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The subject expert committee of the Central Drug Standards Control Organisation is scheduled to meet on Wednesday(REUTERS)

News updates from HT: Expert panel to decide on Sputnik V vaccine approval today

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 01:02 PM IST
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Former US President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama at the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, US on January 20, 2021.(Reuters File Photo )
Former US President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama at the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, US on January 20, 2021.(Reuters File Photo )

Once broke a schoolmate's nose for using a racial slur, reveals Barack Obama

ANI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 05:46 AM IST
Hurling racial slurs, former US President Barack Obama said, comes down to "an assertion of status over the other."
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 5, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 5, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo(REUTERS)

Joe Biden hasn't called Xi Jinping yet, says 'haven’t had occasion to talk'

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 07, 2021 11:29 PM IST
Biden said his approach to China will be different from that of former President Donald Trump and that Xi knows that because he’s been “sending signals as well.”
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The image shows two children, Ryleigh and Zayden.(Screengrab)
The image shows two children, Ryleigh and Zayden.(Screengrab)

Michelle Obama posts pics of kids recreating her and Barack’s inauguration look

By Sanya Budhiraja
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 01:10 AM IST
“Ryleigh & Zayden, you nailed it!” reads the caption shared alongside the Instagram post by Michelle Obama.
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Former US Presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton
Former US Presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton

Clinton, Bush and Obama record joint video to wish Biden success

Written by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:12 PM IST
In the video, the three former Presidents of the United States highlighted the importance of listening to people with different opinions.
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A White House spokesperson, however, denied that the President’s daughter and son-in-law had restricted the Secret Service agents’ entry into their house(AP)
A White House spokesperson, however, denied that the President’s daughter and son-in-law had restricted the Secret Service agents’ entry into their house(AP)

US agents guarding Ivanka, Jared had to rent $3k/month flat

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:20 AM IST
Asked not to use the bathrooms inside the couple’s sprawling 5,000-square-foot house in the elite Kalorama neighbourhood, several US agents resorted to using a porta-potty as well as bathrooms at the nearby homes of former President Barack Obama, and Vice-President Mike Pence.
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Democrat Jimmy Carter, said he was “troubled” by Wednesday’s scenes, which he called a “national tragedy”.(AFP)
Democrat Jimmy Carter, said he was “troubled” by Wednesday’s scenes, which he called a “national tragedy”.(AFP)

‘Banana republic’: Shock, dismay for ex-presidents

By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Washington, Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 04:10 AM IST
George W Bush called out fellow Republicans for fuelling an “insurrection”, likening the situation to a “banana republic”.
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Former US President Donald Trump.(AP file photo)
Former US President Donald Trump.(AP file photo)

Former US President Obama says Trump incited violence at the Capitol

By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 07:07 AM IST
Former President Barack Obama says history will rightly remember the violence at the Capitol as a moment of great dishonor and shame for the nation.
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Judge Merrick Garland speaks after then US president Barack Obama, with then vice-president Joe Biden, announced his nomination to the US Supreme Court, on March 16, 2016.(AFP file)
Judge Merrick Garland speaks after then US president Barack Obama, with then vice-president Joe Biden, announced his nomination to the US Supreme Court, on March 16, 2016.(AFP file)

Joe Biden to name Merrick Garland as US attorney general

By HT Correspondent , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 11:41 PM IST
Garland leads the DC Circuit Court of Appeals and was nominated by former President Barack Obama to the Supreme Court but Republicans, who controlled the Senate at the time, had blocked him.
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President-elect Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally for Georgia Democratic candidates for US Senate Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Atlanta.(AP)
President-elect Joe Biden speaks at a drive-in rally for Georgia Democratic candidates for US Senate Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Atlanta.(AP)

In Georgia, Joe Biden’s presidency meets early defining moment

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Atlanta
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 01:34 PM IST
Two runoffs Tuesday in Georgia will decide which party controls the Senate and, thus, how far the new president can reach legislatively on issues such as the pandemic, health care, taxation, energy and the environment.
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“Here’s to ringing in 2021 with optimism for what’s to come and a belief that our best days are still ahead. Happy New Year!” Obama said.(Reuters file photo)
“Here’s to ringing in 2021 with optimism for what’s to come and a belief that our best days are still ahead. Happy New Year!” Obama said.(Reuters file photo)

Barack Obama delivers New Years’ message, says US’ best days are still ahead

By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 08:17 AM IST
“After a year that has tested us in unimaginable ways, we’ve seen how people from all walks of life have stepped up to create change to make things better,” the former US President tweeted.
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In a recent podcast, Obama has revealed that Malia’s boyfriend spent the early quarantine time with them as he got stuck. (Photo: Instagram/@barackobama)
In a recent podcast, Obama has revealed that Malia’s boyfriend spent the early quarantine time with them as he got stuck. (Photo: Instagram/@barackobama)

‘Didn’t want to like him,’ says Obama on daughter Malia’s British boyfriend

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 04:11 PM IST
The family got to spend some time with Malia’s boyfriend as he got stuck during early quarantine.
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Barack Obama shared the list on Twitter.(Instagram/@pixarsoul/@mrsam_fxonhulu)
Barack Obama shared the list on Twitter.(Instagram/@pixarsoul/@mrsam_fxonhulu)

Soul to Mrs America: After books, Barack Obama shares list of his favourite TV shows and films

By Asian News International | Posted By: Trisha Sengupta | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 12:18 AM IST
This comes as a part of Obama’s annual tradition of sharing his favourite entertainment programs, books, and music from the particular year.
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Former President Barack Obama’s post has prompted people to share various comments.(REUTERS)
Former President Barack Obama’s post has prompted people to share various comments.(REUTERS)

Barack Obama shares his annual list of favourite books. How many have you read?

By Trisha Sengupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 05:31 PM IST
“As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share my annual lists of favorites,” Barack Obama tweeted.
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Security experts familiar with the hack said that even if evidence is still being gathered, it’s important to come out with a swift condemnation and set about taking measures to establish some sort of deterrence.(REUTERS)
Security experts familiar with the hack said that even if evidence is still being gathered, it’s important to come out with a swift condemnation and set about taking measures to establish some sort of deterrence.(REUTERS)

Russia hack confronts Trump with decision that echoes Obama’s

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 18, 2020 02:02 PM IST
Confronted with evidence that Vladimir Putin’s government orchestrated cyberattacks aimed at interfering with the 2016 election, Obama levied sanctions against Russia’s intelligence services and expelled 35 diplomats.
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A file photo of Pete Buttigieg endorsing Joe Biden at Chicken Scratch in Dallas, Texas on March 2,(REUTERS)
A file photo of Pete Buttigieg endorsing Joe Biden at Chicken Scratch in Dallas, Texas on March 2,(REUTERS)

Biden names Buttigieg to cabinet in a first for an openly gay person

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 11:54 AM IST
Buttigieg’s selection is in line with Biden’s promise to name a cabinet that reflects the diversity of the country.
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US President-elect Joe Biden gestures to retired US General Lloyd Austin speak after Biden announced Austin as his nominee to be defense secretary at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, US.(REUTERS)
US President-elect Joe Biden gestures to retired US General Lloyd Austin speak after Biden announced Austin as his nominee to be defense secretary at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, US.(REUTERS)

Congressional ‘gangs’ show Biden what’s possible, and not

By Associated Press | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | New York
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 11:06 AM IST
Day after day, night after night, the gang of a dozen or so senators met over pizza and Zoom calls, hammering out a framework for a $900 billion-plus COVID-19 virus aid and economic relief package.
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US President-elect Joe Biden arrives at the Queen theatre for meetings in Wilmington, Delaware, US.(Reuters)
US President-elect Joe Biden arrives at the Queen theatre for meetings in Wilmington, Delaware, US.(Reuters)

Biden to nominate retired general at Pentagon, introduce health team to battle Covid-19

By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni | Washington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 06:27 PM IST
Austin, 67, a former head of US Central Command who oversaw forces in the Middle East under President Barack Obama, will be the first Black US secretary of defense if the US Senate confirms him.
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Indian-American Dr. Vivek Murthy.(REUTERS)
Indian-American Dr. Vivek Murthy.(REUTERS)

‘Grateful for opportunity’: Indian-American Dr Vivek Murthy after being named US surgeon general amid Covid-19

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 10:11 PM IST
Vivek Murthy was the US Surgeon General from December 2014 to April 2017 and at 37 was the youngest one to hold the office
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The pandemic has killed more than 273,000 people in the United States and cases and hospitalizations are surging as the winter months approach.(REUTERS)
The pandemic has killed more than 273,000 people in the United States and cases and hospitalizations are surging as the winter months approach.(REUTERS)

Joe Biden plans scaled-back inauguration to avoid spreading coronavirus in crowds

By Reuters| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Wilmington
PUBLISHED ON DEC 05, 2020 07:29 AM IST
The Democratic former vice president said he does expect to be sworn in on Jan. 20 on the platform already being constructed on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, but wanted to avoid the crowds that typically gather on the National Mall and along Pennsylvania Avenue to view the ceremony and parade.
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In this photo from 2018, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi in discussion with NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Pawar has said Rahul Gandhi lacks consistency and expressed his concerns.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
In this photo from 2018, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi in discussion with NCP chief Sharad Pawar. Pawar has said Rahul Gandhi lacks consistency and expressed his concerns.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

NCP chief Pawar cites concerns over Rahul Gandhi’s lack of ‘consistency’

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Pune
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 10:52 PM IST
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Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have shown willingness to get inoculated in a public setting.(REUTERS)
Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have shown willingness to get inoculated in a public setting.(REUTERS)

Covid-19: Three former US presidents may take vaccine shot on camera

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 09:15 PM IST
While President Donald Trump continues to question what he believes is a delayed approval of the Covid-19 vaccine, the three most recent former presidents have volunteered to lead an awareness campaign once the vaccine is available for people at lesser risk.
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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.(Reuters)
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.(Reuters)

How close is Iran to producing a nuclear bomb?

By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Tehran
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 09:27 AM IST
The accord’s restrictions on Iran’s atomic work had one objective: to extend the “breakout time” for Tehran to produce enough fissile material for a bomb, if it decided to make one, to at least a year from about two to three months.
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The social media companies’ CEOs rebuffed accusations of anti-conservative bias at a Senate hearing last month.(REUTERS)
The social media companies’ CEOs rebuffed accusations of anti-conservative bias at a Senate hearing last month.(REUTERS)

For Big Tech, Biden brings a new era but no ease in scrutiny

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 07:12 PM IST
Twitter has found itself in frequent run-ins with lawmakers over its policies for moderating content on its platform. And companies have seen their political support in Congress erode.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the 20th Enlarged Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), in Pyongyang, North Korea.(via REUTERS)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the 20th Enlarged Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), in Pyongyang, North Korea.(via REUTERS)

Kim Jong Un likely to let his missiles do the talking with Joe Biden

By Bloomberg | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 27, 2020 06:26 AM IST
Kim Jong Un is one of the few world leaders who has yet to congratulate -- or even acknowledge -- the president-elect, particularly after Chinese President Xi Jinping did so on Wednesday.
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Trump is expected to use his clemency power to pardon or commute the sentences of his allies before leaving the office.(AP)
Trump is expected to use his clemency power to pardon or commute the sentences of his allies before leaving the office.(AP)

How Trump compares to other US presidents on pardons and commutations

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 04:53 PM IST
As of November 26, Trump has granted clemency 45 times, including 29 pardons and 16 commutations, which is the lowest of any US president since William McKinley.
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US President-elect Joe Biden listens as he holds a videoconference meeting with members of the US conference of mayors at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, US.(Reuters)
US President-elect Joe Biden listens as he holds a videoconference meeting with members of the US conference of mayors at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, US.(Reuters)

Joe Biden picks members of his cabinet: Who are they and why they matter

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 04:50 PM IST
The names on the list included foreign policy and national security experts, mostly Washington insiders and experience holders.
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Biden has indicated he plans to make and announce some of his Cabinet picks around Thanksgiving, and he said Thursday he’s already made his decision for treasury secretary.(AP file photo)
Biden has indicated he plans to make and announce some of his Cabinet picks around Thanksgiving, and he said Thursday he’s already made his decision for treasury secretary.(AP file photo)

Joe Biden adds Barack Obama administration veterans to top staff

By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Washington
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2020 09:27 AM IST
Cathy Russell, who was Jill Biden’s chief of staff during the Obama administration, will serve as director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, evaluating applicants for administration roles. Louisa Terrell, who served as a legislative adviser to the president in the Obama administration and worked as deputy chief of staff for Biden in the Senate, will be director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.
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Alejandro Mayorkas(AP)
Alejandro Mayorkas(AP)

Ex-Homeland security official Alejandro Mayorkas returns under Joe Biden

By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 03:19 AM IST
Biden on Monday announced the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas, who served under President Barack Obama as deputy secretary of homeland security and director of the Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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A file photo of Antony Blinken listening to journalists' questions during a news conference in 2015.(REUTERS)
A file photo of Antony Blinken listening to journalists' questions during a news conference in 2015.(REUTERS)

Anthony Blinken, likely secretary of state, is positive on US-India ties

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 01:09 PM IST
Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of state in the Obama-Biden administration, had been a frontrunner for the position of Biden’s top diplomat.
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