US reviewing Bush regime’s foreign policies
The US has said it is reviewing all major foreign policies pursued by the previous Bush administration but the pacts signed with other countries will remain intact, indicating that the historic nuclear deal with India will not be affected.
“It is fair to say that all of the major parts of American foreign policy are currently under review,” State Department Deputy Acting Spokesman Gordon Duguid said.
However, those reviews, he stressed, “do not affect” commitments made by the US in international fora or by international agreements.
The nuclear deal, which was initiated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the then US President George W Bush in 2005, was signed in October 2008 after it was approved by the Congress.
“We are looking at the effectiveness of our policies and how we can better achieve our goals,” he said.
Most of the goals of the US policies have not changed, either, he said.
“We are looking for a denuclearised Korean Peninsula. We are looking for democratic reform and the establishment of representative government in Burma.
The life expectancy of Chinese citizens now stands at 77.93 years and is within the category of upper-middle-income countries, the national health commission, said on Tuesday. The life expectancy of Chinese citizens had risen to 77.3 years in 2019, compared with 35 years in 1949, the beginning of the Communist Party of China's rule, according to a white paper released last year. According to World Bank data, India's life expectancy stood at 70 in 2020.
Hindu groups in Canada have complained to the country's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and are also exploring legal options over the poster of a film screened in Toronto on Sunday that they deem offensive. The film, Kaali, made by Leena Manimekalai, was shown at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto as part of a multimedia storytelling project, Under the Tent. The community was upset over the poster depicting Goddess Kali smoking a cigarette.
Heavy rains have battered the eastern coast of Australia, resulting in floods across Sydney and other parts of New South Wales province. Nearly 50,000 residents across the state have been told to either evacuate or warned about evacuation order from the authorities, Reuters reported. Due to floods, more than 19,000 homes are facing power cuts, AFP reported. Hundreds of homes have been inundated in and around Sydney in the flood emergency, Reuters reported.
A teacher and a man in his 70s who had travelled from Mexico to visit his family were among the six people shot dead in Chicago's wealthy Highland Park suburb late Monday night after yet another horrific mass shooting incident in the United States. A 'person of interest' - Robert E Crimo III - was taken into custody shortly after the shooting and a high-powered rifle was recovered.
The competition between the US and China to explore outer space turned prickly after Chinese diplomats blasted the head of NASA and encouraged neighboring countries to support Beijing's plan for exploring the moon. China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian on Monday accused NASA Administrator Bill Nelson of lying “through his teeth” in response to reported comments in a German tabloid about the space competition between the two countries.