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Kamala Harris to travel to Vietnam, Singapore next month amid China tensions, US border crisis

Vice President Kamala Harris has another big trip ahead – but it won’t be a return visit to the U.S.-Mexico border. Instead, Harris next month will travel across the Pacific, to Vietnam and Singapore, amid U.S. tensions with China. Her goal is to “strengthen relationships and expand economic support,” chief spokeswoman Symone Sanders said in […]

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FarsNews Agency US Expands Sanctions in Cuba, Eyes Restoring Diplomatic Presence, Internet Access

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Joe Biden administration on Friday announced additional sanctions on Cuba, but also pushed ahead with plans to expand US diplomatic presence and provide internet service to the island nation following widespread protests earlier this month. “I want the Cuban Americans to know that we — all around this table and myself included […]

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Millions of Americans may be forced out of their homes today. Here’s why

A nationwide eviction moratorium is set to expire Saturday night after President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress worked furiously but ultimately failed to align on a long-shot strategy to prevent millions of Americans from being forced from their homes during a COVID-19 surge. More than 3.6 million Americans are at risk of eviction, some […]

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Biden’s Justice Department says IRS ‘must’ hand over Trump tax returns to Congress

The Justice Department told the Treasury Department that it “must” turn over former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee, which first requested them more than two years ago. The direction came in an opinion released Friday by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which provides legal advice to […]

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Xi Jinping only wants the most devoted Chinese Communist Party members. His tough membership rules could backfire

In a meeting room decorated with a stylized hammer and sickle flag, Kelly Hu detailed her shortcomings. Since childhood, the 20-year-old student had wanted to join the longest-running and largest communist party in the world, having grown up hearing “red tales” of its revolutionary past from her family. In recent years, as she embarked on […]

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Biden nominates Khizr Khan, others to key religious freedom roles

The Biden administration on Friday announced its nominees for two key faith-related posts at the State Department, signaling an interest in stepping up its efforts to combat religious persecution around the world. Rashad Hussain, who is currently the director for partnerships and global engagement at the National Security Council, has been selected for the role […]

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Turkey battles wildfires in south for third day, launches investigation

Four people have been killed along Turkey’s southern coast since Wednesday, as soaring temperatures fan wildfires in the region, with the Interior Ministry probing the cause. A firefighter tries to battle a massive wildfire that has engulfed a Mediterranean resort region along Turkey’s southern coast near the town of Manavgat, on July 29, 2021. (ILYAS […]

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CDC shares ‘pivotal discovery’ on Covid-19 breakthrough infections that led to new mask guidance

A new study shows the Delta Covid-19 variant produced similar amounts of virus in vaccinated and unvaccinated people if they get infected — illustrating a key motivation behind the federal guidance that now recommends most fully vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors. Experts say that vaccination makes it less likely that you’ll catch Covid-19 in the […]