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Biden dismisses McConnell’s vow to focus on stopping his agenda


Washington: President Joe Biden dismissed on Wednesday Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comment that “100%” of his focus is “on stopping this new administration,” asserting that he had heard such threats from the Kentucky Republican before and worked through them. When asked whether he still thought he could work with McConnell after the Senate minority leader had committed to...

Disneyland California opens for visitors after 13 months


Disneyland swung open its gates to cheering visitors donning sequined Minnie Mouse ears and snapping selfies, marking a dramatic turnaround in a state so overwhelmed with coronavirus cases just four months ago. California’s world-famous theme park, which reopened after an unprecedented 13-month closure, is admitting only state residents and operating under a limited capacity for...

Celebrate Mother’s Day creatively during quarantine


Mother's Day, much like last year is going to be looking a little different than normal. Between social distancing measures and quarantine shutdowns, one must still make this day special. But remember, nothing can get in the way of you and your mom; it's simply a matter of being more creative with what you...

Israel’s Netanyahu fails to form govt


Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's mandate to form a government following an inconclusive election expired, giving his rivals a chance to take power and end the divisive premier's record tenure. Netanyahu, on trial over corruption charges he denies, had a 28-day window to secure a coalition following the March 23 vote, Israel's fourth in less...

G7 nations seek to unite in bid to rein in China


London: The G7 democracies discussed how to form a common front towards an increasingly assertive China in the foreign ministers’ first in-person talks in two years. Backing US President Joe Biden’s calls for a deeper alliance of democracies, host Britain invited guests including India, South Korea and Australia for talks in central London stretched out over...

Australia PM stands firm on India flight halt


Canberra: Australia’s prime minister is resisting mounting pressure to lift a temporary ban on flights from India, saying any early resumption of arrivals from that pandemic hot spot would erode Australia’s quarantine capability. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the pause on flights that began last week will continue until May 15. Lawyers are planning a...

Biden says ‘doing a lot for India’ to meet Covid crisis


Washington: US President Joe Biden said that Washington is 'doing a lot' for India in terms of COVID-19 aid. Biden said that PM Narendra Modi told him that India needs raw materials for vaccine production, which are being sent by the US to India. "We’re helping Brazil and India, significantly I spoke to Prime Minister Modi...

Beyond backchannel talks


Kicker:- There is no harm in using backchannel diplomacy to break the stalemate. The ceasefire on the LoC is certainly a positive development. But New Delhi’s silence over the talks raises some questions about our (Pakistan’s) own optimism. It is no more a secret. The two hostile neighbors have been talking to each other. Backchannel...

Fighting erupts in Myanmar, insurgents attack army outpost


Yangon: Heavy fighting erupted at a Myanmar army outpost near the eastern border with Thailand early on April 27 in an area largely controlled by forces of a Karen ethnic army. The Karen National Union (KNU), Myanmar’s oldest rebel force, said it had captured the army camp on the west bank of the Salween river, which...