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Biden holds ‘constructive’ dialogue with Putin in Geneva summit

GENEVA: US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin decided at a “pragmatic” first summit on Wednesday to hold arms control and cyber-security talks and return their respective ambassadors, while agreeing to differ on other issues. The discussions at

Big Tech critic Lina Khan becomes US FTC chair

WASHINGTON: Lina Khan, an antitrust researcher focused on Big Tech’s immense market power, was sworn in as chair of the US Federal Trade Commission. Hours earlier, the US Senate had confirmed Khan, with bipartisan support, signaling a victory for progressives

Erdogan offers cooperation after US troops pullout from Afghanistan

BRUSSELS: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he held a “fruitful and sincere” meeting with his US counterpart Joe Biden on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels. “We believe there is no problem that cannot be resolved in

NATO adopts tough line on China at Biden’s debut summit

BRUSSELS: NATO leaders warned that China presents “systemic challenges,” taking a forceful stance towards Beijing in a communique at Joe Biden’s first summit with the alliance. The US president has urged his fellow NATO leaders to stand up to China’s

US rivals China’s BRI

US President Joe Biden is on his first overseas visit to attend the G7 Summit in England. The visit is being hailed as the return of the United States to the world stage as it seeks to counter the growing

US Senate confirms Pakistan-origin Zahid Quraishi as first federal Muslim judge

WASHINGTON: The US Senate has approved President Joe Biden’s nomination of Zahid Quraishi, a magistrate judge in New Jersey, to the federal bench, making him the first Muslim federal judge in US history. The Democrat-controlled Senate voted 81-16 to confirm

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

Amazon and Facebook to fall under new G7 tax rules

SAN FRANCISCO: Both Amazon and Facebook will fall under new proposals for a global minimum corporation tax agreed by the Group of Seven, United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said. Asked whether the two companies would be covered by the

Trump makes rare public appearance as he teases 2024 prospects

WASHINGTON: Former US President Donald Trump on Saturday sharply attacked US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, demanded reparations from China and denounced an investigation into his finances. Speaking in Greenville, North Carolina, at

US announces $266 million humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: The United States announced more than $266 million in new humanitarian aid for Afghanistan as part of what it called an enduring US commitment to the war-torn country. The announcement comes amid unrelenting violence and a stalled peace process

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

US to hand Bagram base to Afghan forces in 20 days

KABUL: The US military will hand over its main Bagram Air Base to Afghan forces in about 20 days as Washington presses on with withdrawing the last of its troops from the country. The vast base, built by the Soviets

USA, UK, China top three destinations for Pakistani exports

KARACHI: United States of America (USA) remained the top export destination of Pakistani products during the first ten months of financial year 2020-21, followed by United Kingdom (UK) and China. The total exports to the USA during July-April (2020-21) were

US bases in Pakistan

It’s very simple. Twenty years ago, the United States and 44 allies came to Afghanistan saying that the Taliban are terrorists and they wanted a regime change. After suffering a defeat, they started dialogue with the Taliban two decades later.

Biden pitches $6 trillion budget to ‘reimagine’ US economy

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden has proposed a $6 trillion budget to “reimagine” the US economy and stave off Chinese competition, though driving the United States into record debt and with Congress first needing to give approval. Announcing the proposed spending,

Biden orders intelligence report on COVID origins within 90 days

WASHINGTON: United States President Joe Biden ordered US intelligence agencies to report to him in the next three months on whether the COVID-19 virus first emerged in China from an animal source or from a laboratory accident. In a statement

No US base could exist in Pakistan under PM Imran Khan: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has reaffirmed that Pakistan will neither provide its military or air bases to the US nor permit it to conduct airstrikes within the country. He was winding up debate in the Senate on Tuesday

Blinken announces US aid to Gaza, plans to reopen Jerusalem consulate

JERUSALEM: United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged that Washington would provide new aid to help rebuild Gaza as part of efforts to bolster a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. Hoping to reverse a move taken by former President

Israel and Hamas both claim victory as ceasefire holds

JERUSALEM: Israel and Hamas both claimed victory after their forces ended 11 days of fighting, but humanitarian officials warned that the damage to Gaza would take years to rebuild. After working behind the scenes for days to reach a truce,

US Senator Sanders submits resolution blocking arms sales to Israel

WASHINGTON: United States Senator Bernie Sanders has introduced a resolution blocking $735 million weapons sale to Israel. This follows mirrors a symbolic action by the House of Representatives in response to the conflict between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas leaders. “At

US House approves Capitol riot probe by Trump’s supporters

WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives voted to create an independent commission to probe the deadly January 6 attack on the Capitol by former President Donald Trump’s supporters, as one in six Republicans defied attempts to block it. Over the

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 to release three Guantanamo Bay prisoners

WASHINGTON: Three of the 40 prisoners still at the Guantanamo Bay US military prison have been approved for release, the first such approvals under the administration of President Joe Biden. The three included Pakistani Saifullah Paracha, who at 73 is

US condemns Erdogan’s ‘anti-Semitic’ remarks

WASHINGTON: The United States has sharply criticised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for what it called “anti-Semitic” remarks amid his denunciations of Israel’s strikes in Gaza. “The United States strongly condemns President Erdogan’s recent anti-Semitic comments regarding the Jewish people

Afghanistan and the Vietnam war        

After months of military escalations and negotiations recriminations, the United States agreed to remove all remaining forces by September 2021. US President Biden set a date of September 11 for the withdrawal. Many circles are wondering why this date was

Pakistan Navy participates in naval exercises with US, Canada

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Navy Ship (PNS) SAIF participated in a naval operation along with ships and aircrafts of the United States and Canada in the Arabian Sea. According to a Pakistan Navy statement, naval ships are regularly deployed for PN’s initiative

US backs plan to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents

LONDON: US President Joe Biden’s administration announced support for a global waiver on patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines, offering hope to poor nations that have struggled to access the life-saving doses. India, where the death toll hit a new daily

US retreat from Afghanistan

The United States has formally begun withdrawing its last troops from Afghanistan, bringing its longest war near to an end after nearly two decades. This war-ravaged nation was on high alert as it heralds into an uncertain future as 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