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Trump administration

Israel and Saudi Arabia aim to push Biden away from the Iran nuclear deal
World

Israel and Saudi Arabia aim to push Biden away from the Iran nuclear deal

  • The strategic re-alignment of Israel with major allies in the Middle East in the final days of the Trump Administration presents the Biden Administration with some significant complications.
  • Israel has been reportedly working very closely with Saudi Arabia, and a confluence of other allies in the Middle East, that are concerned that the Biden Administration will return to the original stipulations of the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Updated 26 Jan, 2021 11:54am
China takes lead over US in foreign direct investment in 2020
World

China takes lead over US in foreign direct investment in 2020

  • Direct investments in China by foreign companies increased by four percent
  • New investments by overseas businesses into the US fell 49 percent last year as the country struggled to curb the spread of the new coronavirus affecting the economic output
Published 25 Jan, 2021 10:44am
Acting AG Rosen stepping down as Trump administration ends
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Acting AG Rosen stepping down as Trump administration ends

  • Rosen, 62, a former deputy transportation secretary under President Donald Trump who was sworn in as deputy attorney general in May 2019.
  • Rosen told Reuters at the time he would continue "to do things on the merits and to do things on the basis of the law and the facts."
Published 20 Jan, 2021 06:21pm
Pro-gun demonstration set for Virginia capital in wake of Capitol siege
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Pro-gun demonstration set for Virginia capital in wake of Capitol siege

  • Gun rights activists will converge on the Virginia state capital on Monday for an annual demonstration that falls at an especially tense time this year, after the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol and two days before the presidential inauguration.
  • Nationwide pro-Trump demonstrations scheduled for Sunday largely fizzled after the FBI issued warnings and several states deployed the National Guard.
Updated 18 Jan, 2021 08:14pm
'It was a non-event': Pro-Trump protests quiet amid massive police presence across U.S.
World

'It was a non-event': Pro-Trump protests quiet amid massive police presence across U.S.

  • Law enforcement officers far outnumbered protesters at state capitol grounds on Sunday, as few Trump supporters who believe the president’s false claim that he won the 2020 election turned out.
  • Some militias and extremist groups told followers to stay home, citing the increased security or the risk that the planned events were law-enforcement traps.
Published 18 Jan, 2021 12:26pm
American troops in Afghanistan formally down to 2500
World

American troops in Afghanistan formally down to 2500

  • The United States military has met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan to about 2500, as ordered by President Trump in November.
  • President-elect Biden has advocated retaining a small counter-terrorism force in Afghanistan, in an effort to ensure that extremist groups like Al-Qaeda are unable to launch attacks on the United States.
Updated 15 Jan, 2021 04:05pm
Google backs Biden's immigration reform plan for 'dreamers'
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Google backs Biden's immigration reform plan for 'dreamers'

  • Google has announced that it would support President-elect Joe Biden's efforts to pass a new United States immigration law, helping to cover application fees for immigrants seeking lawful work.
  • Google announced its philanthropic aim to pay for the application fees of nearly 500 young immigrants, seeking employment under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.
Updated 14 Jan, 2021 05:16pm
With some Republicans on board, U.S. House Democrats press forward on impeachment vote
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With some Republicans on board, U.S. House Democrats press forward on impeachment vote

  • With at least five Republicans joining their push to impeach President Donald Trump over the storming of the U.S. Capitol, Democrats in the House of Representatives stood poised for a history-making vote to try to remove the president from office.
  • That would trigger a trial in the still Republican-controlled Senate, although it was unclear whether enough time or political appetite remained to expel Trump.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 12:20pm
Trump administration to deliver guidelines to speed up vaccinations
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Trump administration to deliver guidelines to speed up vaccinations

  • The drive to speed up the process will also include expanding venues where people can get vaccinated to community health centers and more pharmacies.
  • Nearly 9 million people in the United States had been given their first COVID-19 vaccination dose as of Monday.
Published 12 Jan, 2021 05:20pm
Pentagon presses ahead with Afghanistan troop drawdown despite law barring it
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Pentagon presses ahead with Afghanistan troop drawdown despite law barring it

  • The U.S. military has not halted a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, despite a new law prohibiting further reductions without the Pentagon sending Congress an assessment of the risks.
  • The Pentagon’s action will likely anger Republican and Democratic lawmakers opposed to further troop cuts and renew concerns about the outgoing Trump administration’s disdain for Congress, even in its waning days.
Updated 12 Jan, 2021 02:33pm
Disgruntled staffer changed the State Department's website to state Trump's term ended 9 days early: Sources
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Disgruntled staffer changed the State Department's website to state Trump's term ended 9 days early: Sources

  • A disgruntled employee at the State Department changed the biographies of President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence, to state that their term was ending on Monday - nine days before the inauguration of President-elect Biden.
  • The changes to the State Department's website came only a few days after the President incited an insurrection of Trump supporters in the Capitol building.
Published 12 Jan, 2021 01:38pm
Pelosi consults top general on curbing Trump’s military power, as House considers impeachment
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Pelosi consults top general on curbing Trump’s military power, as House considers impeachment

  • Amidst mounting pressure for the removal of President Trump from office, House speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke to the nation's top military leader to curb the President's authority to take military action - at home and abroad.
  • In the aftermath of the chaotic events on Wednesday, in which the President urged thousands of his supporters to flock to the Capitol building, which resulted in an insurrection to repeal the results of the election; leaving five dead.
Published 09 Jan, 2021 01:06pm
China draws comparison between storming of U.S. Capitol, HK protests
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China draws comparison between storming of U.S. Capitol, HK protests

  • China drew a comparison on Thursday between the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump and last year’s often-violent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
  • Around the world, leaders expressed shock and concern, condemning the attempted subversion of democracy.
Published 07 Jan, 2021 02:50pm
Pro-Trump protestors storm US Capitol building
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Pro-Trump protestors storm US Capitol building

  • Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump addressed thousands of supporters, including members of far-right groups, at a rally in Washington.
  • A short walk from the rally, hundreds of Trump supporters overturned barricades and clashed with police on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol where Congress was meeting.
  • The Mayor of Washington DC has declared a citywide curfew starting at 6pm.
Updated 07 Jan, 2021 01:20am
U.S. hits Iran with fresh sanctions as Trump term nears end
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U.S. hits Iran with fresh sanctions as Trump term nears end

  • The United States on Tuesday blacklisted a Chinese company that makes elements for steel production, 12 Iranian steel and metals makers and three foreign-based sales agents of a major Iranian metals and mining holding company.
  • This move sought to deprive Iran of revenues as U.S. President Donald Trump’s term winds down.
Published 06 Jan, 2021 11:00am
Leader of far-right Proud Boys arrested on charges related to pro-Trump protests
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Leader of far-right Proud Boys arrested on charges related to pro-Trump protests

  • On Monday, Washington police arrested the leader of the far-right Proud Boys on the charge of destruction of property related to the pro-Trump protests last month.
  • During his arrest, Tarrio was found to be in possession of two high-capacity firearm magazines, prompting him also to be charged with possessing a high-capacity device, according to the police.
Updated 05 Jan, 2021 12:03pm
Israel, Saudi Arabia reportedly pushing Trump for a strike on Iran ahead of Biden inauguration
World

Israel, Saudi Arabia reportedly pushing Trump for a strike on Iran ahead of Biden inauguration

  • Israel and Saudi Arabia are reportedly pushing the Trump Administration to carry out a surgical strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
  • Riyadh and Jerusalem have "exerted heavy pressure on the president to take out Iran's nuclear installations in a surgical strike", in an effort to "sabotage" President-elect Biden's plan to re-enter negotiations with the Iranian regime.
Updated 01 Jan, 2021 12:49pm
President Trump pardons 15 people, including two convicted for Russia probe
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President Trump pardons 15 people, including two convicted for Russia probe

  • On Tuesday, President Donald Trump granted a full pardon to George Papadopoulos, his former campaign aide who pleaded guilty after Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election.
  • These names were listed by the White House in a wave of pre-Christmas pardons, with President Trump granting full pardons to 15 people and commuted (fully or partly) the sentences of an additional five others.
Updated 23 Dec, 2020 11:51am
Israeli envoys fly to Morocco, aim to fortify U.S.-brokered ties
World

Israeli envoys fly to Morocco, aim to fortify U.S.-brokered ties

  • On Tuesday, Israel sent envoys to Morocco to meet its king and work on an upgrade of diplomatic ties, which were forged by the White House.
  • Ben-Shabbat and Kushner will see Morocco’s King Mohammed during a two-day trip, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Updated 22 Dec, 2020 07:34pm