President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris salute at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris salute at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery.(AP)

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UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:13 AM IST

The official swearing-in ceremony for President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris concluded with more events planned. Biden and first lady Jill Biden departed the platform at the US Capitol following a ceremony that included Biden taking the oath on Wednesday as the 46th president of the United States. Kamala Harris also took her oath of office, becoming the nation's first female Vice-President. The day included musical performances from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks. Celebrated poet Amanda Gorman read a piece noting that, “while democracy can be permanently delayed, it can never be permanently denied.”

Following his departure from the platform, Biden signed paperwork in the President’s Room within the US Capitol. After this, he reviews troops outside the Capitol before departing and traveling to Arlington National Cemetery for a ceremony with former Presidents in attendance. Later, Biden is expected to make his first official arrival at the White House as President before a virtual inaugural parade.

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  • JAN 21, 2021 05:45 AM IST

    US Senate approves Haines as Director of National Intelligence

    The United States Senate on Wednesday approved Avril Haines as the Director of National Intelligence, making her the first of President Biden's nominees to be approved. The vote was 84-10, with all 'no' votes coming from the Republicans, reports Reuters.

  • JAN 21, 2021 05:13 AM IST

    'We will be back in some form,' vows Donald Trump

    Donald Trump disappeared on Wednesday behind the walls of his club in Palm Beach, Florida, ending a tumultuous presidency stained by two impeachments, deep political divisions and a pandemic that has caused 400,000 deaths in the United States. "So just a goodbye. We love you. We will be back in some form," Trump told supporters before boarding Air Force One for the flight to Florida, reports Reuters.

  • JAN 21, 2021 03:56 AM IST

    Joe Biden says Trump wrote him "very generous letter"

    US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that outgoing President Donald Trump left him a "very generous" letter in the Oval Office, in keeping with tradition.

  • JAN 21, 2021 03:52 AM IST

    Biden signs series of orders, including to rejoin Paris climate accords, WHO

    US President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed multiple executive orders including those to rejoin the Paris climate accord and the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • JAN 21, 2021 03:36 AM IST

    US Prez Joe Biden orders federal agencies to halt rulemaking

    Joe Biden has directed that federal agencies should halt all rulemaking until his administration has time to review proposed regulations. The order is a staple of presidential transitions, allowing the incoming administration to review the pending actions of their predecessors, reports AP.

  • JAN 21, 2021 03:17 AM IST

    Biden signals plans to halt oil activity in Arctic refuge

    United States President Joe Biden on Wednesday signaled plans to place a temporary moratorium on the oil and gas lease activities in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after the Trump administration issued leases in a remote, rugged area considered sacred by the Indigenous Gwich'in, reports AP.

  • JAN 21, 2021 02:10 AM IST

    Angela Merkel looks forward to 'new chapter' with Joe Biden

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated US President Joe Biden and said that she looks forward to a new chapter of German-American friendship and cooperation. "Warmest congratulations on your inauguration, @POTUS Joe Biden and @VP Kamala Harris - a true celebration of American democracy," Merkel was quoted as saying in a tweet posted by her spokesman Steffen Seibert, reports AFP.

  • JAN 21, 2021 01:53 AM IST

    Know more: Over 6 million followers and counting, a look at US Vice President Kamala Harris’ Twitter handle

    Kamala Harris is sworn in as the 49th US Vice President by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (AP)
    Kamala Harris is sworn in as the 49th US Vice President by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. (AP)

    Kamala Harris was on Wednesday sworn in as the first female Vice President of the United States by Justice Sonia Sotomayor during a grand inauguration at the West Front of the US Capitol. Harris, 56, who is the 49th Vice President of the US is also the first African-American and Indian-origin woman to hold this position. Read more

  • JAN 21, 2021 01:49 AM IST

    Catch up on Biden's inaugural address: 10 memorable quotes from Joe Biden's speech

    Joe Biden on Wednesday took oath as the 46th president of the United States, followed by a powerful inaugural address in which he emphasised the importance of democracy and unity. Biden’s call for unity bears significance in the aftermath of Capitol riots when his predecessor, Donald Trump, egged on his supporters to storm the Capitol building, leading to five deaths. Read more

  • JAN 21, 2021 01:19 AM IST

    Biden participates in wreath-laying ceremony with Obama, Clinton and Bush

    President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris arrive at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery during Inauguration Day ceremonies in Arlington. (AP)
    President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris arrive at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery during Inauguration Day ceremonies in Arlington. (AP)

    President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are joined by three former presidents — Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton — at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton are also at the event.

  • JAN 21, 2021 12:58 AM IST

    'Unity', racism, Covid: What Joe Biden's 1st speech signified for USA, the world

  • JAN 21, 2021 12:42 AM IST

    Biden travels to Arlington National Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony with Obama, Clinton and Bush

    President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are traveling to Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

    The Bidens will be joined by former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.

  • JAN 21, 2021 12:32 AM IST

    Biden and Harris review readiness of military troops

    President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris participate in a pass in review on the East front of the Capitol with members of the military.
    President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris participate in a pass in review on the East front of the Capitol with members of the military.

    President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff are participating in a pass in review on the East front of the Capitol with members of the military. Pass in reviews are a military tradition that reflects the peaceful transfer of power to a new commander-in-chief. Biden, hosted by the Commander of Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, will review the readiness of military troops.

  • JAN 21, 2021 12:14 AM IST

    Biden participates in signing ceremony at Capitol

    President Biden in the President's Room at the Capitol.
    President Biden in the President's Room at the Capitol.

    President Biden signed three documents in the President's Room at the Capitol: Inauguration Day Proclamation, nominations to Cabinet Positions and nominations to sub-Cabinet Positions

  • JAN 21, 2021 12:09 AM IST

    France's Macron 'welcomes' Biden back to Paris climate accord

    French President Emmanuel Macron lauded new US President Joe Biden's decision to return to the Paris climate accord on Wednesday, telling him "welcome back" in a congratulatory message after his inauguration.

    "Best wishes on this most significant day for the American people! We are together. We will be stronger to face the challenges of our time. Stronger to build our future. Stronger to protect our planet. Welcome back to the Paris Agreement!" Macron tweeted in English.

  • JAN 21, 2021 12:05 AM IST

    WHO chief congratulates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their inauguration

    The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), on Wednesday congratulated US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris after their inauguration. "Congratulations President @JoeBiden and Vice-President @KamalaHarris on your #Inauguration today. Here's to a healthier, fairer, safer, more sustainable world", Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Twitter.

  • JAN 20, 2021 11:59 PM IST

    In hidden message on White House website, Biden calls for coders

    The recently updated website for President Joe Biden's White House carried an invitation for tech specialists savvy enough to find it. Hidden in the HTML code on https://www.whitehouse.gov/ was an invitation to join the US Digital Service, a technology unit within the White House. "If you're reading this, we need your help building back better," the message said. Former President Barack Obama launched the service in 2014 to recruit technologists to help revamp government services - for example by modernizing Medicare's payment system or reforming hiring practices across government agencies. Tech specialists join the Digital Service for typically one or two years.

  • JAN 20, 2021 11:49 PM IST

    Watch: Joe Biden takes oath as 46th US President, PM Modi congratulates

  • JAN 20, 2021 11:44 PM IST

    'It's an honor to be your Vice President', tweets Kamala Harris

  • JAN 20, 2021 11:38 PM IST

    'Nuclear football’ handover takes place in Trump’s absence

    The “nuclear football”, a black briefcase which contains the equipment that the commander-in-chief would use to authorise and launch a nuclear strike is carried by a military aide who accompanies the president all the time. Read more

  • JAN 20, 2021 11:29 PM IST

    Pope tells Biden he prays God will guide reconciliation in US

    Pope Francis told US President Joe Biden on Wednesday that he was praying that God would guide his efforts to bring reconciliation in the United States and among the nations of the world. In a message sent shortly after the second Catholic US president was sworn in, Francis also said he hoped Biden would work towards a society marked by true justice, freedom and respect for the rights and dignity of every person, especially the poor, the vulnerable and those with no voice. "Under your leadership, may the American people continue to draw strength from the lofty political, ethical and religious values that have inspired the nation since its founding," Francis said.

  • JAN 20, 2021 11:27 PM IST

    Canada PM Justin Trudeau congratulates US President Joe Biden on his inauguration

    Canadian PM Justin Trudeau congratulated Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States.

  • JAN 20, 2021 11:26 PM IST

    'Will work with President Biden to strengthen India-US partnership': PM Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated US President Joe Biden on assuming office and said he looked forward to working together to further strengthen the bilateral strategic partnership. Read more

  • JAN 20, 2021 11:24 PM IST

    Pakistan PM Imran Khan congratulates US President Joe Biden on his inauguration

    Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States.

  • JAN 20, 2021 11:23 PM IST

    Israel PM Netanyahu congratulates US President Joe Biden on his inauguration, urges Biden to 'strengthen' US-Israel alliance

    Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu congratulates Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States.

  • JAN 20, 2021 11:23 PM IST

    'Historic day': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez congratulates President Biden, Vice-President Harris

  • JAN 20, 2021 11:22 PM IST

    'I look forward to working with Biden,' says British PM Boris Johnson

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined world leaders in congratulating Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th US President.

  • JAN 20, 2021 11:16 PM IST

    'No time to waste', tweets President Joe Biden

    In his second tweet shared since taking over the official President of the United States (@POTUS) Twitter handle, President Joe Biden wrote, "There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That's why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families."

  • JAN 20, 2021 10:50 PM IST

    Vice President Harris tweets, "Ready to serve."

  • JAN 20, 2021 10:49 PM IST

    Kamala Harris shares fist bumps with former President Barack Obama

    Kamala Harris shares fists bumps with former US President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama as well as other guests at the Biden-Harris inauguration

  • JAN 20, 2021 10:44 PM IST

    Biden warns of "winter of peril" in inaugural address

    US President Joe Biden warned of a "winter of peril" as he delivered his inaugural speech on Wednesday. "We’ll press forward with speed and urgency," he said. "We have much to do in this winter of peril and significant opportunities."

  • JAN 20, 2021 10:43 PM IST

    I thank my predecessors from both parties: President Joe Biden

    Joe Biden: "I thank my predecessors of both parties for their presence here today. I thank them from the bottom of my heart... And I know the resilience of our Constitution and the strength, the strength of our nation, as does President Carter, who I spoke with last night, who cannot be with us today, but whom we salute for his lifetime in service."

  • JAN 20, 2021 10:36 PM IST

    US president Biden says 'whole soul' in putting America back together

    'Will overcome challenges of white supremacy, domestic terrorism, disease,' says Joe Biden in first speech as US President.

  • JAN 20, 2021 10:29 PM IST

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi congratulates President Joe Biden, VP Kamala Harris

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi congratulated Joe Biden after he was elected as the 46th president of the US on Wednesday. Gandhi also congratulated Indian-origin Kamal Harris after she took oath as the 49th vice president of the US, creating history as the first female, first Black and first Indian-American to do so. "Congratulating the USA on a new chapter of their democracy. Best wishes to President Biden and Vice-President Harris," Gandhi tweeted.

  • JAN 20, 2021 10:28 PM IST

    Prime minister Narendra Modi congratulates President Joe Biden

  • JAN 20, 2021 10:25 PM IST

    President Joe Biden addresses nation

    President Joe Biden speaks at the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington. (AP)
    President Joe Biden speaks at the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington. (AP)

    Joseph Robinette Biden Jr took office on Wednesday as the 46th US president, calling for an “end (to) this uncivil war” in a rousing speech that was aimed at uniting a country bitterly divided by his predecessor Donald Trump, and help it overcome challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic, distrust of each other, and “a culture in which facts themselves are manipulated, and even manufactured”. Read more

  • JAN 20, 2021 10:09 PM IST

    Lady Gaga sings American national anthem during swearing- in ceremony

    Lady Gaga returns from the podium after signing the National Anthem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington. (AP)
    Lady Gaga returns from the podium after signing the National Anthem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington. (AP)

    Celebrated American singer Lady Gaga sang national anthem ahead of the swearing-in of President-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris. She greeted Biden and Harris before joining other guests on the viewing platform

  • JAN 20, 2021 10:05 PM IST

    Three Supreme Court justices absent from President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, citing health risks from the coronavirus pandemic

    Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito did not join the others on the west front of the Capitol Wednesday. Breyer is 82, the oldest member of the court. Thomas is 72 and Alito is 70. Supreme Court spokesperson Kathy Arberg says some members of the court “elected not to attend the inauguration ceremony in light of the public health risks posed by the Covid pandemic.” The justices have begun receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, but it is not clear if they all have received both doses. Justice Amy Coney Barrett and the other appointees of President Donald Trump, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh were in attendance Wednesday, along with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Roberts was to swear in Biden, while Sotomayor was giving the oath of office to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

  • JAN 20, 2021 10:01 PM IST

    Klobuchar congratulates vice-president elect Kamala Harris

    Sen. Amy Klobucher speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, (AP)
    Sen. Amy Klobucher speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, (AP)

    "We celebrate our first African-American, first Asian-American, and first woman Vice President -- Kamala Harris, who stands on the shoulders of so many on this platform who have forged the way to this day," said US Senator Amy Klobuchar.

  • JAN 20, 2021 10:00 PM IST

    Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama during the inauguration

    President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff, arrive and are greeted by former President Barrack Obama and Michelle Obama, during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington. (AP)
    President-elect Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff, arrive and are greeted by former President Barrack Obama and Michelle Obama, during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington. (AP)
  • JAN 20, 2021 09:57 PM IST

    US Senator Amy Klobuchar welcomes everyone as inauguration kicks off

    US Senator Amy Klobuchar welcomed President-elect Joe Biden, vice president-elect Kamala Harris, vice president Mike Pence, and all the guests at the inauguration ceremony. "This is the day when our democracy picks itself up, brushes off the dust and does what it always does," said Klobuchar.

  • JAN 20, 2021 09:48 PM IST

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives at the US Capitol

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives at the US Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, (AP)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrives at the US Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, (AP)
  • JAN 20, 2021 09:47 PM IST

    Vice-president elect Kamala Harris arrives at platform

    Vice-president elect Kamala Harris, along with her husband Doug Emhoff, walked down the stairs of the US Capitol for the swearing-in ceremony. She was greeted by former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama.

  • JAN 20, 2021 09:30 PM IST

    Ex-presidents, Supreme Court justices arrive on viewing platform

    Former US presidents, Supreme Court justices, and families of President-elect Joe Biden and vice president Kamala Harris have joined other guests on the viewing platform for the inauguration.

  • JAN 20, 2021 09:27 PM IST

    'New chapter begins today,' says Kamala Harris

    Moments before she is officially sworn in as the first female, black and Indian American Vice President, Kamala Harris tweeted: "A new chapter begins today."

  • JAN 20, 2021 09:21 PM IST

    'Grateful': Joe Biden thanks wife ahead of inauguration

    Just moments after arriving at the US Capitol for the inauguration, Joe Biden's account sent a tweet with a message to his wife, soon-to-be first lady Jill Biden.

    The tweet said: "I love you, Jilly, and I couldn't be more grateful to have you with me on the journey ahead." The tweet also included a short video of the Bidens holding hands as they arrived for the ceremony.

  • JAN 20, 2021 09:03 PM IST

    Joe Biden, Kamala Harris showcase American designers at their inauguration

    The president-elect is wearing a navy suit and navy overcoat by Ralph Lauren. Jill Biden is wearing an ocean-blue wool tweed coat and dress by American designer Alexandra O’Neill of the Markarian label. Aides say Harris is wearing Christopher John Rogers and Sergio Hudson. Both are Black designers, Rogers from Louisiana and Hudson from South Carolina. Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, wore a Ralph Lauren suit on Wednesday.

  • JAN 20, 2021 09:02 PM IST

    Ex-Presidents Obama, Clinton, Bush arrive for Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony

    All of the former US presidents attending President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration arrived at the US Capitol. George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, were first to arrive at the complex on Wednesday morning, several hours before Biden’s swearing-in ceremony. Barack and Michelle Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton followed shortly thereafter, with each couple arriving in separate motorcades. The other living former president, 96-year-old Jimmy Carter, previously announced he would not attend Biden’s inauguration. Carter and his wife, 93-year-old Rosalynn Carter, have largely spent the coronavirus pandemic at their home in Plains, Georgia.

  • JAN 20, 2021 08:51 PM IST

    US Army secretary McCarthy bids adieu to American soldiers

    US Army secretary Ryan McCarthy bid adieu to the American soldiers, army civilians, and their families before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. McCarthy said in a statement that he has always believed in the oath that he would never fail his "fail his comrades."

    "I have always strived to be the leader you deserve, not just in words but in deeds."

  • JAN 20, 2021 08:48 PM IST

    VIPs start arriving at US Capitol for Biden inauguration

    Former US Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W Bush have arrived for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' swearing in ceremonies. They were joined by former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, as well as Hillary Clinton.

  • JAN 20, 2021 08:45 PM IST

    Preparations in full swing at Capitol for the inauguration in line with Covid-19 protocols

    A worker vacuums stairs as preparations are made ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony in Washington. (AP)
    A worker vacuums stairs as preparations are made ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony in Washington. (AP)
  • JAN 20, 2021 08:34 PM IST

    US stocks near records ahead of Biden inauguration

    The S&P 500 was 0.7% higher at 3,824.26 in early trading, brushing up against its record of 3,824.68 set earlier this month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 93 points, or 0.3%, at 31,023, as of 9:45 a.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was 1.3% higher. Read more

  • JAN 20, 2021 08:29 PM IST

    Former president Barack Obama congratulates Joe Biden, addresses him as president for the first time

  • JAN 20, 2021 08:23 PM IST

    A look at Kamala Harris' political career

    Kamala Harris, who is to be sworn in as the Vice-President of the United States in a few hours, is an inspiring story of many firsts. She will be the first woman, first African-American and first Asian-American Vice-President of the US. Read more

  • JAN 20, 2021 07:56 PM IST

    Minutes after Trump left Washington for his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach in Florida, Biden tweeted, "It’s a new day in America."

    Ahead of inauguration, Biden took to Twitter saying, "It's a new day in America." President-elect Joe Biden will take oath as the 46th President of the United States and his deputy Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the 49th Vice-President in a ceremony that would be historic in ways more than one.

    The event will take place on the West front of the US Capitol building days after Donald Trump's supporters breached security and stormed it, resulting in the death of five people.

  • JAN 20, 2021 07:41 PM IST

    President-elect Joe Biden arrives for Mass along with bipartisan House and Senate leaders

    US President-elect Joe Biden attended a mass at St Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, DC on Wednesday morning, accompanied by Democratic and Republican leaders of Congress in a symbol of unity ahead of his inauguration.

    The future 46th President of the United States was accompanied by his wife Jill Biden, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell and House leader Kevin McCarthy.

  • JAN 20, 2021 07:36 PM IST

    Trump leaves handover note for Joe Biden in the Oval office, as per White House spokesman

    Continuing a presidential succession tradition, President Trump has left a note for President-elect Biden, said Trump White House spokesperson Monica Alba. It has also been a tradition that the outgoing president writes a letter for the new President which is left on the desk in the Oval Office. The letter is meant to offer advice or words of encouragement to the incoming president.

  • JAN 20, 2021 07:28 PM IST

    American whistleblower Edward Snowden ‘not disappointed’ to go unpardoned by Trump

    American whistleblower Edward Snowden on Wednesday said that he was not disappointed to go unpardoned by US President Donald Trump, calling him a man “who has never known a love he had not paid for.” Last year, Snowden had said that the president should end the war on whistleblowers at the stroke of a pen. Taking to Twitter, Snowden said that Trump’s supporters must not forgive that the “simpering creature” failed to pardon truth-tellers in far more desperate circumstances. Read more

  • JAN 20, 2021 07:27 PM IST

    'Here because of the women who came before me', tweets Kamala Harris

  • JAN 20, 2021 07:22 PM IST

    "We will be back in some form," Trump says as he exits the White House

    Before boarding the helicopter from the White House lawn, President Donald Trump told reporters that he wants to say goodbye, adding that “hopefully, it’s not a long term goodbye.” He called the White House “greatest home in the world” and promised that “we’ll see each other again.”

    "It’s been a great honour, the honour of a lifetime. The greatest people in the world and the greatest home (White House) in the world — I call it a home…I just want to say goodbye, but hopefully, it’s not a long term goodbye. We’ll see each other again."

  • JAN 20, 2021 07:11 PM IST

    How world leaders are reacting to Joe Biden's inauguration

    Here's how world leaders are reacting to Democrat Joe Biden's inauguration. Read here

  • JAN 20, 2021 07:08 PM IST

    Politics? Golf? Media? What’s next for Donald Trump

    In a presidency which was marked by a departure from the norm, life after the Oval Office for Donald Trump may also not adhere to the patterns of most ex- presidents. While most ex-presidents spend their time out of office playing golf, making a few public appearances, well-paid speeches, writing lucrative memoirs, Trump’s post presidential options are hardly clear. But the January 6 US Capitol riots will continue to define not only his time in the office but also his time after. Read more

  • JAN 20, 2021 06:52 PM IST

    Trump departs White House with airbase send-off before Biden inaugural

    Marine One with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump departs the White House in Washington, DC. (AFP)
    Marine One with US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump departs the White House in Washington, DC. (AFP)

    Donald Trump departed the White House a final time as president on Wednesday, skipping Joe Biden’s inauguration and instead throwing a military-style send-off for himself before he leaves for his Florida resort. Following the event at Joint Base Andrews outside of Washington, Trump will fly to Palm Beach, Florida, where he plans to take up residence at his Mar-a-lago resort. He will become the first US president since the 19th century to skip his successor’s swearing-in ceremony. Trump’s departure marks the end of one of the most divisive and chaotic presidencies in modern US history.

  • JAN 20, 2021 06:32 PM IST

    British PM Johnson says he's looking forward to working with Biden

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he looked forward to working with Joe Biden on their "shared priorities", just hours before Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. Read more

  • JAN 20, 2021 06:28 PM IST

    In Photo: White House before President Trump departs Washington

    The White House at dawn in Washington, DC, US, (Bloomberg)
    The White House at dawn in Washington, DC, US, (Bloomberg)
  • JAN 20, 2021 06:21 PM IST

    US President Donald Trump set to leave White House

    US President Donald Trump is set to leave the White House at 6.30pm (8am EST) for the last time as the commander-in-chief of the United States. After a farewell ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base, Trump will fly to his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, where he is supposed to begin his post-presidency life.

  • JAN 20, 2021 05:59 PM IST

    Undoing Trump legacy, Joe Biden to issue executive orders reversing policies on climate, Covid-19 on first day of presidency

    In his first hours as president, Joe Biden will aim to strike at the heart of President Donald Trump’s policy legacy, signing a series of executive actions that reverse his predecessor’s orders on immigration, climate change and handling of the pandemic. Read more

  • JAN 20, 2021 05:55 PM IST

    US to join Paris deal, lift Muslim travel ban

    Biden will sign executive orders to get the US back to the Paris pact and rescind the travel ban on people from Muslim-majority countries, which will be among roughly a dozen actions the President-elect will take on his first day in the White House, incoming chief of staff Ron Klain said on Saturday in a memo to senior staff, outlining a 10-day plan of action. Read more

  • JAN 20, 2021 05:46 PM IST

    Outgoing vice president Mike Pence to skip Trump's farewell ceremony: Report

    US vice president Mike Pence will reportedly be absent from the farewell ceremony of outgoing President Donald Trump at Andrews Air Force Base on Wednesday morning and will instead attend the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris. When Pence shared a series of pictures in a farewell tweet, Trump was notably missing from all of them. He has met Trump only once since the rioters stormed the US Capitol on January 6 and repeatedly chanted: "Hang Mike Pence!"

  • JAN 20, 2021 05:44 PM IST

    ‘Like winning Olympic gold’: Kamala Harris' village gears up for her oath taking

    Villagers pose holding photos of US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at her ancestral village of Thulasendrapuram in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. (AP)
    Villagers pose holding photos of US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at her ancestral village of Thulasendrapuram in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. (AP)

    Kamala Harris’ ancestral village of Thulasendhirapuram in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvarur district is once again decked up with her posters ahead of her swearing-in as Vice President of the United States of America. The villagers burst firecrackers and distributed sweets on Wednesday while children held placards of Harris. Read more

  • JAN 20, 2021 05:36 PM IST

    Ahead of inauguration, traditions Trump is breaking

    In the months since the November election, Trump has hardly followed the traditions of an outgoing president, mostly like his time in the Oval office. As Trump repeatedly claimed without evidence of mass fraud in the election, he refused to formally concede the election. It is not only his refusal to concede which is unprecedented in US history, here are other traditions that Trump is breaking ahead of the inauguration: Read here

  • JAN 20, 2021 05:26 PM IST

    Jennifer Lopez posts ahead of inauguration day performance

    Ahead of her performance on inauguration day, American artist Jennifer Lopez gave a sneak peek to all her fans on Instagram post. "What an honor to spend a few moments with these brave men and women. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. I honor you today and everyday. Tomorrow I sing for you and all Americans," Lopez wrote.

  • JAN 20, 2021 05:20 PM IST

    Lady Gaga hopes for 'peaceful ceremony' ahead of inauguration

    Lady Gaga who will sing the national anthem at President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration shared a photo on social media hoping for a peaceful ceremony.

    "I pray tomorrow will be a day of peace for all Americans. A day for love, not hatred. A day for acceptance not fear. A day for dreaming of our future joy as a country. A dream that is non-violent, a dream that provides safety for our souls. Love, from the Capitol," Gaga wrote.

  • JAN 20, 2021 05:14 PM IST

    How inauguration day 2021 will be the most unique in American history

    As the United States of America deals with the aftermath of the deadly Capitol insurrection and an ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris will take their oaths of office in a much muted event that normally draws in crowds of thousands. The inauguration day will be unlike any other that America has witnessed. Read more

  • JAN 20, 2021 05:01 PM IST

    In Photos: Washington prepares for Joe Biden’s inauguration

    Members of the National Guard patrol near the US Capitol building ahead of US President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, in Washington, US. (Reuters)
    Members of the National Guard patrol near the US Capitol building ahead of US President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, in Washington, US. (Reuters)

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Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee on the January 6th Insurrection, domestic terrorism and other threats, on Capitol Hill, Washington, US.(REUTERS)
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee on the January 6th Insurrection, domestic terrorism and other threats, on Capitol Hill, Washington, US.(REUTERS)

US Capitol siege act of domestic terrorism, says FBI chief Wray

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 10:26 PM IST
  • A Jan. 5 report from the FBI's Norfolk, Virginia, field office warned of online posts foreshadowing a “war” in Washington.
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris with their respective spouses. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris with their respective spouses. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Biden-Harris era begins: Some key ‘firsts’ of the new US administration

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 01:08 PM IST
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn-in on Wednesday as the new President and Vice President of the US, respectively.
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President Joe Biden leaves after attending a virtual swearing in ceremony of political appointees from the State Dining Room of the White House on Wednesday. (AP Photo )
President Joe Biden leaves after attending a virtual swearing in ceremony of political appointees from the State Dining Room of the White House on Wednesday. (AP Photo )

From immigration to health: Biden moves swiftly to unwind Trump policies

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 08:26 AM IST
Joe Biden’s aides say he’ll sign more Day One executive actions than any of his predecessors, to be followed by additional regulatory and policy changes over the coming weeks.
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U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday.(Bloomberg Photo )
U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday.(Bloomberg Photo )

On Day 1, Biden sets the ball rolling on immigration, climate change, Covid-19

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 08:28 AM IST
“There’s no time to start like today," Joe Biden said in his first comments to reporters as president.
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Harris had struck a chord with Tamil people when she called out to her “chithis” (‘aunts’ in Tamil) during a speech in August.(File Photo)
Harris had struck a chord with Tamil people when she called out to her “chithis” (‘aunts’ in Tamil) during a speech in August.(File Photo)

Ancestral village in Tamil Nadu celebrates Kamala Harris' feat

By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:41 AM IST
Villagers have been lighting fireworks and distributing sweets, while posters of Harris were pasted on the walls of the village, and children flashed placards featuring the first person of South Asian descent and the first woman to rise to the office of the US vice-president.
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US President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington, DC on the West Front of the US Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. - During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch / POOL / AFP)(AFP)
US President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington, DC on the West Front of the US Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. - During today's inauguration ceremony Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch / POOL / AFP)(AFP)

'Day of history, hope': US President Joe Biden

UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:38 AM IST
With his hand on a five-inch thick heirloom Bible that has been in his family for more than a century, Biden took the oath of office administered by US Chief Justice John Roberts that binds the president to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”.
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Outgoing US President Donald Trump steps into his limo after landing at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, on January 20, 2021. (AFP)
Outgoing US President Donald Trump steps into his limo after landing at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida, on January 20, 2021. (AFP)

'We will be back in some form,' Trump vows at end of tumultuous presidency

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:32 AM IST
The Republican president departed the White House with his wife, Melania, saying it had been a great honor to serve and giving a final wave as he boarded the Marine One helicopter for Joint Base Andrews, where he delivered farewell remarks.
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President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and family, walk near the White House during a Presidential Escort to the White House, Wednesday. (AP Photo )
President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and family, walk near the White House during a Presidential Escort to the White House, Wednesday. (AP Photo )

Joe Biden takes the helm, appeals for unity to take on crises

AP, Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:32 AM IST
Joe Biden was eager to go big early, with an ambitious first 100 days including a push to speed up the distribution of Covid-19 vaccinations
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US President Joe Biden walks to the podium to swear in presidential appointees in a virtual ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House.(Reuters Photo )
US President Joe Biden walks to the podium to swear in presidential appointees in a virtual ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House.(Reuters Photo )

'Going home': Joe Biden's surreal walk to the White House

AFP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 06:26 AM IST
Joe Biden popped the surreality of the moment with a quip as he made the short walk to the White House with Jill, followed closely by Vice President Kamala Harris and her family.
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U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, after his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner(REUTERS)
U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, after his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner(REUTERS)

Prez Joe Biden looks to galvanize Covid fight, vaccinations as he takes office

Reuters, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 05:51 AM IST
Joe Biden's first moves are intended to mark a sharp change from the Trump administration's Covid-19 pandemic response.
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Vice President Kamala Harris, center, followed by her husband Doug Emhoff, left, leaves the Senate chamber after swearing in.(AP Photo )
Vice President Kamala Harris, center, followed by her husband Doug Emhoff, left, leaves the Senate chamber after swearing in.(AP Photo )

Kamala Harris' ancestral village rejoices with fervour as 'she scripts history'

ANI, Thulasendrapuram
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 05:41 AM IST
People in Thulasendrapuram village, the native village of Harris' mother, were seen applauding and hooting while Harris was taking an oath to the office.
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President Joe Biden looks up as he signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP)
President Joe Biden looks up as he signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP)

US Prez Joe Biden says Donald Trump wrote him 'very generous letter'

AFP
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 03:57 AM IST
It was unclear until Wednesday whether Trump would maintain the tradition of outgoing presidents leaving notes for their successors, after he opted to skip Biden's inauguration.
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Jill Biden waves next to Ashley and Hunter Biden after her husband Joe was sworn-in as the 46th President of the United States during the inauguration on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington, US.(Reuters)
Jill Biden waves next to Ashley and Hunter Biden after her husband Joe was sworn-in as the 46th President of the United States during the inauguration on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington, US.(Reuters)

Jill Biden: Profile of academic who will be the next US first lady

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 10:59 PM IST
Mrs Biden previously held the title of 'Second Lady' while her husband served as vice-president from 2009 to 2017. Her work during this period included promoting community colleges, advocating for military families and raising awareness about breast cancer prevention.
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Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States as his wife Jill Biden holds a bible on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque(REUTERS)
Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States as his wife Jill Biden holds a bible on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque(REUTERS)

'...And if you still disagree': Joe Biden's message of democracy for detractors

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 12:55 AM IST
Let's start afresh, show respect to one another, Biden appeals to America.
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File photo of the US Supreme Court (AFP)
File photo of the US Supreme Court (AFP)

Bomb threat at US Supreme Court ahead of Biden inaugural

AFP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 09:52 PM IST
"The court received a bomb threat, the building and grounds were checked out, and the building is not being evacuated," said high court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg.
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