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Police officers recount mayhem and ‘attempted coup’ in US Capitol riot

Police officers recount mayhem and ‘attempted coup’ in US Capitol riot

WASHINGTON: Four police officers on Tuesday told lawmakers they were beaten, taunted with racial insults, heard threats including "kill him with his own gun" and thought they might die as they struggled to defend the US Capitol on January 6 against a mob of then-President Donald Trump's supporters. Often tearful, sometimes profane, the officers called the rioters "terrorists" engaged in an "attempted coup" during a 3-1/2 hour congressional hearing in which they also criticized Republican lawmakers who have sought to downplay the attack. "I feel like I went to hell and back to protect the people in this room," said…
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Koreas talk again in dormant channels, agree to improve ties

Koreas talk again in dormant channels, agree to improve ties

SEOUL, South Korea: North and South Korea have exchanged messages in communication channels dormant for more than a year and agreed to improve ties - positive steps that still leave any resumption of stalled negotiations to rid the North of its nuclear weapons a long way off. Liaison officials from the Koreas had several phone conversations Tuesday including one on a military hotline and agreed to resume speaking regularly, Seoul officials said. The rivals use the channels to lay out their positions on issues and even propose broader dialogue, and the links are also critical to preventing any accidental clashes…
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US tells vaccinated people in high Covid risk areas to mask again

US tells vaccinated people in high Covid risk areas to mask again

WASHINGTON: People vaccinated against Covid-19 in high-risk parts of the United States should resume wearing masks indoors, the top health authority said Tuesday, a major reversal in guidance that underscored the country's struggle to suppress the Delta variant. President Joe Biden said the announcement showed that America needs to "do better" on vaccinations, adding that a vaccine mandate for the country's more than two million federal workers was now "under consideration." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky cited new data that shows rare breakthrough cases involving Delta have an increased risk of onward transmission. "In areas with…
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Passports please: Afghans queue up for escape lifeline

Passports please: Afghans queue up for escape lifeline

KABUL: Like thousands of his compatriots, Abdel Khalid Nabyar waited outside Afghanistan's main passport office to apply for the precious travel document that would allow him to leave the war-torn nation. With the Taliban making huge advances in the countryside as foreign forces wind up their withdrawal, many Afghans -- those with the means, at least -- are looking for a way out. "If the situation worsens, we might have to leave," said Nabyar, 52, who feels particularly vulnerable because he once ran a shop on a NATO military base. Not everyone will make an immediate exit, but most want…
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Tropical storm makes landfall in northern Japan

Tropical storm makes landfall in northern Japan

TOKYO: A tropical storm hit northern Japan on Wednesday but there were no immediate reports of damage and Olympic football matches in the region were due to go ahead. Local authorities issued non-mandatory evacuation orders and set up emergency shelters as Tropical Storm Nepartak made landfall in northern Japan's Miyagi region shortly before 6:00 am (2100 GMT Tuesday). The storm is passing south of Morioka city in Iwate prefecture, bringing "strong" but not "violent" winds of 90 kilometres (56 miles) per hour, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Miyagi is hosting Olympic football matches on Wednesday -- some of the…
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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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