Russian invasion of Ukraine is a global issue, says Biden

Russian invasion of Ukraine is a global issue, says Biden

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that the crisis in Ukraine was a global issue which heightened the importance of maintaining international order, territorial integrity and sovereignty. Biden's comments delivered at the opening of the "Quad" meeting of Indo-Pacific leaders in Tokyo come a day after he broke with convention and volunteered U.S. military support for Taiwan, the self-governed island claimed by China. "This is more than just a European issue. It's a global issue," Biden said of the crisis in Ukraine at the Quad meeting of the United States, Japan, India and Australia. Biden stressed Washington would stand with its allies and push for a free and…
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In Japan, Biden to launch economic plan for region sceptical on benefits

In Japan, Biden to launch economic plan for region sceptical on benefits

TOKYO, May 22 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden headed to Japan on Sunday to launch a plan for greater U.S. economic engagement with the Indo-Pacific, facing criticism even before the programme is announced that it will offer scant benefit to countries in the region. On the second leg of his first Asia trip as president, Biden is to meet with leaders of Japan, India and Australia, the "Quad," another cornerstone of his strategy to push back against China's expanding influence. In Tokyo on Monday, Biden will call on Emperor Naruhito before talks with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. He and Kishida are expected…
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Russia ‘tightening noose’ on Mariupol; Biden tells China not to fuel assault

Russia ‘tightening noose’ on Mariupol; Biden tells China not to fuel assault

KYIV/LVIV, Ukraine, March 18 (Reuters) - Russia said its forces were "tightening the noose" around the besieged Ukrainian port of Mariupol on Friday and concern grew over mass civilian casualties as the United States again warned China against aiding Moscow in its invasion. Russia's advance in Ukraine has largely stalled, and its troops, frustrated by fierce Ukrainian resistance, have blasted residential areas to rubble. On Friday, missiles landed near Lviv, a western city where thousands have fled for refuge.  In Mariupol, the scene of heavy bombardment, officials estimated 80% of the city's homes had been damaged and that 1,000 people may still…
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Biden and Putin head into Ukraine talks with scant room for compromise

Biden and Putin head into Ukraine talks with scant room for compromise

Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin have a chasm of mutual distrust to bridge when they hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday in the shadow of what the United States believes is a threatened Russian invasion of Ukraine. "A lamentable state," was how the Kremlin described relations ahead of the extended video conference call, which it expects to start around 1500 GMT (1000 a.m. ET). Washington has accused Russia of massing troops near the border with Ukraine to intimidate an aspiring NATO member, suggesting it could be a repeat of Moscow's 2014 playbook, when it seized the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine.…
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Biden administration asks U.S. Supreme Court to block Texas abortion law

Biden administration asks U.S. Supreme Court to block Texas abortion law

President Joe Biden's administration on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a Texas law that imposes a near-total ban on abortion, calling the Republican-backed measure plainly unconstitutional and specifically designed to evade judicial scrutiny. The administration asked the Supreme Court to quickly reverse a decision this month by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a judge's order blocking the law while litigation over the statute's legality continues. The justices in a 5-4 Sept. 1 decision let the law take effect in a separate challenge brought by abortion providers in the state. The Texas measure, one of…
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White House: Biden to host talks with moderate Democrats today, climate change in focus

White House: Biden to host talks with moderate Democrats today, climate change in focus

President Joe Biden will host separate meetings on Tuesday with moderate and progressive Democratic lawmakers who are wrangling over aspects of his infrastructure and social spending bills, the White House said on Monday. "We're encouraged ... by the accelerated pace of talks," White House spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters. Moderate and left-leaning progressive members of Congress have been at odds over the scope of what was initially a $3.5 trillion bill focused on social spending and climate change. A separate infrastructure bill with bipartisan support has been held up while differences over the larger bill get worked out. Biden has conceded that the…
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Israeli PM says Iran has crossed nuclear ‘red lines’; Tehran calls it ‘full of lies’

Israeli PM says Iran has crossed nuclear ‘red lines’; Tehran calls it ‘full of lies’

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday that Iran had crossed "all red lines" in its nuclear program and vowed that Israel would not allow Tehran to acquire a nuclear weapon. In his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Bennett said Iran sought to dominate the Middle East under a "nuclear umbrella" and urged a more concerted international effort to halt Iran's nuclear activities. But he also hinted at the potential for Israel to act on its own against Iran, something it has repeatedly threatened. "Iran's nuclear program has hit a watershed moment, and so has our…
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Biden heads to western U.S. to tout climate goals, back California governor

Biden heads to western U.S. to tout climate goals, back California governor

President Joe Biden heads west on Monday for a three-state tour aimed at highlighting his push to fight climate change and strengthen infrastructure, while helping fellow Democrat Gavin Newsom try to hold on to California's governorship. Fresh off travel last week to view flood damage from Hurricane Ida in New York and New Jersey, Biden will visit the National Interagency Fire Center on a stop in Boise, Idaho, before flying to Sacramento, California, to see wildfire damage in the area. Biden has used the storms and fires across the country recently to highlight his call to fight global warming, calling climate change an existential threat…
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Facing divisions, U.S. House Democrats postpone vote on $3.5 trln Biden plan

Facing divisions, U.S. House Democrats postpone vote on $3.5 trln Biden plan

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives early Tuesday postponed a vote to advance President Joe Biden's ambitious plan to expand social programs, as liberals and centrists remained at odds over which parts of his agenda should get priority. Democrats had planned a vote to pass the $3.5 trillion budget plan for Monday evening, but cancelled it after hours of closed-door talks failed to overcome internal party divisions. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had hoped to quickly approve the $3.5 budget outline, which would enable lawmakers to begin filling in the details on a sweeping package that would boost spending on childcare,…
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U.S. lobby groups write battle plan to beat Biden tax hikes

U.S. lobby groups write battle plan to beat Biden tax hikes

U.S. business lobbying groups cheered a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal, but are gearing up to fight the corporate tax hikes looming in a separate but linked spending bill that Democrats aim to pass without Republican votes. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Retail Federation and other deep-pocketed lobby groups plan to use the same argument they employed in 2017 to secure huge tax cuts from Republicans: higher corporate taxes equal fewer jobs. "We don't know what's in that package," Rachelle Bernstein, chief tax counsel for the retail group, said of the Democrats' "reconciliation"…
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Switzerland is most likely venue for Putin-Biden summit

Switzerland is most likely venue for Putin-Biden summit

Switzerland is the most likely venue for a potential summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden in June, Russia's Kommersant newspaper reported on Monday, citing government sources. Biden, who in March said he thought Putin was a "killer", prompting Moscow to recall its ambassador to Washington for consultations, has said he would like to hold talks with Putin during a planned trip to Europe next month. The White House has said that differences between Washington and Moscow would need to be resolved before such a meeting. The Kremlin has said it is studying the possibility of…
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Biden administration approved $735 million arms sale to Israel

Biden administration approved $735 million arms sale to Israel

President Joe Biden's administration approved the potential sale of $735 million in precision-guided weapons to Israel, and congressional sources said on Monday that U.S. lawmakers were not expected to object to the deal despite violence between Israel and Palestinian militants. Three congressional aides said Congress was officially notified of the intended commercial sale on May 5, as part of the regular review process before major foreign weapons sales agreements can go ahead. The sale was first reported by the Washington Post. Congress was informed of the planned sale in April, as part of the normal informal review process before of the formal notification on…
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U.S. to share up to 60 mln AstraZeneca vaccine doses globally -White House

U.S. to share up to 60 mln AstraZeneca vaccine doses globally -White House

The United States will start to share up to 60 million doses of AstraZeneca Plc's coronavirus vaccine with other countries as they become available, White House senior COVID-19 adviser Andy Slavitt said on Monday. "U.S. to release 60 million AstraZeneca doses to other countries as they become available," he wrote on Twitter. The Associated Press earlier on Monday reported the doses would be shared in coming months following their clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the move. The Biden administration in March said it would send roughly 4 million doses of…
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Erdogan calls on Biden to reverse ‘wrong step’ on Armenian declaration

Erdogan calls on Biden to reverse ‘wrong step’ on Armenian declaration

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on U.S. counterpart Joe Biden to immediately reverse his declaration that 1915 massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide, a move he said was upsetting and diminished bilateral ties. In his first comments since the White House statement on Saturday, Erdogan said "the wrong step" would hinder ties and advised the United States to "look in the mirror." Yet the Turkish president added he expected to "open a new door" in ties and discuss all agreements with President Biden at a NATO summit in June. (Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ezgi Erkoyun; Writing by Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Dominic Evans)
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Americans want the government to buy U.S.-made goods, even if they cost more

Americans want the government to buy U.S.-made goods, even if they cost more

A year of pandemic-driven shortages of vital safety goods and medicines - not to mention consumer items like bikes and electronics - has not made Americans more willing to pay extra for U.S.-made goods. Yet a large majority think the government should do so. A new Reuters-Ipsos poll found 63% of Americans want U.S. agencies to buy American-made products in general, even if they cost significantly more, and 62% think the government should strictly buy U.S.-made vaccines. That enthusiasm dims a bit when it comes to other types of safety equipment, such as face masks: a majority, 53%, agree it…
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Russia recalls its U.S. ambassador for consultations after Biden comment on Putin

Russia recalls its U.S. ambassador for consultations after Biden comment on Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Wednesday called its ambassador to the United States back to Moscow for consultations on the future of U.S.-Russia ties after U.S. President Joe Biden said Vladimir Putin would "pay a price" for alleged election meddling. Biden made his comments after a U.S. intelligence report supported longstanding allegations that Putin was behind Moscow's election interference in the United States, an accusation Russia called baseless. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it had called its ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, back to Moscow to discuss the future of Russia's relationship with the United States. The move…
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U.S. and China may meet at Singapore’s ‘Davos’, WEF says

U.S. and China may meet at Singapore’s ‘Davos’, WEF says

United States President Joe Biden's new administration may hold meetings with Chinese counterparts at a World Economic Forum meeting in Singapore in May, the organisation's president said on Friday. Borge Brende was speaking in a virtual dialogue with Singapore's prime minister, who called for a reset of the relationship between the two superpowers. "Singapore has had very close ties with the U.S. but also worked very well with China," Brende said. "The special annual meeting could be a place where you could see the new Biden administration and China meet." The meeting has been moved from its usual home in…
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Photo Story: Biden’s presidential dogs arrive at White House

Photo Story: Biden’s presidential dogs arrive at White House

A handout photo made available by the White House shows US First Lady Jill Biden (L) leading First Dog Champ into the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, 24 January 2021 (issued 25 January 2021). The First Dogs Major and Champ arrived at the White House four days after US President Joe Biden was sworn in. EPA-EFE/ADAM SCHULTZ
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Merkel, Biden agree to stronger cooperation

Merkel, Biden agree to stronger cooperation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden agreed in a phone call on Monday that the COVID-19 pandemic can only be overcome through closer international cooperation, a government spokesman in Berlin said on Monday. "At the same time, she declared Germany's willingness to take on responsibility in dealing with international tasks together with its European and transatlantic partners," government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.  via Reuters
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U.S. “proud to be back” in climate fight, Kerry tells leaders

U.S. “proud to be back” in climate fight, Kerry tells leaders

The United States is "proud to be back" in international efforts to tackle global warming, Washington's new special climate envoy John Kerry told a summit of world leaders on Monday. U.S. President Joe Biden is this week expected to release more policies to tackle climate change after rejoining the 2015 Paris climate agreement that predecessor Donald Trump quit saying it was too costly to the U.S. economy. "We're proud to be back. We come back with humility for the absence over the last four years and we will do everything in our power to make up for it," Kerry told the virtual…
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Biden plans to reverse Trump policies during first days in office

Biden plans to reverse Trump policies during first days in office

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign dozens of executive orders and send sweeping bills to Congress in his first days in office, aiming to roll back some of Donald Trump’s signature policies on immigration and climate change while taking action to ramp up the government's response to the coronavirus crisis. Here is a list of what to expect, according to interviews with several of Biden's advisers, a review of campaign promises and a recent memo by the president-elect's incoming chief of staff Ron Klain. COVID-19 CRISIS * Seek a $1.9 trillion spending proposal aimed at accelerating the distribution of coronavirus vaccines while providing economic relief to millions of Americans hurt…
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Biden to block Trump’s plan to lift COVID-19 European travel restrictions

Biden to block Trump’s plan to lift COVID-19 European travel restrictions

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to quickly extend travel restrictions barring travel by most people who have recently been in much of Europe and Brazil soon after President Donald Trump lifted those requirements effective Jan. 26, a spokeswoman for Biden has said. Trump signed an order Monday (January 18), lifting the restrictions he imposed early last year in response to the pandemic - a decision first reported Monday by Reuters - after winning support from coronavirus task force members and public health officials. Soon after Trump's order was made public, Biden spokeswoman Jen Psaki tweeted, "on the advice of our medical team, the Administration does not intend to lift these…
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Photo Story: Lawmakers impeach President Trump a second time

Photo Story: Lawmakers impeach President Trump a second time

A large banner with the impeachment clause of the US constitution was seen near the US Capitol during today’s impeachment of US President Donald J. Trump by the US House of Representatives, in Washington, DC, USA, 13 January 2021. The House impeached the president a second time for incitement of insurrection following the attack on the Capitol on 06 January as lawmakers worked to certify Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. EPA-EFE/JUSTIN LANE
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FBI warns of armed protests at Biden inauguration

FBI warns of armed protests at Biden inauguration

The FBI has warned of possible armed protests being planned for Washington, D.C., and at all 50 U.S. state capital cities in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20, a federal law enforcement source said on Monday. Faced with threats of move violence from supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, the National Guard was authorized to send up to 15,000 troops to Washington, and tourists were barred from visiting the Washington Monument. Biden's inaugural committee said on Monday the theme of the Jan. 20 ceremony will be "America United," even as the country grapples with the fallout of last…
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Democracy prevailed: Joe Biden

Democracy prevailed: Joe Biden

President-elect Joe Biden delivered a forceful rebuke on Monday to President Donald Trump's attacks on the legitimacy of his victory, hours after winning the state-by-state Electoral College vote that officially determines the U.S. presidency. "In this battle for the soul of America, democracy prevailed," Biden said in a prime-time speech from his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. "Now it's time to turn the page, as we've done throughout our history – to unite, to heal." Monday's vote, typically a formality, assumed outsized significance in light of Trump's extraordinary effort to subvert the process due to what he has falsely alleged was widespread voter…
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Biden urges Congress to pass coronavirus package, promises more action

Biden urges Congress to pass coronavirus package, promises more action

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday urged lawmakers to pass a coronavirus aid package that has been stalled in Congress for months, and promised more action to reactivate the economy after he takes office next month. "Right now, the full Congress should come together and pass a robust package for relief to address these urgent needs," Biden said as he presented his incoming administration's economic team. A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a $908 billion COVID-19 relief bill aimed at breaking the long deadlock between Democrats and Republicans over new emergency assistance for small businesses, unemployed people,…
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Joe Biden names foreign policy team, taps Blinken as State Sec

Joe Biden names foreign policy team, taps Blinken as State Sec

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday named the key members of his foreign policy team, tapping trusted aide Antony Blinken to head the State Department and take the lead in rebuilding Washington's relationships in Europe and the rest of the world. Democrat Biden, who has vowed to undo Republican President Donald Trump's "America First" policies, also named Jake Sullivan as his next national security adviser and Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations - both with high level government experience. Thomas-Greenfield held a senior diplomatic post under President Barack Obama while Sullivan was a deputy assistant to Obama…
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Michigan formally confirms Biden win in state

Michigan formally confirms Biden win in state

Michigan Board of State Canvassers on Monday (November 23) voted to certify the results of the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election that showed Democrat Joe Biden winning the state. The board passed the motion in a meeting that was broadcast virtually. With the certification, President Donald Trump's effort to deny Biden a victory by claiming election irregularities and fraud in many states, became even more unlikely to succeed. Biden beat Trump in Michigan by more than 150,000 votes, or almost 3 percentage points, and the election canvassing board is required to validate the count. Norman Shinkle, one of the two Republicans on the four-member Michigan board, had suggested he favored…
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Trump national security adviser O’Brien says looks now that Biden has won

Trump national security adviser O’Brien says looks now that Biden has won

U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said on Monday he will ensure a professional transition to the team led by Democrat Joe Biden if Biden is deemed the winner of the 2020 presidential election and "obviously things look like that now." The Republican Trump has insisted the Nov. 3 election was "rigged" and that he will be declared the winner after a series of legal challenges in several states. Speaking to the Global Security Forum, O'Brien said that while he hoped Trump would turn out to have won a second four-year term, he would work with a new administration headed by Biden and his…
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From Merkel to Johnson – The winners and losers in Europe after US election

From Merkel to Johnson – The winners and losers in Europe after US election

Joe Biden's election will have an impact on the relations of Europe and European countries with the US. Trump's presidency was marked with strains linked to trade and tirades by the American president and the closeness by populists. European leaders expect that Mr Biden will work hard, and enthusiastically, to repair the battered relationship between America and Europe. The European leaders hope that the US will back down on the tariffs imposed by Donald Trump and to engage more with its historic allies. Europe's leaders also expect Mr Biden to share their nervousness towards Russia - an area in which…
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Palestinians welcome Trump exit, but are cautious about Biden

Palestinians welcome Trump exit, but are cautious about Biden

The Palestinians have been holding out for a change of U.S. president for three years, hoping for a chance to hit the reset button on relations with Washington. There was no response from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after Joe Biden was declared winner of the U.S. presidential election by major television networks on Saturday, but the first key decision facing Abbas is whether he will resume political contacts with the United States. Three years ago Abbas cut off contact with President Donald Trump's White House, accusing it of pro-Israel bias over Trump's decisions to break with decades of U.S. policy…
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After America First, some investors bet on a Biden boost abroad

After America First, some investors bet on a Biden boost abroad

After four years of America First, some money managers outside the United States looking for big post-election investment winners are quietly confident it is the turn of the rest of the world to shine. With several opinion polls pointing to a Joe Biden presidency, these investors are leaning towards assets such as emerging markets or European bank stocks, as potential beneficiaries of a Democrat win while turning cautious on markets such as Russia which might be hurt by the change. A stimulus-fuelled U.S. growth pickup, accompanied by corporate tax hikes -- both expected under Biden -- could push capital out of the S&P 500 into other markets, especially if a coronavirus…
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Trump seeks to boost support in Florida, Biden focuses on Michigan

Trump seeks to boost support in Florida, Biden focuses on Michigan

U.S. President Donald Trump sought to boost his standing in the battleground state of Florida on Friday by reaching out to seniors, while rival Joe Biden blasted Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic on a tour of the swing state of Michigan. The two men are focusing their campaigns on the closely-fought states that are expected to determine the winner of the Nov. 3 election. After spending the day in Florida, Trump held a rally in Georgia, traditionally a Republican stronghold. Trump, a Republican, lags in opinion polls https://polling.reuters.com and the latest figures from his campaign show he is also…
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‘Masks Matter’, says Biden in rebuke to Trump stunt

‘Masks Matter’, says Biden in rebuke to Trump stunt

Less than two hours after U.S. President Donald Trump returned to the White House after three days in hospital being treated for coronavirus, challenger Joe Biden criticized the president anew for downplaying the seriousness of the virus. "I would hope that the president, having gone through what he went through – and I'm glad he seems to be coming along pretty well – would communicate the right lesson to the American people: Masks matter," Biden said at a NBC News town hall from Miami, Florida. But in a video released shortly after leaving hospital, Trump urged Americans to "get out there" and…
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Biden bashes Trump’s leadership on pandemic, Trump attacks Biden on trade

Biden bashes Trump’s leadership on pandemic, Trump attacks Biden on trade

Democrat Joe Biden slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and Trump criticized Biden's record on trade on Monday as the White House contenders battled for votes in key Midwestern battleground states. With U.S. deaths from COVID-19 approaching 200,000, Biden said on a campaign stop in Wisconsin that Trump "froze" when faced with the enormous challenge posed by the health crisis and was not capable of the leadership needed to confront it. "He just wasn't up to it. He froze. He failed to act. He panicked," Biden said after meeting workers at an aluminum manufacturing plant in…
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Pete Buttigieg says US economy facing ‘a long, tough struggle’

Pete Buttigieg says US economy facing ‘a long, tough struggle’

Former US presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg expressed his 'extreme concern' as 30 million Americans were now unemployed. The US is also facing a growing rise of food insecurity, he warned "Clearly we are in for a long, tough struggle," he said. "I'm very concerned when [government aid] runs out," he added. He criticised Trump for not "believing in science" and refusing to be "honest with the American people instead of trying to downplay or mislead". He reiterated his support for the Biden-Harris ticket, saying they will respect small businesses and ensure that corporations pay their fair share. "The biggest problem…
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Trump declines to condemn violence from his supporters, points finger at Biden

Trump declines to condemn violence from his supporters, points finger at Biden

President Donald Trump on Monday sided with a 17-year old charged with killing two people during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, saying the accused gunman was trying to get away and would have been killed by demonstrators if he had not opened fire. Trump will today visit Kenosha, the site of protests against police brutality and racism since Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot seven times by police on Aug. 23 and left paralyzed. On the third night of protests, Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, shot three protesters, two fatally, with an assault rifle. "He was trying to get away from them ... And…
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Trump accused of breaking oath of office by calling for China to investigate Bidens

Trump accused of breaking oath of office by calling for China to investigate Bidens

Donald Trump has been accused of breaking his oath of office by asking China to investigate 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden. The US president said he thinks Beijing should look into the former vice president and his businessman son, Hunter, who formed a private equity fund in China - though he said he has not yet appealed to the Chinese president to do so. The comments echo a similar "favour"  Trump allegedly asked of Ukraine's leader that has led to an impeachment inquiry. Democrat Adam Schiff, the US House intelligence committee's chairman, said  Trump's comments mean he has broken his…
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The Week That Was – Jesmond Saliba

The Week That Was – Jesmond Saliba

This article appeared first on The Corporate Dispatch Week  This week saw a strengthened focus on climate change and the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook travelling business. Former French President Jacques Chirac passed away at 86, while Netanyahu was given a mandate to form a government but most of the attention was taken with the developments in the UK and the US. Once upon a time, the UK and the US share d the responsibility of being the global police force. They earned their role through their positioning on 'the right side of history' over the years. Over the years, their position was challenged and…
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Memo confirms Trump urged Biden inquiry

Memo confirms Trump urged Biden inquiry

The Trump administration has released details of a phone conversation in July that has triggered a US impeachment inquiry against the president. Reacting to the impeachment inquiry, Donald Trump said it was the "single greatest witch hunt in American history". According to the notes, Donald Trump asked the Ukrainian leader to look into corruption claims involving the son of Joe Biden, Mr Trump's possible rival in next year's presidential election. Concerns about the call were initially raised by a whistleblower. The Democrats accused Mr Trump of seeking foreign help to smear a rival. Under the US constitution, a president can…
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Summary of transcript of phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s Zelensky released

Summary of transcript of phone call between Trump and Ukraine’s Zelensky released

U.S. President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a July telephone call to investigate whether former Vice President Joe Biden shut down an investigation into a company that employed his son, a summary of the call released by the Trump administration on Wednesday showed. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced that the Democratic-led House was moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry and directed six committees to proceed with investigations of the president's actions. Democrats have accused Trump, who is seeking re-election next year, of soliciting Ukraine's help to smear Biden, the front-runner for the…
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Trump trails main Democratic candidates in new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll

Trump trails main Democratic candidates in new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll

President Donald Trump trails the top Democratic contenders in hypothetical matchups, according to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll’s first ballot tests of the 2020 general election. Former Vice President Joe Biden leads the president by 9 points among registered voters, 51 percent to 42 percent — outside of the poll’s margin of error of plus-minus 3.5 percentage points. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is ahead of Trump by 7 points, 50 percent to 43 percent. Biden’s larger lead over Trump is largely due to the former vice president's stronger performance among independent voters, whites and suburban residents than the rest…
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Former VP Biden, Senator Harris and Mayor Pete are the favourites of Wall Street donors

Former VP Biden, Senator Harris and Mayor Pete are the favourites of Wall Street donors

The behind-the-scenes competition for Wall Street money in the 2020 presidential race is reaching a fevered peak this week as no less than nine Democrats are holding New York fund-raisers in a span of nine days, racing ahead of a June 30 filing deadline when they must disclose their latest financial hauls. NYT reports that with millions of dollars on the line, top New York donors are already beginning to pick favorites, and three candidates are generating most of the buzz: former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Senator Kamala Harris of California and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend,…
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