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US supports India’s emergence as leading global power: State department | India News

US supports India’s emergence as leading global power: State department | India News

WASHINGTON: The US on Tuesday said it supports India's emergence as a leading global power and a vital partner in efforts to ensure that the strategic Indo-Pacific is a region of peace, stability, and growing prosperity and economic inclusion, as America's top diplomat arrived in New Delhi on his first visit. In a fact sheet, the State Department said the defence cooperation between the US and India was reaching new heights, including through information sharing, liaison officers, and increasingly complex exercises like Malabar. "The United States supports India's emergence as a leading global power and vital partner in efforts to…
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Canada has enough Covid-19 vaccines to inoculate everyone eligible: Justin Trudeau

Canada has enough Covid-19 vaccines to inoculate everyone eligible: Justin Trudeau

OTTAWA: Canada has obtained enough Covid-19 vaccines to inoculate everyone who is eligible and managed to do so ahead of schedule, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Tuesday. Aides say Trudeau is set to trigger a snap election in the months ahead where one of the main campaigning points will be the Liberal government's record on fighting the pandemic. Trudeau said Canada had bought more than 66 million doses. "Canada now has enough Covid-19 vaccines delivered to fully vaccinate everyone who's eligible for a shot," Trudeau said, noting he had initially promised to reach that milestone by the end…
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CDC Mask Guidelines: CDC reverses course on indoor masks in some parts of US | World News

CDC Mask Guidelines: CDC reverses course on indoor masks in some parts of US | World News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed course Tuesday on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the US where the coronavirus is surging. Citing new information about the ability of the delta variant to spread among vaccinated people, the CDC also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status. The new guidance follows recent decisions in Los Angeles and St. Louis to revert to indoor mask mandates amid a spike in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations that have been especially bad in…
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Senators, White House in talks to finish infrastructure bill

Senators, White House in talks to finish infrastructure bill

WASHINGTON: Senators and the White House were locked in intense negotiations Tuesday to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure deal, with pressure mounting on all sides to wrap up talks and show progress on President Joe Biden's top priority. Despite weeks of closed-door discussions, senators from the bipartisan group blew past a Monday deadline set for agreement on the nearly $1 trillion package. They hit serious roadblocks over how much would be spent on public transit and water infrastructure and whether the new spending on roads, bridges, broadband and other projects would be required to meet federal wage requirements for workers. They're…
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Western wildfire battles aided by weather but losses grow

Western wildfire battles aided by weather but losses grow

INDIAN FALLS: Weather conditions Tuesday were helping at least temporarily to calm two gigantic wildfires in the West but there was bad news for a tiny California community savaged by flames last weekend, and property losses increased in Oregon. Damage assessment teams have so far tallied 36 structures destroyed and seven damaged in Indian Falls, said Nick Truax, an incident commander for the massive Dixie Fire in the mountains of Northern California. The assessment was about half complete, Truax said during an online briefing Monday night. The ability to safely tally damage depends on fire activity. The Dixie Fire had…
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Inside a KKK murder plot: ‘Do you want him six feet under?’

Inside a KKK murder plot: ‘Do you want him six feet under?’

PALATKA: Joseph Moore breathed heavily, his face slick with nervous sweat. He held a cellphone with a photo of a man splayed on the floor; the man appeared dead, his shirt torn apart and his pants wet. "KIGY, my brother," Moore said to another man who drove up in a blue sedan. It was shorthand for "Klansman, I greet you." Moore showed the photo to David "Sarge" Moran, who wore a camouflage-print baseball hat emblazoned with a Confederate flag patch and a metal cross. "Oh, shit. I love it," Moran said. "Motherf----- pissed on himself. Good job." It was 11:30…
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Cardinal in Vatican fraud trial: My conscience is ‘tranquil’

Cardinal in Vatican fraud trial: My conscience is ‘tranquil’

VATICAN CITY: A fraud and embezzlement trial over alleged mismanagement of the Holy See's investments began Tuesday in Vatican City, with a once-powerful cardinal among the 10 defendants saying he remains "obedient" to Pope Francis, who stripped his privileges to bring him before the tribunal. ''He wanted me to be on trial, and I'm coming to the trial. I'm serene. I feel tranquil in my conscience,″ Cardinal Angelo Becciu, one of two defendants who attended the largely procedural, seven-hour session, told reporters afterward. Becciu, a former longtime Vatican diplomat, is charged with embezzlement, abusing his office and with pressing a…
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Explosion in Germany: 1 person dead, 4 still missing in German chemical explosion, Leverkusen | World News

Explosion in Germany: 1 person dead, 4 still missing in German chemical explosion, Leverkusen | World News

BERLIN: An explosion at an industrial park for chemical companies in Germany killed at least one person Tuesday, with 16 injured and four still missing. Fire officials who tested the air said there did not appear to be a danger to nearby residents after authorities initially urged people to shelter inside. The explosion at the waste management facility of the Chempark site in the city of Leverkusen, near Cologne, sent a large black cloud into the air. It took firefighters almost four hours to extinguish the fire that took hold after the explosion. Germany's Federal Office for Civil Protection and…
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China Sandstorm: Over 100 meters high sandstorm engulfs China’s Dunhuang | World News

China Sandstorm: Over 100 meters high sandstorm engulfs China’s Dunhuang | World News

BEIJING: A wall of sand over 100 metres high swallowed a city on the fringes of the Gobi desert in northwestern China, in scenes reminiscent of a disaster film. Dunhuang, a tourist draw with a colourful history as a Silk Road outpost, momentarily disappeared in the dust clouds as the storm hit on Sunday. A resident surnamed Zhang told local media Jimu News that the sandstorm came abruptly and swept through the city in five or six minutes. "I couldn't see the sun," he said, adding that the city in Gansu province had not experienced such a sandstorm in several…
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Covid-19: Iran hits new record for second straight day

Covid-19: Iran hits new record for second straight day

TEHRAN: Iran recorded over 34,900 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, setting the nation's single-day record for cases as vaccinations lag and public complacency deepens. The previous record of 31,814 infections had been set only a day earlier, providing a sense of how quickly Iran's latest surge, fueled by the contagious delta variant, is mounting. Health authorities recorded 357 Covid-19 fatalities on Tuesday, bringing the total death toll to 89,479, which is the highest in the Middle East. The alarming spread of the variant prompted new anti-virus restrictions last week. The government ordered the closure of state offices, public places and…
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