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China Sanctions 28 Trump Officials Including Pompeo For Violating “Sovereignty”

Beijing also sanctioned ex-Trump national security advisor John Bolton along with Mike Pompeo (above)Beijing: China said Wednesday it was sanctioning more than two dozen members and ex-officials in former president Donald Trump's government, including his secretary of state Mike Pompeo, for violating the country's "sovereignty" by making "crazy" policy moves.The move came as US President Joe Biden took the oath of office in Washington, ushering in a new administration that is expected to remain tough on China but commit to international cooperation after Trump's divisive "America First" approach."Over the past few years, some anti-China politicians in the United States, out of their selfish political interests and prejudice and hatred against China and showing no regard for the interest...
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US President Joe Biden Safely Arrives At White House, Protected By 25,000 Troops

Some extremist groups had vowed to disrupt Joe Biden's inauguration following the January 6 attackWashington: After taking the oath of office and a brief dash to shake some hands, Joe Biden made it safely to the White House in a barricaded city guarded by more than 25,000 troops and devoid of the hundreds of thousands of spectators who normally throng to the quadrennial ritual.The unprecedented precautions ensured the new U.S. president and Vice President Kamala Harris took office free of incident in a ceremony outside the U.S. Capitol, two weeks to the day after a mob attacked the building in a failed attempt to keep Congress from certifying their victory.After being driven from the Capitol in a slow motorcade, Biden briskly walked the last block from the Treasury to the White House, u...
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Oxford Scientists Preparing Vaccine Versions To Combat Emerging Virus Variants: Report

Oxford did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. (Representational)Oxford scientists are preparing to rapidly produce new versions of their vaccine to combat emerging more contagious COVID-19 variants discovered in the UK, South Africa and Brazil, The Telegraph reported on Wednesday.The team behind the vaccine from Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc is undertaking feasibility studies to reconfigure the technology, the newspaper said, citing a confirmation from the Oxford University.The scientists were working on estimating how quickly they could reconfigure their ChAdOx vaccine platform, the report said.A university spokesman told the newspaper that Oxford is carefully assessing the impact of new variants on vaccine immunity and evaluating the processes needed for rapid deve...
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“Welcome Back To The Paris Agreement!”: French President To Joe Biden

"Best wishes on this most significant day for the American people!" Emmanuel Macron tweeted.Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron lauded new US President Joe Biden's decision to return to the Paris climate accord on Wednesday, telling him "welcome back" in a congratulatory message after his inauguration."Best wishes on this most significant day for the American people!" Macron tweeted in English."We are together. We will be stronger to face the challenges of our time. Stronger to build our future. Stronger to protect our planet. Welcome back to the Paris Agreement!"To @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris.Best wishes on this most significant day for the American people!We are together.We will be stronger to face the challenges of our time. Stronger to build our future. Stronger to protect our p...
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Joe Biden Appoints Dan Smith As Acting Secretary Of State: White House

Joe Biden appointed Andy Baukol as Acting Treasury SecretaryWashington: President Joe Biden has appointed Dan Smith to temporarily serve as acting Secretary of State until nominee Antony Blinken is confirmed by the Senate, the White House said in a press release on Wednesday."Today, President Joe Biden announced the acting agency leadership across the administration to assist in the next phase of the administration to assist in the next phase of the transition of government," the release said."These individuals, nearly all of whom are career civil servants, will temporarily lead federal agencies while Cabinet nominees continue moving through the confirmation process."President Biden also appointed Andy Baukol as Acting Treasury Secretary and Monty Wilkinson as the Acting head of the Jus...
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Joe Biden Signs Series Of Orders, Set To Rejoin Paris Climate Accord

"We are going to combat climate change in a way we have not done so far," Joe Biden said.Washington: US President Joe Biden signed a raft of executive orders to launch his administration Wednesday, including a decision to rejoin the Paris climate accord.The orders were aimed at reversing decisions by his predecessor Donald Trump, reversing the process of leaving the World Health Organization, ending the ban on entries from mostly Muslim-majority countries, bolstering environmental protections and strengthening the fight against Covid-19."We are going to combat climate change in a way we have not done so far," Biden said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.) Source link
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Donald Trump “Wrote A Very Generous Letter”: Joe Biden

"The president wrote a very generous letter," Joe Biden told reporters at the White House.Washington: US President Joe Biden said Wednesday that outgoing president Donald Trump had left him a "very generous" letter in the Oval Office, in keeping with tradition."The president wrote a very generous letter," Biden told reporters at the White House.It was unclear until Wednesday whether Trump would maintain the tradition of outgoing presidents leaving notes for their successors, after he opted to skip Biden's inauguration and never formally congratulated him on his election win.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.) Source link
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“Do Not Panic, You Will Get A Vaccine,” Says WHO

WHO's assistant director-general said that around 50 countries have started vaccination campaignsGeneva: Nobody should panic about getting access to a Covid-19 vaccine because everyone who wants one will get one, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.The WHO's assistant director-general Mariangela Simao said the UN health agency was working towards ensuring access to coronavirus jabs all around the world."No one needs to panic, because you're going to get a vaccine," said Simao, the assistant DG for access to medicines, vaccines and pharmaceuticals."We've been working very hard to ensure that all countries, all populations, do have the opportunity to access these vaccines," she told a WHO social media live event.Simao said that around 50 countries have started vaccination campaig...
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Joe Biden’s Presidency Begins With Sharp Focus On Immigration Bill

Joe Biden plans additional executive actions on January 29Washington: Within hours of being sworn in as president on Wednesday, Joe Biden sent an immigration bill to lawmakers that would open a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants living in the United States unlawfully, a sharp contrast to the policies of former President Donald Trump.Biden also will sign 15 executive actions on Wednesday, at least six of those dealing with immigration, making the issue a major focus of the Democratic President's first day in office.The actions included immediately lifting a travel ban on more than a dozen mostly Muslim-majority and African countries, halting construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall and reversing a Trump order preventing migrants who are in the United States illegally from ...
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“Until We Meet Again”: US Envoy Bids Farewell To India

Ken Juster also informed about a new Twitter handle for more updates on the US-India relationship.Washington: In his final tweet as the US Ambassador to India, Ken Juster bid farewell to India, as President-elect Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States.Juster also informed about a new Twitter handle for more updates on the US-India relationship."This is my final tweet as the US Ambassador to India. My tweets from this account will now be archived. However, please continue to follow this account and @USAndIndiafor more on the US-India relationship. Farewell India, until we meet again!" he tweeted.This is my final tweet as the U.S. Ambassador to India. My tweets from this account will now be archived. However, please continue to follow this account and @USAndIndia fo...