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Taliban not attending peace conference in Turkey, thwarting U.S. efforts to secure peace deal

Taliban not attending peace conference in Turkey, thwarting U.S. efforts to secure peace deal

  • On Monday, a Taliban spokesperson stated that the religious militia group will not be attending a peace conference tentatively planned for later this week in Turkey, jeopardising U.S. efforts to facilitate a practical peace plan.
  • Officials from the Biden Administration, the United States and Turkey stated that they intended to begin the conference on Friday, which was set to last around 10 days.
Updated 13 Apr, 2021 12:47pm
Biden Administration's withdrawal plan complicated by targeted Taliban attacks on covert U.S base in Afghanistan
World

Biden Administration's withdrawal plan complicated by targeted Taliban attacks on covert U.S base in Afghanistan

  • In one of the most significant recent attacks against American forces in Afghanistan, sources have revealed that the Taliban targeted one of the most heavily guarded bases in the country late last month.
  • Top US officials have convened at an unusually high rate over the past month to discuss what to do in Afghanistan but have been unable to reach a consensus.
Updated 09 Apr, 2021 06:28pm
US to restore about $150 million in aid to Palestinians
World

US to restore about $150 million in aid to Palestinians

  • Democratic President Joe Biden has made clear he intends to roll back parts of his Republican predecessor's approach that Palestinians denounced as heavily biased in favor of Israel.
  • Biden's aides have also made clear they want to re-establish the goal of a negotiated two-state solution as a priority in US policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Published 07 Apr, 2021 08:31pm
White House unveils $2 trillion infrastructure and climate plan
World

White House unveils $2 trillion infrastructure and climate plan

  • President Joe Biden on Wednesday will call for a dramatic and more permanent shift in the direction of the U.S. economy with a roughly $2 trillion package to invest in traditional projects like roads and bridges alongside tackling climate change and boosting human services like elder care.
  • He also aims to put corporate America on the hook for the tab, which is expected to grow to a combined $4 trillion once he rolls out the second part of his economic plan in April.
Updated 31 Mar, 2021 03:05pm
Iran rejects ending 20% enrichment before U.S. lifts sanctions
World

Iran rejects ending 20% enrichment before U.S. lifts sanctions

  • Iran will not stop its 20% uranium enrichment before the United States lifts all sanctions, Iranian state TV quoted an unnamed official as saying on Tuesday, after a U.S. media report said Washington would offer a new proposal to jump-start talks.
Updated 30 Mar, 2021 03:54pm
U.S-China relations hit stalemate, and "Quad" rallies to exert pressure
World

U.S-China relations hit stalemate, and "Quad" rallies to exert pressure

  • While the Biden Administration is taking a similar approach to dealing with China as their predecessors, the nature of their confrontation is different, as a quick reset on U.S-China relations looks increasingly unlikely.
  • The Biden Administration has banded together with major allies across the region to stifle China's influence, with the "Quad" including Australia, India, Japan and the United States.
Updated 26 Mar, 2021 01:25pm
Biden aims to "absolutely" run for a second term, despite age: Reports
World

Biden aims to "absolutely" run for a second term, despite age: Reports

  • President Joe Biden looks likely to run for a second term, despite his age and his image of a "transitional president" to bring the Democratic Party back in power.
  • Despite being the oldest President in American history at the age of 78, Biden would be 82 when running for his second term.
Updated 25 Mar, 2021 03:56pm
Biden considers executive actions on guns, calls on Congress to pass weapons ban
World

Biden considers executive actions on guns, calls on Congress to pass weapons ban

  • U.S. President Joe Biden urged Congress to swiftly pass gun control laws and may take action on his own to stop mass violence, the White House said on Tuesday, a day after the second deadly mass shooting in a week.
  • The Democrat called on the Senate to approve two bills passed by the House of Representatives on March 11 that would broaden background checks on gun buyers. He also called for a ban on assault-style weapons.
Published 24 Mar, 2021 01:42pm
In Brussels, Blinken offers boost for NATO, cooperation on Afghanistan
World

In Brussels, Blinken offers boost for NATO, cooperation on Afghanistan

  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday pledged to rebuild and revitalise the transatlantic military alliance after a bruising four years when Washington portrayed NATO as outdated, divided and in crisis.
  • The first top U.S. official to visit NATO since President Joe Biden took office in January, Blinken said the alliance was at a pivotal moment but could emerge stronger after internal disputes over Turkey and Russian gas.
Published 23 Mar, 2021 05:05pm
Mexico to tighten borders against COVID-19 as US plans vaccine help
World

Mexico to tighten borders against COVID-19 as US plans vaccine help

  • Mexico has been pressing the US government for a loan of vaccines to help its drive to tackle COVID-19, and President Joe Biden is under increasing pressure to reduce a recent surge in migrants from Central America reaching the US border.
  • Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard confirmed on Twitter the two countries are working on a vaccine deal and said that he would provide details of the "good news" on Friday.
Published 18 Mar, 2021 10:04pm
Putin likely directed 2020 U.S. election meddling, U.S. intelligence finds
World

Putin likely directed 2020 U.S. election meddling, U.S. intelligence finds

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin likely directed efforts to try to swing the 2020 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump, according to an American intelligence report released on Tuesday that sources said would likely trigger U.S. sanctions on Moscow.
  • Washington is expected to impose sanctions on Moscow as soon as next week because of the allegations, three sources said on condition of anonymity.
Published 17 Mar, 2021 11:56am
US lawmakers seek 20pc boost in foreign affairs budget, with eye on China
World

US lawmakers seek 20pc boost in foreign affairs budget, with eye on China

  • Senators Chris Murphy and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives David Cicilline and Ami Bera said the 20% spending increase would enhance the country's ability to compete with China, prevent another pandemic and fight climate change.
  • The lawmakers proposed funding of $68.7 billion for the State Department and the US Agency for International Development, versus the current $56.6 billion.
Published 16 Mar, 2021 09:36pm
Colombia will not rest in fight against killers of activists, Duque says
World

Colombia will not rest in fight against killers of activists, Duque says

  • At least 133 activists and community leaders were murdered last year, according to UN figures, the latest data to trigger international condemnation - including from the Biden administration - and calls for Duque's government to do more to protect activists.
  • "The great majority of leaders who have been murdered have been leaders who didn't have any registered threat, and who also had not made any report," he said.
Updated 13 Mar, 2021 09:08pm
In China strategy, Biden to meet with leaders of Australia, India, Japan
World

In China strategy, Biden to meet with leaders of Australia, India, Japan

  • U.S. President Joe Biden will meet on Friday with the leaders of Australia, India and Japan, a group central to his efforts to counter China’s growing military and economic power.
  • India and Australia have emphasized the importance of regional security cooperation, which has been boosted by previous lower-level meetings of the four countries.
Published 12 Mar, 2021 06:47pm
Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill wins final approval in House
World

Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill wins final approval in House

  • The U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval on Wednesday to one of the largest economic stimulus measures in American history, a sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that gives President Joe Biden his first major victory in office.
  • The measure provides $400 billion for $1,400 direct payments to most Americans, $350 billion in aid to state and local governments, an expansion of the child tax credit and increased funding for vaccine distribution.
Published 11 Mar, 2021 12:32pm
Top U.S., China diplomats to hold first in-person talks of Biden presidency
World

Top U.S., China diplomats to hold first in-person talks of Biden presidency

  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with top Chinese officials on March 18 in Alaska, the White House said on Wednesday, the first high-level in-person contact between the two sparring countries under the Biden administration.
  • President Joe Biden’s administration has committed to reviewing elements of U.S. policies toward China, as the world’s two largest economies navigate frosty relations that sank to their lowest depths in decades during Donald Trump’s presidency.
Updated 11 Mar, 2021 12:29pm
US senators introduce bipartisan oil and gas leasing reform bill
World

US senators introduce bipartisan oil and gas leasing reform bill

  • The bill, authored by Senators Jacky Rosen, a Democrat from Nevada, and Chuck Grassley, a senior Republican from Iowa, would increase the minimum bid price per acre during lease auctions and raise the royalty rate companies must pay on oil and gas produced from the leases.
  • The legislation's backing by Grassley could be critical to winning support for the reforms in the closely-divided Senate. Similar bills introduced in the House last week did not include any Republican sponsors.
Published 10 Mar, 2021 06:30pm
Yellen says Biden COVID bill to fuel ‘very strong’ US recovery
World

Yellen says Biden COVID bill to fuel ‘very strong’ US recovery

  • This is a bill that will really provide Americans the relief they need to get to the other side of the pandemic, and we expect the resources here to really fuel a very strong economic recovery.
  • "If it turns out to be inflationary, there are tools to deal with that, and we'll monitor that closely," Yellen said of the bill's measures.
Published 08 Mar, 2021 08:06pm
Iran casts long shadow over Pentagon nominee's Senate hearing
World

Iran casts long shadow over Pentagon nominee's Senate hearing

  • President Joe Biden’s nominee to become the Pentagon’s top policy adviser faced relentless Republican criticism on Thursday over his support for the Iran nuclear deal, in a confirmation hearing that could foreshadow bigger fights over Biden’s national security agenda.
Published 08 Mar, 2021 07:53pm
Secretary Blinken reveals roadmap for Afghan peace negotiations
World

Secretary Blinken reveals roadmap for Afghan peace negotiations

  • In a letter to President Ashraf Ghani, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken made four key suggestions for the Afghan Peace Process - which has remained in limbo over the past months.
  • Blinken articulated that the United States has not ruled out any option regarding Afghanistan, adding that "We are considering the full withdrawal of our forces by May 1, as we consider other options".
Updated 08 Mar, 2021 11:08am
Oil industry lobby weighs support of carbon pricing
Business & Finance

Oil industry lobby weighs support of carbon pricing

  • The American Petroleum Institute, which includes most of the world's biggest oil companies, is considering endorsing carbon pricing "among other policy solutions to reduce emissions and reach the ambitions of the Paris Agreement,"
  • A draft statement of the policy shift reviewed by the Wall Street Journal said the group does not endorse a specific carbon pricing tool such as a tax on carbon emissions or emissions trading scheme.
Published 02 Mar, 2021 08:46pm