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Afghans have to rebuild their nation on their own, not

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden on Thursday (local time) made it clear that rebuilding Afghanistan was not the responsibility of the US and urged Afghan leaders to gather together to drive the country towards a better future. President Biden also stated that the US military mission will continue till the end of August and American’s objectives…

Biden fires Trump-appointed head of Social Security agency

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden has fired the commissioner of Social Security after the official refused to resign, and Biden accepted the deputy commissioner’s resignation, the White House said. Biden asked commissioner Andrew Saul to resign, and his employment was terminated Friday after he refused the Democratic president’s request, a White House official said. Deputy Commissioner…

Scientists find new drug targets to treat coronavirus, fight a

Washington: Scientists have identified a novel target for a drug that can treat the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, and also help tackle a future coronavirus pandemic. The researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the US noted that scientists should prepare for a possible next coronavirus pandemic. “God forbid we need this,…

US closer to declaring 'independence' from COVID-19, says Joe Biden

WASHINGTON: The United States is getting closer to overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, said President Joe Biden on the occasion of the country’s 245th Independence Day. “Today, we are closer than ever to declare our independence from a deadly virus,” Biden said in a speech at the White House. First responders, military members, and other guests…

US China news: Chinese regulator targets US-listed tech firms

BEIJING: A day after Chinese Cybersecurity Review Office ordered app stores to remove ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing, the regulator announced on Monday that it will investigate job recruiting platform Boss Zhipin, and two commercial freight platforms, over national security concerns. A notice by the Chinese regulator said that cybersecurity reviews will be conducted against Boss…

'What was the point?' Afghans rue decades of war as

KABUL: As American troops left their main military base in Afghanistan on Friday, marking a symbolic end to the longest war in US history, locals living in the shadow of the base and in nearby Kabul were left ruing the past and bracing for what comes next. Violence has been raging throughout Afghanistan in the…

Joe Biden going to Michigan to pitch his infrastructure package

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden plans to use a visit Saturday to a Michigan cherry farm to talk up his bipartisan infrastructure package and additional plans for investing in families and education. He will go to Traverse City, which is hosting the National Cherry Festival—an event previously attended by the presidents Herbert Hoover and Gerald Ford.…

US vacates key Afghan base; pullout target now 'late August'

WASHINGTON: Nearly 20 years after invading Afghanistan to oust the Taliban and hunt down al-Qaida, the US military has vacated its biggest airfield in the country, advancing a final withdrawal that the Pentagon says will be completed by the end of August. President Joe Biden had instructed the Pentagon to complete the military withdrawal by…

Joe Biden says teachers deserve 'a raise, not just praise'

WASHINGTON: Speaking to the nation’s largest teachers union, President Joe Biden said Friday that the pandemic has given America’s parents the “ultimate education” on the challenges of the teaching profession. But even more, he said, the last year has proved that teachers across the U.S. deserve higher pay. “You deserve a raise, not just praise,”…

Death toll from Northwest heat wave expected to keep rising

SEATTLE: Each day, more deaths are being linked to the heat wave that struck the Pacific Northwest this past week, with medical staff who treated people overwhelmed by temperatures well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) saying the toll from the extreme weather will keep creeping up. Hundreds of deaths were being investigated as heat…