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    • US Senate moves closer to passing a $1 trillion infrastructure bill

      US Senate moves closer to passing a $1 trillion infrastructure bill

      The US Senate voted to advance a $1 trillion infrastructure package on Saturday, an important procedural step forward after months of negotiations between President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators, Reuters reported. In a 67-27 vote demonstrating broad support, senators agreed to limit debate on the legislation, which represents the biggest investment in decades in America's roads, bridges, airports and waterways.

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    • Biden nominates LGBTQ rights activist for Swiss ambassador

      Biden nominates LGBTQ rights activist for Swiss ambassador

      US President Joe Biden has announced the nomination of Scott Miller to become the new ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, news wires reported. Miller is an activist for gay rights and is co-chairman of the Gill Foundation, a leading funder of efforts to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in the US, dpa recalls.

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    • CNN fires three employees for coming to work unvaccinated: US media

      CNN fires three employees for coming to work unvaccinated: US media

      Three employees at CNN have been fired for violating the network's coronavirus policy by coming into the office unvaccinated, AFP reported, citing US media. In an internal memo emailed to staff Thursday and obtained by several US media outlets, CNN President Jeff Zucker said that in the past week the company had become aware of three employees who came to work unvaccinated. All three were "terminated".

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    • US considers to reopen for fully vaccinated foreigners

      US considers to reopen for fully vaccinated foreigners

      The United States, which closed its borders to much of the world as the pandemic took hold, plans eventually to begin allowing fully vaccinated foreigners back in, a White House official said Wednesday, cited by AFP. President Joe Biden's administration, recognising the importance of international travel, wants to reopen to visitors from abroad in a "safe and sustainable manner," the official said.

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    • Biden calls on NY governor to resign after sexual harassment report

      Biden calls on NY governor to resign after sexual harassment report

      US President Joe Biden called on Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign on Tuesday, following a report that said Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women, CNBC reported. “He should resign,” Biden told reporters at the White House. Asked whether Cuomo should be removed from office if he refuses to resign, Biden said, “I understand the state legislature may decide to impeach, I do not know that for a fact.”

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    • US Republican report says Covid-19 leaked from China lab

      US Republican report says Covid-19 leaked from China lab

      A preponderance of evidence proves the virus that caused the Covid-19 pandemic leaked from a Chinese research facility, said a report by US Republicans released on Monday, Reuters reported, noting that the US intelligence agencies have not reached such a conclusion. The report cited "ample evidence" that Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) scientists - aided by US experts and Chinese and US government funds - were working to modify coronaviruses to infect humans and such manipulation could be hidden.

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    • Biden wants 40% of US cars to be EVs by 2030

      Biden wants 40% of US cars to be EVs by 2030

      US President Joe Biden announced higher targets related to protection of environment. He revised previous ambitions and called big car makers to accept voluntarily his aim to increase the share of electric vehicles in their overall car sales to 40% by 2030, Reuters reported. The administration of the White House is expected next week to introduce new tighter rules related to the decrease of greenhouse gases by 2026.

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    • Biden proposes incentives to encourage Covid vaccinations

      Biden proposes incentives to encourage Covid vaccinations

      President Joe Biden called on states, territories and local governments to do more to incentivise Covid-19 vaccination by offering $100 to those who get vaccinated and reimbursing small- and medium-sized businesses for offering their employees paid leave to get their family members vaccinated, news wires reported. "I know that paying people to get vaccinated might sound unfair to folks who have gotten vaccinated already. But here's the deal, if incentives help us beat this virus, I believe we should use them," Biden said on Thursday.

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