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Flags at the US Capitol fly at half-mast to honour US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick on January 8.(AFP)

Murder probe opens after US police officer dies in Capitol mob attack

By Yashwant Raj , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 11:05 PM IST
Sicknick was reportedly struck in the head with a fire extinguisher on Wednesday while struggling with the rioters who swarmed through the halls of Congress.
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US Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), told CBS News on Friday he would “definitely consider” any articles of impeachment because the president “disregarded his oath of office.”(REUTERS)
US Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), told CBS News on Friday he would “definitely consider” any articles of impeachment because the president “disregarded his oath of office.”(REUTERS)

Republican Ben Sasse would consider Democratic effort to impeach Trump

By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 10:54 PM IST
Top Democratic leaders say they believe the House can impeach the Republican president within a week but with Trump’s term due to end anyway by Jan. 20 and the Senate still controlled by Republicans, the prospects of him then being thrown out of office are unclear.
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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech, in Tehran, Iran.(VIA REUTERS)
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a televised speech, in Tehran, Iran.(VIA REUTERS)

Iran’s Khamenei bans import of Covid-19 vaccines from US, UK, demands revoking of sanctions

By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Tehran
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 10:35 PM IST
In a live televised speech, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei raised the prospect of the two Western countries, long-time adversaries of the Islamic Republic, possibly seeking to spread the infection to other countries.
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.(Reuters file photo)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.(Reuters file photo)

Mike Pompeo says US not ‘banana republic’ after mob attacks Capitol

By Agence France-Presse| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 10:40 PM IST
A number of foreign critics as well as former US president George W. Bush made the analogy after rioters stirred up by President Donald Trump rampaged through a session of Congress that certified his loss to Joe Biden.
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US could impose secondary sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). The Russian side has said the deal for five S-400 systems is progressing according to schedule despite the threat of possible sanctions.(REUTERS)
US could impose secondary sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). The Russian side has said the deal for five S-400 systems is progressing according to schedule despite the threat of possible sanctions.(REUTERS)

In MEA’s clear-cut message to US, a reminder on S-400 deal

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 10:57 PM IST
“India and the US have a comprehensive global strategic partnership. India has a special and privileged strategic partnership with Russia,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said.
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US president Donald Trump said he will not attend Biden’s inauguration ceremony on January 20.(REUTERS)
US president Donald Trump said he will not attend Biden’s inauguration ceremony on January 20.(REUTERS)

US president Donald Trump will not attend Biden’s inauguration ceremony on January 20

By Associated Press | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:50 PM IST
US president Donald Trump will not attend Biden’s inauguration ceremony on January 20
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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents arrive at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.(Bloomberg Photo)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents arrive at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.(Bloomberg Photo)

UK-US race for mini trade deal slowed by Trump’s mob crisis

By Bloomberg| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:22 PM IST
With less than two weeks in the Trump administration, the goal is still to resolve parts of a longstanding transatlantic dispute over illegal aid to Boeing Co. and Airbus SE. A so-called mini deal would see the US end tariffs on some UK imports, including on Scotch whisky, a month after Britain made a similar gesture to Washington.
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What other, newer democracies find relatively easy — conducting an election, the counting of votes, the peaceful transition of power — seems to have befuddled the US. There can be and must not be any normalisation of gross prejudice or violence(AP)
What other, newer democracies find relatively easy — conducting an election, the counting of votes, the peaceful transition of power — seems to have befuddled the US. There can be and must not be any normalisation of gross prejudice or violence(AP)

After anarchy in the US, reimagining the middle ground

UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 07:53 PM IST
Governments have to learn how to engage with those who did not vote for them. Citizens have to learn how to converse amidst ideological divisions
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The pandemic will likely continue to weaken the economy through the winter and perhaps early spring.(AFP file photo. Representative image)
The pandemic will likely continue to weaken the economy through the winter and perhaps early spring.(AFP file photo. Representative image)

US loses 140,000 jobs, first monthly loss since spring

By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:22 PM IST
Friday’s figures from the Labor Department suggest that employers have rehired roughly all the workers they can afford to after having laid off more than 22 million in the spring — the worst such loss on record. With consumer spending barely growing over the past few months, most companies have little incentive to hire.
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The study, published today in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, is the first randomized controlled trial to show there is no risk for patients continuing these medications while hospitalized for Covid-19.(Unsplash)
The study, published today in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, is the first randomized controlled trial to show there is no risk for patients continuing these medications while hospitalized for Covid-19.(Unsplash)

Study finds commonly used blood pressure medications safe for Covid-19 patients

By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Philadelphia [US]
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 05:41 PM IST
An international team of researchers found that medications used to treat high blood pressure did not affect outcomes among patients hospitalized with Covid-19.
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Wednesday began with a Trump rally near the White House with the president telling tens of thousands of supporters to march to Capitol Hill to protest election results while repeating unsubstantiated claims that his defeat resulted from massive election fraud.(AP (Representative Image))
Wednesday began with a Trump rally near the White House with the president telling tens of thousands of supporters to march to Capitol Hill to protest election results while repeating unsubstantiated claims that his defeat resulted from massive election fraud.(AP (Representative Image))

People who took part in US Capitol riots reportedly losing their jobs

By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Washington, US
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 05:59 PM IST
CNN reported that Navistar, a direct marketing company in Maryland, announced that an employee had been terminated after he was photographed wearing his company ID badge inside the breached Capitol building.
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The researchers found that two chemicals used as a base for all e-cigarette liquid vapour -- propylene glycol and vegetable glycerol -- were the cause of inflammation.(Pixabay)
The researchers found that two chemicals used as a base for all e-cigarette liquid vapour -- propylene glycol and vegetable glycerol -- were the cause of inflammation.(Pixabay)

Study: E-cigarettes trigger inflammation in the gut

By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Washington [US]
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 04:23 PM IST
Touted by makers as a “healthy” alternative to traditional nicotine cigarettes, new research indicates the chemicals found in e-cigarettes disrupt the gut barrier and trigger inflammation in the body.
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Jennifer Shahade is a two-time American Women’s Chess Champion
Jennifer Shahade is a two-time American Women’s Chess Champion

I am a huge fan of Viswanathan Anand: Jennifer Shahade

By Nishad Neelambaran | HT Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 04:03 PM IST
The mindsports trainer and ambassador for PokerStars India, Shahde says that Queen’s Gambit was a beautifully rendered show
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There were signs for weeks that violence could strike on January 6, when Congress convened for a joint session to finish counting the Electoral College votes that would confirm Democrat Joe Biden had won the presidential election.(REUTERS)
There were signs for weeks that violence could strike on January 6, when Congress convened for a joint session to finish counting the Electoral College votes that would confirm Democrat Joe Biden had won the presidential election.(REUTERS)

Capitol Police rejected offers of federal help to quell mob

By Associated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Washington, US
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 03:54 PM IST
Despite plenty of warnings of a possible insurrection and ample resources and time to prepare, the Capitol Police planned only for a free speech demonstration.
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In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo remain in the European Union, anti-Brexit protesters, including one with a placard depicting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson under the thumb of US President Donald Trump, demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London, on the day of Prime Minister's Questions taking place inside.(AP)
In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo remain in the European Union, anti-Brexit protesters, including one with a placard depicting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson under the thumb of US President Donald Trump, demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London, on the day of Prime Minister's Questions taking place inside.(AP)

Boris Johnson is embarrassed by Donald Trump

By Bloomberg Opinion
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 03:27 PM IST
As the democratic world reacted with horror to Wednesday’s insurrection at the Capitol, Johnson tweeted “Disgraceful scenes in US Congress,” adding that “the United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.” 
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UBS raised its forecast for Brent to $60 per barrel by mid-year, following Saudi Arabia’s unilateral cut and expectations of a second quarter demand recovery as coronavirus vaccine rollouts should revive travel.(Reuters file photo)
UBS raised its forecast for Brent to $60 per barrel by mid-year, following Saudi Arabia’s unilateral cut and expectations of a second quarter demand recovery as coronavirus vaccine rollouts should revive travel.(Reuters file photo)

Oil hits 11-month highs on Saudi output cut pledge, equities rally

By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:50 PM IST
Brent crude climbed 39 cents, or 0.7%, to $54.77 a barrel by 0757 GMT, after touching $54.92, the highest since Feb. 26. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) gained 33 cents, or 0.7%, to $51.16. The contract also touched its highest since Feb. 25 at $51.34 earlier in the session.
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Facebook on Thursday suspended US President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely, while Twitter had on Wednesday said Trump’s account will be blocked unless he deletes three tweets.(AP Photo)
Facebook on Thursday suspended US President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely, while Twitter had on Wednesday said Trump’s account will be blocked unless he deletes three tweets.(AP Photo)

Twitch joins Facebook, Instagram on banning Trump; Twitter allows him back

By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:42 PM IST
“In light of yesterday’s shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump’s Twitch channel,” the company said in a statement according to CNN.
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The Alliance to Save and Protect America from Infiltration by Religious Extremists and Coalition of Americans for Pluralism in India condemned the presence of Indian tricolour by rioting mobs at the Capitol Hill.(REUTERS)
The Alliance to Save and Protect America from Infiltration by Religious Extremists and Coalition of Americans for Pluralism in India condemned the presence of Indian tricolour by rioting mobs at the Capitol Hill.(REUTERS)

Indian-American groups condemn attack on US Capitol

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Washington, US
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:52 PM IST
Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund (SALDEF) in a statement condemned in the strongest terms the assault on the Capitol by “extremists” in a misguided attempt to overturn the certification of the 2020 presidential election results.
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Former first lady Michelle Obama.(REUTERS)
Former first lady Michelle Obama.(REUTERS)

Michelle Obama breaks silence on US Capitol violence, calls Trump ‘infantile and unpatriotic’

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:20 PM IST
In a statement posted on Twitter, Michelle described Trump as “infantile and unpatriotic” as she said, “the day was a fulfillment of the wishes” of a President “who can’t handle the truth of his own failures. “
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An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the Capitol Building in Washington.(REUTERS)
An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the Capitol Building in Washington.(REUTERS)

US Capitol violence triggers exodus of officials from Trump administration

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 11:03 AM IST
Thousands of protesters supporting US President Donald Trump breached the security of the US capitol late on Wednesday night as Congress was certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
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A supporter of President Donald Trump carries a Confederate battle flag on the second floor of the US Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defenses, in Washington, US.(REUTERS)
A supporter of President Donald Trump carries a Confederate battle flag on the second floor of the US Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defenses, in Washington, US.(REUTERS)

US role as democracy's champion battered by assault on Capitol

By Reuters | Posted by Arpan Rai | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 11:21 AM IST
Scenes of lawmakers cowering and police officers with guns drawn seeking to protect them undercut the image Washington has long projected as a champion of democracy despite its past interference in the politics of nations such as Guatemala, Iran and South Vietnam.
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The final rule will be effective 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register. The next H-1B visa filing season is slated to start on April 1.(HT file photo)
The final rule will be effective 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register. The next H-1B visa filing season is slated to start on April 1.(HT file photo)

US to modify H1B visa selection process, to give priority to wages, skill level

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar | New Delhi, Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:11 AM IST
The final rule to be published in the federal register on January 8, officials said, is aimed to protect the economic interests of US workers and better ensure the most highly skilled foreign workers benefit from the temporary employment programme.
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US President-elect Joe Biden.(REUTERS)
US President-elect Joe Biden.(REUTERS)

Joe Biden blames Donald Trump for violence at Capitol that’s shaken US

By Associated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 06:22 AM IST
The riot by Trump supporters who breached the security of Congress on Wednesday was “not dissent, was not disorder, was not protest. It was chaos.”
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Refrigerators to store Covid-19 vaccines being unloaded on Thursday at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, the Capital’s central storage facility.
Refrigerators to store Covid-19 vaccines being unloaded on Thursday at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, the Capital’s central storage facility.

Delhi’s vaccine drive likely to start early next week: Officials

By Anonna Dutt | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 04:03 AM IST
The list will be finalised on Friday during the meeting of the state steering committee under the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (Negvac).
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The price of bitcoin was $40,380 at roughly 1820 GMT, having jumped 10.4 percent during the trading session.
The price of bitcoin was $40,380 at roughly 1820 GMT, having jumped 10.4 percent during the trading session.

Bitcoin soars past $40,000 for the first time

By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | London
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:02 AM IST
Fellow Oanda analyst Craig Erlam warned that even if a correction does not seem imminent, once one emerges “it’s going to hurt”.
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The siege of the Capitol, home to both the US Senate and the House of Representatives, represents one of the gravest security lapses in recent US history, current and former law enforcement officials said.(AFP)
The siege of the Capitol, home to both the US Senate and the House of Representatives, represents one of the gravest security lapses in recent US history, current and former law enforcement officials said.(AFP)

Security failure led to rioters running amok

By Reuters | Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 01:38 AM IST
The counting of the electoral votes of the presidential election by Congress, normally a formality, was preceded by weeks of threats in social media that planned pro-Trump protests could descend into violence.
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Thursday’s parade was part of commemoration events for the one-year anniversary of the killing of IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani by the US, according to the statement.(Reuters/ Representative)
Thursday’s parade was part of commemoration events for the one-year anniversary of the killing of IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani by the US, according to the statement.(Reuters/ Representative)

Iran holds navy drills in Persian Gulf amid standoff over tanker

By Bloomberg | Posted by Mallika Soni
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 11:05 PM IST
Iran has used its influence over the Persian Gulf to push back against US-led attempts to isolate it economically. A government spokesman this week linked the seizure of the tanker to billions of dollars trapped in South Korea by US sanctions.
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A piece of debris rests against a police barricade near the scene of a twin bombing at the Boston Marathon in Boston.(AFP file photo)
A piece of debris rests against a police barricade near the scene of a twin bombing at the Boston Marathon in Boston.(AFP file photo)

Boston Marathon bomber sues federal govt over treatment at prison

By Associated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Boston
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 11:05 PM IST
Tsarnaev, 26, calls his treatment in the handwritten suit filed Monday “unlawful, unreasonable and discriminatory.” He cites the confiscation of a white baseball cap and bandana that he bought at the prison commissary and a limit of three showers per week, the Boston Herald reported.
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A report on Wednesday showed private companies shed workers in December for the first time in eight months.(AFP Photo)
A report on Wednesday showed private companies shed workers in December for the first time in eight months.(AFP Photo)

US labour market recovery stalling; trade deficit widens sharply

By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 09:18 PM IST
Other data on Thursday showed layoffs announced by US companies surged 18.9% in December. Still, the economy is unlikely to slide back into recession after the government approved additional pandemic relief in late December.
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Amazon workers perform their jobs inside of an Amazon fulfillment center on Cyber Monday in Robbinsville, New Jersey, US.(Reuters/ File photo)
Amazon workers perform their jobs inside of an Amazon fulfillment center on Cyber Monday in Robbinsville, New Jersey, US.(Reuters/ File photo)

US weekly jobless claims unexpectedly fall

By Reuters| Posted by Mallika Soni | Washington
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 07:44 PM IST
The government is scheduled to publish its closely followed employment report for December on Friday. According to a Reuters survey of economists, nonfarm payrolls likely increased by 71,000 jobs after rising by 245,000 in November.
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