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Economy far from central bank’s goals but outlook brightening, Fed’s Mester says

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FILE PHOTO: Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Loretta Mester speaks in London, Britain, July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Marc Jones/File Photo (Reuters) -The U.S. economy still has a long way to go to fully recover from the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which hit minorities and people with lower levels of......

Senate votes to confirm Mallory to lead White House environmental council

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WASHINGTON, April 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted 53-45 to confirm Brenda Mallory as head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), a key role that is central to federal environmental reviews of major infrastructure projects and coordinating the administration’s environmental justice and climate change policies. Mallory......

U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan to begin May 1- Biden

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on his plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, at the White House, Washington, U.S., April 14, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the United States would begin its final military withdrawal from Afghanistan......

Twitter Cracks Jokes on Ralph Lauren Team USA Olympic uniforms

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Joseph Salvador The Tokyo Olympics are finally happening this summer. With 100 days to go, Ralph Lauren unveiled this year’s Team USA outfits for the closing ceremony and Olympic Village attire. Even though the jackets are made from recycled plastic......

U.S. senators to receive classified briefing on Afghanistan: Schumer

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FILE PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a news conference after the first Democratic luncheon meeting since COVID-19 restrictions went into effect on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Erin Scott WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators will receive a classified briefing on President Joe Biden’s......

More guns than people: Why tighter U.S. firearms laws are unlikely

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden announced limited measures to tackle gun violence in the United States last week, but more ambitious steps will be harder to enact despite widespread public support. Here are some facts about gun violence in the United States: HOW MANY AMERICANS OWN GUNS? With about......

U.S. Senate to consider hate crimes bill in potential filibuster test

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By Makini Brice, David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will take up hate crime legislation on Wednesday intended to combat violence against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a potential first major test this Congress of the Senate procedural tool known as the filibuster. The COVID-19 Hate......

Taiwan says its chip firms will adhere to new U.S. rules blacklisting China supercomputing entities

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan said on Wednesday its chip companies will adhere to U.S. rules after Washington added seven Chinese supercomputing entities last week to an economic blacklist and after a Taipei-based chipmaker halted orders from one of the entities named. FILE PHOTO: Flags of Taiwan and U.S. are placed......

U.S. directs agencies to apply patches to Microsoft servers

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FILE PHOTO: White House Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger gives an update on the Biden administration’s response to the SolarWinds hack during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top cybersecurity......

Britain to withdraw nearly all its troops from Afghanistan – The Times

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FILE PHOTO: British soldiers with NATO-led Resolute Support Mission arrive at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan March 6, 2020. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (Reuters) – Britain will withdraw nearly all its troops from Afghanistan following the U.S. plan to withdraw its troops by Sept. 11, 2021, The Times reported......

Credit Suisse still unloading Discovery shares after Archegos-related loss – CNBC

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FILE PHOTO: Switzerland’s national flag flies below a logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse at its headquarters at the Paradeplatz square in Zurich, July 31, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo (Reuters) – Credit Suisse Group AG is still unloading its positions in media company Discovery Inc after losses relating to Archegos......

Fed’s Harker says central bank will ‘hold steady’ for now

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FILE PHOTO: The Federal Reserve building is pictured in Washington, DC, U.S., August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo (Reuters) – The U.S. economy could grow by around 5% to 6% this year, buoyed by increased vaccinations and strong fiscal aid, but the Federal Reserve is not going to pull back......

U.S. expresses support for Japan’s release of Fukushima nuclear plant water

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FILE PHOTO: The storage tanks for treated water are seen at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan March 1, 2021. REUTERS/Sakura Murakami TOKYO (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday said Japan “appears to have adopted an approach in accordance with globally accepted......

Turkey’s Halkbank urges end of U.S. prosecution alleging Iran sanctions violations

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A lawyer for Halkbank told a U.S. appeals court on Monday that the state-owned Turkish lender was immune from U.S. prosecution and that an indictment accusing it of helping Iran evade American sanctions should be thrown out. FILE PHOTO: People walk past a branch of Halkbank......

U.S. was not involved in Iran nuclear site incident: White House

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States was not involved in any attack on Iran’s key Natanz nuclear site and has no comment on speculation about the cause of the incident, the White House said on Monday. Reporting by Nandita Bose and Trevor Hunnicutt Source – For more click here To......

Factbox: Biden jobs plan includes $50 billion for chips research, manufacturing

Reuters
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure investment package includes $300 billion to boost the struggling U.S. manufacturing sector, including $50 billion for semiconductor production and research, the White House said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an economic briefing in the Oval Office......

‘This is their blood’: Civil rights lawyer Crump fights for George Floyd’s family

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(Reuters) – As the world follows the often-emotional testimony in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, members of Floyd’s family watch a live feed in a separate room in the courthouse. FILE PHOTO: Floyd family lawyer Ben Crump and members of......

Trump tells Republican donors he’ll help win Congress in 2022

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump sought to position himself as the Republican Party kingmaker on Saturday, telling party donors he will help them win seats in 2022 congressional elections but shed no new light on whether he will seek a second term in 2024. FILE PHOTO: Former U.S.......

EU proposes six-month tariff freeze with United States – Der Spiegel

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FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, in this file picture taken October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo BERLIN (Reuters) – The European Union has suggested that it and the United States suspend tariffs imposed on billions of dollars of imports for six......

U.S. changes average for hurricane season

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FILE PHOTO: A couple look out at the roiling surf while the skies darken as Hurricane Dorian approaches, in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, U.S., September 5, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake HOUSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has changed the number of storms that constitute an average......

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