U.S. troops cross into Iraq from Syria

October 21, 2019 09:05 am

DOHUK, Iraq , Oct 21: United States troops have crossed into Iraq from Syria through the Sahela border crossing in the northern province of Dohuk, Reuters witnesses said on Monday.

DV lottery registration for 2021 opens

October 3, 2019 07:41 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 3:  The Diversity Visa (DV) lottery registration for 2021 opened on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Sept 28: Expressing dissatisfaction over recent controversies surrounding some of the US-supported programs in Nepal, US ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry said that he is concerned over the risk of the seven-decade long Nepal-US partnership derailing due to ‘misinformation and suspicion’.

KATHMANDU, Sept 27: Karnali  Province’s Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Nepal Mission have entered into a  partnership to increase access to quality health services in the  province on Thursday, in accordance with the bilateral agreement signed between the ministry of finance and the USAID.

KATHMANDU, Sept 26: Ambassador of the United States of America to Nepal, Randy W. Berry, has paid a courtesy call on Nepali Congress President and former Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba.

WASHINGTON, Sept 21: The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry.

Sept 17: A panel of international air-safety regulators is finishing a report, which is expected to criticize the initial U.S. approval process for Boeing Co’s (BA.N) 737 MAX jets, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people briefed on the conclusions.

WASHINGTON, Sept 16: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday the United States was “locked and loaded” for a potential response to the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, after a senior U.S. administration official said Iran was to blame.

U.S. health officials on Thursday cut the number of lung illnesses linked to e-cigarettes and vaping products under investigation to 380 as states began assessing patients based on a narrower case definition issued late last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

WASHINGTON, Sept 12: The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee moved to intensify its investigation of Republican President Donald Trump on Thursday, as lawmakers edged closer to deciding whether to recommend his impeachment.

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Sept 12: U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday welcomed China’s decision to exempt some U.S. anti-cancer drugs and other goods from its tariffs and announced a short delay to scheduled tariff hikes on billions worth of Chinese goods.

NEW YORK, Sept 11: Americans commemorated 9/11 with solemn ceremonies and vows Wednesday to “never forget” 18 years after the deadliest terror attack on American soil.

DUBAI, Sept 7: A once-detained Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. appears to be off the coast of Syria, where Tehran reportedly promised the vessel would not go when authorities in Gibraltar agreed to release it several weeks ago, according to satellite images obtained Saturday by The Associated Press.

WASHINGTON, Sept 5: American farmers have not only endured retaliatory tariffs from China and other nations, they’ve watched as most of their top foreign competitors used free trade agreements to make inroads into Japan, a historically protectionist market with nearly 127 million consumers.

WARSAW, Sept 2: The U.S. and Poland signed an agreement on Monday to cooperate on new 5G technology amid growing concerns about Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

WASHINGTON, Sept 1: The United States and China went ahead with their latest tariff increases on each other’s goods Sunday, potentially raising prices Americans pay for some clothes, shoes, sporting goods and other consumer items in advance of the holiday shopping season.

KABUL, Sept 1: U.S. and Taliban negotiators are close to a deal that would open the way for peace in Afghanistan, a top U.S. official said on Sunday, as the insurgents followed their weekend assault on the strategic center of Kunduz by attacking a second northern city.

WASHINGTON, Aug 31: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers can now create fictitious social media accounts to monitor social media information on foreigners seeking visas, green cards and citizenship.

How the U.S.-China Trade War Escalated

BEIJING, Aug 25: China will fight back against the latest U.S. step to increase tariffs on Chinese goods, the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily said on Sunday amid an escalating trade war between the world’s two largest economies.

MOSCOW, Aug 23: Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Friday to work out a quid pro quo response after the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty.

BEIJING, Aug 23: China on Friday announced tariff hikes on $75 billion of U.S. products in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s latest planned increase, deepening a conflict over trade and technology that threatens to tip a weakening global economy into recession.

WASHINGTON, Aug 23: Top negotiators for Japan and the United States on Thursday failed to reach an agreement on a two-way trade deal and decided to extend talks for another day in a last-ditch effort to bring tangibles to a weekend bilateral summit.

WASHINGTON, Aug 22: The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to more than $1 trillion in the next fiscal year under the first projections taking into account the big-budget deal that President Donald Trump and Congress reached this summer, the Congressional Budget Office reported.

SEOUL, Aug 22: A North Korean spokesman said on Thursday the United States’ recent mid-range cruise missile test and plans to deploy F-35 jets and offensive military equipment around the Korean peninsula were “dangerous” moves that would “trigger a new cold war” in the region.

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 21: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that greater cooperation and “fresh thinking to solve old problems” are needed in the Middle East — but he also condemned Iran and its proxies for continuing “to foment terror and unrest” in the region.

TOKYO, Aug 21: Japan and the United States will seek to narrow gaps on trade when their top negotiators meet this week, but hopes for a deal in September are fading as both sides fail to make concessions on agriculture and automobiles, sources say.

KABUL, August 21: The United States envoy negotiating with the Taliban for an end to nearly 18 years of fighting in Afghanistan was departing Tuesday for Qatar to resume talks, the State Department said, amid concerns about a growing threat by an Islamic State affiliate.

Aug 19: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

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Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

HELSINKI, Aug 19:  Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday said Iran is not interested in talks with Washington, but any mediation should focus on bringing the United States back to the 2015 nuclear deal which it left last year.

WASHINGTON, Aug 19: A number of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump’s economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021.

BOGOTA, Aug 19: The U.S. has made secret contact with Venezuela’s socialist party boss as close allies of President Nicolás Maduro’s inner circle seek guarantees they won’t face prosecution for alleged abuses and crimes if they cede to growing demands to remove him, according to a senior Trump administration official.

MANCHESTER, Aug 16: President Donald Trump on Thursday sought to reassure his supporters about the state of the U.S. economy despite the stock market volatility and told rallygoers in New Hampshire, a state that he hopes to capture in 2020, that their financial security depends on his reelection.

Aug 15: A coalition of 13 U.S. states sued President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday, seeking to block a new rule that would drastically reduce legal immigration by denying visas to poor migrants.

WASHINGTON, Aug 13: The Trump administration on Tuesday delayed imposing a 10% import tariff on laptops, cell phones, video game consoles and some other products made in China that had been scheduled to start next month, in an abrupt pull-back from a hardline stance on Chinese trade.

Manipulation of currency manipulation

August 12, 2019 00:30 am

The US has accused China of keeping renminbi artificially low, to secure an unfair advantage in international trade. But it had not applied “currency manipulator” label since 1994

The US side of the beach is usually empty, except for Border Patrol agents parked in their vehicles and occasional hikers. De La Cruz Santana is struck by the lively atmosphere on the Mexican side and quiet in the US. “If you look past this wall on the U.S. side, there’s nothing,” she said. “I wanted to erase the border.”

WASHINGTON/SEOUL, Aug 10: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that Kim Jong Un told him he was ready to resume talks on North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and would stop missile testing as soon as U.S.-South Korea military exercises end.

HONG KONG, Aug 8: The United States raised its travel warning for Hong Kong, urging increased caution by visitors to the Chinese territory in the face of what it described as civil unrest after months of sometimes violent street protests.

BEIJING, Aug 7: China’s rare earth association said it would support Chinese counter-measures in the escalating trade row with the United States, which it accused on Wednesday of “bullying”.

KABUL, Aug 6:  The United States and the Taliban have resolved differences in peace talks over the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and guarantees from the insurgents that they will cut ties with other extremist groups, a Taliban official said Tuesday.

Aug 6: The United States has lost the equivalent of nine Grand Canyon national parks, or 24 million acres (9712455.41 hectares) of natural area, between 2001 and 2017 due to agriculture, energy development, housing sprawl and other human factors, making the country more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to a report released Tuesday.

Aug 5: It took just 30 seconds in Ohio and zero bullets in Texas for officers to stop two mass shooters this weekend, but not before 29 people were killed and about 50 injured in less than 24 hours.

Freed from Swedish jail, rapper A$AP Rocky lands in US

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW, Aug 2: The United States formally withdrew from a landmark nuclear missile pact with Russia on Friday after determining that Moscow was in violation of the treaty, something the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.

SHANGHAI, July 31: U.S. and Chinese negotiators wrapped up a brief round of trade talks on Wednesday that both sides described as “constructive,” including discussions over further Chinese purchases of American farm goods and an agreement to reconvene in September.

WASHINGTON, July 27: President Donald Trump pressed the World Trade Organization on Friday to stop letting China and other economies receive lenient treatment under global trade rules by calling themselves “developing” countries.

MONTERREY, July 25: The bus carrying dozens of Central Americans from the Texas border arrived in this northern Mexican city late at night and pulled up next to the station. Men and women disembarked with children in their arms or staggering sleepily by their sides, looked around fearfully and wondered what to do.

WASHINGTON, July 24: The Federal Trade Commission is set to announce on Wednesday that Facebook Inc has agreed to a sweeping settlement of significant allegations it mishandled user privacy and pay $5 billion, two people briefed on the matter said.

WASHINGTON, July 21: With plastic straw bans gaining popularity to protect the environment, President Donald Trump on Friday posed the question: What about other plastic dining items?