UAE signs agreement to purchase F-35 jets, armed drones from U.S.

The United Arab Emirates has signed an agreement with the United States to purchase 50 F-35 jets and up to 18 armed drones, people familiar with the situation said on Wednesday. Although the UAE and the United States were working to ink a deal before President Joseph Biden took office on Wednesday, the new president… Read More UAE signs agreement to purchase F-35 jets, armed drones from U.S.

U.S. swears in Joe Biden, Kamala Harris as president and vice-president

Democrat Joe Biden was sworn in as president of the United States on Wednesday, assuming the helm of a country reeling from deep political divides, a battered economy and a raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans. With his hand on a five-inch thick heirloom Bible that has been in his family… Read More U.S. swears in Joe Biden, Kamala Harris as president and vice-president

Pope Francis urges more nations to join UN nuclear treaty

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged more nations to join a U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons, saying their prohibition is badly needed to promote peace today. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons goes into effect on Friday and has been signed by 86 states, according to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which… Read More Pope Francis urges more nations to join UN nuclear treaty

U.S President Donald Trump ends term, leaves Washington

President Donald Trump leaves the presidency on Wednesday under a dark cloud of his own making, ending his single four-year term stained by two impeachments, deep political divisions and his handling of a pandemic that has caused 400,000 U.S. deaths. Trump, 74, will bid farewell to the White House hours before President-elect Joe Biden is… Read More U.S President Donald Trump ends term, leaves Washington

Brazil begins coronavirus vaccination in indigenous Amazon villages

Brazilian military flew medical personnel and 1,000 doses of a Chinese vaccine deep into the Amazon rainforest on Tuesday to start inoculating indigenous people against the coronavirus. Isabel Ticuna, 68, was the first to receive the vaccine in Umariaçu, a village of wooden houses on the banks of the Amazon River. The village is a… Read More Brazil begins coronavirus vaccination in indigenous Amazon villages

U.S. President Donald Trump grants pardons to rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black

Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black were among the beneficiaries of Donald Trump’s wave of pardons in his last day in office on Wednesday, befitting a president who made his name in New York’s tabloids and on reality TV. While the more than 140 people granted clemency included former aide Steve Bannon and major Republican… Read More U.S. President Donald Trump grants pardons to rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black

EU calls on U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to form new transatlantic pact

The European Union called on incoming U.S. President Joe Biden to form a “new founding pact” with Europe working on issues such as peace, security, prosperity, freedom and human rights. “Today is more than a transition. Today is an opportunity to rejuvenate our transatlantic relationship, which has greatly suffered in the last four years. In… Read More EU calls on U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to form new transatlantic pact