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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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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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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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Hundreds rally in Washington against Cuban govt

Hundreds rally in Washington against Cuban govt

WASHINGTON: Hundreds of Cuban Americans, political refugees and activists marched on the US capital Monday to protest against the Cuban government and its crackdown on anti-communist demonstrations earlier this month. Cubans from across the United States waving "freedom" signs and Cuban and American flags gathered outside the White House to demand President Joe Biden take action against the island's regime. Human rights groups accuse Cuba's rulers of using censorship and fear tactics to repress historic anti-government demonstrations -- the biggest protests since the revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power in 1959. "We decided to come to get the attention…
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Two Koreas restore severed communications in surprise thaw

Two Koreas restore severed communications in surprise thaw

SEOUL: North and South Korea signalled a surprise thaw in relations on Tuesday, announcing a restoration of cross-border communications that were severed more than a year ago and revealing that their leaders had exchanged a series of letters. The North unilaterally cut off all official military and political communication links in June last year after threats over activists sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border. The suspension came with inter-Korean ties at a standstill, despite three summits between the North's Kim Jong Un and the South's President Moon Jae-in in 2018. But the two sides said all communication lines were restored…
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Joe Biden says US combat mission in Iraq to conclude by year end

Joe Biden says US combat mission in Iraq to conclude by year end

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden said Monday the US combat mission in Iraq will conclude by the end of the year, an announcement that reflects the reality on the ground more than a major shift in US policy. Even before Biden took office, the main US focus has been assisting Iraqi forces, not fighting on their behalf. And Biden did not say if he planned to reduce the number of troops in Iraq, now about 2,500. The announcement comes on the heels of Biden's decision to withdraw fully from Afghanistan nearly 20 years after the US launched that war in response…
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US defence secretary advises Afghan forces to slow down Taliban’s momentum before retaking territories

US defence secretary advises Afghan forces to slow down Taliban’s momentum before retaking territories

KABUL: Amid escalated fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban, US defence secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday said, the Afghan security forces' primary job is to make sure they could slow the Taliban's momentum before attempting to retake territory. "They are consolidating their forces around the key population centres," Austin told reporters during a visit to Alaska, reported Tolo News, citing UK news agency. "In terms of whether or not it will stop the Taliban, I think the first thing to do is to make sure that they can slow the momentum," he said, adding that he believed the Afghans…
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US President Joe Biden stumps for McAuliffe in early test of political clout

US President Joe Biden stumps for McAuliffe in early test of political clout

Arlington: President Joe Biden led the kind of campaign rally that was impossible last year because of the pandemic, speaking before nearly 3,000 people in support of a fellow moderate Democrat whose race for Virginia governor could serve as a test of Biden's own strength and coattails. Biden motorcade across the Potomac River on Friday night to back Terry McAuliffe, a former governor looking for a second term whose centrist leanings in many ways mirror those of the president. The race is seen as an early measure of voters' judgment on Democratic control of all branches of the federal government.…
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Political solution is the only outcome to lasting peace in Afghanistan, says White House

Political solution is the only outcome to lasting peace in Afghanistan, says White House

WASHINGTON: The US administration, led by President Joe Biden, believes lasting peace in Afghanistan is possible only through a political solution, the White House has said, noting the ongoing dialogue between the government of the war-torn country and the Taliban. "I would note that there are ongoing political negotiations and discussions that we certainly support between Afghan leaders, members of the Afghan government, and the Taliban," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference on Friday, amidst a wave of violence from the Taliban. "We believe a political solution is the only outcome to lasting…
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