KYIV, Sept 26: The United States warned on Sunday of "catastrophic consequences" if Moscow were to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, after Russia's foreign minister said regions holding widely-criticized referendums would get full protection if annexed by Moscow.

KATHMANDU, August 5: Amid escalating tension between China and US over Taiwan issue, Nepal has called for peace and stability in the region.

KATHMANDU, July 15: The US Ambassador-nominee to Nepal Dean R. Thompson has claimed that Nepal's parliament ratified the $500 million Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact in February despite a 'disinformation campaign' launched by China.

KATHMANDU, June 20: The government has decided not to be part of the State Partnership Program (SPP) of the US government following a controversy surrounding it in Nepal.

WASHINGTON, May 20: The White House is working to put advanced anti-ship missiles in the hands of Ukrainian fighters to help defeat Russia's naval blockade, officials said, amid concerns more powerful weapons that could sink Russian warships would intensify the conflict.

COVID claims 1 million U.S. lives

May 12, 2022 08:34 am

NEW YORK, May 12: The United States has now recorded more than 1 million COVID-19 deaths, according to a Reuters tally, crossing a once-unthinkable milestone about two years after the first cases upended everyday life and quickly transformed it.

KATHMANDU, May 5: The United States has agreed to provide Rs 79.71 billion ($659 million) in grant assistance to Nepal to support its graduation to a middle-income country from a least developed country.

KATHMANDU, April 22: A US Congressional delegation led by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has arrived in Kathmandu as a part of a three-visit to the Himalayan nation.

HELSINKI, March 19: Four U.S. soldiers were killed in a plane crash during a NATO exercise unrelated to the Ukraine war, Norway’s prime minister said Saturday.

March 10: A 57-year-old man with terminal heart disease who made history as the first person to receive a genetically modified pig's heart died on Tuesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), the hospital said.

KATHMANDU, March 2: US Secretary of State Anthony J Blinken has called on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to discuss Russia's invasion against Ukraine ahead of the scheduled debate and voting in the special UNGA session on the Ukraine crisis.

KYIV, Feb 25: The Chernobyl nuclear power plant has been captured by Russian forces, an adviser to the Ukrainian presidential office, Mykhailo Podolyak, said on Thursday.

KYIV/DONETSK, Feb 24: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he believes Russia will invade Ukraine within hours after separatists on Wednesday asked for Russian help to repel "aggression" and as explosions rocked the breakaway eastern city of Donetsk.

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS, Feb 22: The United States is coordinating with allies and will announce new sanctions against Russia on Tuesday after Moscow recognized two breakaway regions of Ukraine as independent and sent "peacekeeping" forces there, U.S. officials said on Monday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 20: In a pointed yet restrained statement to the comments and counter comments made recently by China and the US on MCC grant agreement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Sunday clarified hat any decision to accept development assistance is taken by Nepal on the basis of its national interests and priority.

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: A day after Beijing alleged that the US was pursuing 'coercive diplomacy' on MCC grant agreement, the US Embassy in Kathmandu has reiterated whether to accept or reject the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant agreement is the sovereign decision of Nepal.

KATHMANDU, Feb 18: China has accused US of employing 'coercive diplomacy" against Nepal on MCC grant agreement that awaits parliamentary ratification for its implementation.

Whether Nepal ratifies the MCC agreement is a decision for Nepal to make as a sovereign democratic nation and the US government respects Nepal's sovereign decision.

WASHINGTON/KYIV, Feb 14: Russia could invade Ukraine at any time and might create a surprise pretext for an attack, the United States said on Sunday, as it reaffirmed a pledge to defend "every inch" of NATO territory.

WASHINGTON, Feb 2: Pfizer on Tuesday asked the U.S. to authorize extra-low doses of its COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5, potentially opening the way for the very youngest Americans to start receiving shots as early as March.

NEW YORK Jan 31: More than 1,400 U.S. flights were canceled on Sunday after the nation's northeast states were walloped a day earlier by a deadly winter storm that prompted several states to declare emergencies.

DALLAS, Jan 20: Some flights to and from the U.S. were canceled on Wednesday even after AT&T and Verizon scaled back the rollout of high-speed wireless service that could interfere with aircraft technology that measures altitude.

Jan 12: Scientists are seeing signals that COVID-19′s alarming omicron wave may have peaked in Britain and is about to do the same in the U.S., at which point cases may start dropping off dramatically.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: The US government has provided an additional 664,560 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Nepal under the COVAX facility. The vaccines have arrived in Nepal.

GLASGOW, Nov 11: The United States and China, the world's two largest emitters of carbon dioxide, unveiled a deal to ramp up cooperation tackling climate change, including by cutting methane emissions, phasing out coal consumption and protecting forests.

BALTIMORE, Oct 22: The United States would come to Taiwan's defense and has a commitment to defend the island China claims as its own territory, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday, comments that appeared to be a break with official policy.

WASHINGTON, Oct 18: Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state and top military officer, died on Monday at the age of 84 due to complications from COVID-19. He was fully vaccinated, his family said in a statement on Facebook.

BENGALURU, Oct 15: The Pentagon has offered unspecified condolence payments to the family of 10 civilians who were killed in a botched U.S. drone attack in Afghanistan in August during the final days before American troops withdrew from the country.

WASHINGTON, Oct 15:  The White House will announce on Friday it will lift travel restrictions for fully vaccinated foreign nationals effective Nov. 8, at land borders and for air travel, a White House official said.

KATHMANDU, September 9: The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has responded to the request of Nepal government to clarify some of the provisions of the MCC Nepal Compact.

Moment of truth for Nepal on MCC

September 6, 2021 21:00 pm

All eyes are on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who is actively pushing MCC for early approval. But his coalition partners have reservations.

KATHMANDU, September 4: Amid criticisms over some of the provisions of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement, Nepal has requested the United States to clarify the provisions deemed controversial in Nepal.

WASHINGTON, August 28: The United States military struck back at the Islamic State on Saturday, bombing an IS member in Afghanistan less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing claimed by the group killed as many as 169 Afghans and 13 American service members at the Kabul airport.

KATHMANDU, August 18: United States Ambassador to Nepal, Randy W Berry, along with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Nepal Mission Director, Sepideh Keyvanshad, donated two liquid oxygen tanks to Bir Hospital and Paropakar Maternity Hospital in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, July 27: US Secretary of State Anthony Anthony J Blinken has congratulated Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on his appointment as the head of the government in Nepal.

KATHMANDU, July 27: US Ambassador to Nepal, Randy Berry has said the US government is positive about providing necessary support to Nepal to help the country fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, July 10: The 1.5 million doses of Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines that the US is providing under the COVAX facility is set to arrive in Nepal on Monday morning.

BOGOTA/PORT-AU-PRINCE, July 10: Haiti has requested U.S. and U.N. security forces to help it protect key infrastructure like the airport and ports after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise by foreign mercenaries, a government minister said on Friday.

WASHINGTON, July 9: The United States on Friday will send 1.5 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to Nepal and 500,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine to Bhutan, a White House official said.

BRUSSELS, June 15: U.S. President Joe Biden will seek to end one front in a Trump-era trade war when he meets European Union leaders on Tuesday by agreeing a truce in a transatlantic dispute over aircraft subsidies that has dragged on for 17 years.

KATHMNANDU, May 24: Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, minister of foreign affairs, had a telephone conversation with Wendy Sherman, US deputy Secretary of State, this morning. The two leaders discussed matters concerning Nepal-US relations, COVID-19 cooperation and common international agenda. While expressing satisfaction on the overall state of Nepal-US relations, the two sides agreed to take forward bilateral and multilateral engagements in their mutual interests, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

KATHMANDU, May 10: The United States has asked its citizens not to travel to Nepal as the Himalayan nation has witnessed a sharp rise in the cases of COVID-19 in recent days.

“Even as we are withdrawing our force, we are not disengaging from Afghanistan. We are remaining deeply engaged in diplomacy, in support for the Afghan government and its people, development economic assistance, humanitarian assistance, and support for the security forces.”

WASHINGTON DC, May 6: President Joe Biden on Wednesday threw his support behind waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, bowing to mounting pressure from Democratic lawmakers and more than 100 other countries, but angering pharmaceutical companies.

KATHMANDU, May 3: Amid sharp spike in the cases of COVID-19, Nepal has requested the US government to provide COVID-19 vaccines.

KATHMANDU, May 1:  The US government has announced to provide an additional $8.5 million in emergency response funding support to Nepal to combat the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WASHINGTON, April 16: The Biden administration has announced the U.S. is expelling 10 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions against dozens of people and companies, holding the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year’s presidential election and the hacking of federal agencies.

China remains the largest trading partner of all the Quad members, including India. Japan and Australia would not sacrifice their economic interests just for American or Indian interests.

NEW DELHI, Mar 13: Leaders of the United States, India, Australia and Japan agreed to pool financing, manufacturing and distribution capacity to send 1 billion coronavirus vaccines across Asia by the end of 2022, India’s foreign secretary said on Friday.

What will happen to UN peacekeeping?

March 11, 2021 08:45 am

UN peacekeeping for the foreseeable future is likely to follow the trend as observed from the 60s to the 80s.