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Jordan’s King Abdullah becomes first Arab leader to visit Biden in Washington

Jordan’s King Abdullah becomes first Arab leader to visit Biden in Washington

INTERNATIONAL, JORDAN, POLITICS, RELATIONS, USA
Bilateral talks about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Jordan's economy come at a critical moment for the king Jordan’s King Abdullah II will become the first Arab leader to be welcomed to Washington by US President Joe Biden. The US president and the first lady, Jill Biden, were expected to receive King Abdullah and Queen Rania on Monday in what the White House called a highlight of "the enduring and strategic partnership" between the two nations. King Abdullah is usually among the first Arab heads of state to visit new US presidents, including Barack Obama. The Biden administration has the task of repairing ties with Amman that were shaken up during former president Donald Trump's tenure. “Really, the only pillar that was out of place was the previous [Trump] admi...
US deputy secretary to visit Tokyo, Seoul for trilateral talks on North Korea

US deputy secretary to visit Tokyo, Seoul for trilateral talks on North Korea

INTERNATIONAL, JAPAN, NORTH KOREA, POLITICS, RELATIONS, USA
Wendy Sherman to meet Japanese, South Korean counterparts to discuss regional security, COVID-19 relief mage: State Department photo by William Ng/ Public Domain | Wendy Sherman speaking in Tokyo, Jan. 2015 U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will visit Japan and South Korea for talks with her counterparts on North Korea and pandemic relief, among other issues, the U.S. State Department said Thursday. Sherman, South Korea’s First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun and Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Mori Takeo will discuss “regional security issues such as the DPRK, as well as climate change and global health,” the State Department said in a press release. Seoul’s foreign ministry said the trilateral talks will take place in Tokyo on July 21, and afterward Sherman wil...
Joe Biden says social media platforms ‘killing people’ with misinformation

Joe Biden says social media platforms ‘killing people’ with misinformation

INTERNATIONAL, Media, PRESIDENT, Social Media, USA
President Joe Biden said today social media companies are "killing people" by failing to police misinformation on their platforms about Covid-19 vaccines. Facebook (file photo). Source: istock.com Biden's comments came a day after US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared misinformation about the vaccines a threat to public health, and as US officials advised that deaths and serious illness from the virus are almost entirely preventable because of the vaccines. Biden, asked if he had a message for platforms like Facebook where false or misleading information about the coronavirus vaccines has spread, told reporters: "They're killing people." "The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated," he said. Yesterday, Murthy said misinformation about Covid-19, deemed an "in...
White House official: Netanyahu is damaging US-Israel relations

White House official: Netanyahu is damaging US-Israel relations

INTERNATIONAL, Israel, POLITICS, RELATIONS, USA
Former PM's criticisms of current administration make Democratic Party less sympathetic to Israel, official says. Netanyahu with Pres. Biden Statements made recently by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are being felt as insults by the current American administration and the Democratic Party, a senior official close to the White House told Israel Hayom. Netanyahu expressed his views regarding the policies of the Biden administration vis-a-vis Iran in an article that was published in Israel Hayom last Wednesday, and he has made several speeches expressing similar sentiments in the Knesset recently. According to the official, "President Biden is taking a clear stance that expresses America's sense of obligation to Israel and to Israel's security, and is also promoting thi...
2021 NBA Finals Game 4 Recap – Bucks Tie the Series 2-2

2021 NBA Finals Game 4 Recap – Bucks Tie the Series 2-2

Basketball, GAMES, Sports, USA
Khris Middleton scored 40 points, the Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo added 26 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 109-103 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals (NBA.com), tying the best-of-seven series at 2-2. After struggling in Game 3, Suns guard Devin Booker exploded with 42 points, but could not turn the tide down the stretch. It is now a best-of-three series which moves back to Phoenix for Game 5 on Saturday night, LIVE on ESPN at 3:00 a.m. CAT on Sunday morning. Download document (1): Postgame Booker and Paul (bit.ly/3xGXUcV) Download document (2): Postgame Giannis (bit.ly/3yYZQOj) Download document (3): Postgame Middleton and Connaughton (bit.ly/2TgrqaG) Download document (4): Postgame Mike Budenholzer (bit.ly...
How Obamacare Has Lowered Your Out-of-Pocket Expenses

How Obamacare Has Lowered Your Out-of-Pocket Expenses

ADVOCACY, HEALTH, Health Workers, USA
Experts say the Affordable Care Act has slowed the increases in what people pay for prescription drugs and other healthcare services. Aleksandar Nakic/Getty Images Researchers say the Affordable Care Act has helped ease the out-of-pocket expenses for healthcare services.Prescription drug prices are among the medical expenses that have been substantially affected.Experts note that the expansion of Medicaid programs has also helped. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, has substantially increased health insurance coverage in the United States. It also seems to have helped reduce the amount of money Americans have had to pull out of their wallet to pay for healthcare, a new studyTrusted Source finds. Dr. Sara Collins, vice president for heal...
It’s Time to Reckon With the Systemic Racism in America’s Healthcare System

It’s Time to Reckon With the Systemic Racism in America’s Healthcare System

AFRICAN AMERICAN, HEALTH, PEOPLE, RACISM, USA
What it looks like when racism affects healthcare — and how we must do better. Collage by Yunuen Bonaparte. Photos from left to right by Michelle Leman, Klaus Nielsen, and Tima Miroshnichenko In 2014, while in graduate school in Chicago, I underwent treatment for a serious illness. After spending an intense month in the hospital, I was finally transferred to outpatient treatment with weekly doctor appointments. One night, kept awake by insomnia, nausea, and with my hair inexplicably falling out, I wondered if I should page my doctor to ask for a medication adjustment or if I should wait 5 days until my next appointment. I was a foreigner from the Caribbean and had only been in the United States a few months, so I was still unsure of how to navigate the U.S. healthcare system. I t...
U.S. raps China at ASEAN meeting for unlawful claims in South China Sea

U.S. raps China at ASEAN meeting for unlawful claims in South China Sea

China, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, POWER, RELATIONS, USA
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks in Washington on Tuesday. | POOL / VIA REUTERS At an online meeting with his Association of Southeast Asian Nations peers on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated Washington’s position that it will not accept China’s unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea, according to the State Department. Blinken also expressed deep concern about a military coup that occurred in Myanmar earlier this year, and called for ASEAN to take coordinated action for the cessation of violence and a return to civilian rule in the member country. The remarks came during the first foreign ministers meeting between the United States and the 10-member ASEAN group under the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden. High on the ag...
Cuba blames US for anti-government protests

Cuba blames US for anti-government protests

CUBA, GOVERNMENT, INTERNATIONAL, POLICE, POLITICS, PROTESTS, USA
Cuba has blamed a US "policy of economic suffocation" for unprecedented protests against the country's communist government, as Washington pointed the finger at "decades of repression" in the one-party state. The longtime foes traded barbs a day after thousands of Cubans took to the streets chanting: "Down with the dictatorship" in protests dispersed by police who arrested dozens. The anti-government rallies erupted spontaneously in several cities as the country endures its worst economic crisis in 30 years, with chronic shortages of electricity, food and medicine and a recent worsening of the coronavirus epidemic. The only authorised gatherings in Cuba are usually events of the ruling Communist Party, but according to the data journalism site Inventario, a total of 40 demons...
Biden calls ‘remarkable’ Cuba protests a ‘call for freedom’

Biden calls ‘remarkable’ Cuba protests a ‘call for freedom’

CUBA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, PROTESTS, USA
President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting on reducing gun violence, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, July 12, 2021, in Washington.  President Joe Biden on Monday called protests in Cuba “remarkable" and a “clarion call for freedom,” praising thousands of Cubans who took the streets to protest food shortages and high prices amid the coronavirus crisis — one of the island's biggest antigovernment demonstrations in recent memory. “The Cuban people are demanding their freedom from an authoritarian regime. I don’t think we’ve seen anything like this protest in a long long time, if, quite frankly, ever,” Biden said in a brief exchange with reporters at the start of a meeting with mayors and law enforcement officials to discuss gun violence in the U.S. The comments ma...
North Korea dismisses U.S. humanitarian aid as ‘sinister scheme’

North Korea dismisses U.S. humanitarian aid as ‘sinister scheme’

COVID-19, INTERNATIONAL, NORTH KOREA, POLITICS, RELATIONS, SOUTH KOREA, USA
U.S. humanitarian aid is a "sinister political scheme" to put pressure on other countries, a North Korean researcher said, after suggestions from U.S. allies such as South Korea that coronavirus vaccines or other help could promote cooperation. North Korea's foreign ministry published the criticism of U.S. aid on an official website on Sunday, a clear indication that it reflects government thinking. Kang Hyon Chol, identified as a senior researcher at the ministry-affiliated Association for the Promotion of International Economic and Technological Exchange, listed a series of examples from around the world that he said highlight a U.S. practice of linking aid to its foreign policy goals or pressure on human rights issues. "This vividly reveals that the American ulterior inten...
Nigeria Becomes First African Basketball Team To Beat U.S. Men’s National Team

Nigeria Becomes First African Basketball Team To Beat U.S. Men’s National Team

Basketball, GAMES, Nigeria, Sports, USA
The start-studded all-NBA U.S. men’s basketball team roster was upset by Nigeria in their first exhibition match ahead of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Nigeria became the first African basketball team to defeat the stacked U.S. team, coming out victorious with the final score 90-87. Although the loss will unlikely affect the United State’s gold medal ambitions, the feat is more symbolic than ever. The loss saw Team USA‘s record drop to 54-3 in exhibition games, which it has held since 1992 when NBA players were first given the go ahead to play in the Olympics. The last time Team USA lost an exihibtion game was in 2019 against Australia at the FIBA World Cup. Nine years ago, Team USA beat Nigeria 156-73 at the 2012 London Olympics. It appears that the team has made its vengence in...
Joe Biden warns Vladimir Putin he will take ‘any necessary action’ over Russia-based ransomware attacks

Joe Biden warns Vladimir Putin he will take ‘any necessary action’ over Russia-based ransomware attacks

ATTACK, CRIME, INTERNATIONAL, PRESIDENT, RUSSIA, Security, USA
US businesses have been plagued with ransomware attacks thought to be originating from within Russia US President Joe Biden (PHoto: Patrick Semansky/AP) Joe Biden has said the US could attack Russian servers used for ransomware following a phone call with Vladimir Putin. Ransomware is a malicious software which holds corporate data hostage until its owner pays hackers a large sum of money. One such attack this month hit 1,500 companies. “I made it very clear to him that the United States expects when a ransomware operation is coming from his soil, even though it’s not sponsored by the state, we expect them to act if we give them enough information to act on who that is,” the US president told journalists after the call with his Russian opposite number. Asked if the US could...
Taliban Calls China Afghan’s Friend, Assures Not To Host Uyghur Militants

Taliban Calls China Afghan’s Friend, Assures Not To Host Uyghur Militants

Afghanistan, China, INTERNATIONAL, RELATIONS, TALIBAN, USA
The comments came as the Taliban made territorial gains in the war-torn country amid the withdrawal of the US forces. Taliban spokesman Suhil Shaheen (Left) The Taliban has called China a "friend" of Afghanistan and promised not to host Uyghur Islamic militants from the volatile Xinjiang province According to a media report, the Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said they see China as a “friend” to Afghanistan. He also said the Taliban would no longer allow China’s Uyghur separatist fighters from Xinjiang, some of whom had previously sought refuge in Afghanistan, to enter the country. The comments came as the Taliban made territorial gains in the war-torn country amid the withdrawal of the US forces. China has already evacuated 210 of its nationals from Afghanistan by a charter...
The comeback of Hollywood real estate, restaurants, shopping

The comeback of Hollywood real estate, restaurants, shopping

Entertainment, HOLLYWOOD, LIFE STYLE, USA
Alex Cannon, left, of Houston photographs friend and fellow Texan Emilee Williams as she poses with a street performer dressed up as Freddy Krueger on Hollywood Boulevard.(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times) Hours before “Hamilton” was set to open last year at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, performances of the Broadway hit were canceled as edicts to prevent the spread of a highly contagious new coronavirus set off a cascade of woes. Near the Pantages, a restaurant known for its hearty American food was stocked up with its signature dessert soufflés and dinner fare, ready to serve crowds of “Hamilton” fans. Suddenly, theaters, restaurants and other businesses in Hollywood were ordered to close. A lot of food was about to spoil, said Richard Falzone, owner of Off Vine, a 31-year-ol...
Bong Joon-ho Hopes Parasite TV Show Is Great

Bong Joon-ho Hopes Parasite TV Show Is Great

Entertainment, MOVIES, TV, USA
Parasite director Bong Joon-ho says HBO's upcoming series based on his award-winning film "will be something of great genius," or at least, he hopes. Bong Joon-ho says the upcoming Parasite series “will be something of great genius,” or at least, he hopes. Written and directed by Bong Joon-ho, Parasite follows a poor family who infiltrates a wealthy one by swindling their way into their employment. The film premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it made history as the first Korean film to win the Palme d’Or. Parasite went on to make history again at the 92nd Academy Awards as the first foreign language film to win Best Picture. Considering its critical and commercial success, it’s not a surprise that Parasite will be continued in some way. In January of 2020, HBO anno...
Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder 3: Bronze Bomber reacts to fight being postponed

Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder 3: Bronze Bomber reacts to fight being postponed

Boxing, GAMES, Sports, USA
Deontay Wilder is far from pleased with the postponement of his trilogy fight against Tyson Fury. The two were scheduled to face off on the 24th of this month but the bout has been postponed due to the Gypsy King testing positive for COVID-19. The revised date for the fight is yet to be determined but it looks like it could be shifted to October due to scheduling conflicts in August and September. After Fury beat him via technical knockout in February 2020, Wilder was eager for a rematch which was initially scheduled to take place in July. However, it was postponed to October due to Wilder recovering from surgery and the COVID-19 pandemic.  The fight kept getting shifted and it later looked like Fury would take on Anthony Joshua before an arbitration judge ruled that h...
Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder trilogy bout to be postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak

Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder trilogy bout to be postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak

Boxing, Sports, USA
The wait goes on. Fight fans will have to wait until later this year to see the trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the British heavyweight’s gym. Fury and Wilder were scheduled to share the ring for a third time later this month after ‘The Bronze Bomber’ exercised a rematch clause in his contract from the previous bout, which ended in a seventh round TKO victory for Fury. However, it’s now reported that Fury vs Wilder III is set to be postponed until early October after a Covid-19 outbreak in Fury’s gym. Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III to be postponed ESPN reports that Fury was one of several individuals at his gym to test positive for Covid-19, forcing all parties to scramble to find a new date which, apparently, is ...
Pentagon concerned over attacks in Iraq and Syria

Pentagon concerned over attacks in Iraq and Syria

INTERNATIONAL, IRAQ, SYRIA, TRAGEDY, USA
Pentagon says it is deeply concerned about attacks on US personnel in Iraq and Syria in recent days. The Pentagon said on Thursday it was deeply concerned about a series of attacks on US personnel in Iraq and Syria in recent days. "They are using lethal weaponry. I don't know how you can say anything other than it is a serious threat," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters, according to Reuters. On Wednesday, two rockets were fired at the US embassy inside Baghdad's Green Zone. The embassy's anti-rocket system diverted one of the rockets and the second rocket fell near the zone's perimeter. That attack came a day after an explosive-laden drone attacked Erbil airport in northern Iraq. The drone reportedly targeted the US base on the airport grounds. On Mon...
Conor McGregor Vows To Slaughter ‘Scared Little Boy’ Dustin Poirier At UFC 264

Conor McGregor Vows To Slaughter ‘Scared Little Boy’ Dustin Poirier At UFC 264

Boxing, GAMES, Kick Boxing, Sports, USA
Despite losing his last fight to Dustin Poirier by TKO in January, Conor McGregor appears to be supremely confident that he’s going to beat him in their highly-anticipated trilogy encounter at UFC 264 on Saturday night. “He’s a corpse,” McGregor told The MacLife. “A dead body, a blank face that’s going to get his ass whooped and taken out on a stretcher.” So, what’s happened in the past six months that’s reinforced McGregor’s belief that he can avenge his previous loss to ‘The Diamond?’ McGregor says it’s his laser-focused training camp that’s the big difference from last time out. “[We] just focused on mixed martial arts, first of all,” McGregor said. “It was an 85 percent camp for boxing [before UFC 257], for Manny Pacquiao, that’s how the fight came about. It was going to ...
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