US to help Thailand develop small nuclear reactors

The United States will help Thailand develop nuclear power through a new class of small reactors, part of a programme aimed at fighting climate change, Vice President Kamala Harris announced on a visit Saturday….

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Path to chaos (Part II)

The Democrats are cautiously optimistic and the Republicans are clenching their jaws, but if chaos could speak, it would wholeheartedly thank American voters for the midterm results. The slippery slope…

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Tesla China-made Model 3 vehicles are seen during a delivery event at its factory in Shanghai, China January 7, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

Tesla has considered exporting EVs from Shanghai to US, Canada – sources

Tesla has considered plans for exporting made-in-China electric vehicles to the United States and Canada, two people with knowledge of the planning told Reuters, a step that would connect its…

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Blinken predicts “very different China” under Xi Jinping

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the People’s Republic of China (PRC) poses a challenge to the United States national interests in the coming years but despite “the emergence…

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An aerial view shows reef balls, made from a mixture of cement, sand and crushed oyster shells and part of the South Bay Native Oyster Living Shoreline Project, September 30, 2022 near the Chula Vista Wildlife Refuge in Chula Vista, California. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

To save California coasts, scientists turn to the humble oyster

There are no pearls growing on the oyster reefs in San Diego Bay, but scientists hope they will yield an even more valuable treasure: protection against coastal erosion wrought by…

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US, S.Korea conduct ‘precision bombing drill’ after N.Korea missile launched

South Korean and US fighter jets carried out precision bombing drills Tuesday, Seoul’s military said, in response to North Korea firing an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile over Japan. “With the participation of four…

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(FILE) US President Joe Biden disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, July 6, 2022, as he travels to speak about the economy. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Biden’s APEC no-show seen as a blow to Thai government’s credibility

US President Joe Biden’s decision to skip the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Thailand in November is a reflection of the Thai government’s weak international image and the…

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How real are Putin’s nuclear threats in Ukraine?

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns that he won’t hesitate to use nuclear weapons to ward off Ukraine’s attempt to reclaim control of Moscow-occupied areas that the Kremlin is about to…

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Vice President Kamala Harris boards Air Force 2 for travel to Japan and South Korea from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Sunday Sept. 25, 2022. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

Ceremony and controversy await Harris during visit to Asia

Attending funerals on behalf of the United States is normally a straightforward assignment for a vice president, but Kamala Harris will confront controversy at nearly every turn as she visits…

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A US-made 155mm howitzer firing during a drill at Penghu islands. (Photo by Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense / AFP)

US announces $1.1 billion arms package for Taiwan

The United States on Friday announced a new $1.1 billion package of arms to Taiwan, vowing to keep boosting the island’s defenses as tensions soar with Beijing. The sale comes…

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Efforts underway to return three historic artefacts to Thailand from USA

The US Department of Homeland Security has been negotiating with the Denver Art Museum for the return of three historic artefacts to Thailand, Deputy Government Spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek said today…

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This photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows an ancient Egyptian artifact. Federal agents in Memphis have seized the potentially 3,000-year-old ancient Egyptian artifact that was shipped in from Europe. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says they intercepted the Egyptian canopic jar lid of the funeral deity named Imsety on Aug. 17, 2022. The jars were used to hold the internal organs of mummies. ( U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

US agents in Memphis seize shipped ancient Egyptian artifact

Federal agents in Memphis have seized a potentially 3,000-year-old ancient Egyptian artifact that was shipped in from Europe. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says they intercepted the Egyptian canopic jar…

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Monkeypox can spread to pet dogs, doctors report

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are warning people who are infected with monkeypox to stay away from household pets, since the animals could be at risk of catching the…

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A view of the flags of Finland, NATO and Sweden during a ceremony to mark Sweden’s and Finland’s application for membership in Brussels, Belgium, May 18, 2022. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Pool

With eye on Russia, U.S. Senate backs Finland and Sweden joining NATO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate approved on Wednesday Finland and Sweden‘s accession to NATO, the most significant expansion of the 30-member alliance since the 1990s as it responds to Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine. The Senate voted 95 to 1 to support…

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House budget committee agrees to restore ฿369m budget to RTAF for combat jet purchase

The House Budget Scrutiny Committee agreed by 45:22 votes today (Wednesday) to restore 369 million of the 738 million baht requested by the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) for fiscal…

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This handout taken and released by Taiwan’s Presidential Office on August 3, 2022 shows US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking in the Presidential Office in Taipei.

Will Pelosi launch thousands of war drones?

There is too much at stake in today’s world for China and the United States to lock horns militarily. However, Xi Jinping telling his US counterpart Joe Biden not to…

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US House Speaker Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, defying Beijing

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday night despite threats from Beijing of serious consequences, becoming the highest-ranking American official in 25 years to visit the self-ruled…

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A man reads the Global Times newspaper that features a front page article about U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Asia tour at a street display wall in Beijing, China, August 1, 2022. The front page headline reads: “Pelosi visits Asia in the smell of gunpowder.” REUTERS/Thomas Peter

As Pelosi begins Asia tour, China warns against visiting Taiwan

SINGAPORE, Aug 1 (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi kicked off a closely-watched Asia tour on Monday in Singapore as China warned that its military would never “sit idly by” if she were to visit Taiwan, the…

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Religious beliefs and political participation in US politics

From the Catholic voting bloc to American evangelicalism and progressive atheists, the groups are prone to being generalized as a distinctive bloc with a particular approach to politics. At a…

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Bangkok fit to host Biden-Xi talks

Bangkok is a suitable venue for the first face-to-face talks between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping later this year. The Prayut Government should approach both governments…

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House panel cuts ฿7.4 billion for two F-35A combat jets, Thai air force defends plan

A House subcommittee scrutinising procurement projects of state agencies decided yesterday (Monday) to cut the 7.4-billion-baht budget for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to procure two US-made F-35A combat…

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The US TIP report is not all about human trafficking

The US State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) has been as much a statement of Thailand’s efforts to combat modern slavery as it has been a testament of the country’s…

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Thailand’s Trafficking in Persons status upgraded, local labour activist hailed ‘hero’

In this year’s 2022 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), compiled and recently published by the US State Department, Thailand has been upgraded to Tier 2, from Tier 2 “watch list”…

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Jennifer Lopez, right, and Ben Affleck attend a photo call for a special screening of “Marry Me” at DGA Theater on Feb. 8, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck wed in Las Vegas drive-through

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were wed Saturday in a late-night Las Vegas drive-through chapel, culminating a relationship that stretched over two decades in two separate…

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Shoppers leave the Greenwood Park Mall on May 4, 2020, in Greenwood, Indiana. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

At least 3 dead in Indiana mall shooting; witness kills gunman

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — Three people were fatally shot and two were injured Sunday evening at an Indiana mall after a man with a rifle opened fire in a food…

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What’s behind the tight Thailand-US embrace?

The United States appears to be going all-out to get Thailand on board, ostensibly in its efforts to contain China. Visits to Bangkok over the past few months by senior…

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Thailand in the rules-based International Order

“Rules-based International Order” is a term that we have heard constantly in interviews with the US secretary of state Anthony Blinken over the past year. The reason the US is…

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U.S. Secretary of State Blinken to make first official visit to Thailand

The U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, will pay his first official visit to Thailand on July 9th and 10th and will meet Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Foreign Minister…

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Thai archaeologist on mission to reclaim ancient Khmer sculpture from US

A Thai archaeologist has embarked on a mission to reclaim a bronze sculpture, believed to be of Khmer King Jayavarman VI, from a museum in the United States. Tanongsak Hanwong,…

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Empty chairs sit along the sidewalk after parade-goers fled Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade after shots were fired, Monday, July 4, 2022 in Chicago. (Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Six dead, 30 hurt in shooting at Chicago-area July 4 parade

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — A gunman on a rooftop opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago on Monday, killing at least six people, wounding at least…

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Fireworks explode over Baltimore’s Inner Harbor during the Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration, Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

A turbulent US this July 4, but many see cause to celebrate

Independence Day arrives at a time when the United States is roiled by hearings over the Jan. 6 insurrection, awash in turmoil over high court rulings on abortion and guns…

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President Joe Biden, center, is accompanied by Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder, second right, after arriving at Franz-Josef-Strauss Airport near Munich, Germany Saturday, June 25, 2022, ahead of the G7 summit. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Biden’s mission in Europe: Shore up alliance against Russia

President Joe Biden is out to sustain the global alliance punishing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine as he embarks on a five-day trip to Europe as the 4-month-old war…

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Thai students win annual CanSat international competition

Bangkok’s Assumption College students have achieved fame for Thailand when they won the championship in the annual CanSat design-build-launch competition for space type systems, held at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University…

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US approves Covid vaccines for youngest kids

US health authorities on Saturday cleared the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines for children aged five and younger, in a move President Joe Biden greeted as a “monumental step” in the fight against…

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Trump cannot avoid testifying in New York probe, state’s top court rules

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Donald Trump failed to persuade New York‘s highest court to halt depositions in a state probe into his family real estate business, clearing the way for the former U.S. president to testify next month. In a brief order,…

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Red-shirt leader protests against US Defence Secretary’s visit, Indo-Pacific strategy

United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), or “Red Shirt” leader Jatuporn Prompan led a small group of Thai people who staged a rally in front of the Ministry of…

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In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, a trio of specialists work at a post on the floor, Monday, June 13, 2022. (Courtney Crow/New York Stock Exchange via AP)

Bear market hits Wall Street as stocks, bonds, crypto dive

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street tumbled into what’s called a bear market Monday after fears about a fragile economy and rising interest rates sent the S&P 500 more than 20% below…

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Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha welcomes US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to Bangkok, Thailand, June 13, 2022. (DoD photo by Chad J. McNeeley)

A free and open Indo-Pacific a common vision – US Secretary of Defence

Thailand is an ally of the United States, so there’s a strong relationship of which we have to remain mindful. This is an important country to us, said Lloyd Austin,…

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US INL helps Isan to fight illegal trafficking

In the past several years, the Greater Mekong Sub-region has seen increasing illegal trafficking activities, especially drugs, which are often transferred via natural routes, with production shifting from Myanmar to…

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Five-century-old gold crown of a Buddha statue returned to Thailand from US

Thailand has recently received an antique gold crown, part of a Buddha statue believed to be about 500 years old, from the United States, with the help of the Department…

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Actor Johnny Depp gestures as he leaves the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse following his defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard, in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S., May 27, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn

Depp scores near-total victory in U.S. defamation case against ex-wife Heard

(Reuters) – Actor Johnny Depp won more than $10 million in damages on Wednesday, achieving a near-total victory in a defamation suit against ex-wife Amber Heard to cap a six-week trial featuring graphic testimony…

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US ‘concerned’ after UN human rights chief visits China

The United States expressed concern on Saturday over China’s “efforts to restrict and manipulate” the UN human rights chief’s visit to the Xinjiang region where Beijing is accused of detaining…

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Japan hosts Quad summit seeking unity on countering China

The leaders of Japan, India, Australia and the United States meet in Tokyo on Tuesday seeking common ground on countering China’s growing regional economic and military clout. The summit of the so-called Quad grouping takes place with…

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Thailand hopes to be removed from Tier 2 Watch List in US trafficking report

Thai police hope that the US State Department will remove Thailand from Tier 2 Watch List category in the Trafficking in Persons Report for 2022, due to improved performance in…

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U.S. spends on Ukraine conflicts more than $100 million per day

The US Senate approves roughly $40 billion in new aid to Ukraine. The bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month, brings U.S. spending on the…

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US, Russia trade blame on food insecurity

The United States and Russia blamed each other Thursday for the worsening food situation around the world as the war in Ukraine unfolds. Washington called on Russia to allow exports…

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New South Korean government’s new approach

In his inaugural speech, newly elected South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol was very succinct about his administration’s foreign policy agenda, which will focus on the promotion of a liberal democracy,…

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Biden’s visit to racist massacre site will highlight US extremism

When President Joe Biden visits the site of a racist massacre in upstate New York on Tuesday, he’ll confront not only the shocking deaths of 10 Black people but warn against an ideology that “tears at the…

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A police yellow tape is seen after a shooting inside Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, on May 15, 2022. RINGO CHIU / AFP

One dead, four critically injured in California church shooting

One person was dead and four others in critical condition after a shooting at a church near Los Angeles, law enforcement said Sunday, just one day after a gunman killed…

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People wearing protective face masks walk amid concerns over the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in front of Pyongyang Station in Pyongyang, North Korea April 27, 2020, in this photo released by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Russia would consider North Korea request for COVID vaccine supply

May 13 (Reuters) – Russia will promptly consider any request from North Korea for COVID-19 vaccine supplies, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. “North Korean comrades are well aware of our various inoculations, they are…

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Thailand’s regional strategies revealed at the ASEAN-US summit

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-cha, speaking at the special ASEAN-US summit, revealed Thailand’s regional strategies, which will promote peace and resilience in the post-pandemic era. He outlined three priorities for the…

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Thailand and US begin two days of strategic talks in Washington DC

Thailand and the US began a two-day strategic discussion in Washington yesterday (Monday), to strengthen further their security partnership in creating a peaceful and prosperous region. The Thai delegation is…

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U.S. President Joe Biden participates virtually with the ASEAN summit from an auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S. October 26, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

ASEAN seeks US support for peace efforts in Ukraine

ASEAN hopes the US will play a constructive role in backing an ASEAN effort to maintain peace and stability, to mitigate the negative impacts of the Ukraine conflict. Director General…

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Countries around the world use soft power to spread their appeal and influence, though some have proved more successful in achieving this than others. (Photo by Z @dead____artist)

From Thailand to America to China, the secret to global success is soft power

 Soft power. The United States has Hollywood, jazz and Facebook while South Korea can boast K-pop, kimchi and taekwondo. For Thailand, pad thai, tom yum kung and Muay Thai pack…

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This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (green) cultured in the lab. (Image captured and colorized at NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana)

Warning of new COVID-19 Omicron sub-variant spreading in US

Thailand’s Center for Medical Genomics (CMG) at Ramathibodi hospital has issued a warning about a new Omicron sub-variant, BA.2.12.1, which is becoming more prevalent in the US, accounting for roughly…

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Thailand, along with 88 other countries, removed from US ‘Don’t Travel’ list

The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday removed Thailand and 88 other countries from its “Do Not Travel” list. Thailand is now categorised as Level 3,…

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File photo: A commuter wears a mask while riding the subway as cases of the infectious coronavirus Delta variant continue to rise in New York City, New York, U.S., July 26, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

U.S. will no longer enforce mask mandate on airplanes, trains after court ruling

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO, April 18 (Reuters) – The Biden administration will no longer enforce a U.S. mask mandate on public transportation, after a federal judge in Florida on Monday ruled that the…

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Thai Defence Ministry dismisses report of arms and drug trafficking by Privy Council president’s son  

The spokesman for the Thai Ministry of Defence, General Kongcheep Tantravanich, has dismissed as fake news a report that one of the three Thai nationals arrested in New York, on…

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Iran’s and U.S.’ flags are seen printed on paper in this illustration taken January 27, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Iran wants U.S. to show goodwill by lifting some sanctions prior to nuclear deal

DUBAI, April 10 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden should lift some sanctions on Iran to show his goodwill towards reviving the international nuclear agreement with Tehran, Iran‘s foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Sunday….

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US-Russia ties reach all time low

When superpowers confront each other through proxies and microphones, things can easily get out of hand. President Joe Biden knows this well, having created global headlines last week during his…

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, U.S. February 26, 2022. REUTERS/Octavio Jones/File Photo

Donald Trump sues Hillary Clinton over 2016 Russian collusion allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump on Thursday sued his rival in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Hillary Clinton, and several other Democrats, alleging that they tried to rig that election by tying his campaign to Russia. The lawsuit covers a long…

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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Madeleine Albright, first female US secretary of state, dies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Madeleine Albright, a child refugee from Nazi- and then Soviet-dominated Eastern Europe who rose to become the first female secretary of state and a mentor to many…

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Biden heads to Europe to bolster West’s unity, toughen Russia sanctions

President Joe Biden leaves Wednesday for Europe on a mission to bolster Western unity, and ramp up unprecedented sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine and attempting to upset the post-Cold…

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US President Joe Biden speaks during an event celebrating the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 16, 2022. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

Biden calls Putin a war criminal as Russia says mission ‘going to plan’

KYIV/LVIV, Ukraine, March 16 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday called Russian leader Vladimir Putin a war criminal in comments the Kremlin said were “unforgivable” as it insisted…

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Special ASEAN-US summit postponed until May

The second special ASEAN-US summit, which was scheduled to take place on March 28th and 29th, has been postponed until new dates can be arranged in May, according to Thailand’s Deputy…

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Top Muay Thai boxer teaches Thai, US troops  

Thailand’s internationally recognised Muay Thai boxer Buakaw Banchamek has been giving lessons in the art of Muay Thai, as a special instructor, to Thai and American troops participating in the…

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Obama tests positive for COVID-19, says he’s ‘feeling fine’

Former US President Barack Obama said on Sunday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, though he’s feeling relatively healthy and his wife, Michelle, tested negative. “I’ve had a scratchy…

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This handout photo released by the host broadcast, ASEAN Summit 2021, on October 26, 2021 shows US President Joe Biden (C) taking part in the ASEAN-US Summit on the sidelines of the 2021 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits held online on a live video conference in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. (Photo by Handout / ASEAN Summit 2021 / AFP)

Second special ASEAN-US summit postponed

The second special ASEAN-US summit has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts among ASEAN participants, according to an informed source. The source said that the proposed dates of March 28th and…

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Visa, Mastercard suspend operations in Russia

Card payment giants Visa and Mastercard announced Saturday they will suspend operations in Russia, the latest major US firms to join the business freeze-out of Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine. “Noting the…

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Vasily Nebenzya, Russian ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during a meeting of the security council, Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

US expels 12 Russian UN staff for ‘espionage activities’

United Nations, United States (AFP) – The United States said Monday that it was expelling 12 members of Russia’s UN mission from America for being “intelligence operatives,” prompting a furious response from Moscow,…

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President Joe Biden speaks about the Russian invasion of Ukraine in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden hits Russia with sanctions, shifts troops to Germany

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden hit back Thursday against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, unleashing robust new sanctions, ordering the deployment of thousands of additional troops to NATO ally Germany and…

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A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest to oppose a US war with Russia over Ukraine at Grand Central Terminal in the Manhattan borough of New York City on February 19, 2022. KENA BETANCUR / AFP

US reaffirms Russia could attack Ukraine ‘at any time’

Russia could launch an attack on Ukraine “at any time,” the White House reaffirmed Saturday, as Western politicians gathered in Munich to discuss the crisis. US Press Secretary Jen Psaki…

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A Thai Marine demonstrated how to handle a cobra to the US Marines during a jungle survival training as part of the Cobra Gold military exercise in Ban Chantaklem, Chantaburi in February 2020. (Photo by Royal Thai navy)

Cobra Gold 2022: Scaled-down and no cobra sacrifices

Hosted by Thailand for the past four decades, the Indo-Pacific multination war games known as Cobra Gold make headlines every year – not just for military affairs but also for…

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An interior view shows a kindergarten, which according to Ukraine’s military officials was damaged by shelling, in Stanytsia Luhanska in the Luhansk region, Ukraine, in this handout picture released February 17, 2022. Press Service of the Joint Forces Operation/Handout via REUTERS

Ukraine shelling renews invasion fears as Russia expels U.S. diplomat

MOSCOW/KYIV (Reuters) – Shelling in Ukraine on Thursday renewed Western fears of an imminent Russian invasion as U.S. President Joe Biden said Moscow is preparing a pretext to justify a possible attack and the Kremlin expelled an American diplomat. Early morning…

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Trucker Jay Vanderwier stands in front of his truck as demonstrators continue to protest the vaccine mandates implemented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on February 8, 2022 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Dave Chan / AFP)

Trucker uprising hits key artery in US-Canada car industry

The Canadian trucker protest has temporarily sidelined a key auto industry transport route, adding stress to a North American car industry already pinched by low inventories and supply chain problems…

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Caitriona Balfe, from left, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Jude Hill and Lewis McAskie appear in a scene from “Belfast.” (Rob Youngson/Focus Features via AP)

Oscar nominations announcement begins

NEW YORK (AP) — The reading of this year’s Oscar nominees has begun. Actors Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan are announcing the nominees for the 94th Academy Awards live on multiple…

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U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 7, 2022. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Biden pledges end to Nord Stream 2 if Russia invades Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline would be halted if Russia invades Ukraine and stressed unity with…

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ISIS leader Quraishi kills himself during Syria raid, U.S. says

AMMAN/WASHINGTON, Feb 3 (Reuters) – The leader of Islamic State died when he blew himself and family members up during a U.S. military raid in Syria, President Joe Biden said…

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‘Scaled-down’ Cobra Gold exercises to be held from February 22 to March 4

This year, the Cobra Gold military exercise will be held between February 22nd and March 4th and will be somewhat scaled down again, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a…

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U.S. army instructor from the Joint Multinational Training Group trains Ukrainian service members to operate with M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (SMAW-D) grenade launcher, supplied by the United States, at a shooting range in Lviv Region, Ukraine, in this handout picture released January 30, 2022. The Ukrainian Ground Forces/Handout via REUTERS

Biden orders nearly 3,000 U.S. troops to Eastern Europe to counter Russia

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – The United States will send nearly 3,000 extra troops to Poland and Romania to shield Eastern Europe from a potential spillover from the crisis over the massing of Russian troops near Ukraine, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. Russia…

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A man uses his mobile phone in front of an Olympic installation at the Olympics Community Museum in Beijing on January 28, 2022, ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

World leaders attending Beijing Winter Olympics

Beijing (AFP) – The upcoming Winter Olympics are the target of a US-led diplomatic boycott over China’s human rights abuses. But there will still be a gathering of leaders at the…

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A convoy of Russian armored vehicles moves along a highway in Crimea, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.(AP Photo, File)

Ukraine urges calm, saying Russian invasion not imminent

KYIV (AP) — Ukraine’s leaders sought to reassure the nation that a feared invasion from neighboring Russia was not imminent, even as they acknowledged the threat is real and prepared…

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An instructor trains members of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

NATO outlines ‘deterrence’ plan as tensions with Russia soar

BRUSSELS (AP) — Tensions soared Monday between Russia and the West, with NATO outlining a series of potential troop and ship deployments and Ireland warning that upcoming Russian war games…

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Alarm, not reflection, greets Capitol “Riot” anniversary

The point is not about Joe Biden’s approval rating has hit a new low. It’s about the eventuality and unavoidability of it. No matter how hard he has possibly tried,…

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Biden sends letter to ASEAN assuring them of US commitment

Last week, US President Joe Biden sent a letter to ASEAN leaders assuring them that the proposed special US-ASEAN summit is still on the agenda, according to a highly placed…

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Members of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, train in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

US draws down Ukraine embassy presence as war fears mount

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Sunday ordered the families of all American personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine to leave the country amid heightened fears of a…

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Biden issues new warning to Russia over invading Ukraine

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden said Thursday that any Russian troop movements across Ukraine’s border would constitute an invasion and that Moscow would “pay a heavy price” for…

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Thailand’s civil aviation authority insists 5G does not interfere with aircraft signals

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has explained that 5G emissions do not affect aviation and confirmed that the signals are on a different wavelength. The CAAT also pointed…

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US President Joe Biden speaks during a memorial service for the late US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 8, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

US human rights still found wanting

The recently released Human Rights Watch (HRW) annual report is an all too familiar assessment of the global rights situation, except in the US itself. Indeed, the report should have…

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The United States Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., May 17, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File Photo

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Biden vaccine-or-test policy for large businesses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden‘s COVID-19 vaccination-or–testing mandate for large businesses – a policy the conservative justices deemed an improper imposition on the lives and health of many Americans – while endorsing…

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Medical staff treat a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient in their isolation room on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, U.S., January 4, 2022. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

U.S. breaks COVID-19 hospitalization record at over 132,000 as Omicron surges

(Reuters) – COVID–19 hospitalizations in the United States reached a record high on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, as a surge in infections caused by the highly contagious Omicron variant strains health systems in several…

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In this photo provided by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, members of the surgical team show the pig heart for transplant into patient David Bennett in Baltimore on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. (Mark Teske/University of Maryland School of Medicine via AP)

In first, US surgeons transplant pig heart into human patient

(AP) – In a medical first, doctors transplanted a pig heart into a patient in a last-ditch effort to save his life and a Maryland hospital said Monday that he’s…

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Bob Saget attends the “Shameless” FYC event at Linwood Dunn Theater on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Bob Saget, TV dad and comedian, found dead in Florida hotel room

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Bob Saget, an actor and comedian best known as the jovial dad on the television sitcom “Full House,” was found dead in a hotel room in Orlando, Florida, at age 65, authorities and his family said on Sunday. The cause of Saget‘s death…

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Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal fire at an apartment building in the Bronx on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Jeenah Moon)

Bronx apartment fire kills 19, including 9 children

NEW YORK (AP) — A malfunctioning space heater sparked a fire that filled a high-rise Bronx apartment building with thick smoke on Sunday, killing 19 people including nine children in…

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in Statuary Hall on the first anniversary of the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2022. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A year after U.S. Capitol siege, Biden blasts Trump’s ‘web of lies’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Thursday accused his predecessor Donald Trump of spreading a “web of lies” to undermine U.S. democracy in a speech on the anniversary of the deadly Capitol attack by…

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