Biden and Xi end seven-month gap in direct communication

United States President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping held their first call in seven months on Thursday (Sept.9). A White House Statement said the leaders of the world’s two biggest economies had “discussed the responsibility of both nations to ensure competition does not veer into conflict”. The discussion lasted about 90 minutes. Biden spoke about Washington’s “enduring interest in

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Deadly Hurricane Ida hits north-eastern U.S.

Flash flooding and tornadoes hit the north-eastern US leaving at least 25 people dead, local media reported on Thursday (Sep. 2). Eight of the victims were in New York City, and include a two-year-old boy. Some died when they became trapped in flooded basements. The extreme weather has been caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida, which caused widespread devastation in

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Texas Governor bans COVID vaccine mandates

Texas Governor  Greg Abbott on Wednesday (Aug. 25) announced an executive order banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates by any Texas government entity regardless of a vaccine’s approval status with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A vaccine mandate just means that if you don’t get vaccinated, businesses, schools, and others can legally stop you from entering the building or using their services if

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Biden warns of danger of a terrorist attack by the Taliban

Joe Biden, the president of the United States, said there is an “acute” risk of an attack by a terrorist group known as ISIS-K, the ISIS affiliate operating in Afghanistan, and that every day that American troops stay in the war-torn country the risk increases. “The sooner we can finish, the better,” Biden said of the plan to evacuate Americans, Afghan nationals

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Biden approval rating crashes to lowest level to date

Joe Biden’s approval rating plunged to lowest level since he took office in January 2021 after the Taliban’s dramatic capture of Kabul on Sunday (August 15). The Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted on Monday (August 16), found that 46% of American adults approved of Biden’s performance in office, the lowest recorded in weekly polls that started when his presidency began. It is also down

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New York gov Cuomo’s Great Resignation

The New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, 63, announced on Tuesday (August 10) he will resign from the position effective in two weeks after the state’s Attorney General (NY AG) Letitia James determined in her report that he sexually harassed 11 women, most of whom worked for him, and also retaliated after some made complaints. He has denied the allegations. Cuomo initially refused to leave

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House Republicans protest new mask mandate

A large maskless group of Republican Representatives entered the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Thursday (July 29) to protest the recently-reintroduced mask regime in the US Capitol. U.S. Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger ordered officers to arrest visitors and Capitol workers who are not wearing masks, if they refuse to leave the building or refuse to put on

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