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Joe Biden: US President Biden’s silence on executions adds to death penalty disarray | World News – Times of India
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Joe Biden: US President Biden’s silence on executions adds to death penalty disarray | World News – Times of India

CHICAGO: Activists widely expected Joe Biden to take swift action against the death penalty as the first sitting president to oppose capital punishment, especially since an unprecedented spate of executions by his predecessor ended just days before Biden took office. Instead, the White House has been mostly silent. Biden hasn't said whether he'd back a bill introduced by fellow Democrats to strike the death penalty from U.S. statutes. He also hasn't rescinded Trump-era protocols enabling federal executions to resume and allowing prisons to use firing squads if necessary, something many thought he'd do on day one. And this week, his administration asked the Supreme Court to reinstate the Boston Marathon bomber's original death sentence. The hands-off approach in Washington is adding to d...
India has just been devastated by Covid-19: Donald Trump
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India has just been devastated by Covid-19: Donald Trump

Former US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that India has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, insisting that China should pay USD 10 trillion to the US for allegedly being responsible for the spread of Covid-19 globally. In an interview with Fox News, Trump said that in fact, China should pay more as compensation to the world, but this is what they have the capacity to pay. “The number (compensation) is much higher than that. But there’s only so much they can pay. And that’s to us (United States). The number is bigger throughout the world. Look, countries have been destroyed over what they did, and whether by accident or not. And I would hope that it was an accident. I hope that it was through incompetence or an accident,” Trump said in response to a questi...
Lawyer: US drops lawsuit, grand jury probe over John Bolton book – Times of India
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Lawyer: US drops lawsuit, grand jury probe over John Bolton book – Times of India

The Justice Department has abandoned its lawsuit against John Bolton, former President Donald Trump's onetime national security adviser, over his book that officials argued disclosed classified information, according to court documents and Bolton's representatives. Prosecutors also have dropped a grand jury investigation over the book's publication, Bolton's lawyer said Wednesday. The Trump administration sued last year to block the release of Bolton's book, "The Room Where It Happened," and to recover copies of the book that had already been distributed. The book, released in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, offered a behind-the-scenes, and unflattering, account of Trump's foreign policy dealings. It described how Trump asked China's President Xi Jinping to help the Ameri...
What’s at stake in Iran’s presidential election? – Times of India
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What’s at stake in Iran’s presidential election? – Times of India

NICOSIA: Iran holds a presidential election on Friday, with ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi who heads the judiciary the most likely to win from the seven candidates. Here's a summary of the main issues at stake: Iranian authorities tend to transform national elections into a referendum on the Islamic republic. Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has urged voters to turn out "massively", as calls to boycott the polls with the hashtag #NototheIslamicrepublic have surfaced on social media. Abstaining would play into the hands "of the enemies of Iran, the enemies of Islam and the enemies of religious democracy", Khamenei said. But this year, the abstention rate could rise above the 57 percent of legislative elections in February 2020. A low turnout would reflect widespread disappointment ...
Quoting Irish poet, Biden ends EU trade war in renewal of transatlantic ties – Times of India
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Quoting Irish poet, Biden ends EU trade war in renewal of transatlantic ties – Times of India

BRUSSELS: US President Joe Biden ended one front in a Trump-era trade war when he met European Union leaders on Tuesday by agreeing a truce in a transatlantic dispute over aircraft subsidies that had dragged on for 17 years. The EU also lifted its tariffs on US steel and aluminium for six months in the hope that the United States will do the same for Europe. Quoting Irish poet W B Yeats at the start of his first EU-US summit as president, Biden also said the world was shifting and that Western democracies needed to come together. "The world has changed, changed utterly," Biden, an Irish-American, said, citing from the poem Easter 1916, in remarks that pointed towards the themes of his eight day trip through Europe: China, the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change. Sitting at an oval tabl...
Justices defer Harvard case on race in college admissions – Times of India
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Justices defer Harvard case on race in college admissions – Times of India

WASHINGTON: With abortion and guns already on the agenda, the conservative-dominated Supreme Court is considering adding a third blockbuster issue - whether to ban consideration of race in college admissions. The justices on Monday put off a decision about whether they will hear an appeal claiming that Harvard discriminates against Asian American applicants, in a case that could have nationwide repercussions. The court asked the Justice Department to weigh in on the case, a process that typically takes several months. Congratulations!You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view result "It would be a big deal because of the nature of college admissions across the country and because of the stakes of having this issue before the Supreme Court," said Gregory Garre, who twice defended...
No breakthroughs expected from first Biden-Erdogan meeting – Times of India
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No breakthroughs expected from first Biden-Erdogan meeting – Times of India

BRUSSELS: US President Joe Biden and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will discuss Ankara's purchase of Russian S-400 missiles during face-to-face talks on Monday but there is little hope they will resolve a bitter dispute that divides NATO. Turkey has NATO's second-biggest military after the United States but disagreements over Syria, human rights, the treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire and tensions in the eastern Mediterranean have all strained their ties. Since taking office in January, Biden has recognised the 1915 massacre of Armenians as genocide and stepped up criticism of Turkey's human rights record, adopting a cooler tone towards Erdogan than his predecessor Donald Trump. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the two leaders, who are attending a NA...
Benjamin Netanyahu, ‘King of Israel,’ exits a stage he dominated
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Benjamin Netanyahu, ‘King of Israel,’ exits a stage he dominated

Written by David M. Halbfinger  He came to power like some conqueror from a distant land called Philadelphia. Educated in the United States, speaking flawless East Coast English, warning in pungent sound bites about the threats posed by Islamic terrorism and a nuclear Iran, the Benjamin Netanyahu who stormed into Israeli politics in the 1990s was like no other politician the country had seen. Before long, he would capture the prime minister’s office, lose it, then seize it again a decade later, becoming Israel’s longest-serving leader and inspiring such admiration that supporters likened him to the biblical King David. His political agility got him out of so many tight spots that even his detractors called him a magician. He presided over an extraordinary economic turnaroun...
Before the fall: Benjamin Netanyahu’s final days – Times of India
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Before the fall: Benjamin Netanyahu’s final days – Times of India

JERUSALEM: It was Sunday, May 30, and Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on television looking flushed, grasping for words and losing his temper. The Israeli premier's ex-protege, Naftali Bennett, had just announced he would join the "change" coalition aimed at felling Netanyahu after 12 straight years in power. In less than half an hour, the political strongman dubbed "King Bibi" by his Likud party supporters would see his kingdom start to crumble. The change was swift, said Ben Caspit, a political commentator who wrote the biography "The Netanyahu Years". "For decades, he's nurtured his image with a lot of class. He's really an Ivy League politician, with the language, with the manners, with the looks, with the professionalism, with being the magician of television, with all this charisma," ...
Joe Biden to return diverted border wall money, spend down rest – Times of India
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Joe Biden to return diverted border wall money, spend down rest – Times of India

Washington: Former President Donald Trump's signature border wall project would lose much of its funding as well as the fast-track status that enabled it to bypass environmental regulations under a Biden administration plan announced Friday. President Joe Biden suspended construction of the wall upon taking office while his administration reviewed the project. That angered Republicans in Congress eager to see it go forward amid an increase in apprehensions of migrants along with the southwest border. The new plan does not cancel the wall project outright, but it's still likely to face opposition in Congress, where many Republicans are eager to promote a project closely associated with the former president. Biden plans to return more than $2 billion that the Trump administration diverted...
US, China clash as Biden debuts at G7 – Times of India
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US, China clash as Biden debuts at G7 – Times of India

WASHINGTON: The United States and China clashed in rare talks Friday as President Joe Biden made his international debut at the G7 summit, with his administration pressing Beijing on Covid, Taiwan and human rights. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, joining Biden at the summit of industrial democracies in England, spoke by telephone with senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi -- their first talks since a heated in-person encounter in Alaska in March. As Biden used his first presidential trip abroad to unveil a massive plan to buy and distribute 500 million Covid vaccine doses around the world, Blinken renewed US pressure on China over the origins of the pandemic that has killed more than 3.7 million people. Blinken "stressed the importance of cooperation and transparency regarding the orig...
Putin says relations with US at lowest point in years – Times of India
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Putin says relations with US at lowest point in years – Times of India

WASHINGTON: Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview with NBC News ahead of his meeting with US President Joe Biden next week, said US-Russia relations are at their lowest point in years. Putin and Biden will meet in Geneva on Wednesday. The White House has said Biden will bring up ransomware attacks emanating from Russia, Moscow's aggression against Ukraine, the jailing of dissidents and other issues that have irritated the relationship. "We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years," Putin said, according to an NBC translation of excerpts of an interview broadcast on Friday. Putin praised former President Donald Trump as "an extraordinary individual, talented individual," and said Biden, as a career politician, was "radically d...
Joe Biden to route US border wall funds to military and construction site clean up – Times of India
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Joe Biden to route US border wall funds to military and construction site clean up – Times of India

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden's administration will return more than $2 billion in funds allotted under his predecessor Donald Trump to build a wall along the US-Mexican border to the military and devote other remaining money to construction site clean up, the White House budget office said on Friday. The move will return funds to 66 military projects spanning 11 states, three US territories and 16 countries, the White House said in a related fact sheet. The projects include $79 million to renovate a US military school in Germany and $9 million for a firing range in Indiana. Trump, a Republican, made the wall a signature part of his presidency, saying it was needed to stop illegal immigration and drug smuggling. During his four years in office, Trump secured about $15 billion for th...
America may be ‘back’ in Europe, but how much has really changed?
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America may be ‘back’ in Europe, but how much has really changed?

Written by Mark Landler Few images captured the rupture in trans-Atlantic relations better than that of President Donald Trump in 2018, arms folded across his chest as he resisted Chancellor Angela Merkel and other frustrated leaders in their doomed effort to salvage their summit meeting in Canada. When the same leaders reconvene in Cornwall, England, on Friday, President Joe Biden will reverse the body language, replacing impasse with embrace. But beneath the imagery, it is not clear how much more open the United States will be to give-and-take with Europe than it was under Trump. The trans-Atlantic partnership has always been less reciprocal than its champions like to pretend — a marriage in which one partner, the United States, carried the nuclear umbrella. Now, with Chi...
Covid-19: G7 to provide 1 billion vaccine doses to ‘to world’ – Times of India
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Covid-19: G7 to provide 1 billion vaccine doses to ‘to world’ – Times of India

FALMOUTH: G7 leaders will agree to expand global Covid vaccine manufacturing to provide at least one billion doses to the world through sharing and financing schemes, Britain said Thursday. The announcement came after the United States said it would donate 500 million jabs to 92 poor and lower-middle-income nations. The UK, which is hosting the big powers' gathering in southwest England, added it would donate at least 100 million surplus doses within the next year, including five million beginning in the coming weeks. The commitments follow growing calls for richer countries to step up their efforts to share Covid-19 shots with less developed nations, with charities warning the current situation is leading to "vaccine apartheid". Britain, which has orders for more than 400 million doses...
Kamala Harris, with blunt language on border, forges immigration image
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Kamala Harris, with blunt language on border, forges immigration image

Written by Zolan Kanno-Youngs Before flying to Guatemala and Mexico on her first foreign trip, Vice President Kamala Harris faced questions about how she would approach her role as the face of President Joe Biden’s plan to bolster the region and deter migration to the United States. After weeks of criticism from Republicans and some moderate Democrats who argued that the administration lacked a clear strategy on migration, Harris came to Central America with a blunt response: The administration’s focus would be asserting control over its borders, even if that meant turning away, for now, those fleeing persecution and poverty whom the vice president has promised to help in the long run. Harris was similarly candid about the need to address the root causes prompting migrants ...
Former president Donald Trump returns as a diminished TV draw
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Former president Donald Trump returns as a diminished TV draw

Former President Donald Trump reached less than a million measurable television viewers over the weekend in his return to the public stage at a North Carolina political event. Newsmax averaged just under 700,000 viewers between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday when Trump spoke, the Nielsen company said. His speech was also carried live on One America News Network and C-SPAN, but their audience is not measured by Nielsen. Fox News Channel did not carry the speech by the former president beloved by many of its viewers. The network averaged more than 1.5 million viewers for its typical Saturday night fare of Jesse Watters and Jeanine Pirro. Although Trump couldn’t eclipse Fox’s regular lineup, at least for Newsmax, showing the former president live appeared to be a good business ...
Kamala Harris engages Mexico on complexities of migration – Times of India
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Kamala Harris engages Mexico on complexities of migration – Times of India

MEXICO CITY: Vice President Kamala Harris told Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday that the United States and Mexico are "embarking on a new era" during her first in-person meeting with the leader, as she seeks to foster greater cooperation with Mexico on immigration to the US. Speaking at the start of their bilateral meeting at the Mexican national palace, Harris emphasized the longstanding "interdependence and interconnection" of the two nations. Joined by her top foreign policy aides for the region, the two leaders met for over an hour in an elegant conference room at the palace, seated across from each other under a grand crystal chandelier. Just prior to the meeting, Harris and Lopez Obrador watched as the Mexican foreign affairs secretary and the charge d'a...
Senate report details broad failures around January 6 attack – Times of India
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Senate report details broad failures around January 6 attack – Times of India

WASHINGTON: A Senate investigation of the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol found a broad intelligence breakdown across multiple agencies, along with widespread law enforcement and military failures that led to the violent attack. There were clear warnings and tips that supporters of former President Donald Trump, including right-wing extremist groups, were planning to "storm the Capitol" with weapons and possibly infiltrate the tunnel system underneath the building. But that intelligence never made it up to top leadership. The result was chaos. A Senate report released Tuesday details how officers on the front lines suffered chemical burns, brain injuries and broken bones, among other injuries, after fighting the attackers, who quickly overwhelmed them and broke into the build...
Antony Blinken casts doubt on methodology of coronavirus lab-leak report – Times of India
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Antony Blinken casts doubt on methodology of coronavirus lab-leak report – Times of India

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken cast doubt on Tuesday on the methodology of a report on the origins of Covid-19 cited by the Wall Street Journal that concluded the hypothesis of a virus leak from a Chinese lab was plausible. "I saw the report. I think it's on a number of levels, incorrect," Blinken told a Senate committee hearing on the State Department's budget request when asked about the Journal article. The Journal on Monday cited people familiar with a classified report by a US government national laboratory as saying it concluded that the hypothesis of a virus leak from a Chinese lab in Wuhan was plausible and deserved further investigation. The report said the study was prepared in May 2020 by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and referred to by State...