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Cuban economy, internet on party agenda ahead of Castro exit

Havana - A dire economic crisis and the "subversive" nature of the internet were on the agenda Saturday and Sunday as a historic congress of the Communist Party of Cuba meets ahead of longtime leader Raul Castro's departure from power.

Trump, speaking to donors, sharply insults a top Republican

Washington - Addressing a meeting of affluent donors and top Republican officials, Donald Trump spent more time lashing out at fellow Republicans -- and most sharply at their Senate leader -- than at Democrats, news media reported Sunday.

Biden sets out 'once-in-a-generation' $2 tn infrastructure plan

Pittsburgh - President Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled a $2 trillion infrastructure plan aimed at modernizing America's crumbling transport network, creating millions of jobs and delivering a "once-in-a-generation" investment that will enable the country to best Ch...

Biden picks Black women, first Muslim for federal judgeships

Washington - President Joe Biden nominated several Black women, an Asian American and the first Muslim ever to federal judgeships Tuesday in a push for diversity in the US court system.

French Socialist reignites row over 'non-white' meetings

Paris - A black French politician came under fire on Sunday for saying that whites should "keep quiet" if allowed into a meeting of people of colour discussing racism, reigniting a debate over how to address discrimination.

US Republican effort to tighten voting rules sparks outcry

Washington - US Republicans have sparked an outcry and accusations of racism as they seek to tighten rules for voting around the country after losing the White House and key Senate races last November amid a record voter turnout."Sick...

Biden doubles vaccine pledge, says plans to run again

Washington - US President Joe Biden on Thursday promised 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine would be administered in his first 100 days in office, doubling his initial goal, as he said at his first news conference that he intended to seek another term.

Biden under growing pressure over border 'crisis'

Washington - After two months of relatively smooth sailing, Joe Biden has landed in choppy waters: faced with a migrant rush on the border with Mexico, the Democratic president stands accused of failing to respond effectively -- and of lacking transparency with the...

Biden tells migrants 'don't come' as criticism grows

Washington - US President Joe Biden urged migrants not to come to the United States on Tuesday, as criticism mounted over a surge in people arriving at the southern border with Mexico -- including thousands of unaccompanied children.

Biden names two women generals to lead military commands

Washington - President Joe Biden on Monday announced the nomination of two women to lead US military commands, who will be only the second and third women to hold such senior military positions in the United States.

Senegal opposition leader held in custody after clashes

Dakar - Senegal opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was ordered held in custody at a court hearing on Friday, two days after his arrest sparked the country's worst violence in years.

New York governor accused of sexual harassment by second woman

New York - A second ex-employee of powerful New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo has accused him of sexual harassment, charges the governor denied on Saturday.

"Guernica" tapestry long on view at UN, no longer is

New York - A large tapestry depicting Pablo Picasso's fabled "Guernica" that hung outside the UN Security Council chamber for decades to remind diplomats of the risks of war has returned to its owner, Nelson Rockefeller, Jr., officials said Thursday.

After Facebook, Twitter ban, Trump fans and extremists turn elsewhere

San Francisco - Gab instead of Twitter, MeWe over Facebook, Telegram for messaging and Discord for insiders -- banned from mainstream platforms, US conspiracy and supremacist movements, many of which support Donald Trump, have shifted to networks that are more confide...

Haiti's president defends record at UN, US slams 'rule by decree'

New York - Haiti's President Jovenel Moise told the UN Security Council on Monday that "democracy was doing well in Haiti" despite its ongoing political crisis, an assertion challenged by the United States, which called on him to quickly put an end to his era of ...

US in mourning over 500,000 Covid deaths, UK sees hope

Washington - President Joe Biden ordered flags lowered to half mast Monday after the United States crossed the "heartbreaking" milestone of 500,000 Covid-19 deaths, while Britain eyed lifting lockdowns in the latest sign of global gains against the pandemic.

We've lost on the streets: Belarus opposition leader

Geneva - Democracy in Belarus will be some time coming, the country's exiled opposition leader told Swiss daily Le Temps in an interview Saturday, acknowledging that they had lost the battle on the streets for the moment.

As impeachment trial opens, Trump and Biden keep quiet

Washington - Donald Trump's second impeachment trial may be the talk of America but a few people, at least, are mum so far, for very different reasons -- Trump himself, and his successor, President Joe Biden.

US shooting survivor starts pillow fight with pro-Trump businessman

Washington - A US school shooting survivor has said he is launching a pillow-making company in an attempt to bankrupt a controversial Donald Trump ally who pushed baseless claims that November's presidential election was rigged.

Biden to streamline US immigration, chip away at Trump legacy

Washington - US President Joe Biden will sign three more executive orders on immigration Tuesday as part of a drive to erase the hardline legacy of Donald Trump, including an effort to reunite children separated from their parents at the US border with Mexico.

Canada ex-governor general created 'poisoned' work environment: reports

Ottawa - A damning report on workplace harassment claims against ex-governor general Julie Payette, Queen Elizabeth II's representative in Canada, describes her as "hostile," "poisoned," and "toxic," news outlets reported Wednesday.

Biden undoes Trump migration orders, pushes for major reform

New York - Within hours of taking office, President Joe Biden undid some of Donald Trump's most controversial immigration policies and sparked cautious hope that millions living in the shadows could one day get legal status in the US.

French Muslims at odds over Macron's anti-extremism charter

Paris - The head of France's main Muslim organisation on Thursday slammed a "unilateral" move by three Islamic groups not to sign up to an anti-extremism charter championed by President Emmanuel Macron.

French Muslims at odds over Macron's anti-extremism charter

Paris - The head of France's main Muslim organisation on Thursday slammed a "unilateral" move by three Islamic groups not to sign up to an anti-extremism charter championed by President Emmanuel Macron.

French Muslims at odds over Macron's anti-extremism charter

Paris - The head of France's main Muslim organisation on Thursday slammed a "unilateral" move by three Islamic groups not to sign up to an anti-extremism charter championed by President Emmanuel Macron.

Woolly mittens, a big skirt and hugs: eye-catching inauguration moments

Washington - Security was intense and the atmosphere muted without a large crowd, but Joe Biden's inauguration still threw up some lighter moments.

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.

Macron hails French Muslim charter against extremism

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron praised French Muslim leaders on Monday after they agreed on a "charter of principles" aimed at combatting sectarianism and radicalised teachings blamed for a surge in jihadist attacks in France in recent years.

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.
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