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    Ending mask mandates 'Neanderthal thinking': Joe Biden

    President Joe Biden said Wednesday he thinks the decisions by the governors of Texas and Mississippi to ease COVID restrictions, including eliminating mask mandates, are "a big mistake." Biden said the nation is "on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease" because of his administration's vaccine progress, and he said, "the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking."Ending mask mandates 'Neanderthal thinking': Joe Biden

    Joe Biden backs Amazon workers' right to unionize

    Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama began voting in February on whether to form the first American union at the e-commerce giant that could pave the way for further unionization in the US at one of the world's most powerful companies.

    Senate confirms Joe Biden's choice for UN ambassador

    Thomas-Greenfield, a retired 35-year veteran of the foreign service who resigned during the Trump administration, will be the third African-American and second African-American woman to hold the job.

    President Joe Biden nominates female generals to 4-star commands

    Honoring International Women's Day, President Joe Biden announced Monday he has nominated two female generals for appointment to positions as four-star combatant commanders, becoming, if confirmed, only the second and third women in U.S. history to hold that position. Biden made the announcement in the White House East Room with Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost and Gen. Laura J. Richardson standing behind him.President Joe Biden nominates female generals to 4-star commands

    Joe Biden signs voting rights order on 'Bloody Sunday'

    A new executive order from President Joe Biden directs federal agencies to take a series of steps to promote voting access, a move that comes as congressional Democrats press for a sweeping voting and elections bill to counter efforts to restrict voting access. His plan was announced during a recorded address on the 56th commemoration of "Bloody Sunday," the 1965 incident in which some 600 civil rights activists were viciously beaten by state troopers as they tried to march for voting rights in Selma, Alabama.Joe Biden signs voting rights order on 'Bloody Sunday'

    Joe Biden looks forward to engaging with QUAD partners in Indo-Pacific

    Quad comprises Japan, India, Australia and the United States. The four countries had in 2017 given shape to the long-pending proposal of setting up the "Quad" or the Quadrilateral coalition to counter China's aggressive behaviour in the Indo-Pacific region.

    Joe Biden to find Neera Tanden another administration post: White House

    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday the White House is not expected to announce a replacement nominee this week for Neera Tanden, who withdrew her nomination to head the Office of Management and Budget. Asked what led to Tanden's withdrawal Tuesday night, Psaki said Tanden "saw that the path to her own confirmation was was narrowed and did not look like there was a path forward."Joe Biden to find Neera Tanden another administration post: White House

    Joe Biden brings no relief to tensions between US and China

    From Iran to Russia, Europe to Latin America, Biden has sought to cool tensions that rose during President Donald Trump's four years in office. Yet, there have been no overtures to China.

    US will have vaccine for all adults by May: Joe Biden

    President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccines for all adult Americans by the end of May, two months earlier than anticipated, as his administration announced that drugmaker Merck & Co. will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson's newly approved shot.US will have vaccine for all adults by May: Joe Biden

    Joe Biden retreats from vow to make pariah of Saudis

    The Biden administration made clear Friday it would forgo sanctions or any other major penalty against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Khashoggi killing, even after a U.S. intelligence report concluded the prince ordered it.

    Joe Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

    Biden and his team have begun discussions on the possible outlines of an infrastructure package with members of Congress, particularly mindful that Texas' recent struggles with power outages and water shortages after a brutal winter storm present an opportunity for agreement on sustained spending on infrastructure.

    President Joe Biden on impeachment, talks with China's Xi

    President Joe Biden says the Senate 'has a very important job to do" when it comes to the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump (AP)President Joe Biden on impeachment, talks with China's Xi

    Joe Biden: Strikes in Syria sent warning to Iran to 'be careful'

    "You can't act with impunity. Be careful," Biden said when a reporter asked what message he had intended to send with the airstrikes, which the Pentagon said destroyed several buildings in eastern Syria but were not intended to eradicate the militia groups that used them to facilitate attacks inside Iraq.

    Strikes in Syria sent warning to Iran to 'be careful': Joe Biden

    The Biden administration is defending the U.S. military airstrikes in Syria as legal and appropriate, saying they took out facilities that housed valuable capabilities used by Iranian-backed militia groups to attack American and allied forces in Iraq. During a visit to the FEMA COVID-19 vaccination facility at NRG Stadium in Houston, President Joe Biden was asked what message he wanted to send to Iran.Strikes in Syria sent warning to Iran to 'be careful': Joe Biden

    At pivotal moment in Afghanistan war, Joe Biden weighs a dilemma

    ``This would be a highly risky, and even dangerous, approach that could foment more conflict than it resolves and create the sort of threats that imperil U.S. security. It would most likely result in a new chapter of civil war, not unlike the one that erupted in the 1990s and led to 9/11,'' it said, referring to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States that prompted a U.S. invasion of Afghanistan a month later.

    Confirmation in doubt for Neera Tanden, Joe Biden’s budget director pick

    The nominee, Neera Tanden, a longtime Democratic political and policy aide who runs the liberal Center for American Progress think tank, has drawn opposition from Republicans and at least one Senate Democrat over a history of combative Twitter posts that criticized lawmakers in often colorful terms.

    Joe Biden marks 50M Covid shots since taking office

    Days after marking a solemn milestone in the pandemic, President Joe Biden on Thursday is celebrating the pace of his efforts to end it. Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in in a White House ceremony. It came ahead of a meeting with the nation's governors on plans to speed the distribution even further.Joe Biden marks 50M Covid shots since taking office

    Joe Biden signs executive orders to address vulnerabilities in supply chains

    The executive order, Biden told reporters on Wednesday is about making sure that the country can meet every challenge it faces in this new era -- pandemics, but also in defence, cybersecurity, climate change, and so much more.

    Joe Biden signs order aimed at securing supply chains

    President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday intended to boost manufacturing jobs by strengthening U.S. supply chains for advanced batteries, pharmaceuticals, critical minerals and semiconductors. The United States has become increasingly reliant on imports of these goods — a potential national security and economic risk that the Biden administration hopes to address with the planned 100-day review and the possibility of increased domestic production. However, Biden will also look to work with international partners to ensure a stable and reliable supply chain.Joe Biden signs order aimed at securing supply chains

    Joe Biden would not be okay if the Taliban ruled Afghanistan: White House

    “We know that the Taliban have had sanctuary in Pakistan. We know that they have an active diplomatic effort travelling to Moscow, travelling to Beijing, travelling to other countries. We know they travel in the Gulf. We know Iran has provided some material support,” he said.

    Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau vow to fight Covid-19, boost relations

    President Joe Biden's first meeting with a foreign counterpart since taking office was high on policy and low on pomp Tuesday as the coronavirus forced him to convene virtually with Canada's Justin Trudeau. The two leaders - Biden in the Roosevelt Room at the White House and Trudeau in the prime minister's office in Ottawa met for almost two hours on issues ranging from the two countries' COVID-19 responses, climate change and economic issues.Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau vow to fight Covid-19, boost relations

    Joe Biden foresees 'extreme competition' with China, not 'conflict'

    Biden said in an excerpt of a CBS interview aired Sunday that he has not spoken with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping since he became US president.

    Joe Biden attempt to resurrect Iran nuke deal off to bumpy start

    Having made several significant overtures to Iran in its first weeks in office, the administration's outreach has been all but shunned by the Iranians. They had already rejected Biden's opening gambit: a U.S. return to the deal from which President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018 if Iran resumes full compliance with its obligations under the accord.

    Joe Biden marks 'heartbreaking' 500K Covid-19 deaths

    U.S. President Joe Biden marked the "truly grim, heartbreaking milestone" of 500,000 deaths to COVID-19 in the United States. Speaking at the White House, Biden said the number of lives lost from the pandemic tops the combined death toll from World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War. Biden urged Americans to resist becoming "numb to the sorrow" and "viewing each life as a statistic." He says the people lost were "extraordinary."Joe Biden marks 'heartbreaking' 500K Covid-19 deaths

    Joe Biden to diplomats: 'You are the face of America'

    President Joe Biden is making clear that the world should expect a more diplomatically engaged United States moving forward, starting with him putting the brakes on Donald Trump’s plan to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Germany. Biden spoke at the State Department Thursday, where he told employees that U.S. diplomats "are the face of America." He also told them, "America is back."Joe Biden to diplomats: 'You are the face of America'

    Extreme weather testing Joe Biden's disaster management skills

    Biden said Friday that he hopes to travel to Texas next week but doesn't want his presence and the accompanying presidential entourage to distract from the recovery.

    Neera Tanden, Joe Biden’s budget nominee, faces challenge to confirmation

    The fate of the nomination is now in the hands of a party Tanden has frequently criticized in the past, particularly moderate Republicans she has previously scorned. Tanden would need the support of at least one Republican senator in order to pass confirmation, with the vote of Vice President Kamala Harris needed to break a tie.

    US President Joe Biden declares ''America is back'' in welcome words to allies

    Biden ticked through a daunting to-do list - salvaging the Iran nuclear deal, meeting economic and security challenges posed by China and Russia and repairing the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic - that he said would require close cooperation between the U.S. and its Western allies.

    Joe Biden to debut at G7 with vaccines, economy and China in focus

    The call with G7 leaders at 1400 GMT is a chance for Biden, a Democrat who took over as president from Republican Donald Trump on Jan. 20, to project a message of re-engagement with the world and with global institutions after four years of his predecessor's "America First" policies.

    Joe Biden repudiates Trump on Iran, ready for talks on nuclear deal

    The Biden administration said Thursday it's ready to join talks with Iran and world powers to discuss a return to the 2015 nuclear deal, in a sharp repudiation of former President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure campaign” that sought to isolate the Islamic Republic. The administration also took two steps at the United Nations aimed at restoring policy to what it was before Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018.Joe Biden repudiates Trump on Iran, ready for talks on nuclear deal

    What's in Joe Biden's sweeping immigration bill being rolled out in Congress?

    President Joe Biden's proposed legislative overhaul of the U.S. immigration system, due to be formally introduced in Congress on Thursday, would be the largest in decades, but it faces steep odds.

    Joe Biden's stimulus package to keep supporting gold price

    Traders are advised to maintain a cautious approach as gold is expected to trade with a sideways to lower bias.

    President Joe Biden's first Mideast call to be Netanyahu: White House

    White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden's first call to Middle East leaders will be with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "It will be soon." Psaki told reporters she did not have an exact day for the call. "Israel is of course an ally," she added.President Joe Biden's first Mideast call to be Netanyahu: White House

    Joe Biden faces pressure as US sets new course on immigration

    While Joe Biden has taken some major steps in his first weeks in office to reverse Trump's hardline immigration policies, his administration hasn't lifted some of the most significant barriers to asylum-seekers.

    Joe Biden administration appoints two Indian-origin experts to key positions

    Sonali Nijhawan has been named Director of AmeriCorps State and National, and Sri Preston Kulkarni, 42, was appointed the new Chief of External Affairs.

    Can Joe Biden solve the Pakistan puzzle?

    Rather than blacklisting Pakistan, the FATF has repeatedly kept Pakistan on its "Grey List" offering it just a little more time in the hope that Pakistani officials might both show they take countering terror finance seriously and that Pakistani civilian leader has the ability to rein in the country's security apparatus, reported The National Interest.

    Joe Biden takes a shine to the moon

    There’s nothing loony about putting a moon rock in the Oval Office.

    Joe Biden signs 'Buy American' executive order

    President Joe Biden signed an executive order Monday to boost government buying from U.S. manufacturers. The executive order is among a flurry of moves by Biden during his first full week to publicly show he's taking swift action to heal an ailing economy.Joe Biden signs 'Buy American' executive order

    Joe Biden wants to quadruple refugee admissions set by Donald Trump

    The Trump administration defended the cuts as protecting American jobs during the pandemic and said it sought to have refugees settle closer to their home countries while working on solving the crises that caused them to flee.

    Joe Biden, Democrats prevail as Senate OKs $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill

    After laboring all night on a mountain of amendments - nearly all from Republicans and rejected - bleary-eyed senators approved the sprawling package on a 50-49 party-line vote. That sets up final congressional approval by the House next week so lawmakers can whisk it to Biden for his signature.

    US President Joe Biden announces sanctions against military leaders of Myanmar

    In his first public address on the situation in Myanmar, which the US and several other western countries continue to call it by its previous name of Burma, Biden demanded that military must relinquish the power it seized and demonstrate respect for the will of the people of Burma as expressed in their November 8th election.

    Indian-Americans taking over US, says Joe Biden as they keep getting key positions

    In less than 50 days of his presidency, Biden has appointed at least 55 Indian-Americans to key leadership positions in his administration ranging from his speech writer to the NASA, to almost every wing of the government.

    Joe Biden White House atmosphere is transformed

    ​ Visually, the most obvious difference is that everyone now wears masks against Covid-19. A picture of Biden at the Resolute Desk on his first day, sporting a black mask, defined the new era.

    Joe Biden beefs up White House staff, including Big Tech critic Tim Wu

    The White House announced six additional staffers to its National Economic Council, including Columbia University professor Tim Wu, who coined the term "net neutrality" and has warned against an economy dominated by a few giant firms.

    'Indian Americans are taking over the country': US President Joe Biden congratulates team NASA

    US President Joe Biden on Thursday (local time) congratulated the NASA team responsible for the success of the Perseverance rover that landed on Mars earlier this month. He lauded the team at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)/California Institute of Technology, including Dr Swati Mohan, the Indian-American aerospace engineer, who was one of the many people who spearheaded the development and the landing system for the rover. Biden while speaking to Dr Mohan in a video conference call said that the India-Americans are "taking over the country". Mohan thanked Biden for interacting with them, but the President said he was honored to interact with the team. "This is an incredible honor. Indian -- of descent -- Americans are taking over the country. You (Mohan), my Vice President (Kamala Harris), my speechwriter (Vinay Reddy) I tell you what. But thank you. You guys are incredible," Biden told Dr Mohan.'Indian Americans are taking over the country': US President Joe Biden congratulates team NASA

    Huawei CEO hopes for 'open policy' from Joe Biden administration

    The CEO and founder of Chinese telecom giant Huawei called Tuesday for an open approach from new US President Joe Biden after the firm was battered by sanctions imposed by Donald Trump's administration.

    Joe Biden’s maiden ‘strategic guidance’ outlines policy to counter assertive and authoritarian China

    The Biden Administration has in the Guidance claimed that by restoring US credibility and reasserting forward-looking global leadership, it will ensure that America, not a more assertive and authoritarian China, sets the international agenda, working alongside countries like India to shape new norms and agreements globally that advance its interests and reflect its values.

    Dystopian vibes from Joe Biden's extraordinary day

    Joe Biden held his wife Jill's hand as they strode up their new home's driveway Wednesday - which was the only normal thing about the day he became the president of the United States, reports AFP. Washington was under unprecedented security lockdown, cheering crowds absent because of America's out-of-control Covid outbreak and Donald Trump had only left the White House hours before.

    Dalai Lama congratulates US President Joe Biden

    He also expressed confidence that Biden will contribute to shaping a more peaceful world in which those suffering from "hunger", "disease" and "violence" will find help.

    Will Joe Biden be an activist president on the world stage?

    There are reasons to believe as president Biden will be more visible and more of an activist than many expect, even as he grapples with the pandemic, a massive economic recovery effort and the deep divisions left by the Trump era.

    Migrants await new Joe Biden immigration policies

    Migrants are awaiting word from the new Biden administration on changes to U.S. immigration policy that they hope will allow them into the country. Protesters gathered Tuesday on the US-Mexico border to demand that the new Biden administration reform immigration policy.Migrants await new Joe Biden immigration policies

    From Narendra Modi to Joe Biden, world leaders who got the COVID-19 vaccination shot

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 1 took the COVID-19 vaccine and was the first to get the jab leading India's inoculation drive in its second phase in which the coverage has been expanded to include everyone above 60 and those over 45 with co-morbidities. Modi, 70, was administered his first dose of the indigenous Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech at around 6.30 am at AIIMS, Delhi. He later appealed to all those who are eligible to get themselves vaccinated against the coronavirus.

    Joe Biden says 'big mistake' for states to lift mask mandates given virus toll

    Biden said the increasing availability of vaccinations was making a difference in containing the pandemic, but it was critical to remain vigilant about wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing.

    DC on lockdown and on edge before Joe Biden's inauguration

    The nation's capital is essentially on lockdown. More than 25,000 troops and police have been called to duty. Tanks and concrete barriers block the streets. The National Mall is closed. Fencing lines the perimeter of the US Capitol complex. Checkpoints sit at intersections. The US Secret Service, which is in charge of the event, says it is prepared.

    Joe Biden to propose a sweeping immigration overhaul

    Under the proposal that Biden will send to Congress on his first day in office, current recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as “Dreamers,” and others in temporary programs would be allowed to apply for permanent legal residency immediately.

    Will Joe Biden's stimulus package help reverse the 'shecession'?

    So the question — for many — is, would Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, as it is known, help women get back to work, in addition to containing the spread of the virus?

    Joe Biden to attend Mass with congressional leaders

    Biden's incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, on Tuesday retweeted a post that said Biden had quietly extended invitations to Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and to Republicans Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy to accompany him to a Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral.

    The Senate Business: Joe Biden's 50-50 challenge

    Republicans remain poised to block most of Biden's proposals, just as they thwarted much of President Barack Obama's efforts on Capitol Hill. But 50-50 control permits action on special legislation that can’t be filibustered, and momentum for the popular parts of Covid-19 relief could easily propel an early aid bill into law.

    US president Joe Biden is saying things Amazon doesn’t want to hear

    Biden is not the first president to speak in support of unions, but he may be the first to speak so publicly — and so directly — in their favor (certainly since Harry Truman). The words themselves are ordinary, but the context, an American president speaking in support of the most high profile organizing drive in the country, makes them extraordinary.

    Rescue plan, 'answer to crisis we are in': Joe Biden

    President Joe Biden says the rescue plan he is pushing forward in Congress is the "answer to the crisis we are in." Biden's comments came shortly after meeting with the House Democratic committee chairs who aim to put his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on a fast track to becoming law.Rescue plan, 'answer to crisis we are in': Joe Biden

    Joe Biden says no need for 'erratic' Donald Trump to get intelligence briefings

    US President Joe Biden has said his predecessor Donald Trump should not be given access to classified intelligence briefings, as is a tradition for past presidents, because of his "erratic behaviour".

    Memoir on US President Joe Biden's son Hunter out in April

    The book will center on the younger Biden's well publicized struggles with substance abuse.

    Joe Biden urged to stop blocking of COVID-19 WTO waiver suggested by India

    The vaccines must be made available everywhere to defeat this virus anywhere. The US has a moral imperative to act and support this waiver at the WTO, DeLauro said, expressing hope that the Biden administration will support this waiver to help US' allies around the globe bring an end to this pandemic.

    Joe Biden admin 'undecided' on ending Trump-era H-1B visa ban

    In January, the then President Trump had extended the ban on issuing of new H-1B visas till March 31 arguing that the country is having a very high unemployment rate and the US cannot afford to have more foreign workers.

    Russia slams Joe Biden's 'very aggressive rhetoric' over Navalny's arrest

    "We've already said that we will not heed patronising statements of this sort. We will not do it," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

    Supreme Court puts off wall, asylum cases at Joe Biden's request

    The court also put off arguments that were to take place on March 1 over the Trump policy that forced asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings.

    Joe Biden to prioritize legal status for millions of immigrants

    The president-elect campaigned on a path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million people in the U.S. illegally, but it was unclear how quickly he would move while wrestling with the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and other priorities.

    US will repair its alliances and engage with world once again: Joe Biden

    The US, President Joe Biden said, must meet the new moment accelerating global challenges -- from the pandemic to the climate crisis to nuclear proliferation -- challenging the will only to be solved by nations working together and in common. "We cannot do it alone," he said.

    Joe Biden calls on Myanmar military to relinquish power, release detainees

    US President Joe Biden at US State Department address said that they are in touch with their allies to bring together international community to address Burma military coup. He urged the Burmese military to relinquish power they have seized, release activists and resume telecommunications. Taking a dig on China, Biden said, “We will take on directly challenges posed to our prosperity, security and democratic values by our most serious competitor, China.”“We'll also confront their economic abuses. But we're ready to work with Beijing when it's in America's interest,” he further added. Joe Biden calls on Myanmar military to relinquish power, release detainees

    Joe Biden to pursue arms control, seeks to engage China: US envoy

    "The United States will also seek to engage China on nuclear arms control and risk reduction. I hope that China will join us in that effort," said Wood, who also serves as U.S. Commissioner for the New START Treaty's Bilateral Consultative Commission.

    Joe Biden elevates science post to cabinet level

    The former vice-president will have to grapple with a nation hard-hit by Covid-19: known infections have surpassed 23 million with almost 400,000 deaths recorded.

    First US warship transits Taiwan Strait since Joe Biden inauguration

    US warships periodically conduct navigation exercises in the strait, often triggering angry responses from China which claims self-ruled, democratic Taiwan as part of its territory. Beijing views any ships passing through the strait as essentially a breach of its sovereignty -- while the US and many other nations view the route as international waters open to all.

    Joe Biden flexible on who gets aid, tells lawmakers to 'go big'

    Biden told lawmakers in private comments Wednesday that he's "not married" to an absolute number for the overall package but wants them to "go big" on pandemic relief and "restore the soul of the country."

    Nikki Haley and top Republican leaders call for US boycott of 2022 Winter Olympics in China

    It is no secret that China wants to use the Winter Olympics as part of its "massive communist propaganda campaign," Haley, a former US ambassador to the UN, said on Friday as she launched a campaign to demand President Joe Biden, a Democrat, announce a boycott of the games.

    Will counter China's aggressive, coercive action: Joe Biden administration

    "When it comes to China more broadly, you have heard us talk about our strategic approach to Beijing. We are in serious competition with China. Strategic competition is the frame through which we see that relationship," State Department Spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at his maiden news conference on Tuesday.

    Joe Biden signs immigration orders to undo Trump rules

    President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed a second spate of orders to undo his predecessor’s immigration policies, demonstrating the powers of the White House and its limitations without support from Congress. His orders on family separation, border security and legal immigration bring to nine the number of executive actions on immigration during his first two weeks in office.Joe Biden signs immigration orders to undo Trump rules

    US President Joe Biden threatened Myanmar sanctions. What are his options?

    Biden on Monday pledged to "stand up for democracy" and threatened to re-impose sanctions gradually rolled back by former President Barack Obama after Myanmar's generals initiated democratic reforms and released many political prisoners a decade ago.

    Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan passes hurdle in U.S. House

    Among the big-ticket items in the bill are $1,400 direct payments to individuals, a $400-per-week federal unemployment benefit through Aug. 29, and help for those having difficulties paying their rent and home mortgages during the pandemic.

    Syria airstrikes: President Joe Biden protected US personnel, facilities, says White House

    On Thursday, airstrikes in Syria targeted facilities belonging to a powerful Iranian-backed Iraqi armed group, reportedly killing one fighter and wounding several others.

    Myanmar coup will test Joe Biden's foreign policy wit

    A military coup in Myanmar is presenting an early foreign policy test for President Joe Biden and his administration threatened new sanctions on the country as it tries to reestablish American primacy as a worldwide pro-democracy leader. Myanmar's military staged a coup Monday and detained senior politicians including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi — a sharp reversal of the significant if uneven, progress toward democracy the Southeast Asian nation has made following five decades of military rule.Myanmar coup will test Joe Biden's foreign policy wit

    India’s sudden peace push with nuclear rivals shows Joe Biden impact

    Pakistan wants to show the US it's not too close to China, Beijing wants to lower the temperature as Biden courts New Delhi and India is hedging its bets as it prepares to host BRICS leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping later this year.

    Out competing China will be key to national security in decades ahead: Joe Biden's CIA nominee

    Willian Burns, 64, a former diplomat who served in Russia and the Middle East, shared the assessment with members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during his confirmation hearing on Wednesday for the post of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director.

    Covid plan must pass 'no ifs, ands or buts': Joe Biden

    The Biden administration says it's taking creative steps to get broader public support for its $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan. That's as attempts to strike a deal with Republicans have led to concerns about delays in coronavirus relief. Departing the White House, for a visit to the Walter Reed Army Hospital, President Joe Biden told reporters: "The COVID relief has to pass, no if ands or buts."Covid plan must pass 'no ifs, ands or buts': Joe Biden

    Joe Biden promises economic help is on the way

    Speaking just one day after lawmakers finally certified his election victory following the invasion of the US Capitol by supporters of outgoing president Donald Trump, Biden announced he would next week unveil a relief program for the pandemic-ravaged economy.

    Joe Biden signs orders undoing 'damage Trump has done'

    President Joe Biden is taking his first steps to reverse Trump administration health care policies. Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, Biden said he was signing two executive orders to "undo the damage Trump has done" to health care. Biden on Thursday signed directives on a range of issues including getting more Americans covered under health insurance.Joe Biden signs orders undoing 'damage Trump has done'

    Trump says he will not attend Joe Biden's inauguration

    There have been discussions at the White House about Trump leaving Washington on Jan. 19, a source familiar with the matter said.

    Joe Biden admin rolls back Trump-era citizenship test, reverts to 2008 version

    US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Monday that it is reverting to the 2008 version of the naturalisation civics test beginning March 1, 2021.

    Joe Biden to host first virtual meeting with PM Trudeau to unveil US-Canada partnership roadmap

    According to the White House, the roadmap is a blueprint for the whole-of-government relationship, based on their shared values and commitment to work in partnership on areas of mutual concern, such as the recovery from COVID-19 and global health security, efforts to combat climate change and shared priorities in defence and security.

    In multiple messages, US President Joe Biden warns Beijing over expansionism

    In multiple calls and statements, he and his top security officials have underscored support for allies Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, signalling Washington's rejection of China's disputed territorial claims in those areas.

    Joe Biden to reopen 'Obamacare' markets for COVID-19 relief

    Biden is expected to sign an executive order Thursday, said two people familiar with the plan, whose details were still being finalized. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the pending order ahead of a formal announcement.

    Joe Biden oath second only to Reagan and Obama with TV viewers

    The Nielsen company said that 33.8 million people watched Biden's inauguration over 17 television networks between 10 am and 4 pm last Wednesday. Reagan's festivities in 1981 drew 41.8 million viewers, and Obama's 2009 inaugural reached 37.8 million, Nielsen said.

    Arms deal, hacking complicate Joe Biden's approach to Russia

    Unlike his immediate predecessors, Biden has not held out hope for a "reset" in relations with Russia but has instead indicated he wants to manage differences with the former Cold War foe without necessarily resolving them or improving ties. And, with a heavy domestic agenda and looming decisions needed on Iran and China, a direct confrontation with Russia is not something he seeks.

    Joe Biden reverses Trump ban on transgender people in US military

    The new order, which Biden signed in the Oval Office during a meeting with Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, overturns a ban ordered by President Donald Trump in a tweet during his first year in office. It immediately prohibits any service member from being forced out of the military on the basis of gender identity.

    Joe Biden to sign executive orders to promote 'Made in America' products

    Prominent among the executive orders include a strict enforcement of procuring products made inside the country by federal agencies. This is very significant given that contracting alone accounts for nearly USD 600 billion in federal spending.

    Joe Biden tours Pfizer plant as extreme weather delays 6 mn COVID vaccine doses

    US President Joe Biden toured a state-of-the-art coronavirus vaccine plant and delivered remarks on his administration's progress as extreme winter weather across the country handed his vaccination campaign its first major setback, delaying shipment of about 6 million doses. (Text: AP)Joe Biden tours Pfizer plant as extreme weather delays 6 mn COVID vaccine doses

    At Joe Biden's G7 debut, leaders look beyond COVID to trade and China

    U.S. President Joe Biden and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi debuted at the G7 virtual leaders' meeting which was chaired by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    Joe Biden to announce USD 4 billion commitment to COVID vaccine sharing campaign

    He will also call on G7 partners to prioritise a sustainable health security financing mechanism aimed at catalysing countries to build the needed capacity to end the pandemic and prevent the next one, the White House said.

    Joe Biden halts border wall building after Trump's final surge

    Biden on Wednesday ordered a “pause” on all wall construction within a week, one of 17 executive orders issued on his first day in office, including six dealing with immigration.

    Automakers, medical device firms ask Joe Biden for US chip factory subsidies

    The groups, which include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as well as industry-specific associations representing General Motors Co, Caterpillar Inc and Medtronic PLC , among others, sent the letter as a shortage of semiconductors continues to disrupt U.S. automobile factories and threatens to lower the automakers' profits by billions of dollars.

    Joe Biden has no plans to call Donald Trump: White House

    “There's no call planned,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a news conference on Thursday.

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