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Joe Biden celebrates new citizens as US launches naturalization effort

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden celebrated new US citizens at an event at the White House on Friday, the same day his administration rolled out a government-wide strategy to encourage more immigrants to become citizens. “It’s dreams of immigrants like you that built America and continued to inject new energy, new vitality, new strength,” Biden said…

US wildfire: N.California wildfire spreads to nearly 20,000 acres

LOS ANGELES: A massive wildfire currently raging in Northern California’s Siskiyou County has spread to a total of 19,680 acres, with 25 per cent containment, according to the latest information from InciWeb, an interstate incident information system. The Lava Fire, which eruoted on June 24 due to lightning, exploded in size throughout Monday, fuelled by…

global minimum tax: Joe Biden's plan wins support, 130 countries

PARIS: US President Joe Biden’s tax plan has been accepted by 130 countries worldwide including India and China. These nations will implement a global minimum corporate tax rate and duties on multinational giants from 2023, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said. According to a statement, the participants, in online working-level OECD talks,…

heat wave in us: Deaths spike as heatwave scorches parts

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA: Hundreds of deaths in Canada’s British Columbia province and in the US states of Washington and Oregon have been linked to a record breaking heatwave scorching the two countries, sending thousands of people scrambling for relief, according to authorities. Lisa Lapointe, British Columbia’s chief coroner, said on Thursday 486 deaths had been reported in…

As troops leave, US to keep airstrike option in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: The U.S. military will remain involved in the Afghanistan war into September, keeping the option of launching airstrikes against the Taliban to defend Afghan forces, U.S. officials said Thursday, even as the final combat troops prepare to leave the country in coming days. For weeks, officials have said the withdrawal of the main U.S.…

us war in afghanistan: EXPLAINER: When is the US war

WASHINGTON: As the last US combat troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, the question arises: When is the war really over? For Afghans the answer is clear but grim: no time soon. An emboldened Taliban insurgency is making battlefield gains, and prospective peace talks are stalled. Some fear that once foreign forces are gone, Afghanistan will…

US adds Pakistan govt to child soldier recruiter list

WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD: The US has added Pakistan along with 14 other countries in a list of Child Soldiers Prevention Act which identifies foreign governments having government-supported armed groups that recruit or use child soldiers, a designation that could result in restrictions on certain security assistance and commercial licensing of military equipment. The US Child Soldiers Prevention…

US adds a solid 850,000 jobs as economy extends its

WASHINGTON: In an encouraging burst of hiring, America’s employers added 850,000 jobs in June, well above the average of the previous three months and a sign that companies may be having an easier time finding enough workers to fill open jobs. Friday’s report from the Labor Department was the latest evidence that the reopening of…

Joe Biden meets experts on voting rights after Senate setback

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden met advisers and experts on voting rights after he vowed to further address the issue in the wake of a Democratic defeat in the Senate on a major bid for related reforms, according to a White House readout. The group on Tuesday “discussed anti-voter legislation that has been proposed or…

US terms Ethiopia's ceasefire declaration as 'positive step'

WASHINGTON: The United States sees Ethiopia’s ceasefire announcement in Tigray as a potential positive development if it leads to changes on the ground, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement. On Monday, the Ethiopian government declared an unconditional ceasefire in the conflict-torn province following the recapture of the regional capital of Mekelle by…