Friday, January 21, 2022


Biden warns of ‘disaster for Russia’ if they invade Ukraine

With more than 100,000 troops and war-making machinery poised on Ukraine's borders, Moscow has sent alarms through the West over its threat to Kyiv.

Biden says US will not put troops in Ukraine, as tensions with Russia ease

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow will send ideas to Washington within a week to follow up his talks with Joe Biden on Tuesday about the Ukraine crisis.

US official says boosting Taiwan’s defences an ‘urgent task’

Tensions between Taiwan and China have escalated as Beijing raises pressure on the island it claims as its own with repeated air missions over the Taiwan Strait.

Biden dives into US oil reserves to reassure Americans on inflation

Facing growing discontent over inflation and especially the soaring price of fuel in filling stations, Biden announced a coordinated plan with other big consumers to release national oil reserves onto the market.

White House says Biden intends to run again in 2024

Biden has suffered a dip in his job approval ratings in recent months, leading some Democrats to wonder whether he might not seek another four-year term.

Biden promised Japan to defend disputed islands, says new PM

Japan has become increasingly concerned about Chinese activity in the East China Sea, including incursions into waters around the disputed islands, known as the Diaoyus in China.

Pentagon leaders to face Afghanistan reckoning in Congress

The Senate and House committees overseeing the US military will hold hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, where Republicans are hoping to zero in on mistakes that Biden's administration made toward the end of the two-decade-old war.

US murders soared nearly 30% in 2020, says FBI

Overall violent crime increased 5.6% to nearly 1.3 million incidents, although property crime fell 7.8% to nearly 6.5 million incidents, marking the 18th consecutive year that property crimes have decreased.

Biden, Xi speak by phone for first time since February

Relations between Washington and Beijing have been at their lowest point in decades and it was only the second call between the leaders since Biden took office in January.

Pressure on US as NGOs say flights from Afghanistan blocked

A US NGO in Afghanistan says some 600 to 1,300 people have been waiting near the Mazar-i-Sharif airport for as long as a week.

Britain in talks with Taliban over safe passage of remaining nationals

Meanwhile, more than 8,000 Afghans who helped Nato forces made it out of Afghanistan and the British government said they would be given indefinite leave to remain.

Biden wants Gaza de-escalation, Israel waiting for ‘right moment’

Diplomatic efforts are intensifying to stem the bloodshed.

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