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State Department issues first US passport with ‘x gender’ marker for non-binary Americans

The Independent | 27 Oct 2021

The US Department of State has issued its first-ever passport using a newly designated “x gender” marker to accommodate non-binary, intersex and gender...

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UN, US sanction Libyan official over human trafficking

Arab News | 27 Oct 2021

CAIRO: The United Nations Security Council and the United States have imposed sanctions on a Libyan official over the alleged abuse and torture of migrants in a detention center. The Security Council and the US said in separate statements late Tuesday that Osama Al-Kuni is the de facto head of a detention center in the North African nation’s west....

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US appeals UK judge’s refusal to permit Assange extradition

Al Jazeera | 27 Oct 2021

The United States has appealed against a British judge’s decision to block the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to face espionage charges because of concerns over his mental health. At the start of a two-day hearing on Wednesday, lawyers acting for the US government asked London’s High Court to overturn District Judge Vanessa...

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Shrinking US Crude Reserves Might Confirm the Trend Now!

FX Empire | 27 Oct 2021

Fundamental Analysis U.S. API Weekly Crude Oil Stock: Inventory levels of US crude oil, gasoline and distillates stocks, American Petroleum Institute (API) via Investing Regarding the API figures published Tuesday, the increase in crude inventories (with 2.318 million barrels versus 1.650 million barrels expected) implies weaker demand and is...

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US senators urge Biden to avoid India sanctions over Russian deal

Al Jazeera | 27 Oct 2021

Two United States senators have urged President Joe Biden to waive sanctions against India over its purchase of Russia’s S-400 air defence system, saying such a punitive measure would endanger growing cooperation. India signed a $5.5bn deal with Russia in 2018 for five of the surface-to-air missile systems for defence against long-time adversary...

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Daesh Capable of Attacking US in 6 Months: Pentagon

Tolo News | 27 Oct 2021

The U.S. intelligence community has assessed that Islamic State in Afghanistan could have the capability to attack the United States in as little as six months, and has the intention to do so, a senior Pentagon official told Congress on Tuesday. The remarks by Colin Kahl, under secretary of defense for policy, are the latest reminder that...

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US set to appeal UK refusal to extradite WikiLeaks' Assange

Midland Daily News | 27 Oct 2021

LONDON (AP) — The U.S. government is scheduled to ask Britain’s High Court on Wednesday to overturn a judge’s decision that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be sent to the United States to face espionage charges. In January, a lower court judge refused an American request...

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US, China, Russia join Asia summit amid regional disputes

The Independent | 27 Oct 2021

President Joe Biden and China’s Premier Li Keqiang will join an annual summit of 18 Asia-Pacific nations by video Wednesday in a region where the world powers have dueled over trade, Taiwan, democracy, human rights and Beijing’s increasingly assertive actions in disputed territories. Russian President Vladimir Putin will also speak at the East Asia...

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British Court to Rule on US Extradition of Wikileaks’ Julian Assange

Voa News | 27 Oct 2021

A British court will consider this week whether Julian Assange, founder of the Wikileaks website, can be extradited to the United States on charges of hacking and theft. The two-day hearing is scheduled to begin Wednesday in London’s high court. U.S. prosecutors appealed a British district court verdict from January, which ruled that Assange should...

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US lags China on hypersonic weapons by years, says US defence company CEO

Straits Times | 27 Oct 2021

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - The United States government is years behind China in the pursuit of so-called hypersonic weapons that bob and weave through the atmosphere at more than five times the speed of sound, Raytheon Technologies' chief executive said on Tuesday (Oct 26). While the Pentagon has a number of hypersonic weapons programmes in...

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How the US pursuit of Julian Assange is a distraction from impunity for war crimes

Amnesty | 26 Oct 2021

In 1791, in an attempt to stop the publication of the first part of Thomas Paine’s seminal work, The Rights of Man, the British government tried to buy up the copyright. The publisher refused to sell. The following year, after the second part of the work was published, the government tried a more direct tactic, charging Paine with seditious libel....

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Biden to meet pope amid pressure from anti-abortion US bishops

Al Jazeera | 26 Oct 2021

Devout Roman Catholic Joe Biden is scheduled to meet Pope Francis in the Vatican on Friday at a time when the US president is under intense pressure for his conflicted position in the dispute over abortion rights. Biden goes to weekly Mass regularly and keeps a picture of the pope behind his desk in the Oval Office. He has said he is personally...

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Solid earnings drive US stocks further into record heights

The News-Gazette | 26 Oct 2021

Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as company earnings reports get into high gear, pushing major indexes further into record heights. The S&P 500 was up 0.4% in the early going Tuesday. Big technology companies were doing much of the heavy lifting, and that helped send the Nasdaq up 0.6%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.2%. UPS...

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US judge sets July deadline for Prince Andrew's testimony in accuser's lawsuit

RTE | 26 Oct 2021

Britain's Prince Andrew must make himself available to answer questions under oath by 14 July next in a civil lawsuit by a woman who accuses him of sexually abusing her when she was a teenager. US District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan set the...

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Rogozin Plans to Discuss US Sanction Relief for Russian Space Firms With NASA Official

Urdu Point | 26 Oct 2021

DUBAI (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 26th October, 2021) Dmitry Rogozin, the chief of Russia's space agency Roscosmos, said that he will discuss the lifting of US sanctions imposed on the Russian rocket and...

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Israel envoy to brief US over ban on Palestinian groups

Federal News Radio | 26 Oct 2021

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel is sending an envoy to Washington amid a deepening rift with the Biden administration over six outlawed Palestinian rights groups, a Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday. Israel last week designated the prominent Palestinian human rights groups as terrorist organizations, sparking international criticism and...

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Israel envoy to brief US over ban on Palestinian groups

Wtop | 26 Oct 2021

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel is sending an envoy to Washington amid a deepening rift with the Biden administration over six outlawed Palestinian rights groups, a Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday. Israel last week designated the prominent Palestinian human rights groups as terrorist organizations, sparking international criticism and...

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US to lift all travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals from November 8

The Telegraph India | 26 Oct 2021

The US will lift all restrictions for fully vaccinated international travellers, including from India, from November 8 but they will have to show proof of a negative coronavirus test before boarding a flight to the country, the White House has announced. The updated travel guidelines issued on Monday also include new protocols around testing. To...

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US Sees Uzbek Presidential Election as Peaceful, But Overly Restrictive - State Dept.

Urdu Point | 26 Oct 2021

WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 26th October, 2021) The United States agrees with monitors that the Uzbek presidential election was peaceful but is concerned about the overly...

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Outages becoming longer and more frequent as failure to tackle climate change affects US power grid

The Independent | 25 Oct 2021

Every time a storm lashes the Carolina coast, the power lines on Tonye Gray’s street go down, cutting her lights and air conditioning. After Hurricane Florence in 2018, Gray went three days with no way to refrigerate medicine for her multiple sclerosis or pump the floodwater out of her basement. "Florence was hell," said Gray, 61, a marketing...