US police examining ‘suspicious package’ found at Capitol

Individuals inside Rayburn House Office Building - the congressional office building for the US House of Representatives in Washington, DC - were ordered to evacuate on Wednesday, following reports of a "suspicious package" outside Rayburn 2043. "All staff and other personnel are directed to remain in their assembly area until further notice. There are no … Continue reading US police examining ‘suspicious package’ found at Capitol

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Read Pompeo’s farewell tweet as Secretary of State

As US President Donald Trump's administration comes to an end on Wednesday, Michael Pompeo bid farewell as the Secretary of State and thanked the American people for their support and kindness. In a tweet, Pompeo said that it was his 1000th day as America's 70th Secretary of State, adding that each day was a privilege … Continue reading Read Pompeo’s farewell tweet as Secretary of State

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US blames Russia for hack of federal agencies

Top national security agencies in a rare joint statement Tuesday confirmed that Russia was likely responsible for a massive hack of U.S. government departments and corporations, rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that China might be to blame. The statement represented the U.S. government's first formal attempt to assign responsibility for the breaches at multiple agencies … Continue reading US blames Russia for hack of federal agencies

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COVID-19: US death toll reaches 350,000

The COVID-19 death toll in the United States has surpassed 350,000 as experts anticipate another surge in coronavirus cases and deaths stemming from holiday gatherings over Christmas and New Year's. Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows the U.S. passed the threshold early Sunday morning. More than 20 million people in the country have been … Continue reading COVID-19: US death toll reaches 350,000

US govt sanctions 17 foreign officials for alleged human rights violation

The United States announced sanctions Thursday against 17 government officials in China and other foreign countries for human rights violations. Sanctions were also placed against the immediate family members of the officials. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that Chief Huang Yuanxiong of the Xiamen Public Security Bureau Wucun Police Station … Continue reading US govt sanctions 17 foreign officials for alleged human rights violation

China thinks it can win a nuclear war with the United States

A Chinese newspaper is criticizing the recent successful intercept of a mock nuclear missile, in this case, a simulated ICBM, by a U.S. Navy destroyer using an SM-3 IIA missile. The Beijing-backed paper alleged that the ship-launched missile defense capability would not prove effective in a “real-war” scenario or have any chance of stopping a maneuvering hypersonic missile.  The claim in the paper, which … Continue reading China thinks it can win a nuclear war with the United States

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US Anti-Doping Agency outlines punishment for athletes

U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law on Friday a bill that lets U.S. justice officials pursue criminal penalties against those involved in doping conspiracies at international events involving American athletes, sponsors or broadcasters. he Rodchenkov Act, named after the whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov who helped expose Russia’s state-sponsored doping, empowers prosecutors to seek fines of … Continue reading US Anti-Doping Agency outlines punishment for athletes

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CDC: Avoid unnecessary travel

U.S. officials have pleaded with the public to avoid unnecessary travel and exercise caution as the winter holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas approach. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a “strong recommendation” on Thursday that Americans refrain from traveling for the holiday. With cases and deaths increasing steadily in most states, the … Continue reading CDC: Avoid unnecessary travel

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COVID-19: US officials worried about holiday spike

U.S. health authorities braced for further increases in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths on Friday, capping a week in which the spread of the novel coronavirus accelerated ahead of next week’s Thanksgiving holiday. The seven-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases reached more than 165,000 on Thursday, while the seven-day average for deaths climbed to … Continue reading COVID-19: US officials worried about holiday spike

US Professor sacked for using “bad” Chinese word

A California professor has been replaced for uttering a Chinese word that sounds—in English—like a racist slur, the LA Times reports. Greg Patton was teaching an online communications course for University of Southern California students when he discussed the importance of pausing and using "er" and "um" as filler words. "Like in China the common word is … Continue reading US Professor sacked for using “bad” Chinese word