity” of Olympics-related reporting in China, VOA reported.According to VOA, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China said in a tweet that “over the last year,…

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US federal reserve’s main inflation gauge hits 30-Year High in September: Commerce Department

Washington [US] : The US Federal Reserve’s annual inflation gauge hit a 30-year high in September, Commerce Department data showed on Friday, keeping the pressure up on the central bank’s policy makers as well as the Biden administration in reigning in surging costs.The Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index expanded by 4.4% from September 2020. That was the highest annual growth for a month in PCE’s core reading since 1991. The core PCE index, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, remained unchanged at 3.6% year-on-year in September. The Fed tends to pay closer attention to the core PCE index when deciding on monetary policy, though the growth there was also the highest in 30 years.The Commerce Department said consumer spending, which accounted for 70% of all US economic activity, grew by a dormant 0.6% as well in September.The US economy shrank by 3.5% for…

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US: Active shooter alert issued

California [US] : Two people sustained injuries during self-evacuation at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Thursday (local time) after an active shooter alert was issued.The purported incident took place when air traffic control announced a ground stop for the airport at 7:30 pm (local time) after a person with a firearm was spotted in Terminal 1. “At about 7:30 p.m. tonight, there was a report of a person with a firearm in Terminal 1. Approximately 300 passengers self-evacuated from the terminal onto the airfield. Airport police responded and detained one person for further investigation,” LAX Airport said in a statement.During the self-evacuation, two people sustained minor to moderate injuries and were treated by the Los Angeles Fire Department and one was transported.“As a result of the security incident, the FAA initiated a ground stop for flights at LAX. The FAA has since resumed…

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US ready for dialogue with North Korea without preconditions: Special Envoy

US Special Representative for North Korea Sung Kim has held talks with South Korean Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Noh Kyu-duk in Seoul, expressing readiness for dialogue with Pyongyang without preconditions. Tokyo [Japan] : “I look forward to continuing to work with special representative Noh to explore different ideas and initiatives, including the ROK’s [South Korea’s] end-of-war proposal as we continue to pursue our shared objectives on the peninsula,” Kim said on Sunday, as quoted by the South Korean Yonhap news agency. The special representative told reporters that Washington was ready to help address North Korea’s humanitarian concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.“We remain ready to meet with the DPRK [North Korea] without preconditions, and we have made clear that the United States harbours no hostile intent towards the DPRK,” Kim said, adding that Washington hopes Pyongyang “will respond positively to…

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US lawmaker introduces articles of impeachment on Biden for abusing power to aid his son

Washington [US]: US Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene on Friday introduced articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden to the House of Representatives for allegedly abusing his power to aid his son Hunter Biden.“I have introduced House Res. 57. These are articles of impeachment on President Joe Biden for abuse of power in regards to his willingness to use his position of power to aid his son Hunter Biden in their business dealings,” Greene said on the US House floor. Greene also said that she introduced separate articles of impeachment regarding Biden’s mishandling of the situation on the US-Mexico border, his disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and his COVID-19 eviction moratorium.James Comer, the top Republican on the US House Oversight Committee, issued a letter in September in which he asked the owner of a New York art gallery to provide a list of customers who…

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US committee approves report recommending contempt-of-Congress charges against Trump ally

Washington [US]: The US committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack voted on Tuesday (local time) to approve a criminal contempt report on Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon, CNN reported.The committee is selected by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. The report will now be referred to the House for a vote. Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson told CNN on Tuesday that he expects the full House to vote on criminal contempt charges for Bannon before the end of the week.The report will be referred to the Justice Department after the vote, CNN reported.The contempt report frames the efforts that the committee made to get a witness to comply with the subpoena, and the failure by the witness to do so.On January 6, a group of supporters of former President Donald Trump entered the US Capitol in a bid to protest the lawmakers certifying the 2020…

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Former US State Secretary Colin Powell dies of COVID-19 complications

Washington [US]: Former US State Secretary of State Colin Powell died from the COVID-19 complications, Fox News reported citing his family members. In a Facebook post from Colin Powell’s account, his family said: “General Colin L Powell, former US Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19.”“He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the post added. After his graduation in 1958, Powell was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. During his 35 years in the Army, he served two tours in Vietnam, was stationed in West Germany and South Korea, and acted as President Ronald Reagan’s Deputy National Security Advisor in…

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US: 4 hospitalised, including 1 critically, during football match in Alabama

Mobile (Alabama) [US] : Atleast four people were hospitalised including one critically injured on Friday (local time), after having been shot in United States’ Mobile city in Alabama state at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, local media reported.The people who are injured include two juveniles, said Paul Prine, Chief, Mobile Police. The incident happened at around 9:56 PM (Local Time) during the closing minutes of the Vigor-Williamson football match, causing chaos as the spectators started running for the exits and all the players were told to lay down on the field, Fox10 News reported.The Mobile police are searching for at least 2 suspects who allegedly fired the shots from the stadium’s west exit ramp, who later ran away in a white sedan, said Fox10 News quoting Mobile Police Chief.Five to seven shots were fired and police recovered atleast four shell casings, Prine added.

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Biden signs bill into law to raise federal debt ceiling : White House

Washington [US] : US President Joe Biden has signed a bill into law to temporarily increase the federal debt ceiling by USD 480 billion until early December, the White House said.“On Thursday, October 14, 2021, the President signed into law: S. 1301, which provides for authority to increase the debt limit by $480 billion, which is expected to be sufficient to allow the Federal Government to continue to meet its full commitments through early December,” the White House said in a statement on late Thursday. Earlier, the House, a part of the federal government’s legislative branch, had voted earlier to raise the debt limit into December.Biden administration officials had warned the US would default if the debt limit was not raised by October 18, The Hill reported.

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US households heated with natural gas face 30pc increase in winter bills: Energy Dept

Washington [US]: Americans that rely on natural gas for home heating can expect to pay nearly one-third more this winter, with steeper increases for those using oil and propane, the Energy Information Administration said in a report. “We expect that the nearly half of US households that heat primarily with natural gas will spend 30% more than they spent last winter on average – 50% more if the winter is 10% colder-than-average and 22% more if the winter is 10% warmer-than-average,” the report said on Wednesday.The 5 percent of households that rely on propane will most likely spend 54 percent more and the 4 percent using heating oil can expect bills to increase 43 percent, the report said. However, households heated with electricity will most likely avoid steep increases in other energy prices, with winter bills increasing just 6 percent, the report added. The…

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Atleast 2 killed after small plane crashes into houses in South California

Los Angeles (California) [US]: A small plane on Monday afternoon crashed into homes in Santee, 220 km south of Los Angeles, killing at least two people. The local FOX 5 news channel reported that the plane, which took off from Yuma of Arizona, crashed around 12:15 PM (local time) and the authority who had no idea how many people were on the plane believed that the injuries were “non-survivable.”The plane, a Cessna 340A, is a six-seat aircraft with a twin piston engine. The video shot by FOX 5 showed that fire engines were dousing two homes totally destroyed in the crash. Authorities were still working to confirm that those inside the impacted homes were able to get out safely. A man at the scene told a FOX 5 reporter that he got a call from a neighbour saying his mom and dad were rushed…

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US treasury secretary hopes Congress will approve global corporate tax deal

Washington [US]: US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said that she hoped US Congress would approve a key pillar of the global corporate tax deal agreed by some 136 countries and jurisdictions.“I am confident that what we need to do to come into compliance with the minimum tax will be included in a reconciliation package,” Yellen said on ABC’s “This Week,” referring to a spending package being negotiated by the White House and Democratic lawmakers. “I hope … that it will be passed and we will be able to reassure the world that the United States will do its part,” she said.Yellen’s remarks came after the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced on Friday that a major reform of the international tax system has finalized, which includes a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15 per cent.“This is really an historic agreement.…

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1 killed 14 injured in Saint Paul, Minnesota shooting

Saint Paul [US] : At least one person was killed and 14 people injured in a shooting at a bar in Saint Paul, Minnesota early on Sunday, reported local media.Officers responded to the scene on West 7th Street around 12:15 am to find 15 people suffering from gunshot wounds, The Hill reported citing the Saint Paul Police Department. A woman in her 20s was declared dead. Fourteen others — who were injured in the incident — were transported to local hospitals. They are expected to recover from their wounds.“In an instant, they found themselves caught in a hellish situation. I want them to know that we have the best investigators in the country, and we won’t stop until we find the people responsible for this madness. We will do our part to hold them accountable,” The Hill reported quoting Saint Paul chief of police…

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Trump gave ‘misleading’ information on financial state of his hotel in Washington: Report

Washington [US]: Former President Donald Trump provided misleading information about the financial situation of his Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington, the US House of Representatives Oversight Committee said in a letter on Friday. “By filing these misleading public disclosures, President Trump grossly exaggerated the financial health of the Trump Hotel,” the letter said, as quoted by NBC.The Oversight Committee said Trump reported that the hotel earned him more than USD 150 million during his time in office but also lost more than USD 70 million. The hotel received USD 3.7 million in payments from foreign governments and this fact violates the US Constitution, the Oversight Committee added. (ANI/Sputnik)

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Biden reiterates need for more vaccinations as COVID-19 death toll in US tops 7,00,000

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden said that the fact that the US death toll from the coronavirus infection has surpassed 7,00,000 means that more people need to get vaccinated in the country.“To heal we must remember, and as our nation mourns the painful milestone of 7,00,000 American deaths due to COVID-19, we must not become numb to the sorrow. …the astonishing death toll is yet another reminder of just how important it is to get vaccinated,” Biden said in a Saturday statement. The US leader pointed out that his country has made “extraordinary progress” in the fight against COVID-19 this year, thanks to vaccines.“More than three-quarters of all Americans age 12 and up have now received at least one vaccine dose – including nearly 94 pe rcent of all seniors,” Biden emphasised.On Monday, Biden got the Pfizer booster shot administered to him, in…

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US jails FBI’s undercover Pakistani agent for seven years

Islamabad [Pakistan], September 26 : The US has jailed a Pakistan agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for seven years over charges of threatening to kill his former colleagues at the FBI. Notably, he was the main character of the FBI’s entrapment operation that ran for nine years and made worldwide headlines as it featured the names of Dawood Ibrahim and Jabir Motiwala, a media report said on Sunday. Kamran Faridi, 56, has been jailed over transmitting threats to three former FBI colleagues – his supervisor, an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) officer, and his former handler.Faridi had facilitated the plot to arrest Dawood’s close aide Jabir Motiwala in London in August 2018. Born in Karachi, Faridi migrated to the US in the early 1990s where he agreed to work with the FBI and secured a green card, The News Internation…

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US Congressman introduces sanctions bill targeting China’s military, surveillance companies

Washington [US]: A US Congressman unveiled legislation on Wednesday to “target sanctions against Chinese Communist Party (CCP) military or surveillance companies”. Member of the House Foreign Affairs and Financial Services Committees, Republican Andy Barr, introduced the bill which requires President Joe Biden to sanction CCP military companies included on the US Department of Defence’s annual listing and other Chinese military and surveillance companies that pose a risk to US national security, according to a statement released by the office of Congressman Barr on Wednesday.The Chinese Military and Surveillance Company Sanction Act of 2021 protects US national security and limits western capital from fueling CCP military and surveillance companies, the statement added. The bill seems to target certain Chinese companies that have been listed by US authorities as posing a threat to national security. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Department of Defence have…

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4.3 magnitude earthquake hits Los Angeles, surrounding cities

Washington DC [US]: A 4.3 magnitude earthquake occurred next to the city in the Los Angeles County of California, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on Friday (local time). The USGS said in a tweet, “Good evening Southern California. Did you feel the magnitude (M) 4.3 quake about 1/2 mile southeast of Carson at 7:58 pm PT? The #ShakeAlert system was activated and estimated the quake at M4.7 within 4.3 seconds.”The earthquake was widely felt in the Los Angeles area and surrounding cities including Carson, Lomita, and Torrance, CNN reported The quake was recorded at 02:58 GMT on Friday. The epicentre was located about 25 kilometres south of Carson at the depth of 15 kilometres. No damage has been reported so far. Los Angeles Fire Department said it was following protocol and was in Earthquake Emergency Mode with fire department vehicles and helicopters patrolling…

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Biden signs executive order to allow new sanctions on parties fuelling Ethiopia conflict

Washington [US], September 17 : US President Joe Biden on Friday signed an executive order to allow new sanctions on the sides fuelling the conflict in Ethiopia, according to a statement released by the White House.“The Executive Order I signed today establishes a new sanctions regime that will allow us to target those responsible for, or complicit in, prolonging the conflict in Ethiopia, obstructing humanitarian access, or preventing a ceasefire,” Biden said in the statement. Biden said his administration would continue to press for a negotiated ceasefire in the conflict-ridden country in order to put an end to abuses of civilians and allow humanitarian access to those in need.“The United States is determined to push for a peaceful resolution of this conflict, and we will provide full support to those leading mediation efforts, including the African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa…

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US, Australia concerned over China’s expansive maritime claims

Washington [US]: The US and Australia expressed concerns regarding China’s expansive maritime claims in the South China Sea and called on Beijing to implement relevant domestic legislation, including the Maritime Traffic Safety Law, in a manner consistent with UNCLOS. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin hosted Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Peter Dutton on September 16 in Washington for the 31st Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN 2021).The two countries called on China to grant urgent, meaningful, and unfettered access to Xinjiang for independent international observers, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, according to a joint statement following the talks. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), also called the Law of the Sea Convention or the Law of the Sea Treaty, is an international…

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Appointments Committee of Cabinet approves extension of IPS Anurag Kumar’s tenure

Washington [US] September 16 : The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Thursday approved the extension of IPS Anurag Kumar’s tenure as Minister of Personnel & Community Affairs (Joint Secretary level) in the Embassy of India, Washington DC.The extension has been announced for one month beyond September 18, 2021, or till the successor joins the Mission or until further orders, whichever is the earliest. Kumar is from AGMUT 1994 cadre popularly known as the ‘UT cadre’ and his extension was proposed by the Ministry of External Affairs.

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SpaceX launches spaceship with first-ever fully civilian crew on board

Florida [US], September 16 : American aerospace manufacturer SpaceX on Thursday launched the Falcon 9 carrier rocket that placed the Crew Dragon spaceship into orbit. This was the first-ever fully civilian crew mission dubbed as Inspiration4. The launch took place at 00:03 GMT from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.“Dragon and the @inspiration4x astronauts are now officially in space! Dragon will conduct two phasing burns to reach its cruising orbit of 575km where the crew will spend the next three days orbiting planet Earth,” SpaceX tweeted later. This mission is the first orbital mission in the history of spaceflight to be staffed entirely by non-astronauts. This journey will see the quartet free-flying through Earth’s orbit. (ANI)

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US former president Bush calls on Americans to confront domestic ‘violent extremists’

Washington [US]: Former US President George W Bush on Saturday called on Americans to confront domestic violent extremists, saying there is “growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from the violence that gathers within.”“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,” Bush said. “But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit.” “And it is our continuing duty to confront them,” he added.Bush’s speech at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, came eight months after violent insurrectionists breached the US Capitol on January 6, CNM reported.The former Republican President has been outspoken about condemning the violent mob of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol that day.“This is how election results are…

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We must never forget those we lost during 9/11 attacks: Biden

Lower Manhattan [US], September 11 : A moment of silence was observed on Saturday at a memorial in Lower Manhattan to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack, which left nearly 3,000 people dead.US President Joe Biden was joined by former President Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in Lower Manhattan for the ceremony at the National September 11th Memorial, CNN reported. Family members of the victims read the names of all their relatives at the National September 11th Memorial to honour them. Last year, the annual name-reading ceremony was altered due to the coronavirus pandemic, with prerecorded names played over speakers to avoid contact.Taking to Twitter, Biden said that the US must never forget those “we lost during one of the darkest moments in our history.”“Twenty years ago, nearly 3,000 lives were cut short by an unspeakable act of cowardice and hatred…

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US Congressman urges Facebook, Amazon to detail measures against vaccine disinformation

Washington DC [US], September 9 : US House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Thursday sent letters to the heads of Facebook and Amazon asking them to provide detailed explanation of what they do to mitigate the spread of disinformation about coronavirus vaccines.“As a Member of Congress who is deeply concerned by the prevalence of vaccine hesitancy during this time of crisis, I request additional, more detailed information on Facebook’s policies regarding false or misleading health information in order to identify potential needs for federal regulation,” the letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. Schiff called on Zuckerberg to provide information regarding the criteria the social platform exploits to determine whether misinformation or conspiracy theories are dangerous enough to be removed.The congressman from California also asked Zuckerberg to provide the actual size of the team that is responsible for moderating content on Facebook and…

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US President calls Texas’ new voting law ‘assault on democracy’

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden on Tuesday called the Republican-backed new voting law passed in Texas an ‘assault’ on the US democracy.Biden’s remarks came after Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the ‘election integrity bill’ into law that Democrats view as an effort to restrict voting rights, CNN reported. “We’re facing an all-out assault on our democracy. We need to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to protect the sacred right to vote. I urge Congress to send them to my desk immediately,” Biden said in his tweet.Meanwhile, US Vice President Kamala Harris has also slammed the new Texas law and called it ‘restrictive’ for the Texans.“The new voting law in Texas signed by Gov. Abbott is one of the most restrictive in the nation. The bill limits the options that enabled a historic number of…

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9 killed in US in hurricane-triggered floods

Washington [US], September 2 : At least nine people were killed in New York and New Jersey after flash floods triggered by hurricane Ida hit the region on Thursday, local media reports said.A two-year-old was among those who died in heavy rainfall in New York City. States of emergency have been declared in New York and New Jersey due to the storms, CNN reported today. Nearly 300 flights were canceled out of Newark International Liberty airport as Newark saw its wettest day in recorded history, CNN added.The remnants of Ida brought record levels of rain to the mid-Atlantic and northeast US.President Joe Biden will address the nation over his administration’s response to Ida.Some parts of the Louisiana state are facing power outages and residents have also complained about the shortage of gas supply.Earlier on Wednesday, the US had deployed thousands of National Guard troops…

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US, allies evacuate 1,200 people from Afghanistan in past 24 hrs

Washington DC [US], August 30 : The United States and coalition forces evacuated 1,200 people from Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, a White House official said on Monday.“NEW: With 1,200 people evacuated from Kabul in the last 24 hours, the US has evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of approximately 116,700 people from Afghanistan since 8/14. The total number since the end of July is approximately 122,300 people,” Chris Meagher, a White House deputy secretary, tweeted. Meagher today informed that approximately 122,300 people have been evacuated from Afghanistan since the end of July.In a joint statement on Sunday, the US and its partner countries had reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring the safe travel of their citizens and at-risk Afghans outside Afghanistan.“We are all committed to ensuring that our citizens, nationals and residents, employees, Afghans who have worked with us and those who are at…

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Helicopters were used to bring people to Kabul airport for evacuation: US military

Washington [US], August 25: United States military used helicopters on Tuesday night to bring a group of people from outside of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul to the airport for evacuation, said Hank Taylor, US Joint Staff deputy director for regional operations. “Last night during the period of darkness, there was an operation to be able to go out and safely evacuate evacuees back into Kabul, they were at HKIA, and they are safely there preparing to be evacuated,” Taylor said.Kirby said it was a group of about 20 people who were brought to the airport by helicopter, but would not provide further details about the operation. This is the third instance that the Pentagon has confirmed of US troops using helicopters to bring people in Kabul outside of the airport gates to the airport for evacuation. Kirby said it was a…

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US could get commercial airlines involved in Afghanistan evacuation: Reports

Washington [US] August 22 (ANI/Sputnik): The administration of US President Joe Biden could activate the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) in order to have commercial aircraft help evacuate people from Afghanistan, US officials told The Wall Street Journal. Up to five airlines could get engaged in US military efforts to transport Afghan evacuees, the officials said on Saturday, specifying that nearly 20 commercial jets could be used to help ferry people stranded at US bases in Qatar, Bahrain and Germany.The officials said that civilian planes would not be flying out of the Afghan capital of Kabul. “US Transportation Command issued a warning order to US carriers Friday night on the possible activation of CRAF,” Capt John Perkins, a spokesman for the US Transportation Command, told The Wall Street Journal on Saturday, adding that the warning order could be rescinded if additional planes are not…

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US congressman introduces bill to prevent IMF resources from flowing to Taliban

Washington DC [US]: A US congressman on Friday introduced legislation aimed at blocking the Taliban in Afghanistan from accessing the International Monetary Fund (IMF).“US Congressman Andy Barr, Republican Leader of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy, today introduced the IMF Afghan Recognition Assurance Act,” the Congressman said in a statement. This comes as IMF has announced to block Afghanistan’s access to the emergency reserve worth USD 460 million as the Taliban’s control over the country has drawn uncertainty for the country’s future. The decision followed pressure from the Biden administration to ensure that the reserves did not reach the Taliban, New York Times reported.This latest bill would instruct Washington to use influence at the IMF to advocate against recognizing the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan under Taliban control. Moreover, this legislation would ensure that IMF…

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US troops to stay in Afghanistan till all Americans out, says Biden

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden has committed to keeping US troops in Afghanistan until every American is evacuated, even if that means maintaining a military presence there beyond his August 31 deadline for withdrawal.“US is committed to getting every American out of Afghanistan — even if it means potentially extending the mission beyond his August 31 deadline for a total withdrawal,” Biden said in an exclusive interview with American Broadcasting Company (ABC). Biden’s pledge came as 5,000 people were evacuated from Kabul’s airport and armed members of the Taliban kept some Afghans desperate to leave the country from reaching the airfield.On Sunday, the Taliban declared victory after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled abroad and his government collapsed.Like many other countries, the US started evacuating its nationals and some Afghans with links to foreign governments and organisations.The US government has said that thousands of…

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US to roll out COVID-19 vaccine booster shots in September, say health officials

Washington [US]: Booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are set to become available for all adults in America beginning next month, the country’s top health officials announced on Wednesday.“We know that even highly effective vaccines become less effective over time,” Dr Vivek Murthy, the surgeon general, said at a White House briefing. “It is now our clinical judgment that the time to lay out a plan for COVID (vaccine) boosters is now.” It’s now “very clear” that immunity starts to fall after the initial two doses, and with the dominance of the delta variant, “we are starting to see evidence of reduced protection against mild and moderate disease,” according to the statement signed by CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky, acting FDA Commissioner Dr Janet Woodcock, White House chief medical advisor Dr Anthony Fauci and other US health leaders.As a result, US…

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EU, US ‘deeply worried about Afghan women and girls’

Washington DC [US]: US, European Union and several other countries, in a joint statement, expressed deep concern over the situation regarding women’s and girls’ rights in Afghanistan and urged the authorities to guarantee their protection. “We are deeply worried about Afghan women and girls, their rights to education, work and freedom of movement. We call on those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan to guarantee their protection,” the US State Department said on Wednesday.Aside from the US and EU, the statement was supported by Albania, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, European Union, Honduras, Guatemala, North Macedonia, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Senegal, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The signatories promised to closely monitor the future Afghan government actions to ensure the rights and freedoms of women and girls in Afghanistan. “We will monitor closely how any future…

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US eases travel advisory for India to second-lowest level

Washington [US]: The US State Department on Monday (local time) has eased its travel advisories for India, taking it to its second-lowest level and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the South Asian nation now has a “moderate level of COVID-19.”“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a level 2 travel health notice for India due to COVID-19, indicating a moderate level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers,” the state department said in a statement. The department also urged American citizens not to travel to Jammu and Kashmir, except the eastern Ladakh region and its capital of Leh, due to terrorism…

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Taliban warned of swift, forceful response if US personnel attacked, says President Biden

Washington [US]: It has been made clear to Taliban that if they attack US personnel or disrupt the process of evacuation of American citizens still in Afghanistan, the response will be swift and forceful, US President Joe Biden said on Monday.Addressing the nation a day after Taliban takeover of Kabul, Biden said US military mission will be short and focused on “getting our people and our allies to safety as quickly as possible”. “As we carry out this departure, we have made it clear to the Taliban: If they attack our personnel or disrupt our operation, the US presence will be swift and the response will be swift and forceful. We will defend our people with devastating force if necessary. Our current military mission will be short in time, limited in scope, and focused in its objectives: Get our people and our allies to…

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Trump blames Joe Biden for Afghan crisis, seeks his resignation

Washington [US]: Former US President Donald Trump called on his successor Joe Biden to step down after the Afghan government collapsed and the Taliban ceased control of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul.Trump, in a statement on Sunday, said that it was time for the incumbent US president, Joe Biden, to resign, “for what he has allowed happening in Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVID-19, the Border catastrophe, the destruction of energy Independence, and our crippled economy.” The ex-US president went on to say that it “shouldn’t be a big deal” since, according to Trump’s version of events, Biden “wasn’t elected legitimately in the first place!”.His statement comes after the Afghanistan government collapsed on Sunday with President Ashraf Ghani leaving the country and the Taliban’s entry into the capital, the New York Times reported.Taliban terrorists have assumed control of the Afghan capital of Kabul and…

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US should attack Taliban, says the Republican leaders in support of the Afghan defence forces

Washington/Kabul: Ramping up their criticism of US President Joe Biden, Republican leaders have said the US should move quickly to conduct air strikes against the Taliban and provide support to Afghan troops to prevent a takeover of the country’s capital. US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), in a statement, said: “It is not too late to prevent the Taliban from overrunning Kabul. The Administration should move quickly to hammer Taliban advances with air strikes, provide critical support to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) defending the capital, and prevent the seemingly imminent fall of the city.” “If they fail to do so, the security threat to the United States will assuredly grow and the humanitarian cost to innocent Afghans will be catastrophic,” he warned. Separately, Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., told a TV channel that the “blood being spilled in Afghanistan now”,…

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Bill Gates Offers USD 1.5 Billion For Joint Climate Projects With US Government

Washington [US]: Bill Gates will put up USD 1.5 billion in matching funds if Congress approves a public-private partnership program to develop technologies that combat climate change, the Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist told the Wall Street Journal in an interview.Gates said the money would be provided through Breakthrough Energy, an umbrella organization he founded that supports research by private companies to reduce greenhouse gases. “Critical for all these climate technologies is to get the costs down and to be able to scale them up to a pretty gigantic level,” Gates said. “You’ll never get that scale up unless the government’s coming in with the right policies, and the right policy is exactly what’s in that infrastructure bill.”A USD 1 trillion infrastructure bill approved by the Senate this week would earmark USD 25 billion for Energy Department demonstration projects funded through public-private partnerships, part…

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Advantage Amazon: Amazon-Future-Reliance case, SC holds Emergency Award enforceable in India

New Delhi [India]: In a big win for e-commerce giant Amazon, the Supreme Court on Friday ruled the order of a Singapore-based emergency arbitrator (EA) that restrained Future Retail Ltd (FRL) from going ahead with its asset sale deal with Reliance Retail was enforceable in India. A Bench headed by Justice Rohinton F. Nariman upheld the single-judge Bench order of the Delhi High Court directing Future Group not to take any further action in violation of the order passed by the emergency arbitrator at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) on October 25, 2020.We have framed two questions. We have answered it as – The emergency arbitrator’s award under Section 17(1) and that the Single Judges order is upheld, the Bench said while pronouncing the verdict. US-based e-commerce giant Amazon, and FRL are embroiled in a legal fight over FRL’s Rs 24,713 crore asset…

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Tourism in Space: Virgin Galactic ticket sales beginning at $450,000, Know the details

By News Desk with Inputs from various agencies. Space tourism is now possible. Between 2005 and 2014, around 600 people had paid $200,000 to $250,000 for booking seats on Virgin’s spaceship. British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is restarting ticket sales beginning at $450,000 for space tourism. The company, to cash in on the success of last month’s fully-crewed test flight, has nearly doubled the amount paid by people previously. Between 2005 and 2014, around 600 people had paid $200,000 to $250,000 for booking seats on Virgin’s spaceship. “We are excited to announce the reopening of sales effective today,” said CEO Michael Colglazier in a statement, with first dibs going to people on a waiting list. “As we endeavor to bring the wonder of space to a broad global population, we are delighted to open the door to an entirely new industry and consumer experience.” Former chief executive officer of Virgin Galactic Holdings, George Whitesides, will fly…

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COVID-19 cases may double in US as variant worse than Delta could be coming, says Fauci

Washington [US]: US top coronavirus adviser Dr Anthony Fauci on Wednesday (local time) said that COVID-19 cases may double as variant worse than Delta could be coming. “If America’s current COVID-19 surge continues unabated into the fall and winter, the country will likely face an even more deadly strain of the virus that could evade the current coronavirus vaccines, Fauci told McClatchy, reported Axios.His comments underscore the importance of acting quickly to vaccinate the tens of millions of Americans who have not been inoculated against the virus. The current surge in coronavirus cases nationwide is being driven by the Delta variant, which is already more contagious than the original strain of the virus. Recent data shows that vaccinated people who still get infected with the delta variant also have high viral loads and can spread it to others, even when they aren’t showing symptoms…

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President Biden aims for 50% EVs by 2030

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden is set to sign an executive order on Thursday that would set the target of 50 per cent electric vehicle sales share in 2030.The order would also strengthen the country’s vehicle emission policy. Biden would outline a target of 50 per cent electric vehicle sales share in 2030 to unleash full economic benefits of the ‘Build Back Better’ agenda and advance smart fuel efficiency and emission standards, a White House press release said on Thursday.The new policy focusing on electric vehicles aims to lower pollution, save families money and make the air cleaner.Washington believes that despite growing technologies all across the globe, the US lies behind in the race to manufacture EVs and the batteries used in them. Therefore, Biden’s new agenda plans the US to lead in EVs manufacturing, infrastructure, and innovation.As the global market is shifting…

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Variant worse than Delta could be coming, may double cases in the US: Dr Fauci

Washington [US]: US top coronavirus adviser Dr Anthony Fauci on Wednesday (local time) said that COVID-19 cases may double as variant worse than Delta could be coming.“If America’s current COVID-19 surge continues unabated into the fall and winter, the country will likely face an even more deadly strain of the virus that could evade the current coronavirus vaccines, Fauci told McClatchy, reported Axios. His comments underscore the importance of acting quickly to vaccinate the tens of millions of Americans who have not been inoculated against the virus.The current surge in coronavirus cases nationwide is being driven by the Delta variant, which is already more contagious than the original strain of the virus.Recent data shows that vaccinated people who still get infected with the delta variant also have high viral loads and can spread it to others, even when they aren’t showing symptoms or are…

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US orders 24 Russian diplomats to leave country by September 3

Washington [US]: Washington has urged 24 Russian diplomats to leave the US by September 3 due to visa expiration, the Russian ambassador to the US informed on Sunday.Almost all the diplomats will leave the US without replacements as Washington has abruptly tightened visa issuing procedures, Xinhua reported citing Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov. “We have received a list of twenty-four diplomats who are expected to leave the country before September 3, 2021, last December the US State Department unilaterally established a three-year limit on the assignment period for Russian personnel in the United States that, as far as we know, is not applied to any other country,” Antonov added.His remarks came during an interview with the Washington-based The National Interest.While the US State Department spokesperson Ned Price responded to Antonov’s remarks and said that his “characterization of the situation is not accurate. It’s incorrect.”“The three-year…

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US confident Iran responsible for attack on Mercer Street oil tanker: Antony Blinken

Washington [US]: The United States is confident that Iran is responsible for the attack on the Mercer Street oil tanker, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday.“We join our partners and allies in our strong condemnation of the attack against the Mercer Street, a commercial ship that was peacefully transiting through the north Arabian Sea in international waters,” Blinken said in a statement. “Upon review of the available information, we are confident that Iran conducted this attack, which killed two innocent people, using one-way explosive UAVs, a lethal capability that is increasingly employed throughout the region,” he said.Blinken said that these actions threaten freedom of navigation through this crucial waterway, international shipping and commerce, and the lives of those on the vessels involved.There is no justification for this attack, which follows a pattern of attacks and other belligerent behaviour, he stated.“We are…

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US President asks states to offer 100 dollars vaccine incentive by using aid funding

Washington DC [US]: US president Joe Biden on Thursday (local time) called on all states and local governments to use aid funding they have received to give 100 dollars to anyone who gets fully vaccinated.Biden also said that he’s asking the Pentagon to look into adding COVID-19 shots to the list of vaccinations that American troops are required to get. “I know it’s exhausting to think we’re still in this fight. I know,” Biden said. “I hoped this would be a simple, straightforward line without problems or new challenges, but that isn’t real life.”This announcement comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend mask-wearing again in certain situations. The CDC also reports that less than one per cent of current coronavirus deaths is from vaccinated individuals and only slightly more than 1 per cent of fully vaccinated individuals report breakthrough infection.In addition,…

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Depression rates lower in larger US cities, find researchers

Washington [US]: It is commonly assumed that cities are detrimental to mental health but recent empirical research covering several US cities predicts lower depression rates in larger cities. The research work was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). The experts involved in the study were Andrew J. Stier, Kathryn E. Schertz, Nak Won Rim, Carlos Cardenas-Iniguez, Benjamin B. Lahey, Luis M. A. Bettencourt, and Marc G. Berman.The researchers said that depression is the global leading cause of disability and related economic losses. Cities are associated with an increased risk for depression, but how do depression risks change between cities? Here, we develop a mathematical theory for how the built urban environment influences depression risk and predict lower depression rates in larger cities. We demonstrate that this model fits empirical data across four large-scale…

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US yet to respond to 80 Russian cyberattack requests

Washington: Russia has replied to 12 requests from the United States on cybersecurity attacks last year and this year, while a total of 80 of Moscow’s requests remain unanswered, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said. “By the way, the requests of the Russian competent authorities regarding cyberattacks remain without a reaction from the American side. In 2020, there were 45 of them, and in the first half of 2021, there were 35,” Antonov said. “For our part, we responded to ten requests from the United States last year and to two this year. All this suggests that our countries have something to work on.”

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Capitol Riots: Four US policemen testify

Washington DC [US], July 28: The US House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot held its first hearing on Tuesday, with emotional testimony from four law enforcement officers who defended the building that day. The police personnel recounted the physical and verbal assaults they faced by pro-Trump rioters who were trying to stop the certification of the presidential election, which Donald Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden.Each one testified that they were beaten as the mob of Donald Trump supporters overwhelmed them, broke through windows and doors. Officers testified with emotion that they felt they might be killed. And they rebuked Republican lawmakers for resisting the investigation and playing down the violence of the mob.Wiping away tears, an officer of the capitol police said he could feel himself losing oxygen as he was crushed by rioters as he was defending the Capitol…

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USA: Delta variant perpetuates travel restrictions

The US will keep existing travel restrictions from entering the country due to the surging cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant, the White House said on Monday. Driven by the rising Delta variant cases here at home, particularly among those who are unvaccinated, “we will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a daily briefing, Xinhua news agency reported. The federal administration has been under pressure from the travel industry and allies to lift these restrictions. The US currently bars entry for most non-citizens who within the last 14 days have been in Britain, the European Schengen area, Ireland, China, Iran, South Africa, Brazil, and India. It also keeps non-essential travel restrictions across its borders with Canada and Mexico. Last week, the US State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a…

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California’s largest fire torches homes as blazes lash West

INDIAN FALLS, Calif. (AP) — Flames racing through rugged terrain in Northern California destroyed multiple homes Saturday as the state’s largest wildfire intensified and numerous other blazes battered the U.S. West. The Dixie fire, which started July 14, had already leveled over a dozen houses and other structures when it tore through the tiny community of Indian Falls after dark. An updated damage estimate was not immediately available, though fire officials said the blaze has charred more than 181,000 acres (73,200 hectares) in Plumas and Butte counties and was 20% contained. The fire was burning in a remote area with limited access, hampering firefighters’ efforts as it charged eastward, fire officials said. It has prompted evacuation orders in several small communities and along the west shore of Lake Almanor, a popular area getaway. Meanwhile, the nation’s largest wildfire, southern Oregon’s Bootleg fire, was nearly…

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US pledges $100 million in emergency aid for Afghan refugees

US president Joe Biden on Friday authorised up to $100 million from an emergency fund to meet “unexpected urgent” refugee needs stemming from the situation in Afghanistan, including for Afghan special immigration visa applicants, the White House said. Biden also authorised the release of $200 million in services and articles from the inventories of US government agencies to meet the same needs, the White House said. The United States is preparing to begin evacuating thousands of Afghan applicants for special immigration visas (SIVs) who risk retaliation from Taliban insurgents because they worked for the US government. The first batch of evacuees and their families is expected to be flown before the end of the month to Fort Lee, a US military base in Virginia, where they will wait for the final processing of their visa applications. About 2,500 Afghans could be brought to the…

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US life expectancy drops 1.5 years during pandemic

New Delhi: The life expectancy at birth in the US declined by 1.5 years to 77.3 in 2020 during the Covid-19  pandemic, the lowest level since 2003 and the largest one-year drop since World War II, according to government data issued on Wednesday. Covid-19 deaths contributed to about 74 per cent of the decline in life expectancy among the general US population, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics found. Another 11 per cent of the decline can be attributed to increases in deaths from accidents or unintentional injuries, including drug overdose deaths, the Xinhua news agency reported. Among racial groups, life expectancy declined by 3 years for the Hispanic population to 78.8 years, by 2.9 years for the non-Hispanic Black population to 71.8 years and 1.2 years for the non-Hispanic white population to 77.6 years. Hispanic men, in particular,…

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The Pentagon acknowledges that the US has launched multiple airstrikes in support of Afghan forces.

At least five Taliban terrorists were killed in airstrikes carried out in several provinces in Afghanistan over the past three days, according to local media. The US military in the past few days conducted airstrikes in Afghanistan to support Afghan security forces, the Pentagon confirmed on Thursday. At an off-camera press briefing, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said that “in the last several days, we have acted, through airstrikes, to support the ANDSF (Afghan National Defense and Security Forces),” without providing details. “But we continue to be able to and we continue to, as the Secretary (US Defence) said yesterday, conduct airstrikes in support of the ANDSF. General McKenzie has those authorities,” he added. At least five Taliban terrorists were killed in airstrikes carried out in several provinces in Afghanistan over the past three days, according to local media. In a series of tweets, Afghan…

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Gunshots heard in Washington DC, 2 injured, security briefed up all around

At least two people were injured in a shooting in a busy area in Washington, DC, on Thursday as the sound of gunshots forced others to flee the market, according to local reports. Police are responding on 14th Street and Riggs Street NW, Fox Baltimore reported. “Just hear what sounded like gunshots on 14th street in NW DC. People fleeing the popular Le Diplomate restaurant which seemed a few block,” tweeted CNN anchor Jim Acosta.

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US deputy state secretary to visit China as tensions soar

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will travel to China this weekend on a visit that comes as tensions between Washington and Beijing soar on multiple fronts, the State Department said Wednesday. Sherman will meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and others in the northeastern city of Tianjin on Sunday as part of her current trip to Asia, which also is taking her to Japan, South Korea and Mongolia. Sherman will be the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit China since President Joe Biden took office, though Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan met Wang and veteran Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Anchorage, Alaska, in March for what proved to be a contentious first exchange. John Kerry, the Biden administration’s special climate envoy, traveled to Shanghai for meetings with his Chinese counterpart in April, but Sherman now outranks him. Sherman’s…

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US condemns Turkey’s plans to reopen Varosha military zone in breakaway northern Cyprus

Moscow, Jul 21: The US Department of State has denounced Turkey’s plans to convert the Varosha quarter of the city of Famagusta in Cyprus, which is currently a military zone, to civilian use, saying it runs contrary to UN Security Council resolutions. During Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the island, Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar announced on Tuesday plans to partially reopen the fenced-off town for further resettlement, adding the real estate in the area can be returned to owners. The decision sparked harsh criticism from the Greek Cypriots, who accused Ankara of organizing a land grab. The UK, in turn, said it would request an urgent discussion with the UN Security Council on the matter. “The United States condemns the announcement by Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today regarding the transfer of parts of Varosha…

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Dozens treated after chemical leak at Texas water park

A chemical leak at a Houston-area water park left dozens suffering from minor skin irritation and respiratory issues Saturday, authorities said. Twenty-nine people were taken to local hospitals following the incident at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring, the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office tweeted. Thirty-nine others declined to be taken to a hospital after undergoing decontamination procedures. KPRC-TV reports that some of those who became sick were children, including a 3-year-old who was hospitalized in stable condition. The chemicals involved included hypochlorite solution and 35% sulfuric acid, officials said. “The safety of our guests and team member is always our highest priority and the park was immediately cleared as we try to determine a cause,” Hurricane Harbor Splashtown spokesperson Rosie Shepard said in a statement, according to news outlets. “Out of an abundance of caution, the park has been closed for the…

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Nationals game suspended in Washington DC

Washington, Jul 18: A shooting occurred near the Nationals Park baseball park in Washington DC, during the Nationals game against the San Diego Padres, city police said. “MPD is responding to a shooting in the 1500 block of South Capitol Street, SW, in which two people were shot outside of Nationals Park. This is currently an active investigation and it appears there is no ongoing threat at this time,” the DC Police Department said on Twitter on Saturday. Police added that two additional victims walked themselves into area hospitals with gunshot wounds. “As a result of the shooting incident, tonight’s @Nationals game has been suspended,” police said.

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US Senate confirms Indian-American Seema Nanda as solicitor for labour department

The US Senate has confirmed Indian-American civil rights lawyer Seema Nanda as the solicitor for the Department of Labour. A former CEO of the Democratic National Committee who also served in the Department of Labour during the Obama Administration, Nanda, 48, was confirmed by the Senate with 53-46 votes on Wednesday. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus chair Judy Chu applauded the Senate vote. “I am thrilled to congratulate Seema Nanda on her confirmation to serve as Solicitor for the Department of Labour. Whether it’s risks from coronavirus, rising temperatures from climate change, or unscrupulous employers, workers continue to face difficult challenges every day,” she said. This is why it’s so significant that President Joe Biden chose somebody with Nanda’s experience as the Solicitor of Labour, she said. “Her office will play a central role in fighting legal battles and challenges. With experience as the…

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US facing most significant democracy test since Civil War: Biden rips Trump’s ‘big lie’ claims on 2020 election

President Joe Biden on Tuesday (local time) ripped apart the claims of Donald Trump’s ‘big lie’ about the 2020 presidential election and said that the US is facing the “most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War” due to alleged attempts by the Republican party to suppress and subvert the right to vote in fair and free elections in voting rights address at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “It’s clear, for those who challenge the results or question the integrity of the election, no other election has ever been held under such scrutiny or such high standards. The Big Lie is just that, a Big Lie,” Biden said. Biden blasted efforts from Trump and others to sow doubt about the 2020 election months after it concluded, which have spurred action from Grand Old Party (Republican Party)-led state legislatures to push…

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Indian Talent Moving To Canada From US Due To Outdated H-1B Visas Policy

The much sought-after Indian talent is moving to Canada from the US due to the country’s outdated immigration policies, particularly on H-1B visas, experts have told American lawmakers. This is mainly because of the per-country quota on issuing the employment-based Green Card or permanent residency, the experts said on Tuesday, urging the US Congress to act fast to prevent the Indian talent from moving to Canada from the United States. Without Congressional action, the total backlog for all three employment-based categories for Indians would increase from an estimated 9,15,497 individuals currently to an estimated 21,95,795 individuals by fiscal 2030, executive director of National Foundation for American Policy Stuart Anderson said. “We should let that number sink in: Within a decade, more than 2 million people will be waiting in line for years or even decades for employment-based green cards,” he submitted in his testimony…

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US Senator calls for suspending Vienna talks after Iran plot to kidnap journalist

Washington, Jul 15: US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch in a statement urged the Biden administration to suspend indirect nuclear negotiations with Tehran in Vienna after Iranian intelligence officials allegedly planned to kidnap an American-based journalist. “The attempted kidnapping of an American journalist on US soil by Iranian intelligence officials is appalling,” Risch said on Wednesday. “I urge the administration to immediately suspend indirect negotiations with Iran in Vienna.” Earlier on Wednesday, the White House and State Department said although the United States condemns Iran’s kidnapping plot, there are no plans to discontinue indirect talks with Iran to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).The US Justice Department announced on Tuesday that a federal court has charged four Iranian intelligence officials for allegedly participating in a kidnapping conspiracy, violating sanctions, as well as bank and wire fraud. The Iranians planned…

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US activists walk 1,300 miles to Washington to demand end to Cuba blockade

Washington: A group of US-based activists started a 1,300-mile rally from the city of Miami to the nation’s capital in order to call on authorities in Washington, DC to lift the embargo on Cuba, participant Phil Wilayto said on Tuesday.“Cuban-American activist Carlos Lazo and his group Puentes de Amor (Bridges of Love) are conducting a 1,300-mile walk from Miami to Washington, DC, where they will speak at a rally to demand an end to the U.S. blockade and travel restrictions imposed against Cuba,” Wilayto, a founding member of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality, said in a statement provided to Sputnik.On their way to the capital, the activists will stop in different cities to explain their position and urge Americans to support lifting Cuba-related limitations. “The seven-member group will be stopping in Richmond on Monday, July 19, to speak on these issues and…

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Russia, US must work to prevent armed conflicts due to threat of escalation: Antonov

Washington, Jul 13: Russia and the United States must do everything to prevent armed conflicts between the two countries, as they could potentially escalate to the nuclear level, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has said. “We think that it is necessary to do everything possible to prevent any kind of armed conflict between our countries, which inevitably could escalate up to the nuclear level,” Antonov told Russian-speaking students of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

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