US pulls antimissile batteries from Middle East: Report

As tensions ease with Iran, Biden administration moves to put US forces on more normal footing, Wall Street Journal reports. The Biden administration is withdrawing Patriot antimissile batteries from four Middle East countries as the US reduces its military footprint in the region amid a reduction in tensions with Iran, a US news outlet reported […]

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US bishops to draft Communion statement that may rebuke Biden

Risking division within the US Catholic Church, bishops take aim at a Catholic president who supports abortion rights. A divided conference of Roman Catholic bishops in the United States announced on Friday that they will draft a statement on Holy Communion that may admonish Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who support abortion rights. The […]

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Canada-US border to remain closed until July 21 because of COVID

There are growing calls in the US and in Canada to open the border for nonessential travel like tourism. Border restrictions on nonessential travel with the United States will be extended until July 21, officials said Friday, as Canada works to get a higher percentage of Canadians fully vaccinated. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said […]

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Texas to empty prison to make room for detained migrants

The move comes amid wider efforts by Governor Greg Abbott to stop migrants from coming through the US-Mexico border. The US state of Texas is transferring inmates from a state prison to make room for detained migrants, prison authorities said, amid sustained efforts by Governor Greg Abbott to rein in the number of Central American […]

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What supercycle? Commodities bulls take a bruising this month

The commodities boom has taken a knock this month, and while there are many reasons to still bet on a so-called supercyle, it’s unlikely to be plain sailing. Vast amounts of stimulus, economies reopening from the pandemic and strong Chinese demand have driven a surge in raw-material prices this year, some to record highs. Yet […]

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US couple who brandished guns at protesters plead guilty

A Missouri court fines Mark McCloskey and his wife, Patricia, for pointing an assault rifle and handgun at Black Lives Matter protesters last year. Two wealthy American lawyers who earned notoriety by pointing guns at Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists marching past their mansion have pleaded guilty to misdemeanour charges, a court official has said. […]

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Seoul courts risk after ‘no shackles’ missile development deal

Seoul, South Korea – South Korea is now free to develop missiles of whatever payload and range it chooses after an agreement last month between US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. But the move, announced following the two leaders White House summit on May 21, introduced new security risks surrounding South […]

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Chinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden order

WeChat, TikTok, other apps targeted by Trump are eligible for review by Biden’s team, sources say. US President Joe Biden’s executive order aimed at safeguarding Americans’ sensitive data would force some Chinese apps to take tougher measures to protect private information if they want to remain in the US market, people familiar with the matter […]

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Megadrought ‘taxing’ US water reservoirs and fuelling wildfires

A decades-long climate change-fuelled drought in the western United States is drying reservoirs and contributing to an early wildfire season, scientists say. Flames have scorched more than a million acres (more than 404,000 hectares) across the country so far this year. More than 28,000 fires have burned in 2021 — the highest number of fires […]

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