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Leaders ‘aren’t even pretending to be in charge’: Obama

Washington, United States | AFP |  Former US President Barack Obama on Saturday criticized the response to the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging America, in what was widely regarded as a rare public rebuke of his successor Donald Trump. His remarks came as he spoke at two virtual commencements for high school and …

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US-China war of words clouds WHO meet focused on pandemic

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP |  As the World Health Organization prepares to host its main annual meeting next week, fears abound that US-China tensions could hamper the strong action needed to address the COVID-19 crisis. The UN health agency, which for months has been consumed by the towering task of trying …

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Huge virus recovery bill clears US House, fate uncertain in Senate

Washington, United States | AFP |  House Democrats on Friday narrowly pushed through the largest-ever US economic rescue package, but the coronavirus measure faces headwinds in the White House and Senate where Republicans bemoan its $3 trillion price tag. The Heroes Act, which passed largely along party lines, provides some $1 …

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Vaccine hopes and economic woes as virus spreads

Vienna, Austria | AFP | President Donald Trump voiced hope Friday that a coronavirus vaccine will be available by late 2020, cushioning dire US economic news as parts of Europe re-open despite fears of a second wave of the pandemic. Several nations have eased restrictions to stem the economic damage from …

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Trump says does not wish to talk to Xi ‘right now’

Washington, United States | AFP | US President Donald Trump said Thursday he is no mood to speak with China’s Xi Jinping, warning darkly he might cut off ties with the rival superpower over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. “I have a very good relationship, but I just — right now I don’t want …

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US judge stalls effort to drop case against ex-Trump aide Flynn

Washington, United States | AFP |  A Washington judge put on ice Tuesday the Justice Department’s extraordinary move to drop its prosecution of former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn, after an outside group calling themselves “Watergate Prosecutors” sought to intervene in the case. Judge Emmet Sullivan said in a …

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New resolution on pandemic truce presented to UN Security Council

United Nations, United States | AFP |  Germany and Estonia submitted Tuesday a resolution to the UN Security Council on a ceasefire in various conflicts around the world during the coronavirus pandemic, to replace one drafted by France and Tunisia that the United States has blocked. Encompassing five major points — …

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At odds with Trump, top expert says dangerous to reopen too fast

Washington, United States | AFP | The US government’s top infectious disease expert warned Congress Tuesday that ending lockdowns too quickly could bring “really serious” consequences including new outbreaks of coronavirus just as the country tries to overcome the pandemic. In his first appearance on Capitol Hill in two months, …

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US Supreme Court enters fray over Trump tax documents

Washington, United States | AFP |  The US Supreme Court takes up Tuesday the most politically charged case of the year — President Donald Trump’s refusal to turn over his tax returns and financial records to Congress and a New York prosecutor, a case that may define the limits of presidential …

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