Detained US journalist makes appearance in Myanmar court

Danny Fenster makes an appearance on an ‘incitement’ charge, but the US consular authorities have not yet been granted visitation. Danny Fenster, the American journalist arrested last month by Myanmar authorities, has made an appearance in a special court in the prison where he is being held, his employer said. However, US consular officials are […]

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Juneteenth national holiday is now US law, marks end of slavery

President Joe Biden signed a law making Juneteenth a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States as the nation continues enacting change amid a racial reckoning. “Today we consecrate Juneteenth for what it ought to be, what it must be – a national holiday,” said Biden, who returned on Wednesday from […]

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Cheers to that! US agrees to lift tariffs on Scotch whisky

Scotch single malt whisky makers breathed a sigh of relief Thursday after the United States agreed to suspend tariffs on one of Scotland’s main exports following the resolution of a long-standing trade row between the US and the European Union over subsidies to aircraft companies Boeing and Airbus. Former US President Donald Trump imposed the […]

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Texans to be allowed to carry concealed handguns without permits

The governor of Texas signed into law a bill allowing unlicensed, concealed handguns to be carried in public. The governor of Texas has signed into law a bill allowing people to carry concealed handguns without any permit, joining 20 other states that already have such measures. Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, touted the law as […]

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Super powers are super reckless (and foolish)

After the leaders of the United States and Russia concluded their summit on Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin assured a Canadian journalist that such meetings are meant to save the world from nuclear destruction, and find solutions to the world’s economic, climate and medical problems. President Joe Biden, for his part, told journalists that there are […]

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US may ban Chinese surveillance cameras, citing security risks

U.S. regulators are poised to ban products from Huawei Technologies Co. and four other Chinese electronics companies, including surveillance cameras widely used by American schools but linked to oppression in western China, stepping up pressure on tech suppliers alleged to be security risks. Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co. and Dahua Technology Co., whose cameras can […]

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US Supreme Court rules for Catholic group in LGBTQ rights dispute

The decision was a victory for a Catholic agency that barred same-sex couples from applying to become foster parents. The United States Supreme Court has embraced religious rights over LGBTQ rights by ruling in favour of a Catholic Church-affiliated agency that sued after Philadelphia refused to place children for foster care with the organisation because […]

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Obamacare survives third US Supreme Court challenge

The United States Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to the Obama-era healthcare law, preserving insurance coverage for millions of Americans. The justices left the entire law intact in a ruling on Thursday which found that the state of Texas, other Republican-led states and two individuals had no right to bring their lawsuit in federal […]

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US sees surprise rise in weekly jobless claims, proxy for layoffs

The jobs market recovery in the US hit a speed bump as the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits with states ticked up unexpectedly last week – the first such rise since April. The jobs market recovery in the United States hit a speed bump as the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits […]

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