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Islamic State names new leader, confirming US raid killed predecessor

The Guardian | 11 Mar 2022

Audio message names Abu al-Hassan al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi as new leader in first admission of former head’s death Islamic State has named a new leader after confirming that its previous head was killed by the US in north-western Syria over a month ago. In an audio message released on Thursday, an IS...

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How major US stock indexes fared Thursday

The News-Gazette | 10 Mar 2022

Stocks slipped on Wall Street Thursday as markets remain choppy amid uncertainty about where inflation, interest rates and the global economy are heading. The S&P 500 had its fifth drop in the last six days. The slide marks another reversal for...

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Biden blames Putin for record consumer inflation in US

Anadolu Agency | 10 Mar 2022

President Joe Biden blamed Vladimir Putin on Thursday for last month's record inflation in the US. "Americans‘ budgets are being stretched by price increases and families are starting to feel the impacts of Putin’s...

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US Vice President Endorses Calls for War Crimes Probe into Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Voa News | 10 Mar 2022

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris endorsed calls Thursday from world leaders for an international war crimes investigation into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its bombing of civilians, including children and pregnant women at a maternity hospital. Harris reiterated a need for the probe before meeting in Warsaw with Polish President Andrzej Duda...

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ASEAN members say summit with US is being rescheduled

Times Union | 10 Mar 2022

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is seeking to reschedule a summit meeting of its leaders with U.S. President Joe Biden, Cambodian and Indonesian officials said Thursday. Cambodian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Chum Sounry explained in a statement sent Thursday that the proposed March 28-29 dates “were not...

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House approves ban on Russian oil to US, bolstering Biden

Stars and Stripes | 10 Mar 2022

WASHINGTON — The House overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday night that would ban Russian oil imports to the United States, an effort to put into law the restrictions announced by President Joe Biden in response to the escalating war in Ukraine. Going further than Biden's import ban on Russian oil, the bill making its way through...

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China-backed hackers have breached networks of 6 US states, experts warn

New York Post | 10 Mar 2022

A hacker group backed by the Chinese government has breached the networks of at least six US state governments in the past year. Experts are warning of a group of cybercriminals that has been targeting state government computer networks in the United States, according to a new report from American cybersecurity firm Mandiant. The hacker collective,...

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US lawmaker says sanctions cause ‘devastation’

Russia Today | 09 Mar 2022

Amid unprecedented penalties on Russia, Rep. Ilhan Omar wants Biden administration to consider the humanitarian cost of sanctions With the Biden administration considering lifting sanctions on Venezuela in exchange for oil, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MInnesota) has called on the White House to recognize “the devastation that our sanctions have had on...

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Hawaii Becomes Last US State to Lift Mask Mandate

The Epoch Times | 09 Mar 2022

Hawaii on Tuesday became the last U.S. state to lift its universal indoor mask mandate. Gov. David Ige announced the decision...

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Pentagon rejects Poland’s offer to give the US MiG 29 fighter jets to be used by Ukraine to defend against Russia

Irish Independent | 09 Mar 2022

The Pentagon on Tuesday rejected Poland's offer to give the US its MiG 29 fighter jets to be used by Ukraine in its fight against Russian troops. "We will continue consulting with our allies and partners about our ongoing security assistance to Ukraine, because, in fact, Poland’s proposal shows just some of the complexities this issue...

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SOS for hypersonic help as US lags China, Russia

Asiatimes | 09 Mar 2022

In a bid to accelerate the US’ hypersonic weapons development program, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin last month convened a high-profile meeting with the CEOs of America’s leading defense companies. Hypersonic weapons can travel five times the speed of sound and maneuver in flight like a cruise missile, making them harder to detect and shoot...

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How major US stock indexes fared Tuesday

The News-Gazette | 08 Mar 2022

Stocks ended lower following another day of yo-yoing between gains and losses after crude oil prices rose anew as the U.S. banned imports from Russia. The price of nickel surged so much that trading for the metal was shut on Tuesday as...

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Stocks wobble lower, crude climbs after US bans Russian oil

The News-Gazette | 08 Mar 2022

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks ended lower after another day of yo-yoing between gains and losses after crude oil prices rose anew as the U.S. banned imports from Russia. The price of nickel surged so much that trading for the metal was shut on Tuesday as the economic fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to rock markets. The S&P 500 fell...

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US assures nervous Baltic nations of NATO defense

Taipei Times | 08 Mar 2022

HAVE CONFIDENCE: Lithuania and Latvia were assured by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Washington’s commitment to NATO’s mutual defense pact is ‘sacrosanct’ AP, RIGA US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday assured Lithuania and Latvia of NATO protection and US support, as he made quick visits to two of the three Baltic states that...

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5 Fatal Mistakes The US And Western Europe Made With Vladimir Putin

WorldNews.com | 08 Mar 2022

As the mass of corpses - both military and civilian - pile up in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict, one is forced to ask why the United States and Western Europe haven’t learned the most basic lessons from past military engagements. To be sure, they have started and fought more colonial and modern wars than the entire world combined, including three...

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Biden to announce a ban on US imports of Russian energy

Al Jazeera | 08 Mar 2022

The Biden administration will impose a ban on U.S. imports of Russian energy on Tuesday without the participation of its European allies, according to people familiar with the matter. The ban will include Russian oil, liquefied natural gas and coal, according to two people, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The decision was made in consultation...