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  • US to Impose Sanctions Punishing Russia for Navalny's Poisoning
    The United States is  expected to impose sanctions to punish Russia for the poisoning  of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as early as Tuesday, two  sources familiar with the matter said.President Joe Biden's decision to impose sanctions for Navalny's poisoning reflects a harder stance than taken by his predecessor, Donald Trump, who let the incident last August pass without punitive U.S.
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    Published on 03-02-21
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  • Fully Vaccinated Americans Hopeful But Still Wary
    Ally Dever lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, and hasn’t seen her parents since November 2019. Like so many Americans, she wants to be reunited with family, but is not willing to take the risk of getting them sick during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.Her mother is 77 and her father is 87, living more than 1,100 kilometers away in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.“I just want to be able to hug
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    Published on 03-02-21
    3 hours ago
  • Biden’s Iran Travel Ban Repeal Reignites Debate About Whether US Can Effectively Vet Iranians
    U.S. President Joe Biden’s quick January repeal of his predecessor's travel ban on Iran has not yet revived Iranian arrivals to the United States, but it has reignited a debate about which Iranians the U.S. should allow to enter and whether existing methods for vetting them are effective. Biden repealed former President Donald Trump’s travel ban on Iran and 12 other nations within
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    Published on 03-02-21
    4 hours ago
  • One Year After Closing, US-Canada Border Remains Closed
    March 21st will mark a full year that the Canada-U. S. border has been closed to all but essential traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canada-U.S. border is the largest undefended boundary in the world at 8,891 kilometers. There are 117 legal points of entry that have been closed to tourist and personal, or “nonessential" travel, for almost a year, resulting in an 80% drop in border traffic. For generations, travelers from both countries have easily crossed the border for vacations, shopping
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    Published on 03-01-21
    9 hours ago
  • US Father and Son Handed Over to Japan Over Ghosn's Escape
    An American father and son were handed over to Japanese officials on Monday, their lawyer said, after losing an extradition battle over accusations they helped former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn to flee Japan. Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor were arrested in May after Japan issued a warrant accusing them of helping Ghosn flee Tokyo for Lebanon in December 2019
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    Published on 03-01-21
    12 hours ago
  • Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Americans Spiked by 150% in Major US Cities
    Hate-fueled attacks on Asian Americans spiked across major U.S. cities last year — in some cases by triple-digit percentages — even as overall hate crimes declined, newly analyzed police department statistics show.Moreover, the alarming trend has continued into this year, experts say.There were 122 incidents of anti-Asian American hate crimes in 16 of the country’s most populous cities in 2020, an
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    Published on 03-01-21
    12 hours ago
  • Biden Begins Fence-Mending with Mexico  
    Rather than talk of bigger walls, the American president did some fence-mending on Monday with his counterpart south of the border.U.S. President Joe Biden, in a virtual meeting with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, noted "a long and complicated history between our nations that haven't always been perfect neighbors with one another." Biden, in the White House, told Lopez Obrador
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    Published on 03-01-21
    13 hours ago
  • Senate Confirms Cardona as Biden's Education Secretary
    The Senate voted Monday to confirm Miguel Cardona as education secretary, clearing his way to lead President Joe Biden's effort to reopen the nation's schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.Cardona, 45, a former public school teacher who went on to become Connecticut's education chief, was approved on a 64-33 vote.He takes charge of the Education Department amid mounting tension between Americans
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    Published on 03-01-21
    13 hours ago
  • US: China Must Raise Its Ambitions on Carbon Neutrality
    The U.S. said China must raise its ambitions on carbon neutrality as the world’s two largest emitters seek cooperation to reverse what senior officials describe as a “critical standalone issue”: climate change.U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry has spoken to his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua, the State Department confirmed, adding that conversations between the two countries will continue.
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    Published on 03-01-21
    14 hours ago
  • Report: US Wasted Billions of Dollars on Afghan Rebuilding Projects
    The United States has spent billions of American taxpayer dollars on reconstruction projects in Afghanistan that were either not needed or not wanted by authorities in the war-torn country, a new report says. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has documented the massive waste in a report submitted to U.S. lawmakers Monday.  The agency evaluated nearly $7.8 billion spent
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    Published on 03-01-21
    15 hours ago