Solving climate crisis will be at center of Biden's job agenda -Deese

(Reuters) – Solving the climate crisis by boosting investments in new technologies will be at the center of the Biden administration’s job creation agenda, the incoming top economic White House adviser said on Wednesday.FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks as he announces members of economics and jobs team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 8, 2021.

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China on alert? Japan and US begin major military exercise as tensions with Beijing soar

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. The Keen Sword exercise is the first big drill since Yoshihide Suga became Japan’s prime minister last month and vowed to continue a military build-up aimed at countering China, which claims Japanese-controlled islands in the East China

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U.S. conveyed concerns to Russia over Syria troop collision – White House official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States has conveyed its concerns to Russia over an incident in Syria in which several U.S. troops were injured when a Russian military vehicle collided with theirs, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said on Friday. “It’s been communicated to them (Russia) very clearly,” O’Brien told a White House news conference. “It’s been communicated at the

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Iran warns against U.S. push for sanctions 'snapback' in letter to U.N.

DUBAI/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States has no right to trigger the reimposition of all U.N. sanctions on Iran, the Iranian foreign minister said in a letter to the United Nations, calling on Security Council members to reject Washington’s move. “The U.S. push to reimpose U.N. sanctions on Iran will have dangerous consequences … Iran has exercised restraint in

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Pompeo meets Polish leaders, signs defense pact, discusses Belarus

WARSAW (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Warsaw on Saturday where the two discussed a new defense agreement and their support for the people of Belarus. Pompeo and Morawiecki also discussed the COVID-19 pandemic, securing 5G networks and a new bilateral agreement to cooperate in the development of Poland’s civil nuclear

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Pompeo says he warned Lavrov against offering bounties for U.S. soldiers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said he warned his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that there would be “an enormous price to pay” if Moscow is offering bounties to kill U.S. soldiers or other Western troops in Afghanistan. The New York Times in June reported that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to

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South Korea, U.S. to hold smaller military drills due to coronavirus: media

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea and the United States will kick off their annual joint military drills this week but without mobilising U.S.-based troops after scaling back the programme due to coronavirus concerns, South Korean media reported on Wednesday. The allies have been discussing how to adjust the exercises, which usually begin in August, with the coronavirus threatening to disrupt

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Trump says he will join international aid conference call for Lebanon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he will join a conference call with Lebanon’s president and other world leaders on Sunday to discuss aid to Lebanon in the wake of this week’s devastating Beirut port explosion. Trump said on Twitter that he spoke separately with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and French President Emmanuel Macron, who

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U.S. imposes human rights sanctions on Chinese company, individuals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a Chinese company and two officials related to the company for what it said were human rights abuses against Uighurs and other ethnic minority people in China’s Xinjiang province, the Treasury Department said. The move was yet another step in the deteriorating relations between the United States and China

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