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Biden says ‘we’ll see’ when asked about possible Jan 10 meeting with Putin: White House

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden acknowledged the possibility of holding a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on January 10, the White House said in a pool report.“We’ll see,” Biden said on Tuesday in response to a question about a possible meeting with Putin on January 10. The meeting would take place days before a reported Russia-NATO meeting on January 12 and a Russia-Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on January 13.The United States and Russia are expected to hold talks on arms control and the situation in Ukraine on January 10.Putin said earlier in December following a virtual meeting between him and Biden that they will have to meet again, possibly also in a video format. The two leaders last met in person in Geneva last June.

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US court denies Trump appeal to stop house probe from getting White House records

Washington [US]: The US District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit denied former President Donald Trump’s bid to prevent the release of White House records from his administration to the US House Select Committee leading a probe into the events at the Capitol on January 6, a court ruling said.“On the record before us, former President Trump has provided no basis for this court to override President Biden’s judgment and the agreement and accommodations worked out between the Political Branches over these documents… For those reasons, we affirm the district court’s judgment denying a preliminary injunction as to those documents in the Archivist’s first three tranches over which President Biden has determined that a claim of executive privilege is not justified,” the ruling said on Thursday. The central question in the case was whether a US federal court can, at Trump’s behest, override…

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

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

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Pro-Iranian forces targeted US base in Syria

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

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

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

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

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

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Biden conveys to Erdogan concerns over Turkey’s possession of S-400 system

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden expressed concerns over the Russian-made S-400 missile system at Turkey’s disposal, during the talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on G20 sidelines on Sunday, the White House said.“President Biden reaffirmed our defense partnership and Turkey’s importance as a NATO Ally, but noted U.S. concerns over Turkey’s possession of the Russian S-400 missile system,” the press statement said. Russia and Turkey concluded a contract on S-400 missile defense system in 2017, and the equipment was shipped in 2019.The statement also read: “President Biden underscored his desire to maintain constructive relations, expand areas of cooperation, and manage our disagreements effectively. He expressed appreciation for Turkey’s nearly two decades of contributions to the NATO mission in Afghanistan.”“The leaders discussed the political process in Syria, the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Afghans in need, elections in Libya, the situation in…

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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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United States Senate confirms Dr Rahul Gupta as Director of National Drug Control Policy

Washington [US] : The United States Senate on Thursday (local time) confirmed Dr Rahul Gupta to serve as the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy on a bipartisan basis, White House said in a statement.According to the statement, Gupta is the first medical doctor to ever lead the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). “As a practicing physician and former health official who has served in rural communities, I have seen firsthand the heartbreaking toll of addiction and overdose in our communities, but I have also seen how we can save lives if we understand the individuals behind the statistics and meet them where they are,” said Dr. Gupta. “President Biden has made clear that addressing addiction and the overdose epidemic is an urgent priority. As Director, I will diligently work to advance high-quality, data-driven strategies to make…

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

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

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White House orders release of Trump records to Jan 6 committee

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden’s administration has blocked his predecessor Donald Trump’s request to withhold documents pertaining to the January 6 riots at the US Capitol complex from a congressional investigative committee, White House said on Friday (local time).White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the administration would back the committee’s sweeping efforts. “As a part of this process, the president has determined an assertion of executive privilege is not warranted for the first set of documents from the Trump White House that have been provided to us by the National Archives,” Psaki said during a press briefing, The Hill reported.“This is just the first set of documents, and we will evaluate claims of privilege on a case by case basis, but the president has also been clear he believes it to be of the utmost importance for both Congress and the…

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US NSA Sullivan meets French Ambassador at White House

Washington [US]: US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Thursday (local time) met French Ambassador Philippe Etienne at the White House following the envoy’s return to Washington.This meeting was in line with the shared commitment by President Biden and President Macron in their September 22 phone call to begin a process of in-depth consultations on a range of strategic matters, in order to create the conditions for ensuring confidence and propose concrete measures toward common objectives, a statement from the National Security Council informed. “Sullivan welcomed Ambassador Etienne’s plan to engage with officials across the US government to continue advancing our [US-France] shared agenda, in advance of President Biden and President Macron meeting in Europe at the end of October,” NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne said in a statement.Days ago, AUKUS trilateral security partnership was announced by the three countries (the US, UK Australia) and…

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White House ‘Offered A Call’ To Nicki Minaj To Answer Queries About Her Covid-19 Vaccine Concerns

The White House has offered to answer Grammy-nominated rapper Nicki Minaj’s questions about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. The 38-year-old artist took to Twitter on Wednesday and said that she had been invited to the White House after she posted controversial tweets earlier this week about vaccine side effects. “The White House has invited me & I think it’s a step in the right direction,” she tweeted. She added, “Yes, I’m going. I’ll be dressed in all pink like Legally Blonde so they know I mean business. I’ll ask questions on behalf of the ppl who have been made fun of for simply being human.” However, despite Minaj’s tweet about a meeting, a White House official told People magazine that the administration reached out to her for public health education over the phone. “As we have with others, we offered a call with Nicki…

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Biden speaks with Xi, talks to ensure US-China ‘competition’ does not become ‘conflict’, says White House

Washington [US]: US President Joe Biden spoke with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure that “competition” between the two powers does not become “conflict”, the White House said on Friday.Both the leaders also agreed to engage on both sets of issues “openly and straightforwardly”. “President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The two leaders had a broad, strategic discussion in which they discussed areas where our interests converge, and areas where our interests, values, and perspectives diverge. They agreed to engage on both sets of issues openly and straightforwardly,” the White House said in a statement.“This discussion, as President Biden made clear, was part of the United States’ ongoing effort to responsibly manage the competition between the United States and the PRC,” read the statement.“President…