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Tradition again: Biden celebrates Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell at Kennedy Center Honors
President Joe Biden celebrates artists including Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell and Lorne Michaels on Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors, bringing back presidential participation in the annual ceremony skipped by Republican Donald Trump.
US Warns It Will Not Let Iran "Slow Walk" Nuclear Talks
"We can't accept a situation in which Iran accelerates its nuclear program and slow walks its nuclear diplomacy," said a senior administration official.
Iran "Does Not Seem To Be Serious": US On Stalled Nuclear Talks
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that Washington would not let its adversary prolong talks while continuing to advance its nuclear ambitions, and would pursue "other options" if diplomacy failed.
US Secretary Of State Warns China Over Taiwan As Global Crises Mount
Asked if China was going to invade Taiwan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said "that would be a potentially disastrous decision," repeating that Washington is "resolutely committed" to making sure Taiwan has the means to defend its...
Hoarse-Voiced, US President Joe Biden Says It's "Just A Cold"
"I am okay," US President Joe Biden said. "I have a test every day... a Covid test. They check me for all the strains."
The most striking images of 2021
Kelly Grovier picks 15 of the most startling photos from this year – including images of the riots at the US Capitol and an airplane in Kabul – and compares them with iconic artworks.
US expected to require stricter testing protocols for international travelers
Concern over Omicron variant may lead to required test within one day of travel, possible post-travel testing and self-quarantine
Making Covid-19 vaccines mandatory was once unthinkable. But European countries are showing it can work
Earlier this month, Austria took a step once unthinkable for a Western democracy: It announced that Covid-19 vaccinations would become compulsory for its entire population.
Moderna chief predicts existing vaccines will struggle with Omicron
The chief executive of Moderna has predicted that existing vaccines will be much less effective at tackling Omicron than earlier strains of coronavirus and warned it would take months before pharmaceutical companies could manufacture new...
Cause For Concern, "Not Panic": What Joe Biden Said On New Covid Variant
US President Joe Biden said the virus variant Omicron, first detected in South Africa but already appearing in multiple countries, "is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."
Some Scientists Worry The Africa Travel Restrictions Will Discourage Other Nations From Reporting New COVID Variants
"What is the incentive for the next country that identifies the next important variant if their reward is what President Biden did to South Africa?"
Biden Says Not Concerned About US Stock Market Plunge as He 'Expected It'
US President Joe Biden said on Friday that he is not concerned about the plunge in the US stock market and he had expected it over concerns related to the new Omicron coronavirus variant.
US Crude Released by Biden From Reserves Will Likely Be Snapped Up By China, India, Claim Traders
US President Joe Biden has announced the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) on 23 November in a concerted effort with other major energy-consuming nations, including China, India, Japan, South...
US Restricts Travel From 8 Southern African Nations Over New Covid Strain
New Covid strain: Travel will be mostly banned from Monday from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi, a senior US official said.
US Needs More Data On Covid Variant Before Curbing Travel
Anthony Fauci told CNN that while "there's always the possibility" of blocking flights, "you want to make sure there's a basis for doing that. And that's what we're doing right now."
Biden approval hits single digit: Nantucket man reportedly gives POTUS the finger
President Biden’s approval ratings have been epically low, but on a Thanksgiving Day stop at a New England Coast Guard station they suddenly reached the single digits.
Flush With Cash, Saudi Prince Snubs Biden And Sends A Message
Since taking office, Joe Biden has only spoken with King Salman, Prince Mohammed's father, and refused to deal directly with the crown prince, who's still seen as a pariah in the U.S. after the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal ...
Release Of Oil Reserves Will "Make A Difference": Joe Biden
"It will take time but before long you should see the price of gas drop," said US President Joe Biden in a White House speech.
US Imposes Sanctions On Another Nord Stream Firm
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the US was imposing sanctions on Transadria Ltd., a shipping company linked to Russia, as well as two vessels.
Jerome Powell secures nod for second term as chair of US Federal Reserve
President Biden pays tribute to Mr Powell's tenure of the US central bank to date as he reveals that the other contender for the role has been nominated as vice-chair.
US law mandates that carmakers integrate anti-drink driving technology
The federal law will require new cars to incorporate breath sniffing sensors and finger-scanning detectors to prevent drink-driving.
US, China Must Say Categorical No To Cold War Mentality: Chinese Envoy
"With the Cold War ended for 30 years, we must say a categorical no to the Cold War mentality, to drawing ideological lines, and to bloc rivalry," Chinese envoy to US said
Biden's pick for Fed chair is finely balanced as removing Powell could spark Senate battle
Sky's Ian King says there are two realistic contenders for the top job in central banking but sees a nod for the likely Democrat pick potentially proving problematic to get over the line.
Biden to transfer power to Harris while he gets colonoscopy
US President Joe Biden will temporarily transfer power to Vice President Kamala Harris while he is under anesthesia for a colonoscopy, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Friday.
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