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Iran deal architect among veterans named for Biden State Department

Washington - The lead US negotiator of the Iran nuclear accord and a battle-tested hawk on Russia were named Saturday to top posts in President-elect Joe Biden's State Department, signaling a return to a more traditional, multilateral approach after Donald Trump's ...

DRC marks Kabila assassination with calls for reconciliation

Apo - DR Congo on Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the assassination of former president Laurent-Desire Kabila with calls for reconciliation in the badly divided country.

Best cities to keep fit in the U.S. revealed

Keeping fit makes sense in order to avoid certain illnesses like diabetes and to help the body respond to infections. Yet in the U.S., opportunities to do so have diminished although stark, national variations remain.

US carries out last federal execution of Trump era: reports

Washington - US authorities carried out the 13th and final federal execution of Donald Trump's presidency Saturday, media reports said, less than a week before the White House is taken over by Democrat Joe Biden, who opposes the death penalty.

Hong Kong government slams US for 'insane' sanctions

Fpo - Hong Kong on Saturday hit back at the United States over its latest sanctions on six pro-China officials, slamming the move as "insane, shameless and despicable".

Five Hong Kong democracy protesters seek asylum in the US

Fpo - Five Hong Kong democracy protesters who reportedly fled to Taiwan have arrived in the United States intending to seek asylum, an activist group said on Saturday.

Trump to leave town early Wednesday before Biden inauguration

Washington - By the time Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US president Wednesday, his scandal-tainted predecessor Donald Trump will already be far away, having helicoptered out of the White House a last time earlier that morning, an official said Friday.

Answers sought: was the US Capitol attack planned?

Washington - Attackers in organized columns, a woman shouting instructions on a megaphone, and suspicious tours the day before: investigators are probing the possibility that the January 6 attack on the US Capitol was planned, with help from insiders.

UN head warns of 'vaccinationalism' as virus deaths top two million

New York - UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday deplored the "heart-wrenching milestone" of the global death toll from Covid-19 topping two million, and lamented the fact that "solidarity is failing" in the world's response to the virus.

Pompeo hits Iran, China, Cuba in last-minute sanctions push

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday imposed sanctions on three of his primary targets -- China, Iran and Cuba -- in a last-minute push aimed in part at boxing in President-elect Joe Biden.

US sanctions six pro-China officials over Hong Kong arrests

Washington - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on six officials including Hong Kong's sole representative to China's top lawmaking body over mass arrests of pro-democracy activists in the financial hub.

Life expectancy in the U.S. experiences major drop

Life expectancy has shown a significant drop in the U.S. While the fall is across all ethnic groups, it is the Black and Latino community that shows the most marked decline.

Russia pulling 'military instructors' out of Central African Republic: diplomats

New York - Russia told the United Nations this week it plans to withdraw the 300 "military instructors" it sent to the Central African Republic at the end of 2020 for the presidential election, diplomats told AFP Friday.

US troop levels cut to 2,500 each in Afghanistan and Iraq

Washington - The US military has cut troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 each, their lowest levels in the nearly two decades since the wars began, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Family seeks justice for Lumumba, DR Congo's murdered hero

Apo - Will justice ever be served for Patrice Lumumba?Aged just 35, the charismatic hero of Belgian Congo's independence was assassinated 60 years ago in a plot linked to the fledgling nation's colonial master.

US rioters sought to 'capture and assassinate' lawmakers at Capitol: prosecutors

Washington - US prosecutors now believe supporters of President Donald Trump planned to "capture and assassinate elected officials" in their siege of the Capitol building last week, according to a new court filing.

Hiroshima plans Japan's first mass virus tests

Apo - Japan's Hiroshima prefecture is to conduct the country's first mass coronavirus tests as it battles a surge of infections, an official said Friday.

US executes drug trafficker in Trump's final days in office

Washington - US federal authorities executed a former drug trafficker who had contracted Covid-19 late Thursday, and a final execution of Donald Trump's administration was scheduled for Friday with just five days left of his presidency.

'Anything can happen' with Tokyo Olympics: Japan minister

Apo - A Japanese cabinet minister admitted Friday that "anything can happen" with the coronavirus-postponed Tokyo Olympics, becoming the first senior official to concede uncertainty about the Games as Japan and other countries battle a surge in cases.

Smartphone giant Xiaomi reels as US ramps up China blacklist

Fpo - Shares in Xiaomi collapsed on Friday after the United States blacklisted the smartphone giant and a host of other Chinese firms as the Trump administration aims to cement its trade war legacy against Beijing.
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