US Capitol Police probing officers over riot

Washington, Jan 12 (IANS) The US Capitol Police (USCP) has confirmed that it was investigating some officers over their actions during the January 6 riot at the Capitol building staged by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump. In a statement issued on Monday, Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said: “The Department has been actively […]

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‘US move to designate Houthis as terrorists may have repercussions’

United Nations, Jan 12 (IANS) The US government’s decision to designate Yemen’s Iran-backed Ansar Allah, more commonly known as the Houthi militia, as terrorists is likely to have serious repercussions, a UN spokesperson said. “It’s clear that the decision is likely to have serious humanitarian and political repercussions,” Xinhua news agency quoted Stephane Dujarric, spokesman […]

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Biden aims to release nearly every available Covid vaccine dose

Washington, Jan 11 (IANS) US President-elect Joe Biden has recently announced a controversial shift in Covid-19 vaccination strategy, aiming to release all available doses as soon as possible. According to a CNN report, it could also be a risky strategy as both Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna’s vaccines require two doses, administered at specific intervals and vaccine […]

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4 killed in US shooting rampage

Chicago, Jan 10 (IANS) At least four people were killed and two others severely injured in a shooting rampage in the US state of Illinois, a media report said, adding the suspect was shot and killed by the police. The NBC Chicago report said the first shooting took place at a pharmacy in Chicago on […]

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140,000 jobs lost in US in Dec 2020

Washington, Jan 9 (IANS) US employers slashed 140,000 jobs in December 2020, the first monthly decline in employment since April 2020, as recent Covid-19 spikes have stalled the recovery of the labour market, an official report said. “The decline in payroll employment reflects the recent increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and efforts to contain the […]

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San Francisco Mayor announces initiatives to combat human trafficking

San Francisco, Jan 9 (IANS) San Francisco Mayor London Breed has announced new initiatives to combat and prevent human trafficking in the US city. Starting this month, the Department of Public Health’s Environmental Health Inspectors will begin incorporating new anti-human trafficking training into their inspection process, Xinhua news agency quoted the Mayor as saying in […]

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Canada’s 2nd largest airline cuts jobs, flights

Ottawa, Jan 9 (IANS) WestJet, Canada’s second-largest airline, has announced that it would lay off 1,000 people and cut flights due to the official travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. “Immediately following the federal government’s inbound testing announcement on December 31, 2020, and with the continuation of the 14-day quarantine, […]

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‘Incredibly accomplished’ Indian Americans on Biden national security team

New York, Jan 9 (IANS) US President-elect Joe Biden, continuing to fill out top posts to align with a diverse country’s shifting demographics, on Friday appointed to his national security council “incredibly accomplished” Indian Americans who will serve under National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. Tarun Chhabra, a first-generation American and a graduate of Stanford University, […]

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Pompeo meets with Biden’s secretary of state nominee

Washington, Jan 9 (IANS) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he had met with President-Elect Joe Biden’s Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken to facilitate an orderly transition. “Today, I met with President-Elect @JoeBiden’s Secretary-Designate @ABlinken in order to facilitate an orderly transition, and to ensure American interests are protected abroad,” Pompeo tweeted […]

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Injured US Capitol police officer dies

Washington, Jan 8 (IANS) The US Capitol Police (USCP) has confirmed that an officer who was wounded during the violent protests that rocked Washington D.C., has succumbed to his injuries. Brian D. Sicknick “was responding to the riots on Wednesday at the US Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters”, Xinhua news agency […]

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Australian state approves copper mine

Darwin, Jan 8 (IANS) The government of Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) state has approved a proposed A$200 million ($155 million) Outback copper mine. KGL Resources has been given the green light for its Jervois Copper Project, which chairman Denis Wood said would become a major supplier in the global copper market as demand increases, reports […]

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US weekly unemployment claims slightly drop

Washington, Jan 8 (IANS) Initial unemployment claims in the US fell slightly to 787,000 last week, the lowest level in a month, the Labor Department reported. In the week ending on January 2y, the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits decreased by 3,000 from the previous week’s upwardly revised level of 790,000, Xinhua news […]

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US homeland security official urges Trump to ‘strongly condemn’ violence at Capitol

Washington, Jan 8 (IANS) Acting US Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Thursday urged President Donald Trump to “strongly condemn” the violence that took place at the Capitol when his supporters stormed the building a day earlier. “What transpired yesterday was tragic and sickening,” Wolf said in a statement. “While I have consistently condemned political […]

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Trump finally concedes against Biden

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) For the first time since the November 2020 presidential election, US President Donald Trump on Thursday confirmed that he will leave office on January 20, promising an orderly transition of power, while conceding defeat against President-elect Joe Biden. In a statement, Trump said: “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome […]

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Congress affirms Biden’s win over Trump after Capitol chaos (Ld)

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) Hours after unprecedented violence and chaos rocked Washington D.C., the US Congress on Thursday morning affirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over sitting President Donald Trump. At about 4 a.m., Vice President Mike Pence announced before a joint session of Congress that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris had won […]

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US Congress affirms Biden’s Electoral College victory over Trump

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) The counting of Vermont’s three electoral votes has placed US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris over the 270-threshold needed to win the American presidency. On Wednesday night after violent protests rocked Washington D.C., the Senate and House rejected objections to throw out Georgia and Pennsylvania’s electoral votes for […]

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3 White House aides resign after Capitol violence

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) Three White House aides, including First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham, have resigned from their posts in the wake of the violent protests that rocked Washington D.C. Grisham submitted her resignation Wednesday afternoon, effective immediately, reports Xinhua news agency. In a statement posted on Twitter early Thursday, Grisham […]

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Congress adjourns joint session after Trump-backers object to Pennsylvania votes

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) The reconvened joint session of the US Congress to count and ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College votes, adjourned early Thursday when objections were raised by a Senator and a House of Representatives member to the ballots from Pennsylvania, dashing hopes that President Donald Trump’s supporters chastised by the violent attack […]

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4,400 adverse events reported in US after receiving Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) Nearly 4,400 adverse events were reported after people received the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in the US, with 21 cases determined to be anaphylaxis, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The US Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine […]

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US Congress reconvenes hours after Capitol breach

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) The US Congress has reconvened for proceedings to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the November 2020 election, hours after sitting President Donald Trump’s supporters violently stormed the Capitol building. “We condemn the violence in the strongest possible terms,” Xinhua news agency quoted Vice President Mike Pence, who is presiding over […]

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Biden condemns ‘insurrection’ at US Capitol

Washington, Jan 7 (IANS) US President-elect Joe Biden condemned what he called “insurrection” at the US Capitol on Wednesday, after protesters broke into the building and forced proceedings to formally count the Electoral College votes to halt. “This is not protest, it’s insurrection,” Biden said in Wilmington, Delaware. “This is not dissent. It’s disorder. It’s […]

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India calls for global efforts against terrorists acquiring chemical weapons

By Arul LouisUnited Nations, Jan 6 (IANS) India has expressed concern over the possibility of terrorists getting hold of chemical weapons and called for unrelenting global action against them. At a Security Council session on Tuesday on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, India’s Permanent Representative T.S. Tirumurti, said, “India remains concerned about the […]

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India takes its place on UN Security Council pledging ‘human-centric’ agenda (Ld)

By Arul LouisUnited Nations, Jan 5 (IANS) With a pledge to “bring human-centric and inclusive solutions” to world problems, India has taken its place on the UN Security Council, the organisation’s highest decision-making body. India’s membership was celebrated on Monday at a flag ceremony when its banner went up outside the Council chamber after the […]

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Brazil registers 293 new Covid-19 deaths

Brasilia, Jan 4 (IANS) Brazil registered 293 new fatalities due to the novel coronavirus, increasinf the national death toll to 196,018, the Ministry of Health announced. Besides the fatalities on Sunday, the Ministry also confirmed 17,341 new cases, taking the nationwide infection tally to 7,733,746, Xinhua news agency. Brazil currently accounts for world’s second highest […]

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UN chief saddened at passing of Brian Urquhart

United Nations, Jan 4 (IANS) United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday expressed his “deep sadness” at the passing of legendary long-time UN official Brian Urquhart, who died Saturday at the age of 101. “I am deeply saddened at the passing of Sir Brian Urquhart, the legendary long-time United Nations official. I offer condolences to […]

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Nine killed in California head-on collision

San Francisco, Jan 3 (IANS) Nine people, including seven children, were killed in a severe head-on collision on Highway 33 in California, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said Saturday. Ina statement on Saturday, CHP Central Division Cpt. Kevin Clays said the accident occurred at about 8 p.m. on January 1, when a Dodge travelling southbound […]

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US Covid-19 deaths top 350,000: Johns Hopkins University

Washington, Jan 3 (IANS) The US has hit another grim milestone as the country’s overall coronavirus deaths have surpassed the 350,000 mark, according to Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the country’s overall death toll currently stood at 349,933, while […]

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Brazil registers 314 new Covid-19 deaths

Brasilia, Jan 3 (IANS) Brazil has registered 314 new coronavirus fatalities, which increased the country’s overall death toll to 195,725, the Ministry of Health said. Besides the new fatalities, the country on Saturday reported 15,827 new cases, bringing the number of the total infections to 7,716,405, Xinhua news agency reported. Brazil currently accounts for the […]

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NY Covid-19 hospitalisations down to 7,814, positivity rate 7.45%: Cuomo

New York, Jan 3 (IANS) The total coronavirus hospitalisations stood at 7,814 in New York state in the last 24 hours, down from 7,886 the previous day, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. On Saturday, Cuomo once warned that a post-holiday spike of Covid-19 hospitalisations was expected, because people would usually travel and gather during this […]

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Trump cuts short Florida trip

Washington, Dec 31 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has cut short his trip to Florida, where he celebrated Christmas with his family, and will now return to Washington D.C. on Thursday, according to a media report. According to the President’s daily schedule released late Wednesday, Trump and First Lady Melania Trump “will be leaving Florida […]

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First major winter storm hits Chicago

Chicago, Dec 31 (IANS) Morning commuters in Chicago experienced icy roads and slow traffic as the first major winter storm hit the third largest US city. The snow started to blanket Chicago on Tuesday afternoon and ended on early Wednesday, with lingering drizzle through 10 a.m. to noon, reports Xinhua news agency. “Some drizzle may […]

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