Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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US not involved in Iran nuclear facility incident: White House

WASHINGTON: The White House said that the United States was not involved in a recent attack on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility.
We, of course, have seen the reports of the incident at the Natanz enrichment facility. The US was not involved in any manner. We have nothing to add on speculation about the causes or the impacts," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during the daily briefing on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 136.4mn

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 136.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.94 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

US policeman who pepper sprayed Army officer fired

WASHINGTON: A policeman from the US state of Virginia who pepper sprayed an Army officer at a traffic stop last year has been fired, an official statement confirmed.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 135.8mn

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 135.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.93 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 135 million

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 135 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.92 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

US state to allow carrying guns without permit

WASHINGTON: Tennessee will become the latest US state where residents will be allowed to carry guns without a permit after Governor Bill Lee signed an "open carry" bill, a local media report said.

US Defence Secretary to visit Germany

WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Germany next week as part of a foreign tour that will also take him to Israel, the UK and the NATO headquarters in Belgium.

US state to allow carrying guns without permit

WASHINGTON: Tennessee will become the latest US state where residents will be allowed to carry guns without a permit after Governor Bill Lee signed an "open carry" bill, a local media report said.

US expresses concern over Tigray crisis

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden's National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan expressed US concern over the crisis in the Tigray region to Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, the White House said.

US must pay UN dues of peacekeeping budget: Ex-officials

WASHINGTON: Three retired senior officials of the US Department of State have urged the current administration to pay the arrears the country owes to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping budget.

Putin supports building good ties with Washington

MOSCOW:Russian President Vladimir Putin prefers to establish good relations with the United States despite Washington's "aggressive policy," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 133.7mn

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 133.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.90 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

US, Iraq agree to redeploy coalition forces

WASHINGTON: The US and Iraq have agreed to redeploy the remaining Washington-led coalition combat troops outside the war-torn country to contribute in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terror group, an official statement said.

Moderna vax has more side effects than Pfizer/BioNTech: Study

WASHINGTON: In a first, a new study has pointed out that those taking the Moderna vaccine have reported more side effects than people who get the Pfizer/BioNTech jabs.

Working to conclude IDA replenishment by December to help reduce global poverty'

WASHINGTON: World Bank Group President David Malpass said that the bank is working to conclude the International Development Association's twentieth replenishment (IDA20) by December to help reduce global poverty.

Biden supports Jordan's king, affirming two-state solution

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden spoke with Jordan's King Abdullah II to voice US support for his leadership and affirmed the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

G20 calls on IMF to prepare for new SDR allocation

WASHINGTON: Finance officials from the Group of 20 (G20) major economies called on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to prepare for a new allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) while agreeing to extend debt relief for the world's poorest countries through the end of 2021

US seeks to increase scale of climate finance: Yellen

WASHINGTON: The US is seeking to increase the scale of climate finance and working with the international community to tackle climate change, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Tuesday.

All US adults eligible for Covid-19 vaccine by April 19: Biden

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that all American adults will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccine by April 19.
Biden announced the new timetable after his visit to a vaccination site in Alexandria, Virginia, moving up his original deadline of May 1 by nearly two weeks, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Indian economy to grow at historic 12.5%, but COVID wave 'concerning': IMF

UNITED NATIONS: India's economy is projected to grow at the historically high level of 12.5 per cent this fiscal year, but the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Chief Economist Gita Gopinath cautioned that the current wave of the pandemic "is quite concerning."
The growth projection was raised on the basis of "evidence we were getting in the last couple of months in terms of the normalisation of economic activity," she said at the release of the World Economic Outlook (WEO) report on Tuesday in Washington.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 132.2mn

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 132.2 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.87 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Janet Yellen proposes global minimum corporate tax

NEW DELHI: United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has argued for a global minimum corporate tax rate.
Wall Street Journal reported that President Biden's proposal to raise the corporate tax rate to 28 per cent from 21 per cent would push the US from the middle of the pack among major economies to near the top.

Body weight, 'bad' cholesterol new risk factors for Covid

WASHINGTON: Maintaining a healthy body weight and increasing HDL or 'good' cholesterol levels can help lower the risk of Covid-19 infections, claim researchers in a new study.

US wants to ramp up vax sharing: Blinken

WASHINGTON: The US is looking into how it can share more vaccine resources with other countries in future, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
We believe that we'll be in a position to do much more on this front. I know that many countries are asking for the US to do more, some with growing desperation, because of the scope and scale of their Covid emergencies," dpa news agency quoted Blinken as saying on Monday.

Yellen calls for global minimum tax on corporations

WASHINGTON: US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Monday called for a global minimum tax rate on corporations that would provide a more level playing field for all countries.

Paytm-inspired Harvard team creating similar app for Americans

NEW DELHI: The success of Vijay Shekhar Sharma-run digital payments leader Paytm in India has reached the US, and a team from Harvard Business School, led by a US Army veteran, is currently working on a similar app for a wider launch later this spring.

Indian-American activist fights for son's treatment

WASHINGTON: Jo Kaur, an Indian-American activist and civil rights lawyer, is is now fighting for the treatment of her 15-month son, who has been diagnosed with a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disorder and is reaching out to scientists, researchers and physicians.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 131.1mn

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 131.1 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.85 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

One killed, two injured in triple shooting in US Virginia Beach

WASHINGTON: One person was killed and two others suffered life-threatening injuries in a triple shooting on Saturday night in Virginia Beach, police said on Sunday.

5 shot outside Alabama bar, 2 arrested

WASHINGTON: At least five people were shot outside a bar in the US state of Alabama, authorities said, adding that two suspects have been arrested.

US witnesses increase in Covid cases

WASHINGTON: The US is witnessing an increase in Covid-19 cases, including infections from new and emerging variants, as experts have expressed concerns about another surge amid the upcoming spring break.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 130.6mn

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 130.6 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.84 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

100mn Americans receive at least 1 Covid vax dose'

WASHINGTON: More than 100 million people in the US have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

US reports over 13K cases of Covid variants

WASHINGTON: The US has recorded more than 13,000 cases of coronavirus variants, according to the latest data of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Police officer dead after vehicle rams into US Capitol

WASHINGTON: A police officer was killed after a person rammed his vehicle into barriers surrounding the US Capitol complex, according to authorities.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 130mn mark

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has surpassed the grim milestone of 130 million as the pandemic is still raging, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.86 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

US GDP to grow by over 6% in 2021

WASHINGTON: The US GDP is on track to grow by more than 6 per cent this year, owing in part to its fiscal policy, according to a report.
The revelation was made in the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)'s semi-annual Global Economic Prospects released on Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported.

US weekly jobless claims rise to 719K

WASHINGTON: Initial unemployment claims in the US rose to 719,000 last week, after dropping to the lowest level since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Labour Department.

Blinken, Ukrainian FM discuss conflict in Donbas region

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba discussed the escalated conflict in the country's Donbas region, which Moscow and Kiev have blamed each other for.

US-Russia relations at lowest level: FM

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow-Washington ties were at their lowest point due to increased confrontation, and he hopes that "common sense and prudence" will eventually prevail.

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