US calls resignation of Lebanon PM-designate ‘disappointing’

Saad Hariri was tasked with forming a government in crisis-hit Lebanon in October 2020 Washington (AFP) – The United States said Thursday’s resignation of Saad Hariri as Lebanon’s prime minister-designate was disappointing. “It is critical that a government committed and able to implement priority reforms be formed now,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said after […]

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Ransomware gang goes offline, prompting questions

A Russian-based hacker group blamed for a massive ransomware attack went offline Tuesday, sparking speculation about whether the move was the result of a government-led action. The “dark web” page of the group known as REvil disappeared some two weeks after an attack which crippled networks of hundreds of companies worldwide and prompted a ransom […]

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Cuba leader denies repression, says blackouts and US embargo led to massive protests

Without making any acknowledgment of the deep discontent with his government shown by protesters chanting “down with the dictatorship” across the island on Sunday, Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel said Monday the massive uprisings were the “cumulative” result of U.S. policies. He said the majority of people participating in the huge protests across the island Sunday, […]

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‘Feelings of dissatisfaction:’ Cuba’s leader blames US embargo for unprecedented protests

Without making any acknowledgment of the deep discontent with his government shown by protesters chanting “down with the dictatorship” across the island on Sunday, Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel said Monday the massive uprisings were the “cumulative” result of U.S. policies. He said the majority of people participating in the massive protests across the island on […]

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Ocasio-Cortez urges Biden not to send US troops to Haiti

U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Monday morning that the Biden administration should resist calls to deploy American troops to Haiti in the wake of the assassination of the Caribbean nation’s president last week, warning that such a move would risk deepening the country’s political crisis. “I do not believe right now that the introduction of […]

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Haiti sent ‘urgent’ request for US, UN troops to secure ports after assassination

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The Haitian government under acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph sent a letter to the Biden administration this week requesting the “urgent” deployment of troops to secure the country’s sea, air and oil ports, hours after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Bocchit Edmond, delivered the letter […]

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Assassins of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse reportedly posed as US agents

This is a breaking news story… Check back for possible updates… Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated early Wednesday morning after what initial news reports described as “a group of unidentified people” attacked his home on the outskirts of the nation’s capital of Port-au-Prince. Haiti’s First Lady, Martine Moïse, was reportedly hospitalized after suffering bullet […]

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Pentagon defends secretive exit from Afghan airbase

The US military confirmed Tuesday that it did not give Afghan officials the precise time troops would abandon the strategic Bagram air base for security reasons, even as it left the facility open to looters. According to reports, Afghan military officials, including the general who will run the base in the future, complained that they […]

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The war in Afghanistan, by the numbers

The war in Afghanistan — launched on October 7, 2001 in the wake of the September 11 attacks — is the longest ever waged by the United States. Here are some key figures about the conflict with US and foreign troops having all but withdrawn from Afghanistan: Boots on the ground At its peak, under […]

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US to evacuate some Afghan interpreters ahead of withdrawal: official

The United States plans to evacuate at least some Afghan interpreters who have worked with US forces before the full withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, a senior official said Thursday. The move would keep the interpreters, facing violent reprisal from Taliban forces, safe as their immigration visas are processed, the official, who spoke on […]

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Spain court agrees to extradite McAfee founder to US

Spain’s National Court said Wednesday it had approved the extradition of antivirus software pioneer John McAfee to the United States where he is wanted for tax evasion. The court’s decision to extradite the 75-year-old, who was arrested at Barcelona airport, can be appealed but must also be approved by the Spanish cabinet before it can […]

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US has ‘wrong’ expectation for dialogue with North Korea: Kim’s sister

The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday that Washington had “wrong” expectations for dialogue with Pyongyang and was facing “greater disappointment”, state media reported. Kim Yo Jong’s comments came after US national security advisor Jake Sullivan described her brother’s first reaction to Washington’s recent review of its approach to the […]

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Behind Airbus-Boeing truce lies a common rival: China

China’s home-grown C919 passenger jet taking off from Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on its maiden flight in 2017 Paris (AFP) – While the United States and Europe waged a 17-year trade battle over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus, China poured money into its own commercial aircraft to take on the Western aviation duopoly. It took […]

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Trump official battled colleagues to stop them from making ‘embarrassing’ claim about COVID-19: report

America narrowly avoided a major diplomatic crisis from the Trump administration according to the account of a former top official. “In the final days of the Trump administration, the State Department was embroiled in a bitter dispute over China’s role in the origins of COVID-19 that’s now spilling into public view,” BuzzFeed News reported Saturday. […]

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G7 plans infrastructure initiative to counter China’s ‘New Silk Road’

G7 Summit in England – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Charles Michel, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend the G7 summit in […]

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World opinion of the US has rebounded under Biden

When he was running for president, Donald Trump loved to say that America had become a “laughingstock,” and that under his leadership, other countries would start respecting America again. On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that a new Pew Research Center survey shows the truth is just the opposite. “Trust in the U.S. president fell […]

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China accuses US of ‘paranoid delusion’ over huge innovation bill

Beijing on Wednesday accused Washington of “paranoid delusion” after the US Senate passed a sweeping industrial policy bill aimed at countering the surging economic threat from China. America’s political parties overcame partisan divisions to support pumping more than $170 billion into research and development, one of the most significant achievements in Congress since Joe Biden’s […]

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