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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)

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

AP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 24, 2021 02:58 AM IST
The talks, which began in June under the Trump administration, would be the first under Biden, who assumed office in January.
Several members of Congress complained following a classified briefing on the intrusion and calling for an in-person meeting.(AP)
Several members of Congress complained following a classified briefing on the intrusion and calling for an in-person meeting.(AP)

US lawmakers say Trump administration giving few details on hack

Washington | By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 10:46 PM IST
US Representative Stephen Lynch said it appeared US “cybersecurity experts don’t have a real sense yet in terms of the breadth of the intrusion itself.”
External affairs minister S Jaishankar said a lot of discussions had taken place over the proposed trade deal.(PTI File Photo)
External affairs minister S Jaishankar said a lot of discussions had taken place over the proposed trade deal.(PTI File Photo)

Hope to have serious discussions on trade issues with Biden administration: Jaishankar

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON DEC 12, 2020 11:43 PM IST
Participating in an interactive session at the annual general meeting of industry body FICCI, Jaishankar said the US economy was largely a “complementary” one and that there was “no fundamental clash of interests” between the two sides though there are some areas of overlap.
President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington on Tuesday.(AP File Photo)
President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington on Tuesday.(AP File Photo)

Joe Biden vows 100 million Covid-19 vaccinations in first 100 days of administration

Washington | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 10:50 AM IST
Announcing his national health team, Biden asked the Trump administration to act now to purchase the doses it has negotiated with Pfizer and Moderna and to work swiftly to scale manufacturing for the US population and the world.
US President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return to Washington from Camp David, US, November 29, 2020.(REUTERS)
US President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House upon his return to Washington from Camp David, US, November 29, 2020.(REUTERS)

Donald Trump’s H-1B visa rule that hurt Indians scrapped by US judge

Hindustan Times, Washington, DC | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 01:28 PM IST
US district judge Jeffrey S. White of the Northern District of California ruled that the changes were introduced in a hurry and did not abide by the usual transparency obligations
A model of C919 passenger jet by Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (COMAC) is displayed at Aviation Expo China 2017 in Beijing, China September 19, 2017.(Reuters File Photo)
A model of C919 passenger jet by Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (COMAC) is displayed at Aviation Expo China 2017 in Beijing, China September 19, 2017.(Reuters File Photo)

In latest China jab, US drafts list of 89 firms with military ties

Reuters | By Reuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2020 10:05 AM IST
US President Donald Trump has stepped up his actions in recent months against China. Ten days ago, he unveiled an executive order prohibiting US investments in Chinese companies that Washington says are owned or controlled by the Chinese military.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden gestures while referencing President Donald Trump at a campaign event at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)(AP File Photo)
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden gestures while referencing President Donald Trump at a campaign event at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)(AP File Photo)

Biden team held Covid-19 talks with Operation Warp Speed drugmakers before election

Reuters | By Reuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON NOV 09, 2020 07:27 AM IST
Biden’s advisers met with companies that have Covid-19 vaccines or therapies in late-stage clinical trials in September and October.
US President Donald Trump(Reuters photo)
US President Donald Trump(Reuters photo)

US approves Taiwan drone purchase as arms sales escalate

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 04:52 AM IST
The Trump administration has notified Congress that it has approved the sale of $600 million in armed drones to Taiwan, the latest in a series of arms transfers for the island.
The next step is about taking things beyond guns and gizmos(PTI)
The next step is about taking things beyond guns and gizmos(PTI)

The Delhi-DC strategic dance | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2020 08:19 PM IST
Defence ties are on a firm footing. Now expand tech and economic cooperation
The 50th ratification came on the 75th anniversary of the ratification of the UN Charter, which officially established the United Nations and is celebrated as UN Day.(Reuters)
The 50th ratification came on the 75th anniversary of the ratification of the UN Charter, which officially established the United Nations and is celebrated as UN Day.(Reuters)

Treaty banning nukes ratified but US, major powers not on board

United Nations | By Associated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 04:02 AM IST
As of Friday, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, known as the TPNW, had 49 signatories, and UN officials said the 50th ratification from Honduras had been received.
Under the zero tolerance program, the US began separating children from their parents in May 2018, prompting a domestic and international outcry(AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
Under the zero tolerance program, the US began separating children from their parents in May 2018, prompting a domestic and international outcry(AP Photo/Christian Chavez)

Parents of 545 children separated by US border policy still untraceable: Report

Washington, DC | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON OCT 21, 2020 10:33 AM IST
According to NBC News,the children whose mothers and fathers have yet to be located were separated under a 2017 pilot program ahead of the zero tolerance policy and were deported
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.(AFP)
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.(AFP)

Lawsuit challenges Trump administration’s new H-1B visa rules

Washington | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 20, 2020 02:29 PM IST
The interim final rule announced by the Department of Homeland Security will narrow the definition of “speciality occupation” as Congress intended by closing the overbroad definition that allowed companies to game the system.
File photo shows the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. A woman convicted of fatally strangling a pregnant woman, cutting her body open and kidnapping her baby is scheduled to be the first female inmate put to death by the U.S. government in more than six decades, the Justice Department said Friday.(AP Photo)
File photo shows the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. A woman convicted of fatally strangling a pregnant woman, cutting her body open and kidnapping her baby is scheduled to be the first female inmate put to death by the U.S. government in more than six decades, the Justice Department said Friday.(AP Photo)

US to carry out first federal execution of a woman in seven decades

Washington | By Reuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 10:49 AM IST
The Trump administration ended an informal 17-year-hiatus in federal executions in July, after announcing last year that the Bureau of Prisons was switching to a new single-drug protocol for lethal injections, from a three-drug combination it last used in 2003.
The new measures are aimed at preventing H-1B programme from being used to displace Americans. (representational image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The new measures are aimed at preventing H-1B programme from being used to displace Americans. (representational image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Trump admin orders better pays, higher qualifications for H-1Bs

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 06:33 PM IST
The new rule is expected to cut the number of H-1B petitions filed every year — around 200,000 — by a third, according to a senior official.
The fee for H-1B petitions filed by US employers was set to go up from $460 to $555 and for L visas from $460 to $805.(AFP file)
The fee for H-1B petitions filed by US employers was set to go up from $460 to $555 and for L visas from $460 to $805.(AFP file)

US judge blocks fee hike for H-1B, L-1 visas, Green Cards

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 09:31 PM IST
The fee for H-1B petitions filed by US employers was set to go up from $460 to $555 and for L visas from $460 to $805.
The proposed new rules apply to the F, J and I category visas used for students, exchange visitors and media representatives, respectively.(AFP File)
The proposed new rules apply to the F, J and I category visas used for students, exchange visitors and media representatives, respectively.(AFP File)

US proposes rule to cut stay for foreign students, journalists

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2020 11:30 PM IST
The proposed rule, published by the department of homeland security, will be open for comments for 30 days. But it was not clear when it will go into effect.
President Donald Trump prepares to sign an Executive Order on hiring American workers, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, on August 3.(AP File)
President Donald Trump prepares to sign an Executive Order on hiring American workers, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, on August 3.(AP File)

Trump administration set to make it tough for US cos to hire H-1B visa holders

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 11:20 PM IST
The US is planning to narrow the definition of “speciality” occupations and raise minimum wages for employees hired under the visa programme used largely by Indian tech workers.
US President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs for campaign travel to Minnesota from the South Lawn at the White House in Washington.(REUTERS)
US President Donald Trump talks to reporters as he departs for campaign travel to Minnesota from the South Lawn at the White House in Washington.(REUTERS)

Trump administration reverses Covid-19 testing guidance again, says those exposed without symptoms need tests

Washington | By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2020 07:07 AM IST
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sparked widespread outcry among state public health officials and experts in late August when it said that people who do not have symptoms may not need to get tested.
Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister S Jaishankar, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Mark Esper speak after the 2019 U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue n Washington on December 18, 2019.(REUTERS/File)
Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh, external affairs minister S Jaishankar, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Mark Esper speak after the 2019 U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue n Washington on December 18, 2019.(REUTERS/File)

In reference to China, India and US discuss ‘destabilising actions’ in region

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 11:28 PM IST
At an intersessional meeting under the 2+2 dialogue format, the two sides discussed efforts to counteract ‘recent destabilising actions in South Asia’ and Indo-Pacific region, a possible reference to Chinese actions in South Asia and South China Sea.
President Donald Trump speaks in an address to the nation from the Oval Office at the White House about the coronavirus in Washington.(AP)
President Donald Trump speaks in an address to the nation from the Oval Office at the White House about the coronavirus in Washington.(AP)

Trump administration considering fast-tracking UK Covid-19 vaccine before election: Report

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 11:37 PM IST
One option being explored would involve the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarding “emergency use authorization” in October to the potential vaccine, which was developed by Oxford and licensed to AstraZeneca.
TikTok has been fielding interest in its operations in the US and a handful of other countries.(Reuters File Photo)
TikTok has been fielding interest in its operations in the US and a handful of other countries.(Reuters File Photo)

TikTok plans to file suit against Donald Trump’s order to ban app

By Bloomberg | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 06:15 AM IST
Trump made the TikTok ban order under a 1977 law that lets the US president declare a national emergency in response to an “unusual and extraordinary threat,” allowing him to block transactions and seize assets.
Sen. Kamala Harris, then a U.S. Democratic presidential candidate, listens to a question from the audience during a forum held by gun safety organizations the Giffords group and March For Our Lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, US in October 2, 2019.(Reuters File Photo)
Sen. Kamala Harris, then a U.S. Democratic presidential candidate, listens to a question from the audience during a forum held by gun safety organizations the Giffords group and March For Our Lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, US in October 2, 2019.(Reuters File Photo)

Kamala Harris calls birther attacks ‘lies’

Hindustan Times, Washington | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 11:43 PM IST
President Donald Trump has refused to reject a theory floated by the right wing that falsely says Harris is not qualified to run for vice-president, claiming she is not a natural-born citizen as required by US Constitution.
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo during a news conference at the State Department in Washington.(Reuters File Photo)
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo during a news conference at the State Department in Washington.(Reuters File Photo)

Mike Pompeo rejects Congress’ subpoenas for IG, Biden probe info

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2020 06:05 AM IST
In letters sent to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Pompeo and the State Department’s acting legislative affairs chief said they had no intention of complying with the subpoenas. They said the subpoenas were politically motivated, without merit, and unnecessary as the information and testimony could be otherwise obtained.
President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on the coronavirus outbreak and storm preparedness at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., Friday.(AP File Photo)
President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on the coronavirus outbreak and storm preparedness at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., Friday.(AP File Photo)

Donald Trump says US ‘may be banning’ China-owned video app TikTok

New York | By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2020 06:22 AM IST
There have been reports of US tech giants and financial firms being interested in buying or investing in TikTok as the Trump administration sets its sights on the app.
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo addresses virtual 45th US-India Business Council 'India Ideas Summit', in Washington on Wednesday.(ANI File Photo)
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo addresses virtual 45th US-India Business Council 'India Ideas Summit', in Washington on Wednesday.(ANI File Photo)

US abandons China appeasement policy, outsources hostilities

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 10:16 AM IST
When asked if he was urging nations to pick between the US and China, in line with a choice the US presented to the world in the 1940s between itself and the USSR, Pompeo said the choice for them was between “freedom and tyranny”.
More than 150 coronavirus vaccines using a variety of technologies are in development globally, with some two dozen already in human trials.(Reuters File Photo)
More than 150 coronavirus vaccines using a variety of technologies are in development globally, with some two dozen already in human trials.(Reuters File Photo)

US secures 100 million doses of potential Covid-19 vaccine for $1.95 billion

Reuters | By Reuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 06:13 PM IST
The Trump administration has agreed to spend billions of dollars for the development and procurement of a potential coronavirus vaccine.
US president Donald Trump walks toward reporters as he departs for travel to Atlanta, Georgia from the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, US on July 15, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
US president Donald Trump walks toward reporters as he departs for travel to Atlanta, Georgia from the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, US on July 15, 2020.(Reuters Photo)

Relief for students as US rolls back visa rule

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2020 04:45 AM IST
Under the policy, international students in the US would have been prohibited from taking all their courses online this fall. New visas would not have been issued to students at schools planning to provide all classes online, which includes Harvard.
US president Donald Trump speaks in the East Room at the White House in Washington, US.(Reuters File Photo)
US president Donald Trump speaks in the East Room at the White House in Washington, US.(Reuters File Photo)

Trump administration rescinds foreign students order

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2020 05:29 PM IST
The controversial order issued last week impacted many students from India, which is the second largest source of international students to the United States.
Pedestrians walk through Harvard Yard on the closed Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US.(Bloomberg)
Pedestrians walk through Harvard Yard on the closed Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US.(Bloomberg)

US defends ban on student visas for online-only classes

By Bloomberg | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2020 06:35 AM IST
The colleges, supported by dozens of states and cities and some of the country’s largest tech corporations, argue the policy violates the Administrative Procedure Act by failing to adequately consider the ways its enactment could harm students.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives to speak at a news conference at the State Department in Washington on July 8, 2020.(AP File Photo)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives to speak at a news conference at the State Department in Washington on July 8, 2020.(AP File Photo)

US denounces China’s claims to South China Sea as ‘completely unlawful’

By Bloomberg | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2020 12:47 AM IST
Intensification of the long-simmering maritime dispute adds to conflicts over issues from trade and technology to cybersecurity and President Donald Trump’s efforts to blame China for the coronavirus pandemic that began there.
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