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U.S. equities post weekly losses amid rising bond yields

New York, U.S. | XINHUA | U.S. stocks declined in the volatile past week as a surge in bond yields unnerved investors who rushed to dump risk assets, especially high-flying shares. For the week ending Friday, the Dow lost 1.8 percent, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq fell 2.5 percent …

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Scientists and global health experts had been expecting a new coronavirus for years

Could a universal coronavirus vaccine future-proof our response? COVID-19 SPECIAL FEATURE  | Priya Joi | Although the COVID-19 pandemic took the world by surprise, with many still reeling at how drastically the world has changed, scientists and global health experts had been expecting something like this for years. Coronaviruses are notorious for spilling over …

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U.S. Democrats-held House poised to pass Biden’s 1.9-trln-USD relief package

Washington, USA | THE INDEPENDENT |  Democrats-held House is expected to approve U.S. President Joe Biden’s 1.9-trillion-U.S.-dollar COVID-19 relief package Friday night, despite Republican opposition to the massive aid plan. “If every single thing in Democrats’ $1.9 trillion dollar blowout is important to ‘COVID relief,’ (House) Speaker Nancy Pelosi should allow …

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Turkey’s president says coup attempt in Armenia unacceptable

Istanbul, Turkey | THE INDEPENDENT |  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described on Friday the attempted military takeover in Armenia as “unacceptable,” noting that Turkey is against all types of coups. “We are against all kinds of coups. It is not possible for us to accept coups,” Erdogan said after Friday …

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Biden revokes Trump-era visa ban affecting many green card applicants

Washington, U.S. | Xinhua | U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked an executive action by his predecessor banning legal immigration for family members of U.S. citizens and residents, and diversity visa lottery recipients. Biden said in a statement that former President Donald Trump’s order blocking green card applicants and temporary …

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