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Nearly 1,000 migrant families still separated by Trump-era policy

Al Jazeera | 03 Feb 2023

Years after a widely criticised United States policy known as “family separation” forcibly took migrant children away from their families at the southern border, nearly 1,000 have yet to be returned. Officials said on Thursday that a task force created under US President Joe Biden has reunited about 689 children with their families. Another 2,176...

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With rare China trip, Blinken aims to steady rocky relationship

FX Empire | 03 Feb 2023

By Humeyra Pamuk and Michael Martina (Reuters) – When U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets his Chinese counterpart in Beijing next week there will be plenty to disagree about, from Taiwan to chips and trade. But they will both be trying to answer the same question: How can the world’s two biggest economies avoid a new Cold War? Ties between...

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Biden’s handwritten notes part of classified documents probe

Redlands Daily Facts | 02 Feb 2023

By ZEKE MILLER, COLLEEN LONG and NOMAAN MERCHANT WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is a man who writes down his thoughts. And some of those handwritten musings over his decades of public service are now a part of a special counsel’s investigation into the handling of classified documents. It isn’t clear yet what the investigators are looking for by...

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Russia hits civilian targets anew, EU officials visit Kyiv

The Associated Press | 02 Feb 2023

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missiles hit residential areas in an eastern Ukrainian city Thursday for the second time in 24 hours, while top European Union officials held talks with the government in Kyiv as the war with Russia approaches its one-year milestone. The latest strikes in Kramatorsk came as rescue crews searched for survivors in the...

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Will logistics become Ukraine’s Achilles’ heel?

The Hill | 02 Feb 2023

In a salient quote often attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte and Gen. Omar Bradley, the late Lt. Gen. Robert H. Barrow, 27th commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, told the San Diego Union-Tribune in an interview, “Amateurs talk about strategy and tactics. Professionals talk about logistics and sustainability in warfare.” Today, it is...

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Mass protests for Israeli ‘democratic rights’ silent on Palestinian oppression

GlobalResearch | 02 Feb 2023

Opposition demonstrations of more than 100,000 people have taken place in Israeli cities since the new extreme right-wing government, including undisguised fascist ministers, took office on Dec. 30. The protests, in the name of democracy, have been organized by multiple organizations and politicians focusing particularly on the new government’s...

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Hunter Biden attorneys call for criminal probes into figures involved in disseminating laptop contents: reports

The Hill | 02 Feb 2023

Lawyers for Hunter Biden are requesting that federal and state investigators look into those who accessed and spread his personal data from his stolen laptop, including Rudy Giuliani and a number of allies of former President Trump, in a series of letters sent Wednesday, according to multiple reports. The letters to the attorney general of...

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How will life change once the COVID-19 emergency ends?

The Grio | 01 Feb 2023

President Joe Biden’s administration says it plans to end the emergency declarations for COVID-19 on May 11. WASHINGTON (AP) — The declaration of a COVID-19 public health emergency three years ago changed the lives of millions of Americans by offering increased health care coverage, beefed-up food assistance and universal access to coronavirus...

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World War III Has Officially Started

Principia Scientific | 01 Feb 2023

So, now it is out in the open. The German Foreign Minister has stated that we are at war with Russia The mainstream media was too concerned with the usual dross to notice, but this means that World War III has officially started. On the day that Germany announced WWIII, the leading section of the BBC’s news site carried no mention of the German...

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U.S. states struggle to share dwindling waters of Colorado River

FX Empire | 01 Feb 2023

SEATTLE, Wash. (Reuters) – The Colorado River, which provides drinking water to 40 million people in seven U.S. states, is drying up, straining a water distribution pact amid the worst drought in 12 centuries, exacerbated by climate change. California split from the six states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming on Tuesday in...

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Biden to take aim at junk fees in Competition Council meeting Wednesday

CNN | 01 Feb 2023

President Joe Biden is slated to announce new progress on his administration’s “competition agenda” during the fourth meeting of the Presidential Competition Council on Wednesday, taking steps to slash junk fees while calling on Congress to pass legislation targeting hidden and exorbitant fees across the travel, entertainment, utility and...

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Johnson backs calls for West to send fighter planes to Ukraine

AOL | 01 Feb 2023

Boris Johnson has piled pressure on western leaders to supply fighter jets to Ukraine. The UK said it is not practical to provide sophisticated planes used by the RAF, such as Typhoons and F-35s, while US President Joe Biden has ruled out sending F-16 fighters. But former prime minister Mr Johnson, who was in Washington for talks with senior...

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Tech War: Biden moves to halt US exports to Huawei, reports say

Business Ghana | 01 Feb 2023

The US government has stopped approving licences for American firms to export most items to Chinese technology giant Huawei, according to reports. It comes as the Biden administration continues to tighten its rules on exports of US technology to China. Washington has previously accused Huawei of being a threat to US national security and of working...

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US-Pakistan reset won’t lessen China dependence

Asiatimes | 01 Feb 2023

Pakistan and the United States have recently been pursuing a reset of relations. High-level visitors from both countries have expressed intentions to find a basis for a partnership not centered on Pakistan’s neighbors Afghanistan or India. While the United States has been circumspect in its vision for relations with Pakistan, emphasizing clean...

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US readying new $2bn Ukraine weapons package: Report

Al Jazeera | 01 Feb 2023

The United States is readying more than $2bn worth of military aid for Ukraine that is expected to include longer-range rockets for the first time as well as other munitions and weapons, according to the Reuters news agency, citing two US officials briefed on the plan. The aid is expected to be announced as soon as this week, the officials said on...

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VP Awards Former NASA Astronauts Congressional Space Medal of Honor

The Associated Press | 01 Feb 2023

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- On behalf of President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris awarded former NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken the Congressional Space Medal of Honor Tuesday for their bravery in NASA's SpaceX Demonstration Mission-2 (Demo-2) to the International Space Station in 2020. Hurley and Behnken...

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US says Russia not complying with last remaining nuclear treaty

Manila Bulletin | 01 Feb 2023

WASHINGTON, United StatesThe United States said Tuesday that Russia was not complying with New START, the last remaining arms control treaty between the world’s two main nuclear powers, as tensions soar over the Ukraine war. Responding to a request from Congress, the State Department faulted Russia for suspending inspections and canceling talks...

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F-16s would give Ukraine an advantage, but risk escalation

Al Jazeera | 31 Jan 2023

Air defence experts say US-built F-16 fighter jets would offer Ukraine an edge over the Russian air force, but only if combined with powerful missiles and targeting information which the West would also have to provide, drawing it more actively into the war. “It’s not a panacea, not a game-changer,” said Konstantinos Zikidis, an aerospace engineer...

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Talk of fighter jets to Kyiv could strain Western unity

Albuquerque Journal | 31 Jan 2023

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) -- The possibility of providing Kyiv with fighter jets to help beat back Russia's invasion forces risks the unity of Ukraine's Western allies, amid fears of escalating the nearly year-long conflict and being drawn deeper into the war. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov was due in Paris Tuesday where the possible delivery...

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Ukraine war: Joe Biden rules out sending F-16 fighter jets

Joy Online | 31 Jan 2023

US President Joe Biden has ruled out sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, despite renewed calls from Ukrainian officials for air support. Asked by a reporter on Monday if the US would be providing the planes, Mr Biden replied simply “no”. His comment comes a day after Germany’s leader also ruled out sending fighter jets. Ukraine...