US and allies accuse China of global hacking spree

By Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States and its allies accused China on Monday of a global cyberespionage campaign, mustering an unusually broad coalition of countries to publicly call out Beijing for hacking. The United States was joined by NATO, the European Union, Britain, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Canada in […]

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Amid wave of repression in Cuba, Biden says he won’t lift restrictions on remittances

Departing from a campaign promise, President Joe Biden said he will not reverse restrictions on remittances to Cuba imposed by the previous Republican administration unless he gets guarantees the money would not fill the communist government’s coffers. The six-decade-old regime has been shaken by islandwide anti-government street demonstrations and responded by unleashing a wave of […]

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US considers visas for vulnerable Afghan women after military exit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Biden administration is considering offering an expedited visa path for vulnerable Afghans including women politicians, journalists, and activists who may become targets of the Taliban, U.S. officials say. Rights groups have been asking the State Department and White House to add up to 2,000 visas specifically for vulnerable women and women’s […]

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Biden pressured to act on ‘Russian’ ransomware, hacking

Top US officials met at the White House on stopping ransomware Wednesday, as pressure mounted on President Joe Biden to take action against Russia over cyberattacks. Days after hundreds of companies in the US and around 1,500 worldwide saw their computer systems hijacked by allegedly Russia-based ransomware group REvil, there were calls for tough counterattacks […]

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US sends Vietnam 2 million COVID vaccine doses

The United States sent Vietnam two million doses of Covid-19 vaccine Tuesday, the White House said, in its latest assistance to countries struggling to tame the pandemic. The Moderna vaccine shipment — part of a first 80 million doses that President Joe Biden has pledged to allocate worldwide — should arrive in Vietnam this weekend, […]

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Afghan leader meets Biden as US exit looms

US President Joe Biden promised Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani strong support during a White House meeting Friday but made clear he was not planning to slow the US withdrawal after nearly two decades of fighting. Less than three months before his deadline for the removal of all troops, Biden told Ghani that Afghans had to […]

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‘Nonsense’: Jen Psaki shoots down Politico report White House froze Ukraine military aid

White House press secretary Jen Psaki disputed a Politico account that the White House was freezing a Ukraine military aid package. “The Biden White House has temporarily halted a military aid package to Ukraine that would include lethal weapons, a plan originally made in response to aggressive Russian troop movements along Ukraine’s border this spring,” […]

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Biden, Putin face off in tense Geneva summit

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin face off Wednesday at a tense Geneva summit, where ghosts of the Cold War will hover over modern-day US concerns about Russian cyberattacks and what the White House sees as a dangerous authoritarian drift. The setting — a sumptuous villa overlooking Lake Geneva — may be picturesque, but a gruelling […]

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‘One cold dude’: US presidents on Putin

As US President Joe Biden prepares for his first summit meeting with Vladimir Putin — who he has called “a killer” — we look at what his predecessors thought of the Russian president. – Clinton: Cold and tough – US president Bill Clinton said he hung up after congratulating Putin on becoming acting Russian president […]

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Netanyahu says Israel will puruse Hamas as long as necessary

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza – Thick smoke rises above buildings in Gaza City, following several Israeli airstrikes, amid the escalating flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence. – Mohammed Talatene/dpa Hamas continued to attack Israel with rockets at the weekend and the Israeli army struck back with force as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to pursue the militant […]

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US belatedly joins ‘Christchurch Call’ against online extremism

The United States will join an international bid to stamp out violent extremism online, the White House said Friday, some two years after the Trump administration declined to do so. Biden administration spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington “will join the Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online, a global pledge […]

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US denies reports Iran poised to free four Americans

A senior White House official on Sunday denied reports from Tehran that an agreement had been reached with Iran for the release of four Americans detained there. “I can tell you, unfortunately, that report is untrue,” White House chief of staff Ron Klain said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “There is no agreement to release […]

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South Korea’s Moon to visit Biden on May 21

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit US President Joe Biden in Washington on May 21, the White House said Thursday. “President Biden looks forward to working with President Moon to further strengthen our alliance and expand our close cooperation,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. “Moon’s visit will highlight the ironclad […]

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Poll shows people of the world think US significantly less awful now that Trump is gone

The percentage of people with favorable views of the United States has increased in at least a dozen countries since former President Donald Trump left office, according to a new poll released Tuesday. “President Joe Biden inherited a tarnished American image abroad when he took office on Jan. 20 following four years of President Donald […]

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Greta Thunberg mocks British PM by changing Twitter bio to ‘bunny hugger’

Climate activist Greta Thunberg – Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a press conference in Berlin. Thunberg changed her Twitter bio to “bunny hugger” in a jibe at British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s comments at a global climate summit. – Kay Nietfeld/dpa Greta Thunberg changed her Twitter bio to “bunny hugger” in a jibe at […]

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