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Fear over the city: Washington DC in virtual lockdown amid fears of inside hit on Biden-Harris inauguration

The US admin are vetting troops tasked with securing the Biden-Harris inauguration amid apprehensions about an inside hit. Fears that those entrusted with guarding the American leadership maybe infected with extremist ideology has suddenly grown in Washington DC after members of the US military were found involved in the storming of the US Capitol.

18 Jan 2021 10:35 pm
China dubs Pompeo as 'Mr. Liar'; dismisses US charge against Wuhan's bio-lab as 'conspiracy'

China on Monday vented out its anger against outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling him Mr. Liar and dismissed as conspiracies and lies the allegations by the State Department that the Covid-19 may have emerged from Wuhan's bio-lab and had links to the Chinese military. A latest document issued by the US State department reinforcing its previous allegation that the virus may have emerged from the WIV, coinciding with the visit of a WHO inquiry team of scientists to Wuhan has further

18 Jan 2021 10:35 pm
China to sanction US officials for 'nasty' behaviour over Taiwan

US officials who have engaged in asty behaviour over Chinese-claimed Taiwan will face sanctions, China's foreign ministry said on Monday, after Washington lifted curbs on exchanges between US and Taiwanese officials. Ties have worsened as China has already condemned this month's easing, announced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the waning days of President Donald Trump's presidency.

18 Jan 2021 6:35 pm
Meet the Bidens: America's new 'first family'

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill will become the new White House residents when he takes office on Wednesday. Biden has made his family a major focus throughout his career, and his 2020 presidential campaign thrust them fully into the spotlight -- with some members causing controversy but others breaking barriers.

18 Jan 2021 10:35 am
Trailblazer Kamala Harris: America's first woman vice president

As running mate to incoming president Joe Biden, she helped bring Donald Trump's turbulent rule to an end, rapping him during the campaign for his chaotic handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, last year's unrest over racial injustice and his crackdown on immigration.

18 Jan 2021 10:35 am
Pence urges Biden administration to exercise 'eternal vigilance' against China

Outgoing US Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday urged President-elect Joe Biden's administration to exercise 'eternal vigilance', especially when it comes to US-China relations.

17 Jan 2021 6:35 pm
Biden: Science will be at 'forefront' of my administration

President-elect Joe Biden says science will always be at the forefront of my administration, and he is elevating the post of science adviser to Cabinet level, a White House first.

16 Jan 2021 10:35 pm
World migration down 30% due to pandemic: UN

The report, entitled International Migration 2020, showed that two-thirds of registered migrants lived in just 20 countries, with the United States at the top of the list, with 51 million international migrants in 2020.

16 Jan 2021 6:35 pm
US re-designates LJ, LeT as foreign terrorist outfits

Ahead of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in February, the United States has re-designated Pakistani terrorist groups as Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as foreign terrorist organisations. The designation of the Pakistani terror groups as foreign terrorist organisations by Washington comes just weeks before the Financial Action Task Force's meeting in February wherein the status of Islamabad in the grey list would be discussed.

16 Jan 2021 6:35 pm
Trump admin fires again: Customers of IT service companies to meet H-1B filing & other obligations under new rule

US-based companies, such as IT services companies and staffing companies, that sponsor H-1B visa holders and depute them to work at customer sites, face a new stumbling block.

16 Jan 2021 6:35 pm
As inauguration nears, law enforcement scrutiny drives US extremists into internet's dark corners

A spokesman for the FBIs San Francisco office said he could not provide any details about the reported interaction or confirm whether agents actually paid a visit to the person who posted that message. But if he has our business card and said he was visited, Im pretty sure we visited him, the spokesman said.

16 Jan 2021 6:26 pm
Biden plans 'thousands' of community vaccination centers

President-elect Joe Biden said Friday his administration would surge federal resources into community vaccination centers and mobile health clinics to accelerate the rollout of Covid-19 shots.

16 Jan 2021 10:35 am
'Biggest vaccination site' in US set to open at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium the largest site in Los Angeles, will launch as a mass vaccination site from Friday (local time), said the city's Mayor Eric Garcetti. Garcetti said, he bottom line is, we don't have enough vaccines. He also said that some sites may be reserving their allocation of vaccines to administer the second dose for their healthcare workers.

15 Jan 2021 10:35 pm
President-elect Joe Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

President-elect Joe Biden has picked a former Food and Drug commissioner to lead vaccine science in his drive to put 100 million shots into the arms of Americans in his administration's first 100 days and stem the Covid-19 pandemic. Kessler will work out of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, assuming responsibility for the scientific side of Operation Warp Speed, an effort launched under the Trump administration to rapidly develop vaccines and treatments.

15 Jan 2021 10:21 pm
MIT professor charged with hiding work for China

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor was charged Thursday with hiding work he did for the Chinese government while he was also collecting US dollars for his nanotechnology research.

15 Jan 2021 6:35 pm
Doctor who declared Trump 'healthiest' president ever dies

Harold Bornstein, who claimed Trump had dictated a letter insisting he would be the healthiest president ever -- has died. The long-haired gastroenterologist was Trump's physician from 1980 to 2017.

15 Jan 2021 2:35 pm
US blacklists China's CNOOC, S&P deletes from stock indices

The US Commerce Department on Thursday added China's state oil giant CNOOC to its blacklist over what it called elligerent actions in the disputed South China Sea.

15 Jan 2021 2:23 am
Lady Gaga to sing anthem, Jennifer Lopez to perform at Joe Biden's inauguration

Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at Joe Biden's inauguration and Jennifer Lopez will give a musical performance on the West Front of the US Capitol when Biden is sworn in as the nation's 46th president next Wednesday. There will be a poetry reading from Amanda Gorman, the first national youth poet laureate, and the benediction will be given by Rev.

14 Jan 2021 10:35 pm
Former presidential hopeful Andrew Yang to run for New York mayor

Former US presidential hopeful and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang has announced he will run for mayor of New York City in an election this year that he is an early favourite to win. Yang, 46, announced his run on Twitter Wednesday, posting a video of him skateboarding with his wife on the Brooklyn Bridge.

14 Jan 2021 6:35 pm