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US Vice President Kamala Harris lists her 'biggest failure' since taking office

After taking over the Oval Office in January, US President Joe Biden asked Kamala Harris to become a champion of voting rights even as the passage of any such legislation in Congress remains a remote prospect. She has been handed over the job of resolving the migration crisis at the southern border.
Vice President Kamala Harris, wearing a face mask speaks, with firefighters while visiting the Los Angeles Fire Department Station on Friday.(AP Photo)
Vice President Kamala Harris, wearing a face mask speaks, with firefighters while visiting the Los Angeles Fire Department Station on Friday.(AP Photo)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 12:57 PM IST
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Biden, Putin to get on high-stakes video call today with eye on Ukraine

The Biden-Putin call comes amid high tensions over Russia's bid to invade Ukraine with as many as 175,000 troops, according to the US intelligence, in the coming year.
Russian president Vladimir Putin with his US counterpart, Joe Biden (File Photo / AP)
Russian president Vladimir Putin with his US counterpart, Joe Biden (File Photo / AP)
Updated on Dec 07, 2021 09:28 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Watch: U.S blacklists 27 foreign entities; China, Pak tops the list | Know why

WHY U.S BLACKLISTED CHINESE & PAK ENTITIES 
WHY U.S BLACKLISTED CHINESE & PAK ENTITIES 
Published on Nov 25, 2021 03:30 PM IST
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Biden taps oil from US strategic petroleum reserve. Here's all you need to know

The step announced Tuesday, done in rare coordination with several other nations, is among the few things a presidential administration can do to try to lessen the squeeze — and the political threat — of rising inflation.
Oil pumpjacks stand in the Inglewood Oil Field on November 23, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. (AFP / Representational Image)
Oil pumpjacks stand in the Inglewood Oil Field on November 23, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. (AFP / Representational Image)
Published on Nov 24, 2021 11:56 AM IST
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Biden, 78, to undergo first routine physical exam as president

Dr Kevin O’Connor, who has been Biden’s primary care physician since 2009, wrote in a three-page note that the then-presidential candidate was in overall good shape.
US president Joe Biden (File Photo / AP)
US president Joe Biden (File Photo / AP)
Published on Nov 19, 2021 06:43 PM IST
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US science chief Eric Lander wants next pandemic vaccine ready in 100 days

  • He said he is particularly focused not so much on this pandemic, but the lessons learned from this one to prepare for the next one.
Dr. Eric Lander, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), is ceremonially sworn in by US Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington. (REUTERS)
Dr. Eric Lander, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), is ceremonially sworn in by US Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington. (REUTERS)
Published on Jun 03, 2021 06:04 AM IST
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Colonial hackers stole data Thursday ahead of shutdown

The theft of Colonial’s data, coupled with the detonation of ransomware on the company’s computers, highlights the leverage that hackers often have over their victims in these kinds of cases.
The intruders, who are part of a cybercrime gang called DarkSide, took nearly 100 gigabytes of data out of the Alpharetta, Georgia-based company’s network in just two hours on Thursday.(via REUTERS)
The intruders, who are part of a cybercrime gang called DarkSide, took nearly 100 gigabytes of data out of the Alpharetta, Georgia-based company’s network in just two hours on Thursday.(via REUTERS)
Published on May 09, 2021 10:11 AM IST
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Biden team eyes potential threat from China’s digital yuan plans

The People’s Bank of China has rolled out trial issuance of a digital yuan in cities across the country, putting it on track to be the first major central bank to issue a virtual currency.
A China yuan note is seen in this illustration.(Reuters file photo)
A China yuan note is seen in this illustration.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Apr 12, 2021 05:10 AM IST
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Biden admin views India as important partner in countering China: Experts

A Brookings Institution report last June said American and Indian strategists are worried about China's growing naval presence as well as its use of "debt-trap diplomacy."
Lloyd Austin, US secretary of defence (L) and Rajnath Singh, India's defence minister, during a joint news conference at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, India(Bloomberg)
Lloyd Austin, US secretary of defence (L) and Rajnath Singh, India's defence minister, during a joint news conference at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, India(Bloomberg)
Published on Mar 24, 2021 02:28 PM IST
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ANI | , Hong Kong

US, Iraq to hold talks over American troop presence next month

The talks, which began in June under the Trump administration, would be the first under Biden, who assumed office in January.
In this Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, U.S. Soldiers stand at a site of Iranian bombing at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq. (AP)
In this Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, U.S. Soldiers stand at a site of Iranian bombing at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq. (AP)
Published on Mar 24, 2021 02:58 AM IST
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AP | , Washington

US to push more 'aggressive' messaging effort to deter migrants

Biden's promise to end former President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies has been complicated by a recent spike in the number of migrants crossing the border illegally.
The Biden administration's message to would-be migrants has become stricter in recent days amid intense criticism from opposition Republicans.(REUTERS)
The Biden administration's message to would-be migrants has become stricter in recent days amid intense criticism from opposition Republicans.(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 19, 2021 05:38 AM IST
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US manufacturers urge Joe Biden to deploy tougher China strategy

  • The National Association of Manufacturers acknowledged that any new strategy must recognise that China is a “necessary partner” in the post-pandemic world even as it challenges American interests and fiercely competes with the US economically.
The US is still developing its China strategy and will use the meeting to further inform the trajectory for the relationship of the world’s two largest economies. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque(REUTERS)
The US is still developing its China strategy and will use the meeting to further inform the trajectory for the relationship of the world’s two largest economies. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 17, 2021 08:26 PM IST
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US Education Department convening summit to help schools reopen

  • Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said the sessions March 24 will give education leaders, teachers and students an opportunity to share their experiences in reopening schools.
Groups representing US doctors, teachers and top school officials on Friday pushed back against pressure from President Donald Trump to fully reopen US schools, saying science must guide the decisions.(AP)
Groups representing US doctors, teachers and top school officials on Friday pushed back against pressure from President Donald Trump to fully reopen US schools, saying science must guide the decisions.(AP)
Published on Mar 17, 2021 06:15 PM IST
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AP | , Washington

'US-China ties won't improve until...': Joe Biden's aide explains

The administration has told the Chinese government that the US wasn’t going to leave Australia alone on the field, Kurt Campbell, the National Security Council’s Asia coordinator, said in an interview.
Now that the bill has passed the Senate, it must be approved again by the House before it can make its way to Biden's desk.(AFP)
Now that the bill has passed the Senate, it must be approved again by the House before it can make its way to Biden's desk.(AFP)
Published on Mar 16, 2021 02:38 PM IST
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Joe Biden eyes first major tax hike since 1993 in next economic plan

No date has yet been set for an announcement, though the White House said the plan would follow the signing of the Covid-19 relief bill.
An independent analysis of the Biden campaign tax plan done by the Tax Policy Center estimated it would raise $2.1 trillion over a decade.(REUTERS)
An independent analysis of the Biden campaign tax plan done by the Tax Policy Center estimated it would raise $2.1 trillion over a decade.(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 15, 2021 04:25 PM IST
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North Korea 'unresponsive' to Biden admin's diplomatic outreach: US official

The disclosure of the so-far unsuccessful US outreach, which has not been previously reported, raises questions about how Biden will address mounting tensions with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
The Biden administration has so far been cautious in publicly describing its approach to North Korea, saying it is carrying out a comprehensive policy review following former President Donald Trump's unprecedented engagement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.(REUTERS)
The Biden administration has so far been cautious in publicly describing its approach to North Korea, saying it is carrying out a comprehensive policy review following former President Donald Trump's unprecedented engagement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 14, 2021 11:45 AM IST
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H1B visas: Joe Biden admin to reconsider objections to during Trump regime

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Friday announced "it may reopen and/or reconsider adverse decisions" on Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, made based on three rescinded policy memos.
USCIS will generally process motions based on filing order, and consistent with current policy guidance, the federal agency said.(Reuters)
USCIS will generally process motions based on filing order, and consistent with current policy guidance, the federal agency said.(Reuters)
Published on Mar 13, 2021 07:57 AM IST
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PTI | , Washington

'America is coming back' declares Biden on his maiden prime time address

“America is coming back,” Biden said in his maiden prime time address to the nation on Thursday on the 50th day of his presidency.
President Joe Biden said his fervent prayer for the country is that,
President Joe Biden said his fervent prayer for the country is that, "after all we have been through, we’ll come together as one people, one nation, one America." AP/PTI(AP03_12_2021_000007A)(AP)
Updated on Mar 12, 2021 12:18 PM IST
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PTI | , Washington

White House says no export prohibitions on Covid-19 vaccines

Vaccine manufacturers in the United States are free to export their products while also fulfilling the terms of contracts with the United States.
President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan, a coronavirus relief package, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP)
President Joe Biden signs the American Rescue Plan, a coronavirus relief package, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP)
Published on Mar 12, 2021 06:16 AM IST
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PTI | , Washington

Restaurants are big beneficiaries of Biden's Covid-19 relief bill

  • Restaurants got the biggest share of direct help: $28.6 billion in grants for restaurants whose revenue fell in 2020 as a result of the pandemic.
Restaurants were decimated by the pandemic that led to government-ordered shutdowns and that is still keeping many diners away.(AFP)
Restaurants were decimated by the pandemic that led to government-ordered shutdowns and that is still keeping many diners away.(AFP)
Published on Mar 10, 2021 12:11 PM IST
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AP | , New York

Trump's immigration policy was inhumane and ineffective: Jen Psaki

According to The Hill, Psaki responded directly to Trump during a press briefing after the former president issued a lengthy statement decrying the Biden immigration agenda.
"We're going to chart our own path forward, and that includes treating children with humanity and respect, and ensuring they're safe when they cross our borders," Jen Psaki(AFP)
Published on Mar 06, 2021 04:11 PM IST
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ANI | , Washington

Huge number of young migrants arriving at US border poses challenge for Biden

  • Biden took office promising an immigration policy more humane than that of Donald Trump, but some migrant advocacy groups say the new Democratic president's decisions are luring undocumented travelers in what amounts to a beacon effect.
Migrants are seen after crossing the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to US Border Patrol agents to request for asylum in El Paso, Texas, US(REUTERS)
Migrants are seen after crossing the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to US Border Patrol agents to request for asylum in El Paso, Texas, US(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 05, 2021 11:08 PM IST
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Joe Biden appoints two more Indian-Americans to key administration position

Biden appoints two more Indian-Americans to key administration position
The Biden administration has so far appointed more than 55 Indian-Americans to key administrative position.(Bloomberg File Photo )
The Biden administration has so far appointed more than 55 Indian-Americans to key administrative position.(Bloomberg File Photo )
Published on Mar 05, 2021 10:27 PM IST
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PTI | , Washington

News updates from HT: SC seeks response on D-voter listing of 26 women in Assam

  • Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
The Supreme Court has sought responses from the Election Commission, Centre and Assam government on a petition filed by 26 Muslim women from Assam’s Barpeta constituency (Photo by Arabinda Mahapatra / Hindustan Times)(Arabinda Mohapatra)
The Supreme Court has sought responses from the Election Commission, Centre and Assam government on a petition filed by 26 Muslim women from Assam’s Barpeta constituency (Photo by Arabinda Mahapatra / Hindustan Times)(Arabinda Mohapatra)
Updated on Mar 04, 2021 12:55 PM IST
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Indian- American Varghese appointed deputy assistant to Biden, WHMO director

Varghese, a lawyer by training, had previously served as the chief operating officer of the Biden campaign during the 2020 presidential election and later as the executive director of the inaugural committee.
"The primaries, the general, the inaugural. Grateful for the journey, for great teammates and the history we made together. Honoured to serve the country and the President. Proud to walk through those gates again and to take my family, their story and their hopes with me," Varghese tweeted along with the photo on Tuesday.(image via twitter)
Published on Mar 02, 2021 03:50 PM IST
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PTI | , Washington

Mexican migrants need protection while they wait: Doctors without borders' head

Mexico’s Foreign Affairs ministry said in a statement that among the topics to be discussed will be “the mechanisms for cooperation to address the structural causes of migration in northern Central America and southern Mexico.”
(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 02, 2020 rescued migrants are greeted by crew members of the Sea-Watch 4 rescue boat and Doctors without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF) as they leave the Sea-Watch 4 to board a ferry on which some 350 migrants will be under quarantine, off the coast of Palermo, Sicily, Italy. - The UN voiced alarm on January 28, 2021 at increasingly frequent pushbacks and expulsions of refugees at Europe's borders, warning that the very idea of asylum itself was under attack on the continent. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes / AFP)(AFP)
(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 02, 2020 rescued migrants are greeted by crew members of the Sea-Watch 4 rescue boat and Doctors without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF) as they leave the Sea-Watch 4 to board a ferry on which some 350 migrants will be under quarantine, off the coast of Palermo, Sicily, Italy. - The UN voiced alarm on January 28, 2021 at increasingly frequent pushbacks and expulsions of refugees at Europe's borders, warning that the very idea of asylum itself was under attack on the continent. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Feb 27, 2021 12:50 PM IST
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Airline CEOs, Biden officials consider green-fuel breaks

Chief executives of the nation's largest passenger and cargo airlines met with key Biden administration officials Friday to talk about reducing emissions from airplanes and push incentives for lower-carbon aviation fuels.
The White House said the meeting with climate adviser Gina McCarthy and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg also touched on economic policy and curbing the spread of Covid-19 — travel has been a vector for the virus.(Unsplash)
The White House said the meeting with climate adviser Gina McCarthy and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg also touched on economic policy and curbing the spread of Covid-19 — travel has been a vector for the virus.(Unsplash)
Published on Feb 27, 2021 11:13 AM IST
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US CDC says risk of Ebola to the United States is extremely low

Guinea started an Ebola vaccination campaign on Tuesday, the World Health Organization said earlier in the week, as authorities race to contain the first resurgence of the virus there since the world's worst outbreak in 2013-2016.
The resurgence of the virus, which causes severe bleeding and organ failure and is spread through contact with body fluids, has alarmed governments in the region and international health organizations, concerned that a major outbreak could overwhelm health infrastructures already battling a pandemic.(AFP)
The resurgence of the virus, which causes severe bleeding and organ failure and is spread through contact with body fluids, has alarmed governments in the region and international health organizations, concerned that a major outbreak could overwhelm health infrastructures already battling a pandemic.(AFP)
Published on Feb 27, 2021 10:39 AM IST
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White House expects Neera Tanden to have a high bar of civility and engagement

  • Neera Tanden, 50, is facing a tough time for the confirmation of her nomination over her past Twitter outbursts against several lawmakers, including those from her own Democratic Party.
If confirmed by the 100-member Senate, Neera Tanden would become the first person of colour to head the federal agency(Stock images: Getty)
If confirmed by the 100-member Senate, Neera Tanden would become the first person of colour to head the federal agency(Stock images: Getty)
Published on Feb 26, 2021 12:04 PM IST
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PTI | , Washington

Military begins delivering vaccines in Texas, New York

The Biden administration has said that delivering the vaccine to Americans is a top priority. The Pentagon is ramping up the deployment of what federal authorities say could be up to 100 vaccination teams around the country.
Watching the line of cars file slowly through the parking area on campus as people in their cars got shots, Austin spoke with troops who have been giving out vaccines. One soldier from the area told Austin how thrilled he was to be able to give his own mother a shot.(AP)
Watching the line of cars file slowly through the parking area on campus as people in their cars got shots, Austin spoke with troops who have been giving out vaccines. One soldier from the area told Austin how thrilled he was to be able to give his own mother a shot.(AP)
Published on Feb 25, 2021 09:36 AM IST
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