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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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Jill Biden calls on unvaccinated in Hawaii to get Covid shots

Jill Biden calls on unvaccinated in Hawaii to get Covid shots

WASHINGTON: First lady Jill Biden visited a pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinic in Waipahu, Hawaii, on Sunday to encourage unvaccinated Hawaiians to get their shots as the delta variant surges through much of the US. Biden in remarks at the clinic at Waipahu High School said the virus has become "more contagious than ever" and urged the unvaccinated to "help us move past this virus once and for all." "I'm here to ask everyone listening right now, to choose to get vaccinated," Biden said. Nearly 60% of the state's population is fully vaccinated. State officials are scrambling to get more Hawaiians…
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Joe Biden says getting vaccinated ‘gigantically important’

Joe Biden says getting vaccinated ‘gigantically important’

CINCINNATI: President Joe Biden expressed pointed frustration Wednesday over the slowing Covid-19 vaccination rate in the US and pleaded that it's "gigantically important'' for Americans to step up and get inoculated for the virus as it surges once again. Biden, speaking at a televised town hall in Cincinnati, said the public health crisis has turned largely into a plight of the unvaccinated as the spread of the delta variant has led to a surge in infections around the country. "We have a pandemic for those who haven't gotten the vaccination - it's that basic, that simple,'' he said on the…
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US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan to form new quad grouping

US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan to form new quad grouping

WASHINGTON: The US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan have agreed in principle to establish a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform focused on enhancing regional connectivity, the Biden administration has said. “The parties consider long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan critical to regional connectivity and agree that peace and regional connectivity are mutually reinforcing,” the state department said on Friday. Recognising the historic opportunity to open flourishing interregional trade routes, the parties intend to cooperate to expand trade, build transit links, and strengthen business-to-business ties, it said. “The parties agreed to meet in the coming months to determine the modalities of this cooperation…
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America’s 40-year experiment with big business is over

America’s 40-year experiment with big business is over

On Friday, President Biden signed a sweeping executive order intended to curb corporate dominance, enhance business competition and give consumers and workers more choices and power. The order features 72 initiatives ranging widely in subject matter - net neutrality and cheaper hearing aids, more scrutiny of Big Tech and a crackdown on the high fees charged by ocean shippers. The president called his order a return to the “antitrust traditions” of the Roosevelt presidencies early in the last century. This may have surprised some listeners, since the order offers no immediate call for the breakup of Facebook or Amazon -…
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Biden to talk crime with city, police leaders nationwide

Biden to talk crime with city, police leaders nationwide

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden will host New York City's Democratic mayoral candidate and other city and law enforcement leaders from around the country to talk about reducing crime. Eric Adams, Brooklyn borough president and the likely next mayor of New York, plus Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and San Jose, California, Mayor Sam Liccardo are expected to attend the meeting Monday, according to two people familiar with the plans. They were not authorized to speak publicly about the meeting and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Biden will also host Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis, Chief David…
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Stop ransomware hackers or US will strike back, Joe Biden warns Putin

Stop ransomware hackers or US will strike back, Joe Biden warns Putin

NEW YORK: President Joe Biden warned President Putin of Russia on Friday that time was running out for him to rein in the ransomware hacking groups striking the US, telegraphing that this could be Putin’s final chance to take action on Russia’s harbouring of cybercriminals before the US moved to dismantle the threat. In Biden’s starkest warning yet, he conveyed to Putin that the attacks would no longer be treated only as criminal acts, but as national security threats — and thus may provoke a far more severe response, officials said. It is a rationale that has echoes of the…
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Taliban enter Kandahar city – Times of India

Taliban enter Kandahar city – Times of India

KABUL: Taliban forces on Friday penetrated Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second-largest city, in a new phase of a sweeping insurgent offensive that has captured territory across the country since May 1, when US forces began withdrawing. The insurgents had been encroaching on Kandahar, the capital of the province of the same name, for several weeks, capturing surrounding districts, before entering the city for the first time on Friday. Taliban fighters entered Kandahar’s Seventh police district on Friday, seizing houses and engaging with security forces in the area, said Bahir Ahmadi, spokesperson for the Kandahar governor. Commandos and other special forces units were…
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Afghanistan to rush troops to border as Taliban extend gains

Afghanistan to rush troops to border as Taliban extend gains

KABUL: The Taliban claimed to be in control of 85 percent of Afghanistan as authorities Saturday prepared to retake a key border crossing seized by the insurgents in a sweeping offensive launched as US troops pull out of the war-torn nation. Hours after President Joe Biden issued a staunch defence of the US withdrawal on Thursday, the Taliban said its fighters had seized two crossings in western Afghanistan -- completing an arc of territory from the Iranian border to the frontier with China. In Moscow, a delegation of Taliban officials said they controlled about 250 of Afghanistan's nearly 400 districts…
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Joe Biden says US war in Afghanistan will end August 31

Joe Biden says US war in Afghanistan will end August 31

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden on Thursday said the US military mission in Afghanistan will conclude on Aug. 31, saying "speed is safety" as the United States seeks to end the nearly 20-year war. "We did not go to Afghanistan to nation build," Biden said in a speech to update his administration's ongoing efforts to wind down the US war in Afghanistan. "Afghan leaders have to come together and drive toward a future." Biden also amplified the justification of his decision to end US military operations even as the Taliban make rapid advances in significant swaths of the country. The effort…
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