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Huawei has struggled in recent years in the face of US sanctions, as Washington claims Huawei has close ties to China's military and that Beijing could use its equipment for espionage - accusations the company denies.(AFP)

Huawei, controversial in the West, is going strong in the Gulf

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 10:06 AM IST
Arab Gulf countries strategic partners of Washington that are seeking to diversify their economies are investing heavily in the sector as their appetite for technology grows.
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.” 
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

Washington | By Associated Press| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
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.”
PM Modi said he was “distressed to see news about rioting and violence” in Washington, DC.
PM Modi said he was “distressed to see news about rioting and violence” in Washington, DC.

World leaders condemn clash at capitol, PM Modi says he’s distressed by it

Washington | By Agencies
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 01:29 AM IST
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “furious and saddened” by the events and said Trump shared blame for the unrest.
US President-elect Joe Biden delivers(REUTERS)
US President-elect Joe Biden delivers(REUTERS)

After US Capitol violence, Biden vows to restore rule of law

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 10:06 PM IST
The incoming Democratic president’s remarks come a day after Washington suffered the gravest assault on the US Capitol in more than 200 years after President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed Congress in a bid to block lawmakers’ certification of Biden’s presidential victory.
The white supremacist disregard for the sanctity of law has been on the increase during the Trump presidency and the contrast with how Washington dealt with peaceful protests by African-Americans in recent months is illustrative of the deep racial fissures that still fester in US society.(AP)
The white supremacist disregard for the sanctity of law has been on the increase during the Trump presidency and the contrast with how Washington dealt with peaceful protests by African-Americans in recent months is illustrative of the deep racial fissures that still fester in US society.(AP)

January 6: A black day for US democracy

By C Uday Bhaskar
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 07:41 PM IST
The erosion of democracy in the US, led by a defeated president, emboldened by his white supremacist base, will have both domestic and geopolitical consequences
A supporter of US President Donald Trump wears a gas mask and holds a bust of him after he and hundreds of others stormed the Capitol building.(AFP)
A supporter of US President Donald Trump wears a gas mask and holds a bust of him after he and hundreds of others stormed the Capitol building.(AFP)

Trump supporters storm US Capitol, 4 dead, 52 arrested: In photos

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 02:45 PM IST
Trump, who has refused to concede his loss to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, had urged his supporters multiple times to come to Washington for a rally on the day the US House of Representatives and Senate were scheduled to certify the results of the Electoral College.
The AP VoteCast survey of more than 2,700 verified Georgia voters found that Black voters made up 32% of the electorate — more than the 29% they were in November(AP)
The AP VoteCast survey of more than 2,700 verified Georgia voters found that Black voters made up 32% of the electorate — more than the 29% they were in November(AP)

Democrats close to Senate control fuelled by black voter turnout

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 09:25 PM IST
Republican turnout didn’t keep up with Democratic enthusiasm, driven largely by coordinated efforts to get Black voters to the polls led by former Georgia lawmaker Stacey Abrams. Of the 115,000 voters who voted in the runoff but skipped the November election, 40% were African-American.
A supporter of US President Donald Trump holds a sign during a rally ahead of the US Congress certification of the November 2020 election results during protests in Washington, US on January 5, 2021.(Reuters File Photo)
A supporter of US President Donald Trump holds a sign during a rally ahead of the US Congress certification of the November 2020 election results during protests in Washington, US on January 5, 2021.(Reuters File Photo)

Hundreds of Donald Trump supporters flock to DC ahead of vote

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 07:18 AM IST
“I’m just here to support the president,” said David Wideman, a 45-year-old firefighter who traveled from Memphis, Tennessee.
Despite the progress made in managing asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), poorly controlled symptoms for both respiratory diseases can lead to severe shortness of breath, hospitalizations or even death.(Pixabay)
Despite the progress made in managing asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), poorly controlled symptoms for both respiratory diseases can lead to severe shortness of breath, hospitalizations or even death.(Pixabay)

Drug discovery study identifies promising new compound to open constricted airways

Washington [US] | By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 03:20 PM IST
The experts at the University of South Florida teamed up to advance potential asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treatment that works differently than existing bronchodilators.
During a recent research, scientists might have a breakthrough in their hands by producing clean water at a lower cost. This could lead to solving a complex problem that has baffled scientists for decades, until now.(Unsplash)
During a recent research, scientists might have a breakthrough in their hands by producing clean water at a lower cost. This could lead to solving a complex problem that has baffled scientists for decades, until now.(Unsplash)

Desalination breakthrough could lead to cheaper water filtration: Study

Washington [US] | By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 02:50 PM IST
The researchers determined desalination membranes are inconsistent in density and mass distribution, which can hold back their performance. Uniform density at the nanoscale is the key to increasing how much clean water these membranes can create.
The new study was published in the journal of Tourism Analysis.(Unsplash)
The new study was published in the journal of Tourism Analysis.(Unsplash)

Good news for people with wanderlust: Frequent travellers 7 per cent happier

Washington [US] | By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 10:07 AM IST
People dreaming of travel post-Covid-19 now have some scientific data to support their wanderlust. A recent study has found that frequent travellers are happier with their lives than people who don’t travel at all.
The revamped website has links for browsing CIA jobs complete with starting salaries and requirements, sections on working at the agency, and a streamlined application process.(AP file photo)
The revamped website has links for browsing CIA jobs complete with starting salaries and requirements, sections on working at the agency, and a streamlined application process.(AP file photo)

CIA’s new recruitment website aims to diversify spy agency

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 10:34 PM IST
While the CIA has been diversifying for years, intelligence agencies still lag the federal workforce in minority representation.
Under Trump, the US has stepped up economic sanctions and travel bans against Chinese companies, government officials and Communist Party members, especially recently in Trump’s last few weeks in office.(AP representative image)
Under Trump, the US has stepped up economic sanctions and travel bans against Chinese companies, government officials and Communist Party members, especially recently in Trump’s last few weeks in office.(AP representative image)

China warns of retaliation for NYSE’s delisting of companies

Beijing | By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 05:50 PM IST
The stock exchange said Thursday that it would delist China Telecom Corp. Ltd., China Mobile Ltd. and China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd., with trading of the companies to be suspended sometime between Jan 7 and Jan 11.
A truck carrying parts of the S-400 air defense systems, exits a Russian transport aircraft after landing at Murted military airport outside Ankara, Turkey.(AP)
A truck carrying parts of the S-400 air defense systems, exits a Russian transport aircraft after landing at Murted military airport outside Ankara, Turkey.(AP)

Turkey, US in talks to discuss sanctions imposed over S-400s

Ankara, Turkey | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2020 03:14 PM IST
In a year-end news conference assessing Turkish foreign policy, Mevlut Cavusoglu also told journalists that Turkey wants “healthier” relations with the United States under President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.
President-elect Joe Biden has made Central America one of his foreign policy priorities in the Western Hemisphere and it’s unclear whether he will go along with the decision to curtail military aid to the Northern Triangle.(Reuters representative image)
President-elect Joe Biden has made Central America one of his foreign policy priorities in the Western Hemisphere and it’s unclear whether he will go along with the decision to curtail military aid to the Northern Triangle.(Reuters representative image)

US cuts military aid to El Salvador amid intense lobbying

Miami | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2020 07:11 AM IST
El Salvador has received about USD 15 million through the program since 2016, including USD 1.9 million this year. The ban is part of an initiative by House Democrats to strengthen anti-corruption efforts in Central America.
President Donald Trump spent his Christmas Eve golfing in Florida. Failure to agree on the bill could deny checks to millions of Americans on the brink.(AP file photo)
President Donald Trump spent his Christmas Eve golfing in Florida. Failure to agree on the bill could deny checks to millions of Americans on the brink.(AP file photo)

Donald Trump golfs in Florida as Covid relief hangs in the balance

Palm Beach | By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 05:59 AM IST
In Florida, Trump continued to rail against the results, complaining to members that he had been robbed of the election and voicing frustrations about the year-end spending bill.
Senior Trump administration officials said that Washington was preparing wider sanctions on the Russian project in coming weeks.(REUTERS)
Senior Trump administration officials said that Washington was preparing wider sanctions on the Russian project in coming weeks.(REUTERS)

Kremlin says new US sanctions could complicate Nord Stream 2’s completion

Moscow | By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 05:13 PM IST
The Nord Stream 2 resumed laying pipes in the German zone of the Baltic Sea this month and is expected to start work in Danish waters from January 15.
Russia this month resumed building the $11.6 billion (9.5 billion euro) pipeline, which is 90% complete, after a one-year pause prompted by existing US sanctions.(Reuters file photo)
Russia this month resumed building the $11.6 billion (9.5 billion euro) pipeline, which is 90% complete, after a one-year pause prompted by existing US sanctions.(Reuters file photo)

US preparing new sanctions to impede Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Washington | By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2020 10:12 AM IST
Russia this month resumed building the $11.6 billion (9.5 billion euro) pipeline, which is 90% complete, after a one-year pause prompted by existing US sanctions.
Republican senator Thom Tillis’ office had stated that it “would apply only to commercial, for-profit streaming piracy services.”(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Republican senator Thom Tillis’ office had stated that it “would apply only to commercial, for-profit streaming piracy services.”(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

US Covid-19 relief bill has new law providing for up to 10 years in prison for illegal streaming

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 09:16 PM IST
Earlier this month, Senator Thom Tillis introduced the ‘Protecting Lawful Streaming Act’ which severely punishes streamers who pirate large amounts of copyrighted content.
India must begin engaging with other governments and immunise them against the coming pretender to the Potala Palace.(AP)
India must begin engaging with other governments and immunise them against the coming pretender to the Potala Palace.(AP)

The battle over the next Dalai Lama

UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 05:46 AM IST
India, like the US, should make it clear that only Tibetans, not Beijing, can decide the issue
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was monitoring reports of allergic reactions to the Covid-19 vaccination(AP)
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was monitoring reports of allergic reactions to the Covid-19 vaccination(AP)

US issues guidelines on Covid-19 vaccination after allergic reactions

Washington | By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 06:15 AM IST
Anyone who had a severe reaction to a Covid-19 vaccine should not get the second dose, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, defining severe as needing the medication epinephrine or treatment in a hospital.
A Biden administration could adopt a narrow approach to global democratic cooperation, confined to a small number of western countries and advanced Asian economies. But pursuing a grander agenda will require a deeper dialogue with India(REUTERS)
A Biden administration could adopt a narrow approach to global democratic cooperation, confined to a small number of western countries and advanced Asian economies. But pursuing a grander agenda will require a deeper dialogue with India(REUTERS)

India and the US should have a dialogue on democracy

By Dhruva Jaishankar
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 08:55 PM IST
There are areas of convergence, and India’s record is often under-appreciated. But talk about differences too in the nature of the two democracies
President-elect JoeBiden and his wife, Jill Biden, attended the Friday morning service in Delaware at St. Joseph on the Brandy.(AP)
President-elect JoeBiden and his wife, Jill Biden, attended the Friday morning service in Delaware at St. Joseph on the Brandy.(AP)

Biden marks anniversary of deaths of first wife, child

Washington | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 07:02 PM IST
Neilia Biden and the couple’s 13-month old daughter, Naomi, were killed when their car was struck by a tractor-trailer as she took the kids to pick out a Christmas tree.
Health care workers and nursing home residents top the list as local TV stations across the country are broadcasting scenes of the first vaccinations(REUTERS)
Health care workers and nursing home residents top the list as local TV stations across the country are broadcasting scenes of the first vaccinations(REUTERS)

US angling to secure more of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 12:04 PM IST
After early failures with testing, Trump administration officials are hoping to write a very different ending with vaccines. Operation Warp Speed has financed the development, manufacture and distribution of millions of doses.
Joe Biden’s election as the United States (US) president has led to talk of greater coordination between Washington and Brussels over China(Bloomberg)
Joe Biden’s election as the United States (US) president has led to talk of greater coordination between Washington and Brussels over China(Bloomberg)

Decoding the DC-Brussels-Beijing geopolitical triangle

By Manoj Kewalramani
PUBLISHED ON DEC 16, 2020 08:05 PM IST
Irrespective of this economic engagement, there is friction between Beijing and Brussels, which is independent of Washington
Supporters of President Donald Trump and a supporter of President-elect Joe Biden stand outside the Michigan state capital as the Electoral College votes in Lansing, Michigan.(AFP)
Supporters of President Donald Trump and a supporter of President-elect Joe Biden stand outside the Michigan state capital as the Electoral College votes in Lansing, Michigan.(AFP)

Trump supporters accept Joe Biden’s victory ‘with reservations’

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 11:38 AM IST
Trump has been on a mission to convince his loyal base that his victory was stolen and the contest rigged. With help from conservative media, polls show he’s had considerable success.
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

New York | By Associated Press | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
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.
The path forward for their proposals — and for Covid-19 aid more generally — remains unclear, though Cornyn said the bipartisan plan has lots of “good stuff” for any year end agreement.(AP)
The path forward for their proposals — and for Covid-19 aid more generally — remains unclear, though Cornyn said the bipartisan plan has lots of “good stuff” for any year end agreement.(AP)

Democrats squeezed as Covid-19 relief bill talks continue

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 05:49 PM IST
Pelosi has insisted for months that state and local aid would be in any final bill, but as time is running out, Democrats appear unwilling to hold the rest of the package hostage over the demand.
The gatherings of mostly unmasked Trump loyalists were intended as a show of force just two days before the Electoral College meets to formally elect Biden as the 46th president. Trump, whose term will end January 20, refuses to concede, while clinging to baseless claims of fraud that have been rejected by state and federal courts, and Friday by the Supreme Court.(AFP (Representative Image))
The gatherings of mostly unmasked Trump loyalists were intended as a show of force just two days before the Electoral College meets to formally elect Biden as the 46th president. Trump, whose term will end January 20, refuses to concede, while clinging to baseless claims of fraud that have been rejected by state and federal courts, and Friday by the Supreme Court.(AFP (Representative Image))

Tempers flare as Trump supporters rally in Washington

Washington | By Associated Press | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 11:11 AM IST
Sporadic fights broke out between pro-Trump and anti-Trump demonstrators after sundown Saturday. WRC-TV reported that four people were taken to a hospital with stab wounds, and the Metropolitan Police Department told the station that 23 people were arrested.
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