A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tami Chappell/File Photo

U.S. CDC internal report says Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox

(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described the Delta variant of the coronavirus as being as transmissible as chickenpox and cautioned it could cause severe disease, the Washington Post said,…

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This handout video grab taken on April 27, 2021 and received from the Philippine Coastguard on May 5, 2021 shows the Philippine coastguard ship BRP Cabra (front) monitoring Chinese vessels at Sabina Shoal, a South China Sea outcrop claimed by Manila located about 135 kilometres (73 nautical miles) west of the Philippine island of Palawan. (Photo by Handout / Philippine Coastguard / AFP) / —–EDITORS NOTE — RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO /PHILIPPINE COASTGUARD” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

US says China’s sea claims have ‘no basis’ in international law

Singapore (AFP) – Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said Tuesday that Beijing’s expansive claims in the South China Sea have “no basis in international law”, taking aim at China’s growing assertiveness…

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US virus cases nearly triple in 2 weeks amid misinformation

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — COVID-19 cases nearly tripled in the U.S. over two weeks amid an onslaught of vaccine misinformation that is straining hospitals, exhausting doctors and pushing clergy into…

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Lessons from Washington’s 20-year mission in Afghanistan 

President Joe Biden has ordered American troops to pull out from Afghanistan by the end of August. His order effectively ended Washington’s longest war but left behind a country in…

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The myth about America and COVID-19

Simple math and the almost-worldwide belief that good coronavirus vaccines are in the United States make its current situation mind-boggling. Its population is roughly 4.7 times that of Thailand, but…

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Thailand’s continued efforts to bring in vaccines

Since last October Ministry for Foreign Affairs has held consultations with allies and friends to ensure that they will be able to provide vaccines if need be, according to the…

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Thailand’s frontline medics to get one Pfizer booster shot from donated vaccine

Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) decided today (Friday) to allocate the upcoming 1.5 million doses of donated Pfizer vaccine from the US government to frontline medical workers as…

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Huawei scores 4G patent deal for VW cars

Huawei has struck a licensing deal that will allow use of its 4G technologies in connected vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen Group, the Chinese tech giant said on Wednesday. The deal…

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United States to donate COVID-19 vaccine to Thailand

Thailand will receive COVID-19 vaccines from the United States, as a part of 23 million doses to be donated by the US to Asian countries. In June, US President Joe…

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the White House at a celebration of Independence Day in Washington, U.S., July 4, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File Photo

Biden zeroes in on Delta variant as U.S. nears 160 million fully vaccinated

(Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday encouraged Americans who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 to get their shots to protect themselves from the widely-spreading, highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus. Biden told reporters the…

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Rescuers and firefighters inspect the balconies of the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condominium building on July 4, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. – Searchers recovered two more bodies to bring the death toll in the Florida apartment block collapse to 24, authorities said July 3, 2021, as the search for victims paused in the afternoon so demolition crews could prepare to bring down the part of the building still standing.The razing took on special urgency as Tropical Storm Elsa churned in the Caribbean, following a path expected to bring it to Florida early next week. (Photo by Giorgio VIERA / AFP)

Rest of collapsed Florida apartment block to be demolished overnight: mayor

Surfside, United States (AFP) – The remaining section of the collapsed apartment block in Surfside, Florida will be demolished overnight between 10:00pm (0200 GMT) and 3:00 am, the county mayor said Sunday,…

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US President Joe Biden poses for a selfie with guests after delivering a speech during Independence Day celebrations on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, July 4, 2021. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP)

Biden marks ‘independence’ from Covid, but pandemic remains a threat

Washington, United States (AFP) – President Joe Biden celebrated US Independence Day on Sunday with an upbeat assessment of a country he said is roaring back to post-pandemic life, even if Covid-19…

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Fishermen carry a bucket of their catch from a fishing boat in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat on November 14, 2020. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

Op-Ed: US underrates Thailand’s efforts in TIP Report

Thailand has been quick to respond to the latest US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), saying unequivocally that it is disappointed with the ranking. The report, which was…

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Virus against humans (Part II)

Many military strategists may quietly admire the coronavirus. In the first wave, it took advantage of human beings’ unpreparedness, striking rich countries with brute force and sparing much of the…

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Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg (3rd-L) exits following his arraignment hearing in New York State Supreme Court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., July 1, 2021. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Trump Organization, CFO are charged in ‘sweeping’ 15-year tax fraud

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s namesake company and longtime financial chief pleaded not guilty on Thursday to what a New York prosecutor called a “sweeping and audacious” tax fraud,…

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Smoke and flames are seen during the Sparks Lake wildfire at Thompson-Nicola Regional District, British Columbia, Canada, June 29, 2021, in this image obtained via social media. BC WILDFIRE SERVICE via REUTERS

Deaths surge in U.S. and Canada from worst heatwave on record

VANCOUVER/PORTLAND (Reuters) – A heatwave that smashed all-time high temperature records in western Canada and the U.S. Northwest has left a rising death toll in its wake as officials brace for more sizzling weather and the…

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Workers search the rubble at the Champlain Towers South Condo, Monday, June 28, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. Many people were still unaccounted for after Thursday’s fatal collapse. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Crews spend 5th day atop shaky pile of collapsed concrete

SURFSIDE, Florida (AP) — Rescuers searching for a fifth day for survivors of a Florida condo building collapse used bucket brigades and heavy machinery Monday as they worked atop a…

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Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP

Facebook wins antitrust dismissal, surges to $1 trillion value

A US judge on Monday dismissed the blockbuster antitrust action against Facebook filed last year by federal and state regulators, helping lift the value of the social media giant above…

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U.S. directs 55 millions of COVID-19 shots to Latin America, Africa, Asia

(Reuters) – The White House laid out a plan on Monday to share 55 million U.S. COVID–19 vaccine doses globally, with roughly 75% of the doses allocated to Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa through the COVAX international…

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front C) attending the third day sitting of the 3rd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang on June 17, 2021. (Photo by STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)

Kim told North Korea to prepare for ‘dialogue and confrontation’ with US

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said his country needs to prepare for “both dialogue and confrontation” with the United States under President Joe Biden, state media reported Friday….

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U.S. President Joe Biden and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin meet for the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Pool

Biden talks down Russia, spurs allies in bid to back Putin into a corner

WASHINGTON/GENEVA (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on his first foreign foray sought to cast Russia not as a direct competitor to the United States but as a bit player in world where Washington is…

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FILE – In this Saturday, July 4, 2020, file photo, Fourth of July fireworks explode over the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol along the National Mall in Washington. President Joe Biden wants to imbue Independence Day with new meaning in 2021 by encouraging nationwide celebrations to mark the country’s effective return to normalcy after 16 months of pandemic disruption. The White House says the National Mall in Washington will host the traditional fireworks ceremony and it’s encouraging other communities hold festivities as well. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

White House to host July 4 ‘independence from virus’ bash

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cue the fireworks. President Joe Biden wants to imbue Independence Day with new meaning this year by encouraging nationwide celebrations to mark the country’s effective return to…

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(Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

Novavax COVID-19 vaccine shows 90.4% efficacy in late stage trial

Novavax Inc on Monday (June 14) reported late-stage data from its U.S.-based clinical trial showing its vaccine is more than 90% effective against COVID-19 across a variety of variants of…

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with U.S. President Joe Biden, ahead of the G7 summit, at Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

UK’s Johnson hails Biden as ‘a big breath of fresh air’

CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed U.S. President Joe Biden as “a big breath of fresh air” on Thursday because he wanted to work with…

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U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk from Marine One to board Air Force One for return travel to Washington, DC at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, U.S., June 4, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

With G7 summit the first stop, Biden embarks on 8-day trip to Europe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden departs for Britain on Wednesday on his first trip abroad since taking office, an eight-day mission to rebuild trans-Atlantic ties strained during the Trump era and to reframe relations with…

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Photo by Handout / National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases / AFP

WHO official says can’t force China to give more information on COVID-19 origins

A top World Health Organization official said that the WHO cannot compel China to divulge more data on COVID-19’s origins while adding it will propose studies needed to take understanding…

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A man wearing a hazmat suit walks along a street in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on April 14, 2020. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

COVID-19 may have leaked from Wuhan lab: US report

The hypothesis of a virus leak from a Chinese lab in Wuhan is plausible and deserves further investigation, according to a report on the origins of COVID-19 by a U.S….

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A sign marks a Biogen facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., March 9, 2020. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

U.S. regulators approve first new Alzheimer’s drug in nearly 20 years

June 7 (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Monday approved Biogen Inc’s aducanumab as the first treatment to attack a likely cause of Alzheimer’s disease despite controversy over whether the clinical evidence proves…

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U.S. federal agents escort a suspect at Reforma border crossing bridge in Ciudad Juarez May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File Photo

U.S. agents to start wearing body cameras when serving warrants

U.S. law-enforcement agents will be required to wear body cameras when serving search and arrest warrants, the Justice Department said on Monday, adding a measure of accountability already required of…

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People hold up their phones with the light on in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on June 4, 2021. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

China blasts US and EU consulates in Hong Kong for Tiananmen candles

China on Saturday berated the US and EU consulates in Hong Kong for displaying candles to commemorate the June 4 Tiananmen crackdown, slamming it as a “clumsy political show” to…

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Does COVID-19 origin really matter?

The answer is “Yes” and “No”. “Yes” because a non-politicised knowledge can help prevent or soften a future pandemic a great deal, if the world manages to get out of…

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Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks about aviation security ahead of the summer travel season during a news conference at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

US formally ends policy for asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday formally ended a Trump-era immigration policy that forced asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. A seven-page memo by…

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Counter protesters and surfers gather on the pier as a man holds a sign with an anti Ku Klux Klan (KKK) poster, during a demonstration for a “White Lives Matter” march and rally on April 11, 2021 in Huntington Beach, California. – The march was organized by Ultra-right groups that have called for April 11, to be a national day of “White Lives Matter”. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

Remains of US Ku Klux Klan leader to be moved

A project to disinter a Ku Klux Klan leader and move his remains to a museum started Tuesday, local US media reported, adding the work would be funded by $200,000…

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Covid lab origin theory gains traction in United States

Long dismissed as a kooky conspiracy theory favored by the far right, the idea that Covid emerged from a lab leak in Wuhan has been gaining increasing momentum in the…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 22, 2021, a Glock 17 pistol, or handgun, is displayed during a gun ‘buyback’ event held by the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the office of the Attorney General, in the New York borough of Brooklyn. – A dozen people were killed and about 50 injured in shootings across the United States over the weekend, after President Joe Biden last month branded the country’s gun violence an “epidemic.” (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Gun homicides surge in US as Covid lockdowns end

The year-long surge in gun murders across the United States has shown no sign of easing as Covid lockdowns end, with a jump in shootings over the weekend that left…

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Samantha Amke traveled to Miami Beach from Mexico City hoping to find the Covid-19 vaccine. (Photo credit: AFP)

‘Vaccine tourists’ fly from abroad for injections on US beach

A long line of people snaked across the sand of Miami Beach, Florida, as dozens of travelers from Latin America waited their turn at a pop-up coronavirus vaccination booth. Sweating under the…

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US soldiers from Second Platoon, Bravo Troop, 33rd Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team take position during a patrol in Ibrahim Khel village of Khost province on April 11, 2010.(Photo by MASSOUD HOSSAINI / AFP)

Biden to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11

President Joe Biden will withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan before this year’s 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, finally ending America’s longest war despite mounting fears of a…

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In this file photo taken on March 31, 2021 this handout photo from the National Task Force-West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS) via the Philippine Communications Operations Office (PCOO) shows Chinese vessels anchored at Whitsun Reef, some 320 kilometres (175 nautical miles) west of Palawan Island in the South China Sea. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Philippines summons Beijing’s envoy over boats in South China Sea

The Philippine foreign ministry said Tuesday it had confronted Beijing’s envoy over the “illegal lingering” of Chinese boats at a contested reef in the South China Sea, stepping up the diplomatic row….

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 21, 2021, a protester holds a sign outside the US Embassy in Yangon, during a demonstration against the military coup. (Photo by Sai Aung Main / AFP)

US orders departure of non-essential diplomats from Myanmar

The US State Department has ordered the departure of non-essential diplomats from Myanmar, it said in a statement Tuesday, amid a crackdown on protesters that has killed hundreds since the…

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the implementation of the American Rescue Plan in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 15, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

Bolstered by allies, Biden officials take blunt message to first China talks

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States will take an uncompromising stance in talks with China on Thursday in Alaska, officials have said, in the first face-to-face meetings between senior officials…

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A Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games banner in Tokyo on February 7, 2021. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Biden: “Remains to be seen” if US will send team to Olympics

US President Joe Biden said late Sunday it remains to be seen if the US will send a team to the pandemic-postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in a radio interview in…

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U.S. stands with SE Asian countries against China pressure, Blinken says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States rejects China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea beyond what it is permitted under international law and stands with Southeast Asian countries resisting…

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Thai PM vows to work closely with the new US administration

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said Thursday that he is ready to work closely with US President Joe Biden and the US government, to bolster the long relationship between the two…

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FILE PHOTO: A mob of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Democratic drive to impeach Trump after Capitol siege speeds ahead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats will give President Donald Trump one last chance on Tuesday to leave office days before his term expires or face an unprecedented second impeachment over his…

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People wearing face shields and masks amid the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic visit a popular shopping market hours before Christmas eve in Manila on December 24, 2020. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Philippines to ban U.S. travellers from Sunday

MANILA, Jan 1 (Reuters) – The Philippines will prohibit the entry of foreign travellers from the United States from Sunday after the more infectious new variant of the coronavirus was…

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Gig economy workers say they can no longer survive

Whether in Paris, Kuala Lumpur or California, gig economy workers fear they can no longer survive on meagre earnings from jobs that leave them increasingly vulnerable. The term “gig” stretches…

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(Photo by Graeme Robertson / various sources / AFP)

US approves Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine

The US green lighted the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine late Friday, paving the way for its imminent rollout across the country, with President Donald Trump promising the first immunizations would take…

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May 20, 2020, file photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech after her inauguration ceremony at a government guest house in Taipei, Taiwan. U.S. Undersecretary of State Keith Krach is due to meet Tsai and other senior officials, the island’s foreign ministry said Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Krach is the highest-level official from the State Department to visit the island in decades. Keith is due to arrive in Taiwan on Thursday afternoon to begin a three-day visit that has already drawn a warning from China.

U.S. envoy leading second recent high-level visit to Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A senior U.S. State Department official is due to arrive in Taiwan on Thursday for a three-day visit that has already drawn a warning from China….

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Flowers are placed in the inscribed names of deceased at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in New York. Americans will commemorate 9/11 with tributes that have been altered by coronavirus precautions and woven into the presidential campaign. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

US remembers 9/11, with virus altering familiar tributes

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans commemorated 9/11 on Friday as another national crisis, the coronavirus, reconfigured ceremonies and as a presidential campaign carved a path through the memorials. In New…

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President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One, Friday, July 3, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is en route to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump targets ‘white privilege’ training as ‘anti-American’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has directed the Office of Management and Budget to crack down on federal agencies’ anti-racism training sessions, calling them “divisive, anti-American propaganda.” OMB director…

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Two Khmer lintels expected to be returned from the US mid next year

Two Khmer decorative lintels, allegedly smuggled out of Thailand decades ago, are expected to be returned from the United States in the middle of next year. Prateep Poengtako, Director-General of…

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Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps TikTok and WeChat, although it remains…

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President Donald Trump waves as he leaves the White House, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Washington to attend the annual economic forum in Davos, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Election results may be delayed — but not because of fraud

WASHINGTON (AP) — A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night. But that doesn’t mean…

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FILE- In this March 14, 2019, file photo, people walk on the Stanford University campus beneath Hoover Tower in Stanford, Calif. A week after revoking sweeping new restrictions on international students, federal immigration officials on Friday, July 24, 2020, announced that new foreign students will be barred from entering the United States if they plan to take their classes entirely online this fall. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Gov’t: New foreign students can’t enter US if courses online

A week after revoking sweeping new restrictions on international students, federal immigration officials on Friday announced that new foreign students will be barred from entering the United States if they…

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Black Lives Matter organizer Teal Lindseth, 21, leads protesters on Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Black activists: Portland’s focus on feds only aids message

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police, people in Portland came out in droves to protest police brutality and racism, chanting that “Black…

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U.S. coronavirus deaths top 1,100 for a third day in a row

(Reuters) – The United States on Thursday recorded more than 1,100 deaths from COVID-19, marking the third straight day the nation passed that grim milestone as the pandemic escalates in…

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US President Donald Trump wears a mask as he visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland’ on July 11, 2020. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN / AFP)

Trump says he will not consider a national mask mandate

WASHINGTON, July 17 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he would not consider a national mandate requiring people to wear masks to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Asked…

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Valentina Fasano cleans her work space with sanitizing wipes at the Girl’s Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Camp during the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Miami. This Miami-Dade County summer camp program is operating at limited capacity, and has enhanced health screening and sanitizing procedures, practices social distancing, and required wearing of face coverings.

Confirmed US virus cases rise amid new global restrictions

MIAMI (AP) — California, Arizona, Texas and Florida together reported about 36,000 new coronavirus cases Wednesday as restrictions aimed at combating the spread of the pandemic took hold in the…

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US President Donald Trump wears a mask as he visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland’ on July 11, 2020. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN / AFP)

Trump finally dons mask as US sets new virus case record

President Donald Trump finally yielded to pressure and wore a face mask in public for the first time on Saturday as the US posted another daily record for coronavirus cases,…

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Bolton says Trump asked China to help him get reelected

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump “pleaded” with China’s Xi Jinping during a 2019 summit to help his reelection prospects, according to a scathing new book by former Trump adviser…

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US virus outbreaks stir clash over masks, personal freedom

PHOENIX (AP) — When the coronavirus flared in China’s capital this week, Beijing canceled flights, suspended reopenings and described the situation as “extremely grave.” But with cases rising in some…

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People wearing masks hold placards during a Black Lives Matter protest, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, at Shibuya shopping and amusement district in Tokyo, Japan June 6, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Time for a change: Anti-racism protesters march across US

Tens of thousands of peaceful protesters rallied for racial justice Saturday in cities across the United States following the death of George Floyd, as the movement triggered by his killing…

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China says virus pushing US ties to brink of ‘Cold War’

China said Sunday that relations with the United States were “on the brink of a new Cold War”, fuelled in part by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic, as Muslims around…

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China’s President Xi Jinping and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attend a summit of the BRICS major emerging economies in Brasilia in November 2019 (POOL/AFP/File/Pavel Golovkin)

US accuses China, Russia of coordinating on virus conspiracies

The United States on Friday accused China and Russia of stepping up cooperation to spread false narratives over the coronavirus pandemic, saying Beijing was increasingly adopting techniques honed by Moscow….

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This photo from KTVF-TV sows a couple picking out their wedding bands at Bishops Jewelry Gallery in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Friday, April 22, 2020. Alaska businesses slowly began reopening Friday in an effort to restart the state’s economy. The state’s largest city, Anchorage, will allow businesses to reopen beginning Monday. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF-TV via AP)

3 states partly reopen, despite health officials’ warnings

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Even as the confirmed U.S. death toll from the coronavirus soared past 50,000, Georgia, Oklahoma and Alaska began loosening lockdown orders Friday on their pandemic-wounded businesses,…

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Hundreds of New Hampshire residents rallied outside the statehouse in Concord on April 18 to urge a quick end to the northeastern state’s virus-related stay-at-home rule. (AFP / Joseph Prezioso)

Hundreds protest against US virus rules

(AFP) Hundreds protested Saturday in cities across America against coronavirus-related lockdowns — with encouragement from President Donald Trump — as resentment grows against the crippling economic cost of confinement. An…

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A woman is loaded into an ambulance by paramedics in the Harlem neighbourhood of Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID19) in New York City, New York, U.S., April 8, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Speed of coronavirus deaths shocks doctors as New York toll hits new high

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York, the hardest-hit state in America, on Wednesday reported its highest number of coronavirus-related deaths in a single day with even veteran doctors and nurses…

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Thai students remain stranded at Tokyo’s Haneda airport

A group of Thai exchange students, who arrived in Tokyo on April 4th en route to Thailand from the US, are to be further delayed after the Civil Aviation Authority…

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Putin sending medical supplies to help U.S. fight coronavirus

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is sending the United States medical equipment to help fight the coronavirus outbreak, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, citing the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov….

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Parents of AFS students to seek PM’s help to return their children to Thailand

The parents of about 200 Thai students, currently in the USA under the American Field Service (AFS) exchange program, will meet with Thailand’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister tomorrow (Monday)…

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Venezuelan ex-general surrenders to US on drug trafficking charges

A retired Venezuelan general who was charged by the United States with “narco-terrorism” along with President Nicolas Maduro and other officials has surrendered in Colombia to US authorities, prosecutors said…

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Trump focuses attention on possible coronavirus treatments

President Donald Trump focused attention on possible treatments for the new coronavirus on Thursday, citing potential use of a drug long used to treat malaria and some other approaches still…

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California governor orders entire state to stay at home

All 40 million residents of California were Thursday ordered to stay at home indefinitely in a bid to battle the coronavirus pandemic in the nation’s most populous state.   The statewide directive,…

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on the coronavirus (COVID-19) response with tourism industry executives in the Cabinet Rooom of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Trump presses for $1 trillion stimulus as U.S. coronavirus deaths cross 100

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Trump administration pressed on Tuesday for enactment of a $1 trillion stimulus package, possibly with $1,000 direct payments to individual Americans, to blunt the economic…

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Coronavirus ‘not under control’ – Trump

US President Donald Trump acknowledges pandemic may send US economy into recession and suggests nation may be dealing with virus until “July or August.”   The White House on Monday…

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US-China trade truce at risk as virus hits global economy

A hard-won trade war truce between the US and China is at risk as the coronavirus pandemic rocks the global economy, making it tough for Beijing to fulfil its commitments….

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Workers in protective clothing wait for passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, to board a chartered plane in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

China, US spar over origin of coronavirus

A Chinese government campaign to cast doubt on the origin of the coronavirus pandemic is fuelling a row with the United States, with a Beijing official promoting conspiracy theories and…

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US President Donald Trump says he will “likely” be tested soon for the novel coronavirus, although he stresses he is “displaying no symptoms,” during a hastily organized press conference in the White House’s Rose Garden. (Photo from AFP)

Trump declares state of emergency in coronavirus-paralysed US

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday in what critics say was a long-delayed admission of the gravity of the coronavirus crisis that’s triggered the shutdown of schools, sporting events, offices…

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Three commuters, center, wear masks as they walk through the World Trade Center transportation hub, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

U.S. virus death toll hits 11; feds investigate nursing home

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal authorities announced an investigation of the Seattle-area nursing home at the center of an outbreak of the new coronavirus as the U.S. death toll climbed to 11, including…

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Travelers wear protective mask as they walk through in terminal 5 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Sunday, March 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Authorities announce 2nd coronavirus death in US

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials in Washington state said Sunday night that a second person had died from the coronavirus — a man in his 70s from a nursing facility…

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US reports third case of novel coronavirus of unknown origin

US health officials on Friday reported a third case of the new coronavirus transmitted to a person who did not travel overseas or come in contact with anyone known to…

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How US, Iran arrive at “no peace, no war” relationship

Thai PBS World talk to Dr. Srawut Aree, Director of Muslim Studies Center, Institute of Asian Studies Chulalongkorn University about tensions between US and Iran. #ThaiPBSWorld

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US killing catapults Iraq back to aftermath of 2003 invasion

Iraqi factions threatening to oust US troops, officials denouncing American “violations” and fears of a new Gulf war: a US strike has catapulted Iraq back to the tumultuous aftermath of…

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Central bank plays down baht appreciation to under ฿30 to US$1

The Bank of Thailand has played down the steady appreciation of the Thai baht currency, which strengthened to under ฿30 against the US greenback on Monday. Mr. Methi Supapong, the…

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China bars U.S. military ships, aircraft from Hong Kong, sanctions U.S.-based NGOs

BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Monday banned U.S. military ships and aircraft from visiting Hong Kong and slapped sanctions on several U.S. non-government organizations for allegedly encouraging anti-government protesters in…

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Hong Kong police fire tear gas as thousands take to the streets in fresh protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday, ending a rare lull in violence, as residents took to the…

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China warns U.S. of retaliation for law backing Hong Kong protesters

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China warned the United States on Thursday it would take “firm counter measures” in response to U.S. legislation backing anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and said…

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Hong Kong rights bill clears US Congress, heads to Trump

US lawmakers overwhelmingly approved legislation Wednesday that supports human rights and democracy in Hong Kong and also backs the territory’s anti-China protesters, sending the measure opposed by Beijing to President…

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Options fade for last Hong Kong campus protesters as U.S. bill angers China

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The last band of anti-government protesters trapped inside a besieged Hong Kong university were weighing a narrowing range of options early on Wednesday as police outside…

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President Trump fires national security adviser Bolton

WASHINGTON (Agencies) – White House national security adviser John Bolton resigned on Tuesday at the request of President Donald Trump, who said he called for the resignation due to numerous…

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China warns U.S. to stop ‘wrong’ trade actions or face consequences

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Saturday it strongly opposes Washington’s decision to levy additional tariffs on $550 billion worth of Chinese goods and warned the United States of consequences…

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US, China negotiators resume trade war talks

Top US and Chinese negotiators held phone talks on Tuesday as the world’s top two economies seek to resolve their trade war, more than a week after they declared a…

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Thai army to buy 37 US-made armored cars

The Royal Thai Army has placed an order for thirty seven 1126 Stryker armored cars from the United States, valued at an estimated US$80 million, under the Foreign Military Sales…

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How US-China trade war is impacting Thailand

Since the US China trade war kicked off in the middle of last year, Thai business begin to feel the pinch as seen by the downward trend of Thai exports….

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How US-China trade war is impacting Thailand

Since the US China trade war kicked off in the middle of last year, Thai business begin to feel the pinch as seen by the downward trend of Thai exports….

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How US-China trade war is impacting Thailand

Since the US China trade war kicked off in the middle of last year, Thai business begin to feel the pinch as seen by the downward trend of Thai exports….

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Trump to delay US tariff hike on Chinese goods, eyes Xi summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters, AFP) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he would delay an increase in tariffs on Chinese goods that had been scheduled for Friday, citing “substantial…

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