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US intelligence pick warns on China, pledges to stay apolitical

Washington - President-elect Joe Biden's pick for intelligence chief said Tuesday she would remain apolitical and would seek to reestablish confidence with allied intelligence bodies, after the turmoil of the outgoing Trump administration.

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.

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.

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.

Former presidential hopeful Andrew Yang to run for New York mayor

New York - Former US presidential hopeful and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang has announced he will run for mayor of New York City in an election this year that he is an early favourite to win.

Solemnity, tension at gaveling of Trump's second impeachment

Washington - There was deep silence on the House floor as the gavel struck Wednesday heralding the second impeachment of US President Donald Trump.

Central American migrants hope Biden will support American Dream

La Lima - Emerson Lopez sells bananas on the side of a dusty road in northern Honduras -- but soon he is going to try his luck chasing the American Dream.

First US federal execution of woman in decades

Washington - An American woman was put to death by lethal injection Wednesday, becoming the first female to be executed by US federal authorities in nearly seven decades.

Deserted, boarded up, fenced off: Washington is barely recognizable

Washington - Walking through central Washington, it is difficult to distinguish between those buildings boarded up due to pandemic closures, and those boarded up due to riots.

Videos reveal violence of assault on US Congress

Washington - Five days after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol, new videos are revealing the level of violence that left lawmakers cowering inside and police howling for backup.

US president has sole power to launch nuclear strike

Washington - Concerns on Friday over US President Donald Trump's mental state have drawn focus on his power to unleash a nuclear attack.

Often-lectured Africa sees irony in US political violence

Abidjan - As they watched a violent mob smash into the US Capitol, some in Africa could not help but see a little irony in the chaos incited by President Donald Trump, who once famously called African nations "shitholes".

Right-wing media offers sympathy and excuses for Congress mob

New York - American conservative media has played down the gravity of the storming of the US Capitol by a mob supporting outgoing President Donald Trump, citing anger at the establishment and accusing the hard left -- without proof -- of having infiltrated the cr...

'Democracy under siege': International press condemn Trump

Paris - The chaos unleashed on the US Capitol by Donald Trump's supporters dominated front pages across the world Thursday, with headlines such as "Trump sets fire to Washington", "Democracy under siege", and "The Coup of Madness".

US city on edge ahead of decision on officer who shot black man

Washington - Officials called in the National Guard Tuesday as Kenosha, Wisconsin girded for possible violence ahead of announcing whether a white police officer will be charged over the shooting of African American Jacob Blake.

Biden, Trump descend on Georgia for Senate runoff rallies

Atlanta - Donald Trump and Joe Biden head to Georgia on Monday to rally their party faithful ahead of twin runoffs that will decide who controls the US Senate, one day after the release of a bombshell recording of the outgoing president that rocked Washington.

Pentagon chief meets with Afghan president in Kabul

Washington - US Defense Secretary Christopher Miller met Tuesday with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani in Kabul during an unannounced visit to Afghanistan.

US hospital converts nearby parking lot into Covid care facility

Reno - To cope with an influx of coronavirus patients, a hospital in Reno in the western US state of Nevada has transformed two floors of a nearby parking garage into a care unit dealing with patients experiencing less severe symptoms.

On the auction block: imploding Trump's casino

New York - Atlantic City will auction off the right to press the button to implode a former Trump casino, all in the name of a good cause.

Canada arrests fashion exec accused in US of sex crimes

Montr - Canadian police announced Tuesday the arrest of fashion executive Peter Nygard at the request of the US justice system, which is seeking his extradition to stand trial for sex crimes.

California to bring antitrust lawsuit against Google

Washington - California will join the US government and 11 other states in bringing lawsuits against Google for abusing its market dominance, the state's top prosecutor said Friday.

Despite historic diversity, Biden faces pressure with cabinet picks

Washington - Aware that he owes his presidential victory to Black voters, Joe Biden pledged to name the "most diverse" cabinet in US history.

Arctic endured one of its hottest years in 2020: study

Washington - Every year for the past 15, environmental scientists working under the aegis of a US government agency issue a report on the state of the Arctic, and Tuesday's edition confirms an alarming trend: the North Pole is heating up twice as fast as the rest o...

In US, vaccine operation soon to be put to the test

Washington - Trucks and cargo planes are at the ready to distribute millions of doses of coronavirus vaccine across the United States, a complex task led by a four-star general that will ultimately proceed more slowly than initially expected.

US Supreme Court hears case on art trove bought by Nazi Germany

Washington - The US Supreme Court will hear Monday a case involving an important medieval art collection that Nazi Germany acquired from Jewish dealers.

First in line for Covid vaccine? Some US health care workers say no

New York - They can move to front of the line for a Covid-19 vaccine if they want, but some US health care workers are skeptical about taking a vaccine that was developed in record time -- even as the pandemic rages on.

Trump floats idea of 2024 White House run

Washington - Still irate and bitter one month after his election defeat to Joe Biden, Donald Trump is openly musing about a second run at the US presidency in 2024.

Mars and Hershey's accused of avoiding fair pay for cocoa farmers

Abidjan - Two of the world's largest cocoa producers have accused Hershey's and Mars of avoiding paying a bonus that helps boost poor farmers' incomes, and have cancelled sustainability schemes run by the confectionary giants.

Iran assassination could undercut Biden's diplomatic options

Washington - The assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, which Tehran has blamed on Israel, risks not only sharpening tensions across the region but also severely complicating plans by US President-elect Joe Biden to resume dialogue with the Islamic repub...

US Operation Warp Speed backed vaccines for whole world

Washington - President Donald Trump's announcement in May of plans to develop a Covid-19 vaccine by year's end is near realization -- despite a setback among one of the six candidates that the US supported.
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