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Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby announced late Thursday that the US military conducted airstrikes in eastern Syria.(AP)

US airstrikes on eastern Syria kill at least 17: Report

Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 02:29 PM IST
The Pentagon has said the strikes were against facilities belonging to Iran-backed militia.
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The FDA said the vaccine, which is shipped in frozen vials, now can be transported and stored for up to 2 weeks at the temperatures of freezers commonly found in pharmacies.(Bloomberg)
The FDA said the vaccine, which is shipped in frozen vials, now can be transported and stored for up to 2 weeks at the temperatures of freezers commonly found in pharmacies.(Bloomberg)

United States loosens Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine shipping regulations

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 04:53 AM IST
The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it’s allowing the additional option after reviewing new data from New York-based Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech.
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State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters the administration would soon have more to say on "steps to promote accountability going forward for this horrific crime."(Reuters file photo)
State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters the administration would soon have more to say on "steps to promote accountability going forward for this horrific crime."(Reuters file photo)

US says Khashoggi report will help bring 'accountability'

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | AFP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 03:10 AM IST
As part of a new focus on human rights, President Joe Biden will imminently declassify the report into the grisly October 2018 murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul of the US-based journalist, who had written critically about Prince Mohammed.
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Tai said she would work to ensure that China meets its commitments under a January 2020 trade accord between Beijing and Washington.(Bloomberg Photo)
Tai said she would work to ensure that China meets its commitments under a January 2020 trade accord between Beijing and Washington.(Bloomberg Photo)

US trade nominee says Prez Joe Biden's team backs use of tariffs

Posted by Harshit Sabarwal | AFP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 11:59 PM IST
"Tariffs are a very important part of our fair trade remedies toolbox," US Trade Representative, Katherine Tai told the Senate Finance Committee, signaling the new US team on commerce policy had no plans for a complete about-face from the hardline stance of Donald Trump's government.
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Activists appeal for a $15 minimum wage near the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.(AP)
Activists appeal for a $15 minimum wage near the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.(AP)

Majority of Americans support $15 minimum wage, poll shows

Reuters, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 10:43 PM IST
Democrats are trying to pass the progressive policy without Republican votes through a manoeuvre known as reconciliation.
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The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was tried out on more than 44,000 people, aged 18 and older, in multiple countries.(MINT_PRINT)
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was tried out on more than 44,000 people, aged 18 and older, in multiple countries.(MINT_PRINT)

J&J’s Covid-19 vaccine closes in on FDA’s nod

By Yashwant Raj, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 07:33 AM IST
Johnson & Johnson's (J&J’s) one-shot vaccine could join Pfizer and Moderna’s shots as early as this week in the battle against a pandemic that has killed more than half a million people in the United States, a grim milestone crossed earlier this week.
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HHS has drastically cut its capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly all of the department’s 7,100 beds for immigrant children are full.(AFP Photo. Representative image)
HHS has drastically cut its capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nearly all of the department’s 7,100 beds for immigrant children are full.(AFP Photo. Representative image)

Amid surge, US tries to expedite release of migrant children

AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 03:00 AM IST
US Health and Human Services on Wednesday authorized operators of long-term facilities to pay for some of the children’s flights and transportation to the homes of their sponsors.
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"In the end, Iran needs to understand that what’s important is to de-escalate and accept the offer of diplomacy that’s on the table, including from the United States,” German foreign minister Heiko Maas said.(AFP Photo)
"In the end, Iran needs to understand that what’s important is to de-escalate and accept the offer of diplomacy that’s on the table, including from the United States,” German foreign minister Heiko Maas said.(AFP Photo)

Germany urges Iran to accept diplomacy in nuclear dispute

AP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 12:12 AM IST
Iran this week effectively set a deadline to lift those sanctions within three months, after which it said it would erase surveillance footage of its nuclear facilities
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DeJoy, a supporter of former President Donald Trump appointed to head the Postal Service last year, suspended operational changes in August after heavy criticism over postal delays.(Bloomberg)
DeJoy, a supporter of former President Donald Trump appointed to head the Postal Service last year, suspended operational changes in August after heavy criticism over postal delays.(Bloomberg)

Congress weighs reforms to troubled US Postal Service over finance woes

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 11:38 PM IST
"Our dire financial trajectory, operational and network misalignment to mail trends, outdated pricing, infrastructure underinvestment, inadequate people engagement, and an insufficient growth strategy – all demand immediate action," Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told lawmakers.
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William Burns, nominee for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, is sworn into his Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.(REUTERS)
William Burns, nominee for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, is sworn into his Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.(REUTERS)

CIA nominee pledges to provide 'unvarnished' intelligence

PTI, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 10:48 PM IST
William Burns said the president "wants the agency to give it to him straight, and I plan to do just that and to defend those who do the same."
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The bill allocates $570 million to the fund for payment to federal workers who are unable to work due to multiple reasons mentioned in the bill.(AFP)
The bill allocates $570 million to the fund for payment to federal workers who are unable to work due to multiple reasons mentioned in the bill.(AFP)

Covid-19 aid bill to pay federal workers up to $21,000 for kids staying at home

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 06:33 PM IST
  • Under the emergency federal employee leave fund, a full-time worker can avail up to 600 hours in paid leave.
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Healthcare workers treat Covid-19 patients inside a field hospital at the Pedro Dell'Antonia sports complex in Santo Andre, Brazil.(Bloomberg)
Healthcare workers treat Covid-19 patients inside a field hospital at the Pedro Dell'Antonia sports complex in Santo Andre, Brazil.(Bloomberg)

Experts suggest UK Covid variant likely to fuel another surge in US: Report

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 04:23 PM IST
  • The UN health agency, in its latest situation report, has said that the variant of concern has been reported from 101 countries across all six WHO regions.
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The Justice Department and the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights withdrew their support for the case ahead of a hearing scheduled for Friday.(REUTERS)
The Justice Department and the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights withdrew their support for the case ahead of a hearing scheduled for Friday.(REUTERS)

Biden administration withdraws from transgender athlete case

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 02:46 PM IST
  • Supporters of restrictions on transgender athletes argue that transgender girls are naturally stronger, faster and bigger than those born female.
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Dr Rochelle Walensky, now director of the US CDC, removes her mask to speak as Joe Biden announces nominees and appointees.(REUTERS)
Dr Rochelle Walensky, now director of the US CDC, removes her mask to speak as Joe Biden announces nominees and appointees.(REUTERS)

US steps up key genetic analysis for coronavirus variants by 5,500%

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 10:41 PM IST
New variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus first detected in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil appear to spread more efficiently.
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Economist Adewale "Wally" Adeyemo listens to questions during his Senate Finance Committee nomination hearing.(REUTERS)
Economist Adewale "Wally" Adeyemo listens to questions during his Senate Finance Committee nomination hearing.(REUTERS)

US treasury nominee Adeyemo urges get-tough attitude on China

Reuters, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 10:19 PM IST
Echoing comments from other Biden officials, Adeyemo struck a hardline tone on Beijing, vowing to fight what he called "unfair economic practices" in China and elsewhere.
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Former US Capitol police chief Steven Sund testifies before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs & Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington.(AP)
Former US Capitol police chief Steven Sund testifies before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs & Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington.(AP)

US security officials cast blame for January 6 failures at Capitol

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 10:00 PM IST
The officials, including the former chief of the Capitol Police, are blaming other federal agencies — and each other — for their failure to defend the building.
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Republicans are portraying the Californian as unfit but Democrats are unfazed, accusing the GOP of playing politics despite the pandemic.(AP)
Republicans are portraying the Californian as unfit but Democrats are unfazed, accusing the GOP of playing politics despite the pandemic.(AP)

Republicans working to block Biden's health care pick; Democrats unfazed

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 09:06 PM IST
Republicans say Xavier Becerra is a radical supporter of socialized medicine, abortion and curbs on religious liberty and that he has no medical experience.
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US Capitol Police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as rioters try to break into the House Chamber at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.(AP File)
US Capitol Police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as rioters try to break into the House Chamber at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.(AP File)

US Capitol security chiefs give differing accounts of January 6 riot

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 08:54 PM IST
Any disagreement between the officials testifying Tuesday could feed into partisan narratives about who is to blame.
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The Native American group's principal chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. said that corporations and sports teams should stop using Native American names.(AFP)
The Native American group's principal chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. said that corporations and sports teams should stop using Native American names.(AFP)

Time for Jeep to end use of tribe's name: Cherokee chief

AP, Tahlequah
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 05:02 PM IST
The controversy comes amid a national reckoning over the use of Native American names and images, particularly in sports.
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Biden and Trudeau will announce a forthcoming ministerial meeting on climate and the resumption of the Cross-Border Crime Forum.(File Photo / AP)
Biden and Trudeau will announce a forthcoming ministerial meeting on climate and the resumption of the Cross-Border Crime Forum.(File Photo / AP)

Biden-Trudeau talks on Tuesday seek to ease strained relations

Bloomberg
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 04:39 PM IST
The meeting, set for late afternoon, comes at a time when Canadians have become increasingly uncertain about where they stand with their closest ally.
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President Joe Biden signs a series of executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.(File Photo / AP)
President Joe Biden signs a series of executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.(File Photo / AP)

Biden admin rolls back Trump-era citizenship test in another policy reversal

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 04:04 PM IST
  • US citizenship and immigration services said the revised civics test “may inadvertently create potential barriers” to the naturalisation process.
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American flags hang outside of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. (AP)
American flags hang outside of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. (AP)

A day that will live in infamy: US nears 500,000th Covid-19 death

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 10:38 PM IST
About 19% of total global coronavirus deaths have occurred in the United States, an outsized figure given that the nation accounts for just 4% of the world's population.
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According to the release, Biden will deliver remarks in the Cross Hall of the White House ahead of the candle lighting ceremony.(AFP file photo)
According to the release, Biden will deliver remarks in the Cross Hall of the White House ahead of the candle lighting ceremony.(AFP file photo)

US Prez Biden to hold candle lighting ceremony in memory of Covid victims today

ANI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 02:26 PM IST
" ... the President, the First Lady, the Vice President, and the Second Gentleman will hold a moment of silence and candle lighting ceremony at sundown in the South Portico," Biden's Monday daily guidance, released by the White House, says.
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"I think they would want to be recognised as a responsible member of the family of nations and a stable member in the region," McKenzie said.(AP file photo)
"I think they would want to be recognised as a responsible member of the family of nations and a stable member in the region," McKenzie said.(AP file photo)

United States top general urges Iran restraint amid efforts to restart talks

AFP
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 02:23 PM IST
US President Joe Biden's administration, European powers and Iran have boosted attempts to revive a 2015 deal that has been on the brink of collapse since Donald Trump withdrew from it three years later.
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An electrical substation is seen after winter weather caused electricity blackouts in Houston, Texas, US.(File Photo / REUTERS)
An electrical substation is seen after winter weather caused electricity blackouts in Houston, Texas, US.(File Photo / REUTERS)

Power failure: How a winter storm pushed Texas into crisis

AP, Houston
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 10:03 PM IST
As temperatures plunged and snow and ice whipped the state, much of Texas’ power grid collapsed, followed by its water systems.
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Trade visitors are seen walking over a road crossing covered with Lockheed Martin branding at Farnborough International Airshow.(File Photo / REUTERS)
Trade visitors are seen walking over a road crossing covered with Lockheed Martin branding at Farnborough International Airshow.(File Photo / REUTERS)

Saudi's SAMI signs defence venture deal with US Lockheed Martin

Reuters, Dubai
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 07:53 PM IST
Lockheed Martin is involved in a project to install a $15 billion missile defence system in Saudi Arabia.
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A United Airlines plane with smoke trailing from its right side is seen heading east towards Denver International Airport, Saturday,(AP)
A United Airlines plane with smoke trailing from its right side is seen heading east towards Denver International Airport, Saturday,(AP)

'I thought we were done': Parts fall from sky in plane scare

AP, Broomfield
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 02:26 PM IST
The Boeing 777-200 suffered a catastrophic failure in its right engine and flames erupted under the wing as the plane began to lose altitude.
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Allissa Star worked about a week every month at a brothel in Pahrump, Nevada, then the pandemic led to the shuttering of Nevada's licensed bordellos.(AP)
Allissa Star worked about a week every month at a brothel in Pahrump, Nevada, then the pandemic led to the shuttering of Nevada's licensed bordellos.(AP)

Covid-19 pandemic makes prostitution taboo in Nevada's legal brothels

AP, Las Vegas
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 10:43 PM IST
Legal brothels have been shuttered for nearly a year, leaving sex workers to offer less-lucrative alternatives like online dates or nonsexual escort services.
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Burr said Trump “promoted unfounded conspiracy theories to cast doubt on the integrity of a free and fair election.”(AP)
Burr said Trump “promoted unfounded conspiracy theories to cast doubt on the integrity of a free and fair election.”(AP)

Impeachment vote becomes defining moment for Republican senator

AP, Washington
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 10:07 PM IST
When the Capitol was attacked, the senator said that Trump “used his office to first inflame the situation instead of immediately calling for an end to the assault.”
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The traffic-blocking tactic has attracted the most concern because of the obvious hazard.(AFP)
The traffic-blocking tactic has attracted the most concern because of the obvious hazard.(AFP)

New legislation would protect US drivers who hit protestors

AP, Oklahoma City
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 09:52 PM IST
Republican leaders across the country are moving to stop the road-blocking manoeuvre, proposing legal immunity for drivers who hit them.
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