Amid rising crime, Biden targets gun violence in the US

Responding to a string of mass shootings and rising crime in the United States, President Joe Biden is taking new steps to control gun violence with a “zero-tolerance” policy for gun dealers and new funding for police and communities. Biden in a speech on Wednesday will announce new gun safety measures and will redirect some […]

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Aid to Palestinians promised by US blocked by Republican senator

A key United States senator is blocking $50m in economic assistance to the Palestinians, undercutting promises of help by Secretary of State Antony Blinken after Israel’s bombing of Gaza in May and delaying the much-needed reconstruction of water resources and roads. Last month, Republican Senator James Risch placed a hold on the funding, already approved […]

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US Justice Department launches strike force to fight gun crime

Gun crime continues to see steady increase across the US as country emerges from COVID lockdown. The US Justice Department is launching a new strike force aimed at cracking down on illegal firearms trafficking, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said on Tuesday. The strike force will be focused on reducing violent crime by targeting activity […]

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White House’s global COVID jab distribution plan hits a snag

The remaining 55 million COVID vaccine doses will be distributed, but not in time to meet President Biden’s deadline. The Biden administration on Monday revealed allocation plans for 55 million coronavirus vaccination doses, amid what officials say are logistical challenges that have delayed a commitment to share 80 million with other countries by the end […]

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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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Venezuela’s Maduro expresses desire for foreign aid, Biden deal

Seated on a gilded Louis XVI chair in his office at Miraflores, a sprawling, neo-Baroque palace in northwest Caracas, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro projects unflappable confidence. The country, he says in an 85-minute interview with Bloomberg Television, has broken free of “irrational, extremist, cruel” U.S. oppression. Russia, China, Iran and Cuba are allies, his domestic […]

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Amid hesitancy, VP Harris urges Black Americans to get COVID jabs

Vice President Kamala Harris travelled to Atlanta on Friday to urge Americans who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 to go ahead and get jabs as the United States government strives to overcome disparities in vaccine delivery among the country’s Black and Hispanic populations. “There are a few people that are saying, ‘I will […]

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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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