Biden: For US and Russia, now is the time to deescalate

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File Photo: US President Joe Biden (L) speaking at White House in Washington, DC on March 15, 2021, and Russian President Vladimir Putin speakins at a press conference in Moscow on March 5, 2020 AFP The US president says with direct communication between him and Vladimir Putin, they could establish a more effective relationship US […]

Biden to rush vaccinators to Michigan as gov urges limits

Biden to rush vaccinators to Michigan as gov urges limits

Washington will rush federal resources to support vaccinations, testing and treatments, but not vaccines, to Michigan in an effort to control the state’s worst-in-the-nation COVID-19 outbreak, the White House said Friday. The announcement came as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer strongly recommended, but did not order, a two-week pause on face-to-face high school instruction, indoor restaurant dining […]

Climate Challenge: Kerry due Friday to have discussions with Bangladesh

Climate Challenge: Kerry due Friday to have discussions with Bangladesh

John Kerry, the United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, is scheduled to arrive here on Friday on a brief visit during which Bangladesh will convey its priority issues on the climate front. Kerry, now in India on a four-day visit, will hand over the US President’s invitation to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in person […]

PM Hasina stresses unlocking carbon markets to ensure climate justice

PM Hasina stresses unlocking carbon markets to ensure climate justice

A rude awakening finally forced the world to heed to my warning that the climate crisis is indeed an emergency, she also said. Mentioning that any recovery had to be green, nature-based and resilient, the prime minister said therefore, my first act as CVF president was to declare climate change a “planetary emergency” and call […]

Senate passes Biden’s $1.9tr COVID-19 bill on party-line vote

US Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who said she thinks the issue of minimum wage should be debated separately, gives a

The final bill includes $400 billion in one-time payments of $1,400 to most Americans, $300 a week in extended jobless benefits for the 9.5 million people thrown out of work in the crisis, and $350 billion in aid to state and local governments that have seen the pandemic blow a hole in their budgets. The […]

Biden declares America, transatlantic alliance ‘back’

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US President Joe Biden delivers remarks as he takes part in a Munich Security Conference virtual event from the East Room at the White House in Washington on February 19, 2021 Reuters The White House said Biden has ditched Trump’s controversial efforts last year to re-establish the G8, which became the G7 after Russia was […]

As US rejoins Paris pact, hopes rise for reopening of climate finance tap

John Kerry speaks at an event in Wilmington, Del, Nov 24, 2020, where he was introduced by then President-elect Joe Biden as his choice to be global envoy for climate change. Serious efforts to address global warming might mean big changes for America’s trade, foreign relations and even defense strategy. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times)

Under climate-change sceptic Donald Trump, the US government did provide finance for things like building solar power systems in Africa and protecting people from storms and floods in Asia, as part of its international development aid. But Trump pulled out of the 2015 Paris Agreement and refused to deliver two-thirds of a $3-billion pledge made […]

COVID, climate, tax feature at first post-Trump G7 talks

US President Joe Biden walks into the Oval Office in Washington, US, February 8, 2021. Reuters

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will join Friday’s online meeting with her Group of Seven (G7) peers at which they are likely to renew promises to pursue huge stimulus programmes to aid the economic recovery from COVID-19. The meeting, the first G7 encounter since Biden took office, will also seek to breathe new life into […]

Biden: Myanmar military should step down, free detainees

US President Joe Biden delivers a foreign policy address as Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken listen during a visit to the State Department in Washington, US, February 4, 2021 Reuters Biden signaled aggressive approaches to China and Russia, urged Myanmar’s military leaders to halt their coup, and declared an end […]

Biden set to accept more refugees after years of Trump restrictions

FILE PHOTO: US President Biden signs executive orders on access to affordable healthcare in Washington on January 28, 2021 Reuters Biden aims to increase the number refugee admissions by 15,000 for the coming fiscal year, which begins on October 1 2021. US President Joe Biden said on Thursday he plans to raise annual refugee admissions […]