Biden will speak to Modi as US warns India on Russian energy imports

WASHINGTON:  President Joe Biden will meet virtually with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, the White House said, at a time when the United States has made clear it does not want to see an uptick in Russian energy

US will defend Taiwan against China: President Biden

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden has said the United States would defend Taiwan if the island were attacked by China, which considers the breakaway region as part of its territory. When asked about defending Taiwan during a town hall, Biden said:

Furious scenes at Haiti airport add to US President pressure over expulsions

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters): Furious scenes broke out at Haiti’s main airport among migrants sent home from a squalid Texas border camp, as U.S. President Joe Biden faced mounting pressure to stop an expulsions policy the U.N. refugee chief said may be

Biden to visit all three sites of Sept 11 attacks

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden will visit all three sites of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacking attacks next week to honour the nearly 3,000 people killed and mark the 20th anniversary of the most lethal terrorist assault on US soil,

Biden defends pullout from Afghanistan as ‘best decision for America’

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden mounted a fierce defence of his exit from Afghanistan as the “best decision for America,” the day after the US military withdrawal celebrated by the Taliban as a major victory. “This is the right decision. A

President Biden to host virtual democracy summit on Dec 9-10

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden will gather world leaders in December for a virtual “Summit for Democracy” that is being seen as a challenge to authoritarian China and an alternative to the traditional G20 meeting. Biden is seeking to bring

Pakistan’s ‘options’

It’s less than a month before the United States formally withdraws all forces from Afghanistan. Yet, the US leadership has ignored Pakistan and negated its role in the Afghan peace process.  US President Biden has not had any contact with

Biden appoints Pakistan-origin Khizr Khan to key US commission

WASHINGTON: United States President Joe Biden has announced plans to nominate Pakistan-born lawyer Khizr Khan to a post with the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. Khizr Khan famously criticised former President Donald Trump for his disparaging remarks against Muslim-Americans

Biden seals deal to officially end US combat mission in Iraq

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi sealed an agreement formally ending the US combat mission in Iraq by the end of 2021, more than 18 years after US troops were sent to the country. Coupled

Afghan President arrives in Washington to meet Biden

WASHINGTON: Afghanistan’s President Ghani and his delegation landed in Washington DC on a direct flight from Kabul on Thursday afternoon.   Afghan President Ghani is accompanied by First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National

Biden drops Trump’s attempt to ban TikTok, WeChat

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden withdrew a series of Trump-era executive orders that sought to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok, and ordered a review of security concerns posed by those apps and others. The administration of former President Donald

US to donate 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses globally

WASHINGTON: The Biden administration plans to donate 500 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses to nearly 100 countries over the next two years The United States is likely to distribute 200 million shots this year and another 300 million in the

Biden embarks on 8-day trip to rebuild European ties

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden departs for Britain on his first trip abroad since taking office, an eight-day mission to rebuild trans-Atlantic ties strained during the Trump era and to reframe relations with Russia. The trip represents a test of

US to distribute 80mn coronavirus vaccine doses globally

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden outlined his plan for the first of 80 million coronavirus vaccine doses that the US will distribute globally before July, with 75 percent of shots disbursed via the Covax program. In a fact sheet, the White

Blinken, Lavrov agree to work together despite ‘serious differences’

REYKJAVIK: Top diplomats from the United States and Russia in their first in-person meeting stressed that the former Cold War foes have serious differences in how they view world affairs but struck an optimistic tone for the talks, saying the

US sanctions on oil, banks should be lifted: Iran’s negotiator

VIENNA: Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator said Tehran expects US sanctions on oil, banks and most individuals and institutions to be lifted based on agreements so far in Vienna talks, while Washington played down the prospect of an imminent breakthrough. Russia

Biden bans most travel from India to limit COVID-19 spread

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden imposed new travel restrictions on India in light of the COVID-19 epidemic, barring most non-US citizens from entering the United States. The new restrictions, which take effect on Tuesday May 4, are on the advice

Biden declares Armenian massacres as genocide in historic move

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden has said the massacres of Armenians during the Ottoman Empire in 1915 constituted genocide, a historic declaration that infuriated Turkey and further strained ties. The largely symbolic move, breaking away from decades of carefully calibrated

Climate crisis

The world is finally understanding the consequences of climate change on the planet. US President Joe Biden opened a climate summit of 40 world leaders and announced an ambitious goal of halving carbon emissions by 2030 while the Chinese leader

Biden speaks to Erdogan before Armenian genocide recognition

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden is expected to take the landmark step of recognizing the World War I era Armenian genocide, a day after he spoke to the leader of Turkey which has fought furiously for decades against such a

DiCaprio, Katy Perry urge Biden to refuse Brazil environment deal

NEW YORK: Dozens of US and Brazilian celebrities, including film actor Leonardo DiCaprio, pop star Katy Perry and musician Gilberto Gil, released a letter urging US President Joe Biden not to agree to any environmental deals with Brazil’s President Jair

Chinese President Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit

BEIJING: China’s President Xi Jinping will attend a US-led climate change summit at the invitation of President Joe Biden, in the first meeting between the two leaders since the advent of the new US administration. Biden has invited dozens of

Biden to raise US cap on refugee admissions after criticism

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden said he will raise the cap on the number of refugees admitted this year to the United States, a day after he drew criticism from Democratic lawmakers for agreeing to keep the historically low figure in

US exits Afghanistan

September 11 – This date is highly symbolic for the United States as it invaded Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks. Now nearly 20 years after almost 2,400 US military and thousands of Afghan deaths, spending nearly $1 trillion, the US

Biden proceeds with $23 billion weapon sales to UAE

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden’s administration has told Congress it is proceeding with more than $23 billion in weapons sales to the United Arab Emirates, including advanced F-35 aircraft, armed drones and other equipment. A State Department spokesperson said the

Biden’s climate summit

President Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders to the ‘Leaders Summit on Climate’. The two-day conference will start on 22 April – Earth Day, and will come ahead of a major UN meeting on the crisis, scheduled for November

Biden announces steps to tackle US gun violence ‘epidemic’

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden branded US gun violence an “epidemic” and an “international embarrassment” at a White House ceremony to unveil his first attempt at getting the problem under control. “This is an epidemic, for God’s sake, and it has

Biden restores assistance for UN Palestinian refugee agency

WASHINGTON: The Biden administration announced it would provide $235 million in US aid to the Palestinians, restarting funding for the United Nations agency supporting refugees and restoring other assistance cut off by then-President Donald Trump. The package, including humanitarian, economic

Biden singles out Amazon for not paying federal income taxes

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden singled out for not paying federal taxes as he spoke about raising the burden of taxes on multinational companies and hiking the corporate tax rate. Biden’s infrastructure plan unveiled earlier in the day increases

Biden unveils $2 trillion infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden unveiled a $2 trillion infrastructure plan aimed at modernizing America’s crumbling transport network, creating millions of jobs and delivering a “once-in-a-generation” investment that will enable the country to beat China on the global economic stage. Biden