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US, Australia, UK sign agreement for exchange of naval nuclear propulsion information

Washington [US]: In a bid to enhance trilateral security partnership called “AUKUS”, the US, Australia and the United Kingdom have engaged in an 18-month consultation period to seek an optimal pathway for delivery of nuclear-powered submarines, United States President Joe Biden said a White House statement on Wednesday (local time).The agreement for the Exchange of Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information among the three countries would permit parties to communicate and exchange Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information and would provide authorization to share certain Restricted Data. “Pursuant to the enhanced trilateral security partnership called “AUKUS” announced earlier this year, our three governments are engaging in an 18-month consultation period to seek an optimal pathway for delivery of nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy at the earliest achievable date. The Agreement would permit the three Parties to communicate and exchange Naval Nuclear Propulsion Information and would provide…

Europe International

Germany in regular dialogue with US on Implementation of deal on Nord Stream 2

Berlin [Germany]: Germany is in a “regular and constructive” dialogue with the US on the implementation of the agreement on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and still opposes sanctions against the allies, German Foreign Ministry spokesman Christopher Burger said on Monday.The German government called on the US Congress not to impose sanctions against Nord Stream 2, as it will damage the transatlantic partnership, according to the documents from the German Embassy in Washington, obtained by the Axios portal on Sunday. “In this regard, I can say that the heads of departments of the foreign and energy ministries were recently in Washington and held constructive negotiations with high-ranking representatives of the US administration and Congress. We are in close contact with the US administration on the implementation of the joint statement [on energy security and Nord Stream 2] and we are in regular and…

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US expert expresses concern that Omicron COVID strain might spread widely

Washington [US]: A top US health expert has said that the Omicron strain of the COVID-19 is likely to spread widely.As reported by Sputnik, the remarks came from Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the US Anthony Fauci who said that the Omicron variant has not been detected in the US yet, but the strain is highly likely to spread far and wide. “We have not detected it yet, but when you have a virus that is showing this degree of transmissibility and you are already having travel-related cases that they have noted in Israel and Belgium, and other places; when you have a virus like this, it almost invariably is ultimately going to go essentially all over…” Fauci said.Earlier in the day, the Chairperson of Council of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, expressed concern that the new coronavirus strain might…

South Asian Countries

US lawmakers introduce bill to help Taiwan expand ties as China tensions spikes

Washington [US]: Amid the deteriorating relations between Washington and Beijing, two US lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill earlier this week, which seeks to help Taiwan develop ties with other countries amid China’s coercive actions designed to isolate the country.The Promoting Ties with Taiwan Act, which was introduced this week aims to make it the policy of the U.S. government to use its diplomatic influence and reputation to help Taiwan expand connections with nations and partners around the world. The draft “Promoting Ties with Taiwan Act,” was introduced by Republican Michelle Fischbach and Democrat Scott Peters, Taiwan Focus reported.Taiwan has split from China after the end of the civil war in 1949 and has since been governing independently. Beijing says that the island is a breakaway province, and considers any contacts between Taipei and other countries to be meddling in Chinese internal affairs.The news introduced…

Games Sports

Spain register record-breaking 17-0 win over US in Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Over 70 goals were scored on the second day of the Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup in Odisha, with Spain registering a record-breaking win with a margin of 17-0 over the USA in a Pool C game.Now with this win, Spain has set a new record for the highest victory margin in the history of the tournament. This record was previously held by Argentina, who defeated Egypt by 14-0 in a Pool D game earlier on Thursday. Argentina had broken the record of the highest victory margin in the tournament’s history, previously held by India, who had defeated Singapore by a margin of 13-0 in the 1982 edition of the tournament. However, Spain’s dominant display of skill meant that the record set by Argentina was broken in a matter of a few hours.Indian Hockey team also dominated the day and registered…

South Asian Countries

China asks US to stop elevating relations with Taiwan

Beijing [China]: China on Wednesday asked the United States to immediately “stop elevating relations with Taiwan in essence” following the second US-Taiwan Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue held this week.“China deplores and strongly opposes this,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said. The spokesperson said that China firmly opposes all forms of official interactions in any name or form between Taiwan and countries with diplomatic ties with China. “The US should earnestly abide by the one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-US joint communiques, immediately stop elevating relations with Taiwan in essence, stop any form of official interaction and contact with Taiwan,” Zhao said.“We also have this stern warning to the Taiwan authorities that any attempt and act to solicit the United States and other foreign support and sabotage cross-Strait relations is doomed to fail,” Zhao added.Earlier this week, Under Secretary for Economic…

Entertainment Telugu

Rashmika Mandanna Heads To The USA To Join Vijay Deverakonda

National crush Rashmika Mandanna took to her Instagram stories to share the latest update of leaving her fans curious about her latest film shoot by posting a passport pic of hers, and she wrote, “This time quite away from you but will be back soon”. She also posed a question with another selfie asking “Guess where I am?”. According to the reports, she is heading to the USA to meet her co-star Vijay Devarakonda, who is busy shooting in the US for his upcoming film ‘Liger’. Rashmika and Vijay Deverakonda are reportedly thick friends who have acted in a couple of films such as ‘Geetha Govindam’ and ‘Dear Comrade’, and also they reportedly often meet in Mumbai and do work-outs in the same gym. This is now adding some speculations about their relationship as she has left for the USA to join Vijay, let’s see what she has to say about it.…

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Former US President Obama nominated for Grammy award for his audiobook memoir

Washington [US]: Former US President Barack Obama has been nominated for the Grammy award for his audio book “A promised Land in the category Best Spoken Word Album, the Recording Academy said in a statement on Tuesday.“Best Spoken Word Album Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling: Aftermath, LeVar Burton, Carry On: Reflections For A New Generation From John Lewis, Don Cheadle, Catching Dreams: Live At Fort Knox Chicago, J. Ivy, 8:46, Dave Chappelle & Amir Sulaiman, A Promised Land, Barack Obama,” the statement said. This is Obama’s third attempt to get the award after being previously nominated in the same category in 2006 and 2008.Published in November 2020, “A Promised Land” is the first of a planned two-volume memoir book that presents the time of Obama in office and describes his early years up through the assassination of Osama Bin Laden in 2011.

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US-India face shared challenges in areas like climate change, vulnerable supply chains, says Katherine Tai

New Delhi [India]: United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai on Monday said that India and the US face shared challenges in areas like climate change, vulnerable supply chains, and promoting market-oriented principles and structures.Tai, who is on a two-day visit, attended a welcome reception here hosted by the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal. While speaking at India-USA Trade Policy Forum 2021, Tai said “India and the US also face shared challenges in areas like climate change, vulnerable supply chains, and promoting market-oriented principles and structures. These areas are ripe for closer collaboration.”Tai also said that trade relations with India are the top priority for President Joe Biden.“The trade relationship between our two countries is a priority, both for President Biden and for me. That’s why it was important for me to come to India and relaunch the Trade Policy Forum…

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US to pursue ‘over-the-horizon’ mission in Afghanistan

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Underlining that the network of US allies and partners in the Middle East and beyond is a huge force multiplier, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that Washington will pursue an “over-the-horizon” mission in Afghanistan in response to counterterrorism.“We must work together to combat terrorism–including in Afghanistan from al-Qaeda, and from the malice and sectarian hatred of ISIS,” Austin said during the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ (IISS) Manama Dialogue 2021. “As I made clear last month when I convened the members of the Defeat-ISIS Coalition during the NATO Defense Ministerial, the United States remains committed to supporting our partners in Iraq and Syria to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS,” he added.US Defense Secretary further said that the US is focused on the evacuation of its citizens from Afghanistan, and will keep working on it.“We remain focused on making sure currently that…

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Blinken says US investing in Africa without ‘unsustainable debt’

Washington [US]: In an apparent dig at China, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday promised new investment in Senegal without “saddling countries with unmanageable debts.”Blinken made this remark as he wrapped up his visit to Africa, where he underscored the depth and breadth of the US’ relationships with its African partners. “Our projects in Senegal – and to me this is the most important part – the projects build upon our values that we share as democracies, namely transparency, accountability, the rule of law, competition, and innovation. These are also the driving ideals behind the U.S. Government’s Build Back Better World initiative,” he said.Blinken said that the US hopes to drive a race to the top with global infrastructure projects to close the gap while creating local jobs, protecting workers and the environment, reducing corruption, and “all of that without saddling countries…

International Middle East

US manages to halt construction of secret Chinese port project in UAE

Washington [US]: The Biden administration has managed to halt the construction of a secret development inside of a Chinese shipping port in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of the US’s closest Mideast allies, after intense pressure from the US.This project, near Abu Dhabi, was halted after several rounds of meetings and visits by US officials, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported citing people familiar with the matter. After the intelligence agencies in Washington learned that Beijing was secretly building what they suspected was a military facility at a port, the Biden administration warned the Emirati government that a Chinese military presence in its country could threaten ties between the two countries.“Last we checked, we had successfully convinced the Emiratis to shut down the project,” said one source familiar with the intelligence, as quoted by CNN. “But it’s still a live issue.”Although the project…

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US to end combat mission in Iraq in 2021, confirms Pentagon

Washington [US]: The US military mission in Iraq will be completed before the end of this year during a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Juma Inad, Pentagon confirmed on Saturday.“The United States will uphold the commitments it made during the July 2021 U.S.-Iraq Strategic Dialogue, including that there will be no US forces with a combat role by the end of the year,” the Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said on Saturday. This statement was made after US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met on November 20 with Minister Jumah Inad Sadun al-Jaburi, Iraq’s Minister of Defense, in Manama, Bahrain, during the annual Manama Dialogue.Austin further confirmed to the Iraqi defence minister that American forces will remain in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government to support the country’s security forces, the statement said.The sides also discussed the next stage of the US military…

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After US, UK considering diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

London [UK]: Days after US President Joe Biden’s announcement on the boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he is also considering the same over the alleged human rights violations in China, according to media reports.Russian news agency Sputnik stated, citing media reports, that the UK government is actively discussing the possibility to refrain from sending officials to the Winter Olympics in Beijing, with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss believed to be a supporter of the idea. Citing Times newspaper, Sputnik reported that under one of the considered options, the UK may be represented by the ambassador but not any other official.On Thursday, United States President Joe Biden had said that his administration was considering a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, according to NBC News.Asked about the possibility of the boycott during an…

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US Senator introduces measure to trigger sanctions if Russia escalates Ukraine conflict

Washington [US],: US Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez introduced a measure this week that would trigger a broad range of sanctions against the Russian government if it engages in or supports a significant escalation of hostilities in or against Ukraine.“Substantial new sanctions should be imposed in the event that the Government of the Russian Federation engages in escalatory military or other offensive operations against Ukraine,” the amendment reads. Under the amendment, the US president will determine whether the Russian government is engaged in or knowingly supports a significant escalation in hostilities or hostile action in or against Ukraine compared to levels before November 1, 2021.The sanctions would target high-level Russian government and military officials, entities and officials tied to Nord Stream 2, Russian banks, and state-owned businesses.The measure would also ban primary and secondary sovereign debt transactions.Moreover, the measure would authorise additional security…

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Indian origin Kamala Harris becomes first woman to get presidential power in US

Washington [US]: US Vice President Kamala Harris became the first woman with presidential power in the US on Friday, when President Joe Biden temporarily transferred power to herThe power transfer took place while Biden was under anaesthesia for a routine colonoscopy for one hour and 25 minutes, reported CNN. The US’ first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president Harris broke another barrier as she became the first woman to hold presidential powers in the country.Harris worked from her office in the West Wing while Biden was under anaesthesia, according to Psaki.Biden spoke to Harris and the White House Chief of Staff on Friday morning.“POTUS was in good spirits and at that time resumed his duties. He will remain at Walter Reed as he completes the rest of his routine physical,” Psaki tweeted.Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, arrived Friday morning at…

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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 the…

Asia International

US extends support to Philippines amid China’s ‘expansive, unlawful’ maritime claims

Washington [US]: Highlighting that the US stands with the Philippines amid the latter’s standoff with China, the Biden administration said that it believes that Beijing actions asserting its “expansive and unlawful” South China Sea maritime claims undermine peace and security in the region.“The United States stands with our ally, the Philippines, in the face of this escalation that directly threatens regional peace and stability, escalates regional tensions, infringes upon freedom of navigation in the South China Sea as guaranteed under international law, and undermines the rules-based international order,” Sputnik quoted State Department spokesperson Ned Price as saying. According to Price, Washington “strongly believes that PRC actions asserting its expansive and unlawful South China Sea maritime claims undermine peace and security in the region.”Three Chinese coastguard ships blocked and first water cannons on two Philippines supply boats within the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in…

Games Sports

Bhubaneswar: Teams arrive for Junior Hockey WC

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: USA and Chile arrived in Bhubaneswar on Thursday for the much-awaited FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021.Grouped in Pool C, along with Korea, Spain, and the Netherlands, the USA are in for a tough battle to make it through to the group stages. “We had a camp in California. It was around 10 days, so we had a training camp there. We were preparing as a team, so we are ready to go,” said Pat Harris, USA Head Coach, according to a Hockey India release.Excited to compete in Bhubaneswar at the iconic Kalinga Stadium, Harris said, “The boys are very excited. This is the first time for many that they have been in such a hockey atmosphere. I think to the world, India has a very strong hockey culture with a big hockey stadium. So, I am sure…

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Biden ‘considering’ diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden has said that his administration was considering a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, reported NBC News.Asked about the possibility of the boycott during an Oval Office meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, Biden responded that it was “something we are considering”, according to NBC News. The White House usually sends a delegation to the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics but under a diplomatic boycott would not send the delegation.The diplomatic boycott call has been advocated by top US lawmakers in the US. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had called for such a boycott, a move to protest against China’s abuses of human rights, said CNN.Human rights activists have raised their voices against China’s detention of Uyghur people in Xinjiang province and crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

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US lawmakers introduce measure to end recognition of Putin as Russian President after 2024

Washington [US]: Two members of US Congress introduced a resolution to end the United States’ recognition of Vladimir Putin as president of Russia if he remains in power after 2024.In April, Putin signed a law that gives the Russian head of state the right to seek two more terms in office. In a referendum held last summer, more than 77 per cent of Russians who participated voted in favour of the constitutional amendments, according to Russia’s Central Election Commission. “Congressman Steve Cohen, Co-Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, better known as the Helsinki Commission, along with Ranking Member Joe Wilson of South Carolina, today introduced a Congressional Resolution to end recognition of Vladimir Putin as president of Russia after May 7, 2024, if the autocrat remains in power,” Cohen’s office said in a press release on Thursday.The resolution claims irregularities…

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Palestinian president discusses Israeli-Palestinian conflict with US ambassador to UN

Ramallah [Palestine]: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield.Abbas met with Thomas-Greenfield at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah and warned that Israel’s practices in the Palestinian territories “would undermine the vision of the two-state solution,” the official Palestinian news agency WAFA said. Abbas informed the U.S. ambassador that the Palestinian leadership rejects the Israeli government’s decision to classify six Palestinian non-government organizations as terrorist groups, said the report.It also said that Abbas told Thomas-Greenfield that the Palestinians reject the Israeli policies against the Palestinians in East Jerusalem.Abbas reaffirmed the Palestinian side’s commitment to peace and to holding an international peace conference under the auspices of the international Quartet, which consists of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia.The last direct peace talks between Israel and…

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US designates Taliban, IS as ‘entities of particular concern’

Washington [US]: The United States has designated Taliban and the Islamic State (ISIS) as ‘Entities of Particular Concern’.Besides Taliban and IS, the US also designated al-Shabab, Boko Haram, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the Houthis, ISIS-Greater Sahara, ISIS-West Africa, Jamaat Nasr al-Islam wal-Muslimin as Entities of Particular Concern. In a statement, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday said that the challenges to religious freedom in the world today are structural, systemic, and deeply entrenched.Blinken also designated Myuanmr the People’s Republic of China, Eritrea, Iran, the DPRK, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as Countries of Particular Concern for having engaged in or tolerated “systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom.”The US administration will continue to press all governments to remedy shortcomings in their laws and practices and to promote accountability for those responsible for abuses, Blinken said.“I am also placing Algeria, Comoros,…

International US News

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…

Asia International

American journalist released from Myanmar’s jail reaches US

Washington [US]: Danny Fenster, an American journalist who was recently released from jail in Myanmar, has now reached the US. He expressed his gratitude to everyone involved in his release, a media report said.“I just have so much gratitude right now for everything everyone’s done. I think every action everyone’s taken, it’s helped a little bit,” CNN quoted Fenster as saying Tuesday. It is Fenster’s first public remark since his release this week.Fenster was wrongfully detained in Myanmar since May 2021 in a Myanmar jail on charges of visa breaches, unlawful association with an illegal group, and incitement that was widely condemned by press advocates and the US government.The US on Monday welcomed the release of American journalist Daniel Fenster from prison in Burma, where he was wrongfully detained for almost six months.“We welcome the release of American journalist Daniel Fenster from prison in…

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Afghanistan: Taliban undertake military parade on US vechiles, Russian helicopters

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Hundreds of members of the Taliban on Sunday gathered upon the US-made armed vehicles to undertake a military parade in the capital of Afghanistan.This was the second time when the group has undertaken a military parade after it ousted the democratically elected government in the country in August. The parade was supported by Russia-made helicopters, Khaama Press reported. Spokesperson of Taliban-formed Defense Ministry Enayatullah Khwarazmi said that the military show was held by the newly graduated soldiers.The developments came as the Taliban has said that they will soon form their own army, Khaama Press reported.Earlier in September, a bunch of helicopters was also seen flying over southern Afghanistan while jubilant Taliban members below stood aboard captured US military hardware as the Islamist group paraded them with pride.Meanwhile, more than ten weeks since the takeover of Afghanistan, the Taliban government is now facing…

International US News

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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Biden, Xi to hold high-stakes virtual meeting tomorrow

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden is set to virtually meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday, marking the first bilateral meeting between the two leaders since Biden took office.This meeting is likely to cover several topics including tensions over China’s military activity near Taiwan and human rights, as well as issues concerning climate change. This virtual meet comes after the US and China reached a deal on a joint statement on the need to tackle climate change at COP26 in Glasgow, UK. “In the evening of Monday, November 15 in Washington, D.C., President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will meet virtually with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China (PRC),” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said a statement.The two leaders will discuss ways to responsibly manage the competition between the United States and the PRC, as well as ways to work…

South Asian Countries

Young Taliban recruits refuse to believe 9/11 ever happened

Bagram [Afghanistan]: Many children born after 2001, growing up hating America and trained by the Taliban say that they do not know if the 9/11 attacks ever happened with some refusing to believe that the attacks were orchestrated by al-Qaeda.One such child who never benefited from billions of dollars in Western aid money that elevated the lives of countless Afghans is Esmatullah Omari who said that when he was 12, he was trained by the Taliban to plant roadside bombs and at 16, he was attacking military convoys near Bagram airfield, the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan and the epicentre of America’s longest war, reported The Washington Post. The Americans are now gone, however, the 19-year-old Omari stands guard at one of the Bagram’s entrances and still does not understand why did the Americans come in the first place.Thousands of Americans who were…

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Trump scores two big legal victories with one lawsuit dropped, another dismissed

Washington [US]: Former US President Donald Trump on Friday (local time) scored two big legal victories with one lawsuit dropped and another dismissed.A New York judge granted Trump’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by his former personal attorney Michael Cohen against the Trump Organization and in another defamation lawsuit by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, agreed to drop her claims, according to the court filing, reported CNN. The legal wins for Trump come as the former President’s activities during the final days of his presidency continue to haunt him, as he navigates numerous criminal investigations and business challenges linked to the Capitol riot on January 6.Zervos had sued Trump in 2017 after he denied allegations that he had sexually assaulted her. A judge had recently ordered Trump to sit for a deposition in the case by December 23.Cohen sued the Trump Organization in…

International US News

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 won’t hold back concerns US has with China, says White House Press Secretary

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden will hold a virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday evening and the two leaders will confront tensions. Commenting on whether Monday’s meeting between the two leaders will concern over the border tensions with India, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki while responding to ANI said the US leader would “certainly discuss security-related issues.”There has been no shortage of tension in the relationship in recent months as Biden has made clear he sees Beijing’s actions on a number of fronts as concerning. The President has criticised China for human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in northwest China, maritime issues, Taiwan, South China sea.Speaking over it, Jen Psaki said: “Joe Biden will not hold back concerns the US has with China.”Addressing a press briefing on Friday (local time), Psaki said that one of the purposes of this…

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Pakistan Army chief meets envoys of US, Russia, China after Troika Plus meeting

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday discussed the situation in Afghanistan in separate meetings with the envoys of the United States, Russia, and China after the conclusion of the Troika Plus meet, reported local media.The meetings took place at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, reported Geo TV citing the statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Bajwa discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and the matters of “mutual interest” during the three meetings, reported the news channel citing the media wing of the Pakistani military.The army chief talked about the need for global convergence on Afghanistan to prevent the deepening of the humanitarian crisis.Earlier, the representative of the Troika Plus format urged the Taliban to cut ties with all terrorist groups and deprive them of the opportunity to act on Afghan territory.The statement was issued after the Troika Plus…

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EU countries, US, UK calling for strong international reaction to Belarusian activities

New York [US]: Four EU member states that have seats in the UN Security Council – Estonia, France, Ireland and Norway – the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as Albania, have called for a strong international reaction to the Belarusian activities regarding the migration crisis on the border with Poland.In a joint statement read out by Estonian Ambassador Sven Jurgenson in the UN Security Council, the countries accused Belarus of triggering a border migration crisis to exert pressure on the EU. “This tactic is unacceptable and calls for a strong international reaction and cooperation in order to hold Belarus accountable. It demonstrates how the [Belarusian President Alexander] Lukashenko regime has become a threat to regional stability. We call on the Belarusian authorities to stop these inhumane actions and not to put people’s lives at risk. International organisations need to be provided…

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UN chief welcomes US-China declaration on enhancing climate action

New York [US]: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday (local time) welcomed a US-China joint declaration on enhancing climate action at the Glasgow conference.“I welcome today’s agreement between China and the USA to work together to take more ambitious #ClimateAction in this decade. Tackling the climate crisis requires international collaboration and solidarity, and this is an important step in the right direction. #COP26,” Guterres tweeted. China and the United States on Wednesday released the Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s at the ongoing 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) in Glasgow.The two sides pledged to continue working together and with all parties to strengthen the implementation of the Paris Agreement. They agreed to establish a working group on enhancing climate action in the 2020s to promote cooperation between the…

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US becomes 101st member of International Solar Alliance

New Delhi [India]: The United States on Wednesday became the 101st member country of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to catalyze global energy transition through a solar-led approach.“In a big boost to accelerate global adoption of solar energy, John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate announced at the UNFCCC COP26 that the United States of America (USA) has joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA) as a member country,” read Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change release. “We are happy to join the International Solar Alliance, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the lead in making,” said Kerry.Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupender Yadav said, that this move will “strengthen the ISA and propel future action on providing a clean source of energy to the world.”“Happy that now the USA is formally a part of the ISA, a visionary initiative…

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China does not respect US anymore, says Donald Trump

Washington [US]: Former US President Donald Trump has said that the Joe Biden administration is ineffective and China does not respect the US anymore, media reports stated.President Biden had a telephonic conversation with Xi Jinping for the second time in September about which the White House clarified that the discussion was “part of the United States’ ongoing effort to responsibly manage the competition between the United States and the PRC,” reported Fox News. The White House said after the call that “the two leaders discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict,” reported the news channel.However, Trump said that he does not think that Biden’s administration is effective.“I don’t think it is a good way to express it to China. It shows such weakness. We have shown such weakness,” Fox News quoted Trump as saying.“China respected this country…

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US special envoy expresses concern over surge in IS attacks in Afghanistan

Brussels [Belgium]: US Special Representative for Afghanistan Tom West on Monday (local time) said that Washington is worried about the spike in attacks by Islamic State in Afghanistan and remains concerned about al Qaeda’s presence in the country.Newly appointed US special envoy spoke to reporters by telephone from Belgium, where he briefed NATO allies on the issues concerning Afghanistan, TOLOnews reported. He also held consultations on a “road map” toward recognition of the Taliban government after the US troop pullout in August.“The Taliban have voiced very clearly and openly their desire to normalize relations with the international community, to see a resumption in aid, to see a return of the international diplomatic community to Kabul and to see sanctions relief,” he said. “The United States can deliver none of these things on our own.”West has also said that he plans to visit India and…

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Kamala Harris to visit France to strengthen US alliances, partnerships in Europe

Washington [US]: US Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday (local time) said that she will head to Paris to strengthen United States’ alliances and partnerships in Europe and around the world, according to the White House.Following the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, which will make America more competitive, Harris in the statement said that the US look forward to building on the progress by working with allies and partners to advance this Administration’s agenda–and our country’s interests–around the world. “Tonight, I will travel to France at the invitation of President Macron to build on our Administration’s progress strengthening our alliances and partnerships in Europe and around the world,” she said in a statement.Further in the statement, Harris said that she will join leaders at the Paris Peace Forum to address the rising inequality that has been exacerbated by the pandemic.“To promote security and…

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The Great Resignation

By Kshvid News Desk with inputs from agencies The term “Great Resignation” refers to the widespread trend of a large number of workers quitting their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Big Quit is another name for it. The Great Resignation is typically discussed in terms of the US labour force, but the phenomenon is global.  In July 2021, 4 million Americans resigned from their jobs, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Resignations peaked in April and have remained unusually high for several months, with 10.9 million available jobs at the end of July, a new high. In the face of such a tidal flood of resignations, how can employers keep their employees? “We tend to ponder about death and contemplate whether we are content with our lives or whether we would like to make changes when we come into contact with…

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Reliance Industries subsidiary signs agreement to sell assets in Eagleford shale play of Texas, USA

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) owned step-down subsidiary Reliance Eagleford Upstream Holding, LP (REUHLP) on Monday announced the signing of agreements with Ensign Operating III, LLC for the sale of its upstream assets in the Eagleford shale play of Texas in the United States of America (USA).As per the RIL press release, with this transaction, Reliance has divested all its shale gas assets and has exited from the shale gas business in North America. “A Purchase and Sale Agreement (PSA) has been signed between REUHLP and Ensignon November 5, 2021 for this sale. The sale is at a consideration higher than current carrying value of the assets,” the release read.The Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. acted as the financial advisor to Reliance and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP served as its legal counsel.

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Samsung Electronics is chasing Apple in the US smartphone market

Seoul [South Korea]: Samsung Electronics has narrowed the gap with Apple in the US smartphone market in the third quarter of this year.According to market research firm Counterpoint Research on the 5th, Samsung Electronics had the market share of 35%, up 5%p year-on-year. It is the largest quarterly share since the first quarter of last year (32%). Apple’s market share in the third quarter was 42%, up 3%p year-on-year. However, the market share gap between second-ranked Samsung Electronics narrowed from 9%p to 7%p.Considering that Apple launched iPhone 13 series in September, Samsung Electronics’ third-quarter market share is better than expectations. It is analyzed that strong sales of foldable phones Galaxy Z-Fold 3 and Z-Flip 3, which were released by Samsung Electronics in August, had a positive effect on the expansion of market share.“Apple’s iPhone 13 accounted for 17% of total U.S. sales in the…

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US stands with people of Myanmar as they strive to restore democracy: Blinken

Washington [US]: The United States stands with the people of Myanmar as they strive to restore the path to democracy and human rights in their country, said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday.Taking to Twitter, Blinken said, “One year ago, Burma held elections that reflected the Burmese people’s commitment to democracy. Today, we stand with and honor them, including the more than 1,300 who have lost their lives, as they strive to restore the path to democracy and human rights in their country.” Meanwhile, in a statement, the US Department of State reiterated the call for the military regime immediately to cease violence, release all those unjustly detained.“One year ago, Burma held multiparty elections to select a new government. Independent observers reported that the elections, despite some concerns, were credible and reaffirmed the commitment of the Burmese people to democracy,” read the…

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US reopens land, air borders to foreign visitors fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from today

Washington [US]: After 20 months of travel restrictions, the US is reopening its land and air borders to foreign visitors fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from Monday.The United States is flinging its doors wide open to vaccinated international travellers on Monday, welcoming many visitors who’ve been shut out of the country for 20 months, reported CNN. The United States is largely wide open, although there are some state and local restrictions that still apply.For example, there are mask mandates in Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Washington, DC and Puerto Rico also require masks in indoor public spaces.In some cities, including New York and San Francisco, there are vaccine requirements for indoor public spaces including restaurants, reported CNN.Hawaii, which had some of the strictest entry requirements in the US, will now align with the new federal rules for international air travel. Although capacity…

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Pentagon report confirms China intruded in Arunachal Pradesh, Congress asks PM Modi to withdraw clean chit

New Delhi [India]: Congress national spokesperson Pawan Khera on Saturday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw the “clean chit” given to China that it has not intruded in Arunachal Pradesh since a report given by the Pentagon to the US Congress confirmed that the country has intruded 4.5 km within the territory of Arunachal Pradesh.The Congress spokesperson has further asked the Prime Minister to issue an apology and give a deadline to the country when the status quo ante of April 2020 would be restored across all our borders with China. “According to the 152-page report Military and Security Developments involving the People’s Republic of China 2021 given by the Pentagon to US Congress, it has been confirmed that China has intruded 4.5 km within Arunachal Pradesh’s territory and has constructed a village,” said Khera while addressing the media.“Today is the time PM…

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Bharat Biotech’s partner seeks Covaxin approval in US for children below 18 years

New Delhi [India] ): Bharat Biotech’s US partner Ocugen has announced that it had asked the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) of Covaxin for children below 18.“We are pleased to announce our EUA filing to the US-Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through our partners- Ocugen,” tweeted Dr Raches Ella, Bharat Biotech’s clinical lead for Covid-19 vaccines. The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday granted approval for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) for Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin.The approval was done on the recommendation of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for Emergency Use Listing (TAG-EUL), an independent advisory panel that provides recommendations to WHO on whether a COVID-19 vaccine can be listed for emergency use under the EUL procedure.Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and AstraZeneca and Serum Institute’s Covishield are the two widely used vaccines in India.

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Blinken discusses escalation of tensions in Ethiopia with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Washington [US]: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and discussed regional security issues of mutual interest, including the situation in Ethiopia, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said on Friday.“Secretary of State Antony J Blinken spoke with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta today to discuss regional security issues of mutual interest, including the situation in Ethiopia. The Secretary thanked the President for his continued leadership to promote peace and prosperity in the region,” Price said in a statement. Meanwhile, the 15-membered United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have also expressed ‘deep concern about the expansion and intensification of military clashes in northern Ethiopia’ and urged the warring sides to negotiate a “lasting ceasefire”.They further called to put an end to hostilities and to negotiate a lasting ceasefire, and for the creation of conditions for the start of an inclusive Ethiopian national…

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China lodges protest with US over criticism of nuclear build-up

Beijing [China]: Beijing on Friday lodged a protest with Washington, over a Pentagon report on military development which claimed that China has expanded its nuclear force at a high pace.“China has lodged solemn representations with the US over its groundless accusations about China’s nuclear arsenal in a Pentagon report and interference in China’s domestic affairs including Taiwan question,” said Wu Qian, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense. “The Pentagon report is full of bias and distorts China’s defence and military strategies to hype the “China threat,” Wu was quoted as saying by Global Times.The Pentagon’s report titled “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China (PRC) 2021”, said that “the accelerating pace of the PRC’s nuclear expansion may enable the PRC to have up to 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027.“The PRC likely intends to have at least 1,000 warheads by…

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US Senators propose aid package to support arms purchases by Taiwan

Washington [US]: Amid the increasing Chinese military aggression, several high ranking US senators have introduced the “Taiwan Deterrence Act,” to boost deterrence across the Taiwan Strait and strengthen its ability to defend against China’s coercion.This legislation authorises USD 2 billion a year for Taiwan in Foreign Military Financing, subject to Taiwan meeting certain conditions, US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations said in a statement. The Taiwan Deterrence Act, proposed by Republican Senators Jim Risch, Mike Crapo, Bill Hagerty, Mitt Romney, John Cornyn and Marco Rubio, calls for amendment in the US Arms Export Control Act to better facilitate arms transfers to Taiwan.It also calls for an annual assessment on Taiwan’s efforts to advance a credible defence strategy vis-a-vis China. “The defence of Taiwan is critical to the future peace and security of the entire Indo-Pacific region,” said Risch.“This legislation authorizes USD 2 billion a…

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Beijing slams US for refusing entry to students, fellows linked to military institutions

Beijing [China] : Beijing on Wednesday slammed Washington after US officials refused entry to many students and visiting fellows who had valid visas but were linked to military institutions.The remarks came from Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin who said that nearly 30 students and visiting scholars were repatriated following interrogation in August 2021, despite holding visas to enter the US, Radio Free Asia reported. “In August 2021 alone, nearly 30 Chinese students and visiting fellows to the US suffered similar unjust treatment, with many more reporting rough handling during harassment, interrogation, and searches,” Wang told a regular news briefing in Beijing.“Many of them were asked questions like if they or their parents are members of the Communist Party of China, and if they had been assigned any task by the Chinese government prior to their departure,” Wenbin added.The spokesperson also said that some…

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Talks with Beijing impossible if Chinese Communist Party continues to threaten Taiwan, says official

Taipei [Taiwan]: Amid the increased security threats from Beijing, Taiwan’s National Security Bureau (NSB) Chief Chen Ming-tong said talks with China would be impossible while the country continues to threaten Taiwan with force.Chen’s comments came in response to the release of the US Department of Defence’s (DOD) China Military Power Report for 2021, which stated that China aims to match American military power in the Indo-Pacific by 2027, with the intention of forcing Taiwan to negotiate on its terms, Taiwan News reported. “Threats to intimidate Taipei to come to the negotiating table is a long-standing strategy of Beijing but it will not work,” Chen said.Chen added that the NSB has been paying attention to this approach for a long time and that it continually monitors the situation to identify potential points in time when China may try to leverage this pressure to realise its…

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Travellers vaccinated with Covaxin can now enter US

Washington [US]: Travellers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with Covaxin have been given the green light to enter the US from November 8. Talking to ANI over updating the approved travel list for Covaxin, CDC press officer, Scott Pauley said, “CDC’s travel guidance applies to FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines and encompasses any new vaccines that may be added to either of those lists over time.”The last-minute addition comes less than one week before the US launches its new travel system, which grants entry to foreign travellers who have received a vaccine that has been approved for emergency use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or WHO.The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Wednesday acknowledged the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) granting emergency use listing (EUL) to India’s indigenous vaccine Covaxin, developed by Bharat Biotech.The WHO said in…

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Amid rivalry with China, Biden calls for strengthen US ties with Indonesia

Jakarta [Indonesia]: In an attempt to increase engagement in South Asia, US President Joe Biden on Monday said he is looking forward to strengthening ties with Indonesia, one of China’s largest trading partners in the region.Biden’s remarks came during his first in-person meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Scotland, Radio Free Asia reported. “I’m looking forward to building more on our bilateral relationship because we have so much that we can work together on and so much in common,” Biden said.“From addressing the climate crisis to ending the COVID-19 pandemic to upholding freedom of the seas, there’s no global challenge today that doesn’t benefit from Indonesia and the US working together,” Biden added.The US and Indonesian presidents also talked about freedom of navigation, economic cooperation, the political crisis in Myanmar, and the coronavirus…

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Japan PM, Biden agree to closely cooperate towards free, open Indo-Pacific

Glasgow [Scotland]: Japenese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and US President Joe Biden on Tuesday agreed to enhance the bilateral alliance and closely cooperate towards a free and open Indo-Pacific amid increasing Chinese activities in the region.The two held talks on the sidelines of the COP26 Summit. After arriving in the Scottish city of Glasgow earlier Tuesday, Kishida had a brief conversation with Biden, according to the Japanese Foreign MinistryThe two agreed to continue to jointly deal with climate change issues as well as regional issues, apparently mindful of the challenges and threats posed by China and North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, Kyodo News reported.Kishida told reporters later in the day he agreed with Biden to meet again at the earliest date possible, which could be later this year, to have more “thorough” discussions.The Japanese leader already had phone talks with Biden after being…

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US formally recommends Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11

Washington [US]: Following rigorous review and authorization process by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday (local time) has formally recommended the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11.“Today, following a rigorous review and authorization process by the FDA, the CDC has formally recommended the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11. This is encouraging news, and a major step forward for our nation in our fight to defeat the virus,” tweeted US President Joe Biden. “It will allow parents to end months of anxious worrying about their kids, and reduce the extent to which children spread the virus to others,” read White House statement.Over the last several weeks, the Biden administration has been working hard to be prepared for this moment.“We are ready to act. We have already secured enough vaccine supply for every child in America,…

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US trying to set up military bases near Afghanistan, says Russian Foreign Minister

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has said that President Vladimir Putin has told his American counterpart Joe Biden at the Geneva Summit that the country is against the US attempts to form agreements with Central Asian countries to deploy the US military on their territory, reported TOLOnews.The foreign minister claimed that the US is continuing the efforts to establish military bases in a country neighbouring Afghanistan, reported the news channel citing his interview with the Russian Television. The proposals have been sent to Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, however, the countries rejected the proposal, according to TOLOnews.“Well aware of the Americans’ intrusiveness, I do not rule out that they will be pressing for the same aim from different sides. I’ve heard that they have been trying to persuade India to grant the Pentagon some opportunities on the Indian territory,” the news channel quoted…

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S Korea, US start joint air exercise for 5 days from today

Seoul [South Korea]: South Korea and the United States started a combined air exercise on the 1st.According to a military source, Korea and the US will conduct a five-day joint comprehensive air combat training from the 1st to the 5th. In this joint exercise, some 100 aerial forces from both countries, including F-15K and KF-16 jets from South Korea and F-16s from the US, are participating in.However, there are no military assets were deployed from the US mainland, and the training is conducted by dividing the participating forces into battalion-level or lower depending on the training mission.Korea and the US have regularly held the air exercise, ‘Vigilant Ace,’ every December, but this exercise has been replaced by scaled-down comprehensive training since 2018, when the relationship between South and North Korea has improved.As the air exercise is scaled-down compared to the ‘Vigilant Ace’ and conducted…

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US lawmaker to introduce Bill to make Diwali federal holiday

Washington [US]: Congressman Carolyn Maloney will introduce a bill in US Congress, which aims to establish Diwali as a federal holiday in the United States.On Wednesday, the Democrat Congressman from New York will be joined by members of the India Caucus including Congressman Ro Khanna, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and other advocates to introduce her legislation at the Hill. Representing the Indian American community members, Sanjeev Joshipura, Executive Director, Indiaspora will also join the congresswoman who has been a long supporter of the Indian diaspora.If the bill gets approval, the holiday would be observed in federal institutions, with significant populations that celebrate Diwali and honour the cultural heritage of millions of Indian Americans who celebrate the holiday in the United States.Congressman Maloney in the past has successfully worked with advocates across the country and led efforts in Congress urging the US Postal Service to approve…

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Iran urges US to take ‘practical’ measures for holding talks

Tehran [Iran]: For any form of talks with the United States, Washington should first take “practical” steps, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday.Iran hasn’t had any direct or indirect talks with the United States since the latter’s unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2018, Khatibzadeh told reporters during his weekly press conference. Washington has not only penalized companies cooperating with Iran, but also punished its own allies in order to prevent Iran’s trade and economic ties, he said.The Islamic republic will not hold talks in any format with the United States as long as these realities in the policies of the United States continue to exist, he added.Iran recently agreed to start the stalled nuclear talks with the remaining parties to the JCPOA, aimed to restore the deal. It was…

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Erdogan says Biden promised to make efforts to solve issues related to F-16 jets

Ankara [Turkey]: US President Joe Biden has promised to make all efforts to convince the US Senate to sell F-16 fighter jets to Turkey, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.In October, Erdogan said that the US offered Turkey to purchase F-16 jets after Ankara was excluded from the F-35 supply program. “Biden said: ‘We may not get results in a very short time. You know, the process goes through two different stages: the House of Representatives and the Senate. You know, the situation is 50-50, but I will do my best.’ And I told him, ‘I believe you can handle it,” Erdogan told reporters. Earlier on Monday Erdogan said that he did not travel to the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow as Ankara’s request related to safety protocol standards was rejected.“There were some safety protocol standards that…

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US-China trade war worsened amid COVID-19 pandemic, says Dy Chairman of Russian Security Council

Moscow [Russia]: The coronavirus pandemic only exacerbated the trade war between the US and China and provocations on the part of NATO have become more frequent, Sputnik reported citing Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev as saying.“The trade war between the United States and the People’s Republic of China was aggravated by ideological confrontation and finally turned into a kind of cold war. There are more open provocations now, in particular in Europe. Over the past year, it has become customary that NATO ships constantly approach the Russian borders in the Baltic and Black Seas, sometimes even violating them,” the Russian News Agency quoted Medvedev as saying. According to Medvedev, the “western sanctions policy did not undergo any changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Sputnik reported citing Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper.“…the struggle with the peaceful commercial project Nord Stream 2 has only intensified.…

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Defying strong criticism from the US and EU, Israel plans to build 3130 homes for settlers

Nicosia [Cyprus]: On October 27 the Israeli government announced plans to build 3,130 homes for Jewish settlers deep inside the occupied West Bank, defying the strongest criticism to date of such projects from the administration of US President Joe Biden as well as from 13 EU countries. This decision caused the first dramatic confrontation between the Israeli government of Naftali Bennett and the Biden Administration.Anticipating the announcement on October 26, Ned Price, the spokesman for the US State Department, said: “We strongly oppose the expansion of settlements, which is completely inconsistent with efforts to lower tensions and to ensure calm, and it damages the prospects for a two-state solution.”Price added that the Biden Administration would raise US Administration’s views on this issue directly with senior Israeli officials in their private discussions”. In a joint statement the foreign ministries of Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France,…

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Biden urges world leaders to consider bolstering stockpiles critical to national security

Rome [Italy]: US President Joe Biden on Sunday urged world leaders to consider bolstering stockpiles critical to national security in their countries at an event on Supply Chain Resilience in Rome, the White House said in a statement.He said to the group of world leaders at the event: “I urge all of you — all of you — to consider bolstering your stockpiles critical to national security in your countries. But like so many challenges today, it isn’t a problem any one of our nations can solve through unilateral actions. Coordination is the key — the reason for this meeting.” “We’re going to bring our shared attention to a vital issue that is impacting on all of our countries: supply chain disruptions. Supply chains are something that most of our citizens never think twice about until something goes wrong,” said Biden.Highlighting the health crisis,…

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US, EU agree to suspend Trump-era tariffs on steel, aluminium: EU Commission President

Brussels [Belgium]: The US and the European Union have reached an agreement on suspending the tariffs on steel and aluminium imposed in 2018 by then-US President Donald Trump, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said on Sunday.“We agreed to suspend the tariffs on steel and aluminium and to start … a new global sustainable steel arrangement. And this marks a milestone in the renew EU-US partnership,” Von der Leyen said at the G20 meeting in Rome. The European Commission also intends to develop proposals to suspend the reciprocal tariffs imposed on US goods following Washington’s decision on tariffs on steel and aluminium, the official added.The tariffs imposed by the Trump administration in 2018 in a bid to change US trade policy and reduce the trade deficit largely affected a set of steel, aluminium and other European goods worth 6.4 billion euros (USD 7.4…

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Sending US Military ships to Black Sea does not add stability to region, says Russian Foreign Minister

Rome [Italy]: By sending military ships to the Black Sea waters, the US does not add stability to the regions but tries to push coastal countries toward confrontational policies, Russian Foreign Minister COP26 begins as countries plan future actions on climate change said on Sunday.On Saturday, the Russian defence control centre said that the Black Sea Fleet was monitoring the USS Porter, a guided-missile destroyer, which entered the Black Sea. “The demonstration of the US navy flag in the Black Sea is not an isolated incident. There have been several occasions when the US has explicitly declared the need for its military vessels to enter these waters in order to deter Russia,” Lavrov told reporters.“Of course, this does not add stability. The Americans are actively trying to push the coastal Black Sea countries, which are members of NATO, to pursue such a confrontational policy,”…

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Blinken to hold talks with Chinese Foreign Minister on the sidelines of G20

Washington [US]: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday in Rome on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.These talks are set to hold amid a fresh row between the two global powers over Washington’s support for the “meaningful participation” of Taiwan in the UN. The meeting between the top diplomats is their first since a stormy session in the US state of Alaska in March during which the Chinese delegation berated Washington.Wang Yi on Friday said Taiwan has no future other than reunification with China, and it has no international legal status other than being part of China.Wang Yi said the US and some other countries could not stop the one-China principle 50 years ago, and they are much less likely to succeed in the 21st century. “If they persist, they will pay…

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France, Germany, UK, US reiterate commitment to prevent Iran from developing nuke weapons

Paris [France]: The leaders of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the US reiterated on Saturday their commitment to ensure that Iran can never develop nuclear weapons.Earlier in the day, the leaders held a meeting in Rome to discuss the risks posed to international security by Iran’s escalating nuclear program. “We expressed our determination to ensure that Iran can never develop or acquire a nuclear weapon and shared our grave and growing concern that, while Iran halted negotiations on a return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) since June, it has accelerated the pace of provocative nuclear steps, such as the production of highly enriched uranium and enriched uranium metal. Iran has no credible civilian need for either measure, but both are important to nuclear weapons programs,” the leaders said in a joint statement.The sides also pointed to the importance of a…

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US, France intend to intensify cooperation on space issues: White House

Rome [Italy]: The United States and France on Friday (local time) said in a joint statement that the two countries intend to intensify cooperation on space issues.“The United States and France intend to intensify cooperation on space issues, which will be further discussed during Vice President Harris’ upcoming visit to Paris,” the White House said in the statement. This comes as United States President Joe Biden and the French President Emmanuel Macron met in Rome on the margins of the G20 Summit to reaffirm their commitment to closer bilateral and transatlantic cooperation in the pursuit of peace, security, and prosperity around the globe.This meeting built on the in-depth consultations announced in their September 22 joint statement aimed at creating the conditions for ensuring confidence.They underscore the strength of the longstanding and historic relationship between the United States and France, underpinned by our shared democratic…

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US to provide nearly USD 144 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

Washington [US]: The United States is providing nearly USD 144 million in new humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne said on Thursday.“The United States is providing nearly USD 144 million in new humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan,” Sputnik quoted Horne as saying. In a statement, she said that the total of Washington’s assistance to Afghanistan has reached USD 474 million this year.“This brings total US humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in the region to nearly USD 474 million in 2021, the largest amount of assistance from any nation,” Horne said.“Our partners provide lifesaving protection, shelter, livelihoods support, essential health care, winterization assistance, emergency food aid, water, sanitation, and hygiene services in response to the growing humanitarian needs exacerbated by healthcare shortages,…

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Nepal cabinet recommends appointment of ambassadors to India, UK and US

Kathmandu [Nepal]: Nepal cabinet on Thursday recommended the appointment of ambassadors of India, the United Kingdom and the United States on Thursday.A meeting of the Council of Ministers recommended Shankar Sharma as the Ambassador to India, Gyan Chandra Acharya as the Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and Shridhar Khatri as the Ambassador to the United States, Information Minister Gyanendra Karki said in a press briefing. Khatri, a professor of political science, is a foreign affairs expert, while Sharma is a former US ambassador. A parliamentary hearing over the recommended ambassadors would be held in the coming month.Nepal’s newly formed government under the Prime Ministership of Sher Bahadur Deuba has decided to recall all ambassadors appointed by the former government under KP Sharma Oli-led administration on September 21.Nepal has a total of 33 diplomatic missions abroad. While career diplomats have been appointed as ambassadors in…

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China opposes any contact between US, Taiwan

Beijing [China] : China opposes any military and official contacts between the United States and Taiwan, as well as Washington’s interference in Taiwan’s affairs, the foreign ministry’s spokesman, Wang Wenbin, said on Thursday.The head of the Taiwan administration, Tsai Ing-wen, confirmed to CNN in a fresh interview that US troops are present on the island to train Taiwanese forces. Tsai also claimed that the threat from China is increasing every day and expressed confidence in Washington’s support in the event of an attack. “The US must adhere to the One China principle and provisions of three US-Chinese communiques. We strongly oppose any official and military contacts between the US and Taiwan, as well as US interference in China’s internal affairs,” Wang said at a briefing, stressing that the US-Chinese relations are based on the One China principle.

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Prominent US lawmakers pitch sanctions waiver on India’s S-400 purchase, deepening India-US ties

Washington [US]: US Senator John Cornyn, co-chair of the Senate India Caucus, Congressman Brad Sherman of California and Congressman Mike Waltz of Florida, a powerful Republican leader, called for the United States to waive possible sanctions on India for buying the S-400 defence missile system from Moscow and urged for deepening cooperation between the two countries. At a virtual forum organised by US India Business Council and US-India Friendship Council, advocacy groups, the lawmakers expressed concern that India could be sanctioned under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) which the Congress has passed in 2017 to punish Russia for meddling in the US elections.The US lawmakers strongly pitched for the Biden administration to hold back on penalising India.From 2016 to 2020, India cut arms imports from Russia by 53 per cent compared to the preceding five-year period, they said. It also agreed…

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US issues 1st passport with ‘X’ gender marker

Washington [US]: In a historic move, the US on Wednesday (local time) issued the first passport with ‘X’ gender marker in recognition of the rights of people who don’t identify as male or female.US State Department said that it continues the process of updating its policies regarding gender markers on US passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) to better serve all US citizens, regardless of their gender identity. “As the Secretary announced in June, the Department is moving towards adding an X gender marker for non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons applying for a US passport or CRBA,” said Department spokesperson Ned Price.“The Department has issued the first US passport with an X gender marker. We look forward to offering this option to all routine passport applicants once we complete the required system and form updates in early 2022,” added Price in…

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Rajinikanth’s ‘Annaatthe’ All Set To Break Box Office Record In USA

Rajinikanth is one among the stars, who has fans all over the world, and their craze over him is immeasurable. Rajinikanth will be next seen in ‘Annaatthe’ and the film is all geared up for a grand release this Diwali on November 4. Unlike India, theatres in the USA have been allowed after lockdown relaxations, and Rajinikanth’s ‘Annaatthe’ has jumped on to the opportunity to bag over 700 screens in the USA. With this ‘Annaatthe’ has set the highest-ever release for a Tamil film in the USA, and the film is sure to shatter the box office in the non-Indian market. Finally, a Rajinikanth film is releasing for Diwali after 20 years, and the fans are ready to welcome their beloved star in style. Rajinikanth will be seen in a rural avatar, and the film is reportedly based on brother-sister relationship. Nayanthara will be seen opposite Rajinikanth in the…

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Afghanistan: The lost economy of the country survived

By Kshvid News Desk with inputs from agencies Afghanistan is a country like all other countries in the world. But their recent history is not like the other countries in the world. Because they fought two wars and they didn’t have anyone from outside to directly control their economy. God was kind to them from the very beginning when the Soviets hit them in 1979 with all their power but they didn’t succeed. After 10 years of war, the Soviets ended on the losing side. Afghanistan’s economy was already broken but they started building from ashes. When Afghan’s economy started to crawl, the most horrific incident of human history happened. Two planes hit the world trade centre and America declared war on Afghanistan. America fought for 20 years against the Taliban and ended up running from Afghanistan. Afghan government under the supervision of President…

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US donated 100,000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Nepal

Kathmandu [Nepal]: A total of 100,620 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine donated by the United States of America arrived in Kathmandu on Monday.Sepideh Keyvanshad, Mission Director for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Nepal, handed the shipment of coronavirus vaccines given to Nepal on a grant. The shipment was received by Health Secretary Dr Roshan Pokhrel today. The Health Secretary said that the vaccine aid would help to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. With this donation, the Nepalese government is planning to inoculate people above the age of 12 years and those with chronic health diseases.The USAID mission director expressed happiness over getting an opportunity to join hands with Nepal in the fight against the pandemic. As well as she committed that the Himalayan Nation also would get additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the day to come.Nepal Health Ministry Spokesperson Dr Krishna…

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US was losing war to Taliban so it negotiated, says Khalilzad

Washington [US]: The United States was losing the war to the Taliban so it chose negotiations as an alternative, said the former US special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad.Talking to CBS News, Khalilzad said the US military tried many times to strengthen its position on the battleground, but it failed. “The negotiation was a result of–based on the judgment that we weren’t winning the war and therefore time was not on our side and better to make a deal sooner than later,” Tolo News quoted Khalilzad said.Khalilzad blamed the then-president Ashraf Ghani for the disintegration of Afghanistan’s security sector, saying his escape triggered the chaos in the Afghan capital.He said that Washington chose the calender-based approach in its decisions on the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and did not take into account the real situation in the country.Despite remaining challenges and past failures,…

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Taliban denies former US envoy’s claims of Al-Qaeda’s presence in Afghanistan

Kabul [Afghanistan]: The Taliban has denied the statements of former US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad who raised concerns over the presence of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, and said that such information has not been received yet.Khalilzad had commented on Al-Qaeda in an American broadcasting company CBS, reported TOLOnews. “The reports that I have seen indicate that (leader of Al-Qaeda) could be in Afghanistan or adjacent territory, I don’t know whether the Taliban knows it or not,” TOLOnews reported Khalilzad as saying.He further stated that the US was keeping an eye on the promises and commitments made by the Taliban after their takeover of Afghanistan on August 15.However, the deputy minister of information and culture, Zabiullah Mujahid denied Khalilzad’s statements and said that such information has not been received yet.“No, I don’t see such a danger; someone like that does not exist here and we haven’t…

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US to donate 100,620 more COVID-19 doses to Nepal

Kathmandu [Nepal]: The United States is set to donate 100,620 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal, the Embassy of the United States in Nepal announced on Sunday.The said amount of coronavirus vaccines will arrive in the capital city Kathmandu on Monday. This adds to the 1.53 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines given by the US to Nepal in July, the embassy said. “Breaking: From the United States to Nepal. The United States is donating 100,620 Pfizer vaccines to the people of Nepal, the arrival is expected tomorrow! This adds to the 1.53 million J&J vaccines given by the U.S. to Nepal in July,” the US embassy tweeted.This donation comes two days after the top US envoy met Nepal Health Minister Birodh Khatiwada and discussed bilateral issues including cooperation on COVID-19.“Today, as part of regular diplomatic engagement, Ambassador Berry met with Health Minister Birodh…

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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 administration wants to resettle over 55,000 Afghan refugees

The Biden administration wants to permanently resettle 55,600 Afghan evacuees from the military bases of the US to permanent houses, reported local media. Washington [US] : Bringing such a large number of Afghans from military bases to permanent houses seems to be the biggest change to the resettlement program since 1980, said Khaama Press. Currently, a large number of Afghans — who worked on the behalf of US in Afghanistan — are living in refugee camps established in American military bases.US President Joe Biden has decided to launch a programme — that will allow veterans and others with ties to Afghans — that aims to financially support and resettle Afghans in their cities as they start a new life in the US.As per the new initiative, a group of five who are over 18 can apply for so-called being sponsors of the Afghan family…

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Imran Khan government rejects reports claiming US nearing deal to use Pakistan airspace for airstrikes in Afghanistan

Islamabad [Pakistan]: The Pakistan government on Saturday rejected media reports about the possibility of signing an agreement with the US on the use of the country’s airspace for operations against terrorists in Afghanistan, clarifying that there was “no such understanding” between the two countries.US media organisation CNN, in a report, cites “sources familiar with the details of a classified briefing” to the US Congress, and said that the Biden administration has informed US lawmakers that the country was close to striking a formal deal with Pakistan for the use of its airspace to conduct operations in Afghanistan. The report has claimed that Pakistan had expressed a desire to sign a Memorandum of Understanding in return for help in its own counterterrorism operations and assistance with managing the relationship with India.“No such understanding was in place,” Pakistan Foreign Office’ spokesperson said in response to queries…

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Pakistan refutes report of talks with US on use of its airspace

Islamabad [Pakistan], October 23 (ANI): Pakistan has refuted a report which claimed that it is in talks with the Biden administration for use of Pakistan’s airspace by the US to carry out military operations in Afghanistan, reported local media.Responding to media queries regarding the latest news report “alluding to the formalisation of an agreement for the use of Pakistan’s airspace by the US to coduct military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan”, spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad said, “no such understanding was in place”, according to ARY News. Rejecting the news report, Ahmad also emphasised Washington and Islamabad have longstanding cooperation on regional security and counter-terrorism and the two sides remain engaged in regular consultations.Earlier, on Friday CNN reported citing three sources that the US administration informed lawmakers that the country is nearing a formalise agreement with Pakistan for use of its airspace to conduct military…

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US nearing to formalise deal with Pakistan for using its airspace for military operations in Afghanistan

The US administration on Friday informed lawmakers that the country is nearing a formalise an agreement with Pakistan for use of its airspace to conduct military and intelligence operations in Afghanistan. Washington [US] : Islamabad has expressed a desire to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in exchange for assistance with its own counterterrorism efforts, one of the sources said. But the negotiations are ongoing, another source told CNN, and the terms of the agreement, which has not been finalised, could still change. An agreement was discussed when US officials visited Pakistan, the third source told CNN, adding but it is not yet clear what Pakistan wants or how much the US would be willing to give in return.Currently, Washington uses Pakistan’s airspace to reach Afghanistan for ongoing intelligence-gathering efforts.But so far there’s no formal agreement in place that can ensure continued access to…

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US to release more documents related to President Kennedy murder Dec 15 : White House

The US authorities are going to release part of the previously unpublished materials about the 1963 assassination of the 35th President John Kennedy on December 15, the White House has announced. Washington [US] : The relevant memorandum was signed by President Joe Biden on Friday (local time) following the recommendations by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). “Any information currently withheld from public disclosure that [government] agencies have not proposed for continued postponement shall be reviewed by NARA before December 15, 2021, and shall be publicly released on that date. Out of respect for the anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, such release shall not occur before December 15, 2021,” the White House said in a statement.Biden also certified the continued withholding of all of the information related to the assassination from full public disclosure until December 15, 2022, as the US Archivist requested…

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US to hand over 3 island-class patrol boats to Ukraine

Washington [US]: The US will send to Ukraine three Island-class patrol boats in November, Ukrainian Ambassador to Washington Oksana Markarova said on Friday.Earlier in October, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine said that two Island-class patrol boats will be transferred from the US to Ukraine during the third quarter of 2021, and another one is to be delivered by the end of the year. “Today in Baltimore, at the US Coast Guard base, the fifth crew of Ukrainian sailors was declared ready to serve on the Island-class patrol boat called Kubrak. Six weeks of training with the best US instructors and in November three boats will be sent from Baltimore to Ukraine in addition to the two that are already in our military service,” Markarova wrote on Facebook.The ambassador noted that this event shows the strategic level of partnership in the sphere of defense…

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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 escalating tensions by inciting Taiwan independence: North Korean foreign ministry

Pyongyang [North Korea]: North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Pak Myong Ho has accused the United States of escalating the situation in the Asia-Pacific Region by inciting the independence of Taiwan.On Thursday, US President Joe Biden said in a CNN town hall meeting that the United States would come to Taiwan’s defense if it came under attack by China. “Recently, the US is building up military tension by inciting independence of Taiwan, which is an inseparable territory of China. This year alone, the US dispatched all kinds of battleships into the Taiwan Straits on the plea of ‘freedom of navigation’ whenever the occasion called. Some time ago, it even mobilized a battleship of its ally only to escalate tension in the Taiwan Straits,” Pak said, as quoted by the KCNA news agency.China recently sent close to 150 military aircraft, including fighter jets and bombers, near…

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US urges China to transform approach towards trade, embrace market policies

The United States on Friday called on China to take steps to transform its approach to trade and embrace market policies as was anticipated when the country joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) two decades ago. Washington [US] : “Looking back over the 20 years since China’s accession to the WTO, these members noted that China and its economy have greatly benefited from China’s WTO membership, but China has not taken the anticipated steps to transform its state-led, non-market approach to trade and the economy. These members, therefore, called once again for China to embrace open, market-oriented policies,” said US Trade Representative (USTR) in a statement. Problems with China’s trade regime identified by WTO members include policies that skew the playing field against foreign competition, preferential treatment of state-owned enterprises, forced technology transfer and inadequate regulatory transparency, the statement said.Almost all of the aforementioned…

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US wants predictability, stability in relations with Russia

Brussels [Belgium]: US President Joe Biden wants to see predictability and stability when it comes to relations with Russia, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Friday.“I think what president Biden wants out of any kind of relationship with Russia is predictability and stability,” Austin told a press conference in Brussels when asked about worsening NATO-Russia relations.

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US refuses to release frozen assets of Afghanistan

Washington [US]: The US has rejected to release the frozen assets of Afghanistan but assured that it is committed to providing Afghans with humanitarian aids and reiterated that the Taliban must facilitate the distribution process.Underlining that the people of Afghanistan should not be harmed, US Deputy Minister of Finance Wally Adeyemo stressed that it is important to keep pressure on the Taliban, reported Khaama Press. “We will not let the Taliban access the money in an ongoing situation,” Adeyemo said to senators.Emphasising that the US is committed to providing Afghans with humanitarian aids he reiterated that the Taliban must facilitate the distribution process.“We will continue to assert our restrictions on Haqqani network and the Taliban, but will continue humanitarian aids to Afghan people,” added Adeyemo.For over a month, the Taliban leaders have been calling the US to release its frozen funds but their call…

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Donald Blome appointed as US Ambassador to Pakistan

Three years after former United States Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale left Islamabad in August 2018, the US has appointed Donald Armin Blome as the next Ambassador to Pakistan. Washington DC [US] : The announcement was made by the White House, Samaa TV reported on Wednesday. Blome, who is currently the US Ambassador to Tunisia, has served US diplomatic missions in Kabul, Jerusalem, Cairo, Baghdad and Kuwait at various positions, reported the channel.After Hale left Islamabad in 2018, the US mission in Pakistan was headed by Paul W Jones as charge d’Affaires. Angela Aggeler took charge as the acting Charge d’Affaires in Islamabad after Jones completed his two-year tenure in 2020, Samaa TV reported.William Edward Bill Todd was earlier nominated by the Trump administration to be the next ambassador to Pakistan. However, the nomination was called off as he was unable to complete necessary…

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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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Pakistan’s double standards on Terrorism exposed : Report

Former US National Security Advisor, Lt. General McMaster believes that any assistance provided to Pakistan should stop immediately and wanted to hold Imran Khan accountable for his recent remarks on the fall of Kabul. Ottawa [Canada] : Speaking on Pakistan and its double standards on terrorism, the former NSA bluntly said: “I don’t think we should give any assistance to Pakistan at all. I think Pakistan has had it both ways for way too long. I think Pakistan should be confronted with its behavior over the years that has actually resulted, I think, in large measure in this outcome,” International Forum For Right And Security (IFFRAS) reported. “The Trump administration had blocked all aid to Pakistan and the Biden administration is yet to revive the same. McMaster also wanted Prime Minister Imran Khan to be held accountable for his recent comments on the fall…

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Russia suspends mission to NATO from November: FM Lavrov

Moscow [Russia]: Russia will suspend activities of its permanent mission to NATO from November 1 or a few days later, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.“In response to NATO’s actions, we suspend the work of our permanent mission to NATO, including the work of the chief military representative, probably from November 1, or maybe it will take several more days,” Lavrov said during a press conference. He said that the alliance’s military liaison mission and information offices in Moscow would be closed and the accreditation of their employees revoked from November.“If NATO has any urgent matters, they can address these issues to our ambassador in Belgium, who deals with bilateral relations between Russia and the Kingdom of Belgium,” Lavrov added.The move follows NATO’s decision to expel eight members of the Russian mission to NATO in Brussels for allegedly working as intelligence officers, cutting…

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China chides US, Canada for sending warships through Taiwan Strait

Beijing [China]: Chinese military condemned the United States and Canada for sending warships through the Taiwan Strait last week and said that the two countries’ provocative actions have seriously jeopardised the peace and stability across the waterways.The Taiwan Strait is a 180-kilometre-wide strait separating the island of Taiwan and continental Asia. It is one of the most heavily policed strips of water in the world, patrolled by both Chinese and Taiwanese navy and coastguard vessels. The US Navy destroyer USS Dewey (DDG-105) and the Royal Canadian Navy frigate HMCS Winnipeg sailed through the Taiwan Strait on October 15.In a statement, a spokesperson of the Chinese PLA Eastern Theater Command said that the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) sent its naval and air forces to track and monitor the two warships in the whole course.“Taiwan is a part of China.…

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At Glasgow climate summit spotlight on biggest emitter China

At the upcoming Glasgow climate summit the spotlight will be on China, which is the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gas. (GHG). The 13 day-long conference is scheduled to begin on October 31. Fabien Baussart, writing in a blog post of The Times of Israel said that Despite the country’s plans to become carbon neutral by 2060, its domestic coal production has nearly tripled since 2001. If one draws a comparison between China on one hand and the US and Europe on the other hand, the amount of coal produced in the United States and Europe have roughly halved over this time, added Baussart. Tel Aviv [Israel]: China accounted for more than half of the 7.7 billion tonnes of coal produced globally in 2020, dwarfing the contributions of the next biggest producers (‘World’s biggest coal producers’).With less than three weeks to go for the…

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FM Sitharaman holds discussions with major investment firm’s chief investment officer in US

During her visit to the US, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met a private investment firm’s Chief Investment Officer here and held discussions over the interest of the company to invest in India. New York [US]: Sitharaman also held talks with Legatum’s Chief Investment Officer Philip Vassiliou over the robust structural growth and continued interest of the firm in investing in India. “Union Finance Minister Smt. @nsitharaman met Mr Philip Vassiliou, Chief Investment Officer, Legatum, in New York, USA, today. The robust structural growth and continued interest of the company to invest in India formed part of the discussion,” the Ministry of Finance said in a tweet on Sunday.Sitharaman– who is currently in the US — has earlier this week attended the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank during his visit.On the sidelines of these meetings, Sitharaman also…

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US Development Finance Corporation chief Marchick to visit India

US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Operating Officer (COO) David Marchick will be visiting India from October 24-26 with an aim to advance DFC investments helping boost global health and expand COVID-19 vaccine production capacity. Washington [US]: “COO Marchick and the travelling delegation will arrive in India on October 24, 2021. In Hyderabad, the delegation will visit the offices of Biological E, the Indian vaccine manufacturer, and participate in a signing ceremony to open a new facility with substantial capacity for vaccine manufacturing. This work is in support of the historic commitment set out by President Biden and his counterparts in the “Quad” – Australia, India, Japan, and the United States,” read DFC media advisory. Marchick is also scheduled to visit South Africa. His visit to both nations is scheduled to start on October 18 and will end in India on October 26.DFC…

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