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China and the US to ease restrictions on journalists

Belfast Telegraph | 17 Nov 2021

China and the US have agreed to ease restrictions on each other’s journalists amid a slight relaxation of tensions between the two sides. The official China Daily newspaper said the agreement had been reached ahead of Tuesday’s virtual summit between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and US president Joe Biden. The agreement represents a degree of progress...

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Afghanistan asks US Congress to release funds amid financial crisis

The Times of India | 17 Nov 2021

KABUL: Afghanistan has asked the United States Congress for the release of Afghanistan's central bank assets frozen by the US government, as the Taliban-led country witnessing a financial crisis, according to local media on Wednesday. In a letter to US Congress, the Afghan acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said that following the...

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US, Japan to rebuild trade ties with new forum, meetings

Straits Times | 17 Nov 2021

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States and Japan announced on Wednesday (Nov 17) a new trade partnership to boost cooperation on labour, environment and digital trade issues, with an emphasis on "third country concerns," a reference to China's state-driven economic policies. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai, who is in Tokyo to meet with new...

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US auctions off oil and gas drilling leases in Gulf of Mexico after climate talks

The Guardian | 17 Nov 2021

Biden administration launching auction of more than 80m acres for fossil fuel extraction that experts call ‘incredibly reckless’ Just four days after landmark climate talks in Scotland in which Joe Biden vowed the US will “lead by example” in tackling dangerous global heating, the president’s own...

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'Help us': migrant caravan sees Biden as only hope

Urdu Point | 17 Nov 2021

Hungry and exhausted after three weeks walking across Mexico in a migrant caravan, Elsa Pineda implored US President Joe Biden to give her daughter a chance to escape the dangers of Honduras' gangs Matas Romero, Mexico, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Nov, 2021 ) :Hungry and exhausted after three weeks walking across Mexico in a...

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Will gasoline prices drop in 2022? It depends on OPEC and US shale

The Times of India | 17 Nov 2021

NEW YORK: Whether fuel pump prices fall in 2022 depends on two groups of producers who are struggling to increase oil output in the wake of the pandemic: OPEC and its allies and U.S. shale firms. The global oil industry's slow response to the surging demand in 2021 has contributed to soaring energy costs and inflationary pressures worldwide. As the...

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Uber resumes shared rides in US

Live Mint | 17 Nov 2021

Ride-hailing giant Uber has resumed its ride-sharing service in the United States, a top executive announced Tuesday, offering customers in Miami a feature that was stopped last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The UberX Share option -- formerly called Uber Pool -- allows people to share rides with strangers at a reduced cost, and builds in...

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US intends to move forward on F-35 sale to UAE: official

The Wire Network | 17 Nov 2021

The United States intends to move forward with the sale of 50 F-35 stealth fighters jets to the United Arab Emirates but there must be a clear understanding of "Emirati obligations," a US official said on Tuesday as progress on the sale slows. "We...

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Top US Senator backs CAATSA waiver for India for S-400 deal

The Siasat Daily | 17 Nov 2021

Washington: The US’ relationship with India is deepening, a top Republican Senator has said, as he supported growing calls for a presidential CAATSA waiver to New Delhi on the purchase of S-400 missiles from Russia. The S-400 is known as Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system. Senator Tommy Tuberville...

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Pfizer files for US authorisation of promising Covid-19 antiviral pill

Dawn | 17 Nov 2021

Pfizer Inc said on Tuesday it is seeking US authorisation of its experimental antiviral Covid-19 pill that cut the chance of hospitalisation or death for adults at risk of severe disease by 89 per cent in a clinical trial. Pfizer said it completed submission of its application for emergency use authorisation (EUA) of the drug, Paxlovid, with the US...

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US voices concern over increased tension between Armenia, Azerbaijan

Anadolu Agency | 17 Nov 2021

The US voiced concern Tuesday over the increased tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan. “The United States is deeply concerned about reports of intensive fighting today between Armenia and Azerbaijan. We urge both sides to take immediate concrete steps to reduce tensions and avoid further escalation,” said US Secretary of State Antony...

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How major US stock indexes fared Tuesday

The News-Gazette | 16 Nov 2021

Wall Street closed higher Tuesday as investors reviewed solid earnings reports from retailers and an encouraging update on consumer spending. Home Depot rose 5.7% after the home improvement retailer reported surging sales and...

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Biden bars Nicaragua officials, including Ortega couple, from US

France24 | 16 Nov 2021

The United States on Tuesday imposed an entry ban on Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, his vice-president wife and his government, after elections that were internationally dismissed as illegitimate. ......

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Satellites, ships in crosshairs: Are Russia, China running circles around US? 

The Jerusalem Post | 16 Nov 2021

Washington is nonplussed that Russia has conducted what the US calls a “dangerous and irresponsible” missile test. It targeted one of Russia’s own satellites as part of an apparent anti-satellite missile system. The US says that the test endangered the crew of the International Space Station (ISS). Meanwhile, H.I. Sutton at...

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China overtakes US to grab top spot in list of richest countries

Hindustan Times | 16 Nov 2021

Global wealth tripled over the last two decades, with China leading the way and overtaking the US for the top spot worldwide. Net worth worldwide rose to $514 trillion in 2020, from $156 trillion in 2000, according to the study. China accounted for almost one-third of the increase.(REUTERS) Copy Link Global wealth tripled over the last two decades,...

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Michael Flynn calls for US to have only 'one religion'

The Jerusalem Post | 16 Nov 2021

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the American Jewish Congress (AJC) have joined numerous groups and individuals in condemning the call by Michael Flynn, former President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, for the United States to have one religion. “If we are going to have one nation under God, which we must, we have to have...

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‘I’m healthy and happy’: US journo freed in Myanmar

The Times of India | 16 Nov 2021

DOHA: American journalist Danny Fenster said he was healthy and happy to be heading home after being freed from prison in Myanmar and flying to...

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US-China talks begin: Biden hopes to discuss human rights and security issues, Xi greets his 'old friend'

Indiatoday | 16 Nov 2021

A virtual US-China summit kicked off on Tuesday morning (IST). While US President Biden said he hopes to discuss human rights and security issues, China's Xi Jinping stated that he was very happy to see his 'old friend'....

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EU to aim for rapid deployment force without US assets by 2025, document says

Straits Times | 16 Nov 2021

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - The European Union is considering a joint military force of up to 5,000 troops by 2025 to intervene in a range of crises and without relying on the United States, according to a draft plan. The "EU Rapid Deployment Capacity" should be made up of land, sea and air components that could be swapped in and out of any standing...

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The harmonious US city run by Muslim Americans

BBC News | 16 Nov 2021

A walk down the main street in Hamtramck, Michigan, feels like a tour around the world. A Polish sausage store and an Eastern European bakery sit alongside a Yemeni department store and a Bengali clothing shop. Church bells ring out along with the Islamic call to prayer. "The world in two square miles" - Hamtramck lives up to its slogan,...