June 20, 2021 14:24 (IST)
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'Champ' the beloved German Shephard of Bidens dies; US President, First Lady say 'we will miss him'

Wasington/IBNS: US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have announced the death of their pet, Champ, who lived with them for 13 years. The Bidens described the German Shepherd as their “constant, cherished companion”.

US locks down Kabul embassy amid Covid surge

Kabul: Amid a rising Covid-19 surge in Afghanistan, especially in capital Kabul, the US embassy has ordered a near-complete lockdown. At least one embassy staffer succumbed to the Covid-19, 114 are in isolation and several have been evacuated on medical grounds, according to US newswires.

One person die, 12 hurt in shooting spree in Arizona: Police

Washington/Sputnik: One person has died and another 12 have been injured in several shooting incidents in the US state of Arizona, local police said.

Canada's inflation rate rises to 3.6 per cent, highest level in decade: Statistics Canada

Ottawa/IBNS:  Canada's inflation rate rose to 3.6 percent in May, the fastest pace in a decade, Statistics Canada said.

US rights group asks Hilton hotels to drop Xinjiang project

Washington: The US-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, has called on Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide Holdings to drop plans to build a Hilton Hotel in China’s Xinjiang region on the site of a bulldozed and desecrated mosque. 

Biden, Putin to hold talks in Switzerland's Geneva amid widening differences

Geneva: US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are going to meet at Geneva, Switzerland for their first ever meeting Wednesday, media reports said.

Mike Pompeo says COVID-19 leaked from Wuhan lab

Washington: Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he believed the coronavirus pandemic originated with a leak out of a lab in Wuhan.

China stung: US Secretary of State Blinken calls WHO's coronavirus origin investigation 'highly deficient'

Washington: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the World Health Organization's first study on the coronavirus pandemic's origins "highly deficient", a statement which is believed to be strong enough to put Beijing on the backfoot.

Canada to donate 100mln COVID-19 shots as part of G7 supply plan to developing states

Moscow/Sputnik: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday that the country's portion in the G7 common initiative of coronavirus vaccine supplies to the world's developing nations would be 100 million doses.

US President Joe Biden says G7 infrastructure project is an alternative to China's BRI

London/UNI: US President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the G7's new infrastructure initiative would be a better option for developing countries than China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

One dead, 9 injured in Chicago shooting: Reports

Moscow/Sputnik: One person was shot dead and nine people sustained injuries in a shooting in the US city of Chicago, the ABC 7 Chicago broadcaster reported on Saturday, citing police.

Indian origin journalist Megha Rajagopalan wins Pulitzer Prize for exposing China's Uyghur detention camps

New York/IBNS: Indian origin journalist Megha Rajagopalan along with two other contributors has won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting that revealed vast infrastructure of prisons and mass internment camps secretly built by China for confining hundreds of thousands of Muslims in its Xinjiang region.

US, Taiwan officials discuss trade during virtual meet

United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai recently met virtually with Taiwan Minister-Without-Portfolio John Deng.

Canada to supply up to 100mln COVID vaccine doses as part of G7 1bln dose pledge, says envoy

Washington/Sputnik: Canada will contribute up to 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses as part of a Group of Seven pledge to donate 1 billion doses to developing nations, Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Ralph Goodale said.

US expresses concern over China's 'unfair and market-distorting' industrial policies

Washington: U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo held an introductory call on Thursday with the Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China Wang Wentao when she expressed concern over Beijing's 'unfair and market-distorting industrial policies'.