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Biden signs Democrats' landmark climate and health care legislation

The 79-year-old president aims to restore his own standing with voters as he contemplates a reelection bid.

published : 17 Aug 2022

Israel carried out Gaza strike that killed 5 minors: Reports

Residents said a projectile fell from the air and exploded in the cemetery.

published : 16 Aug 2022

Jill Biden tests positive for Covid-19, ''mild'' symptoms

She has been prescribed the antiviral drug Paxlovid and will isolate at the vacation home for at least five days.

published : 16 Aug 2022

Captain of Chinese 'spy' ship snubs Sri Lankan politician who lobbied for them to dock vessel

"... Our foreign policy is 'neutral’ and any foreign war/logistic/miscellaneous ship can enter our harbour provided she is on a peaceful mission," Sarath Weerasekera had said a few days back.

published : 16 Aug 2022

As its 'high-tech' ship berths at Sri Lanka port, China says it doesn't affect any country

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin the ship 'Yuan Wang 5' has 'successfully berthed' at Hambantota port with 'active cooperation from the Sri Lankan side'.

published : 16 Aug 2022

WHO looking to rename monkeypox to dispel stigma toward animals, people

Experts warn the name can be stigmatising to the primates it was named after, but who play little role in its spread, and to the African continent that the animals are often associated with.

published : 16 Aug 2022

Film academy apologises to Littlefeather who faced harassment for 1973 Oscars speech on Native Americans

When Brando won best actor for "The Godfather," Littlefeather, took the stage, becoming the first Native American woman ever to do so at the Academy Awards.

published : 16 Aug 2022

China unveils new perks aimed at boosting slowing birth rate in the country

Although Beijing ended its draconian "one-child rule" in 2016 and last year allowed couples to have three children, birth rates have slipped over the past five years.

published : 16 Aug 2022

Vladimir Putin blasts US ‘hegemony,’ predicts end to ‘unipolar’ world

Putin also drew parallels between the U.S. backing Ukraine and a recent visit to Taiwan by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, charging that both were part of an alleged American attempt.

published : 16 Aug 2022

Explosions refocus Ukraine war on Russian-annexed Crimea

Videos of the fire and the blasts  showed think plumes of smoke rising over the raging flames, and a series of multiple explosions could be heard in the background.

published : 16 Aug 2022

Asian shares mostly higher, echoing Wall Street rebound

Stocks on Wall Street bounced back and closed higher, extending the market’s recent winning ways as investors look ahead to several updates from retailers this week.

published : 16 Aug 2022

Chinese smartphone market falls by 14.7 per cent

As per the latest data, China's second-quarter smartphone shipments fell by 14.7 per cent, which is the fifth consecutive quarterly decline, an American-based publication reported.

published : 16 Aug 2022

Top Malaysian court orders ex-PM Najib Razak to begin final appeal on 1MBD financial scandal 

Najib would become Malaysia's first former prime minister to be imprisoned if his appeal fails. Najib, 69, has reiterated his innocence and has been out on bail pending his appeals.

published : 16 Aug 2022

Iran says it has replied to EU on 'final' nuclear deal text

IRNA had said Friday that Iran might accept the "final" text drawn up by the European Union to save the deal, which aimed to curb Iran's nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief.

published : 16 Aug 2022

Armenia fireworks warehouse blast death toll rises to 16, rules out terror plot

The disaster comes as the country of three million people is still recovering from a 2020 war with Azerbaijan, which ended in a heavy defeat and sparked a political crisis.

published : 16 Aug 2022