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The Differences Between the Vaccines Matter
Yes, all of the COVID-19 vaccines are very good. No, they’re not all the same.
GameStop shares surge 53%, other 'meme stocks' rally on stimulus hopes
Shares of GameStop jumped more than 40% on Monday and other so-called meme stocks rallied, lifted by news from the video game retailer and expectations that investors may plow funds from coming stimulus checks into the equity market.
US and EU agree to suspend tariffs linked to long-running Boeing-Airbus dispute
The United States and European Union have agreed to suspend for four months all tariffs related to the long-running dispute over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus.
US Senate Passes Biden's $1.9 Trillion Covid Relief Bill
The Senate voted 50-49, with no Republicans voting in favor, on what would be one of the largest stimulus packages in US history.
Biden Asked Not To Accept India-Led Proposal At World Trade Body On Covid Vaccine Patents
Early this week, hundreds of American civil society organizations and three top Congressmen urged Biden not to block the waiver to COVID-19 vaccines at World Trade Organisation.
U.S. is ‘not prepared to defend or compete in the A.I. era,’ says expert group chaired by Eric Schmidt
The U.S. is drastically underprepared for the age of AI, according to the National Security Commission on AI, which is chaired by Eric Schmidt.
China's control of vital minerals means the US and allies should cozy up to Greenland, think tank says
China controls about 90% of the supply of rare earths, which are used in myriad applications, including weaponry and defense goods.
Joe Biden Withdrew His Nomination Of Neera Tanden After Pushback In The Senate
Tanden had drawn criticism from Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, dooming her nomination to lead the Office of Management and Budget.
Dolly Parton Received A Dose Of The COVID Vaccine She Helped To Fund
"Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaciiiiiiine," she sang. "I'm begging of you, please don't hesitate."
US axes Trump-era Scotch whisky tariffs for four months in bid to resolve aircraft trade war with UK
The US said on Thursday it will suspend 25 percent tariffs on Scotch whisky and retaliatory import taxes on other UK products in a bid to resolve the two parties’ on-going transatlantic trade row due to aircraft subsidies.
China Aims for Tech Independence Amid Looming Cut-Throat Race With US
China is moving swiftly to map out potential weaknesses in dozens of technological sectors and draft a sweeping plan to address areas that are exposed to external risks, Chinese officials said on Monday.
U.S. blocked Myanmar junta attempt to empty $1 billion New York Fed account - sources
Myanmar’s military rulers attempted to move about $1 billion held at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York days after seizing power on Feb. 1, prompting U.S. officials to put a freeze on the funds, according to three people familiar with ...
ByteDance reaches $92 million settlement with U.S. TikTok users over data privacy concerns
Under the proposed terms of the agreement, TikTok will no longer collect or store a user's biometric information, including facial characteristics, or track users' GPS data. The company will also be prohibited from storing U.S. user data...
US Airstrike In Syria A Warning To Iran: Joe Biden
The Pentagon said Thursday's strike, which according to a Syrian war monitoring group killed 22 militia members, was in response to a series of rocket attacks targeting US soldiers in Iraq.
Nikki Haley, Top Republicans Call For US Boycott Of China Winter Olympics
Beijing is scheduled to host the Winter Olympics from February 4 to 20, 2022.
Huawei unveils folding smartphone with an 8-inch-wide screen
Phone offers crisper visuals, better sound for movies, games
Biden's CIA Nominee William Burns Says, China Would Be Biggest Focus If Confirmed
Veteran US diplomat William Burns said China was the main challenge the country faces, echoing views stated by Joe Biden and other top officials of his administration.
Joe Biden Revokes Trump Ban On Many Green Card Applicants
Former President Donald Trump issued the ban last year, saying it was needed to protect U.S. workers amid high unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic.
US Report Likely To Blame Saudi Crown Prince For Khashoggi Killing: Report
The officials said the report, for which the CIA was the main contributor, assessed that the crown prince approved and likely ordered the murder of Khashoggi, whose Washington Post column had criticized the crown prince's policies.
Biden CIA nominee Burns to focus on 'authoritarian adversary' China
President Joe Biden’s nominee to be director of the CIA, William Burns, told a Senate committee on Wednesday that he saw competition with China - and countering its “adversarial, predatory” leadership - as the key to U.S. national security.
"US Will Seek Election To UN Human Rights Council For 2022-24 Term"
"I'm pleased to announce the United States will seek election to the Human Rights Council for the 2022-24 term," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the council.
US Senate Confirms Biden UN Nominee Thomas-Greenfield
The 100-member Senate backed Thomas-Greenfield by 78 to 20 to be Washington's representative at the world body and a member of Biden's cabinet, comfortably exceeding the simple majority needed.
More sparring on Made in China label
Thirteen members of the World Trade Organization have shown interest in joining meetings of a resolution panel to deal with the dispute between Hong Kong and the United States over "Made in China" labeling.
Americans May Still Need Masks In 2022 To Fight Covid, Top US Expert Says
While daily infection rates are coming down dramatically, thousands of Americans still die every day from the virus, and less than 15% of the US population has been vaccinated against it.
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