21 Jan 2022

Ukraine tension: Urgent US-Russia talks in Geneva as invasion fears grow

US Secretary of State and Russian Foreign MInister met in Geneva on Friday for talks as fears grow that Russia may invade Ukraine. Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized that these talks were an attempt to see if diplomacy was a viable option for the two countries. Russian Foreign MInister

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21 Jan 2022

US extradites second suspect in assassination of Haiti’s President

A second subject in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise has been extradited to the United States. Rodolphe Jaar will be presented with the charges on Thursday in his initial court appearance in Miami. Jaar is one of several suspects that has been at large for months after the

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18 Jan 2022

Blinken to travel to Ukraine and Germany this week

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Germany and Ukraine this week following the Russian threat toward Ukraine. Blinken will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. The goal is to reinforce the US commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty.  In Berlin, Blinken will discuss

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14 Jan 2022

North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles After Lashing Out Over Sanctions

On Friday, North Korea fired two ballistic missiles, its third missile test this month. These missiles were fired hours after North Korea warned of a stronger and certain reaction if the United States helped impose more sanctions as a response to its recent series of missile tests. Two short-range ballistic

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11 Jan 2022

US providing $308 million in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan

On Tuesday, the National Security Council announced that the US is providing $308 million in humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan. The announcement comes as the country faces difficulties in the Covid-19 pandemic and severe economic pressure. The US will also provide additional Covid-19 vaccine doses. The humanitarian assistance

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04 Jan 2022

Hong Kong activist sentenced to 15 months in prison over unauthorized Tiananmen Square vigil

Chow Hang-tung, a Hong Kong pro-democracy activist, was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Tuesday. Chow allegedly organized an unauthorized vigil to commemorate the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. Chow served as the vice charwoman of the now-dissolved Hong Kong Alliance, which has held the same candlelight

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31 Dec 2021

Ukraine tensions: Putin tells Biden new sanctions could rupture ties

In a phone call late Thursday, Vladimir Putin warned Joe Biden that new sanctions over Ukraine could lead to the breakdown of all relations between the US and Russia. He warned that new sanctions would be a “colossal mistake.” Biden warned that the US and its allies would respond strongly

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31 Dec 2021

Biden, Putin Plan Call at What U.S. Says Is a ‘Moment of Crisis’ Over Ukraine

President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin made plans to talk on Thursday ahead of high-level negotiations designed to deal with crisis over Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine. The call was reportedly requested by Russia, according to a senior official in the Biden administration. Moscow has been pressing the US

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30 Dec 2021

Biden signs bill banning goods from China’s Xinjiang over forced labor

On Thursday, US President Joe Biden signed legislation that bans imports from the Xinjiang region of China. The legislation, called the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, was constructed due to concerns about the treatment of the Uyghur Muslim minority in China. Washington has previously referred to acts of the Chinese

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28 Dec 2021

US halves isolation time for asymptomatic Covid infection

As the Omicron variant infects thousands across the globe, US health officials have decreased the recommended isolation time for people with asymptomatic Covid-19 infections by half. Instead of quarantining for 10 days, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that individuals who are not experiencing symptoms of the virus may

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