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Pandemic aid to poorest countries critical to US interests  — Treasury...

WASHINGTON — Wally Adeyemo, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s nominee for the No. 2 job at the US Treasury, said it was critical to...

US charges three North Koreans in $1.3 billion hacking spree

WASHINGTON — The United States has charged three North Korean computer programmers with a massive hacking spree aimed at stealing more than $1.3 billion in money and cryptocurrency, affecting companies from banks to Hollywood movie studios, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday.

SolarWinds hack was ‘largest and most sophisticated attack’ ever — Microsoft...

WASHINGTON — A hacking campaign that used a US tech company as a springboard to compromise a raft of US government agencies is “the...

White House cites ‘deep concerns’ about WHO COVID report, demands early...

WASHINGTON — The White House on Saturday called on China to make available data from the earliest days of the COVID-19 outbreak, saying it has “deep concerns” about the way the findings of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) report were communicated.

Are vaccines already helping contain COVID? Early signs say yes, but...

More than 130 million COVID vaccine doses have been administered worldwide already, according to the University of Oxford’s “Our World in Data” vaccination tracker. Israel,...

Senators vote to proceed with Trump’s impeachment trial, but conviction may...

WASHINGTON — A divided US Senate voted largely along party lines on Tuesday to move ahead with Donald J. Trump’s impeachment trial on a charge of inciting the deadly assault on the Capitol, but conviction appears unlikely barring a major shift among Republicans.

Clubhouse app blocked in China, added to “Great Firewall” – users,...

SHANGHAI - Access to U.S. audio app Clubhouse was blocked in China on Monday, users and an anti-censorship watchdog said, ending a brief window...

Americans take to ‘buy now, pay later’ shopping during pandemic, but...

When Leondra Garrett wanted to stock up on three new pairs of shoes early last year, the North Carolina resident split a $161 online purchase into four installments through a “buy now, pay later” service, in what seemed like a convenient deal.

Biden administration suspends Trump asylum deals with El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration said on Saturday it was immediately suspending Trump-era asylum agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, part of a...

PHL says may benefit from any pivot to Asia by Biden...

The Philippines may benefit if there is a renewed emphasis on Asia by the administration of US President Joe Biden, which could help act...

US likely logged weakest performance in 74 years

WASHINGTON — The US economy likely contracted at its sharpest pace since World War II in 2020 as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) ravaged services businesses like restaurants and airlines, throwing millions of Americans out of work and into poverty.

US stands with Southeast Asian countries against China pressure — Blinken

WASHINGTON — The United States rejects China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea beyond what it is permitted under international law and stands...

CDC researchers see little evidence in-person school drives COVID-19 infection

Studies in the United States and abroad found little evidence schools were spreading coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections, showing a “path forward” to in-person classes, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday.

Biden signs ‘Buy American’ order, pledges to renew US manufacturing

WASHINGTON —  President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., vowed on Monday to leverage the purchasing power of the US government, the world’s biggest single buyer of goods and services, to strengthen domestic manufacturing and create markets for new technologies.

US state capitals on alert for pro-Trump armed protests

TEN DAYS after rioters breached the US Capitol in a deadly attack that stunned the world, cities nationwide were girding for a potential new wave of violent protests over the weekend, erecting barriers and deploying thousands of National Guard troops.

US House impeaches Trump for a second time; 10 Republicans vote...

WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump on Wednesday became the first president in US history to be impeached twice, as 10 of his fellow Republicans...

US to require negative COVID-19 tests for arriving international air passengers

WASHINGTON — Nearly all air travelers will need to present a negative coronavirus test to enter the United States under expanded test testing requirements announced on Tuesday.

US Capitol siege a ‘wake-up call’ for democracies, top EU diplomat...

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s top diplomat said on Sunday that last week’s siege of the US Capitol exposed the dangers of allowing the...

Facebook and Twitter crackdown around Capitol siege is too little, too...

PALO ALTO/NEW YORK — By the time social media companies took action against users and groups spurring on the siege of Capitol Hill this week, culminating in the suspension of US President Donald J. Trump’s accounts, it was too little too late.

US, Japan set for recovery in second half of 2021, IMF...

WASHINGTON — Economic stimulus approved in the United States and Japan at the end of last year will help to power a recovery in their economies in the second half of 2021, International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief economist Gita Gopinath said on Wednesday.

Corporate group urges officials consider Trump’s removal ‘to preserve democracy’

WASHINGTON — The head of a major US business group that represents 14,000 companies including Exxon Mobil Corp., Pfizer Inc., and Toyota Motor Corp....

US jobless benefit cut-off pushes millions to financial cliff-edge

WHEN the US Congress passed a pandemic aid bill on Monday, Meghan Meyer, a single mom from Lincoln, Nebraska, thought she would get some respite from the daily struggle to feed and house her two kids during an unprecedented health and economic crisis.

Millions of Americans lose jobless benefits as Trump refuses to sign...

PALM BEACH, Fla/WASHINGTON, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Millions of Americans saw their jobless benefits expire on Saturday after U.S. President Donald Trump refused to...

China to leapfrog US as world’s biggest economy by 2028 –...

LONDON, Dec 26 (Reuters) - China will overtake the United States to become the world's biggest economy in 2028, five years earlier than previously...

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

Dec 24 (Reuters) - Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus right now:   Singapore confirms first case of new coronavirus variant Singapore confirmed its...

US calls Switzerland, Vietnam currency manipulators

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration labeled Switzerland and Vietnam currency manipulators on Wednesday, in another parting shot at trading partners that could complicate matters for US President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming team.

US charges Kenyan militant with researching 9/11-style airplane hijacking

WASHINGTON — US prosecutors said on Wednesday they had charged a Kenya-born militant with terrorism-related offenses, including conspiring to hijack aircraft for a 9/11-style attack on an American target on behalf of the Somali-based al-Shabaab militant group.

EU moves to rein in US tech giants with threat of...

BRUSSELS — US technology firms including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google face fines of up to 10% of annual turnover and could even be broken up under draft, European Union rules announced on Tuesday aimed at curbing their powers.

US and Philippines resume coast guard training exercises

THE UNITED States and the Philippines have resumed their training program on small boat operations for the Philippine Coast Guard amid a coronavirus pandemic, according to the US Embassy.

US vaccine campaign launches with first shipments ‘delivering hope’ to millions

CARGO PLANES and trucks with the first US shipments of coronavirus vaccine fanned out from FedEx and UPS hubs in Tennessee and Kentucky on Sunday en route to distribution points around the country, launching an immunization project of unprecedented scope and complexity.

Vaccine ‘D-day’ set to start in US

THE FIRST coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine arrived in record time, an essential step toward ending the pandemic. Now comes the hard part: producing enough shots to immunize the majority of the US population and then getting them into everyone’s arms by next summer.

US cybersecurity firm FireEye discloses breach, theft of tools

FIREEYE, one of the largest cybersecurity companies in the United States (US), said on Tuesday that it had been hacked, likely by a government, and that an arsenal of hacking tools used to test the defenses of its clients had been stolen.

China accuses US of ‘provocative actions’

THE CHINESE government has accused the United States of taking provocative actions aimed to destabilize the situation in the disputed South China Sea (SCS), citing US Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller’s recent “groundless accusations” against China.

US preparing new sanctions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong

WASHINGTON — The United States is preparing to impose sanctions on at least a dozen Chinese officials over their alleged role in Beijing’s disqualification of elected opposition legislators in Hong Kong, according to three sources, including a US official familiar with the matter.

Biden-led policy: ‘Continuity, more careful diplomacy’

THE DIPLOMATIC policy of the United States under President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will not steer too far away from the Trump administration’s stance on security and socio-economic issues in the Philippines as well as the Asia-Pacific Region, an analyst said.

US tech firms can pay gig workers with equity under SEC...

WASHINGTON — The US securities regulator on Tuesday proposed a pilot program to allow tech companies like Uber and to pay gig workers up to 15% of their annual compensation in equity rather than cash, a move it said was designed to reflect changes in the workforce.

US is ready to lead world again — Biden

WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday the United States will be “ready to lead” again on the global stage, turning the page on Republican President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies as he pledged to work together with the nation’s allies.

Trump administration finally allows Biden transition to begin

WASHINGTON/WILMINGTON, Del. — After weeks of waiting, President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday cleared the way for President-elect Joe Biden to transition to the White House, giving him access to briefings and funding even as Mr. Trump vowed to continue fighting the election results.

US government turns over $18M worth of missiles vs terrorists

THE UNITED States government on Monday turned over almost a billion pesos worth of precision-guided missiles and munitions to the Philippine military to help it fight terrorists linked to Islamic State in the country’s south.

Americans may get COVID-19 shots by mid-Dec.

US HEALTHCARE workers and others recommended for the nation’s first coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) inoculations could start getting shots within a day or two of regulatory consent next month, a top official of the government’s vaccine development effort said on Sunday.

US drafts list of 89 Chinese firms with military ties

THE TRUMP administration is close to declaring that 89 Chinese aerospace and other companies have military ties, restricting them from buying a range of US goods and technology, according to a draft copy of the list seen by Reuters.

US vows to keep close ties with Philippines

THE United States on Thursday said it would keep close ties with the Philippines after Manila extended the suspension of a military pact on the deployment of troops for war games.

US crosses 10 million COVID-19 cases as third wave of infections...

THE UNITED States became the first nation worldwide since the pandemic began to surpass 10 million coronavirus infections, according to a Reuters tally on Sunday, as the third wave of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus surges across the nation.

Trump or Biden, new US president faces troubled economy

It’s still not clear yet if the next US president will be incumbent Donald J. Trump or Democratic challenger Joseph R. Biden, but whoever triumphs will face monumental challenges on the economic front.

Investors welcome US election gridlock, retreat from ‘blue wave’ bets

NEW YORK — Investors who met news of likely gridlock in Washington with a large-scale unwind of bets on a Democratic sweep weighed prospects...