Joe Biden

    • 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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    • 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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    • Biden meets Belarus opposition leader, expresses support for democracy

      Biden meets Belarus opposition leader, expresses support for democracy

      US President Joe Biden met on Wednesday with Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya at the White House, in a strong show of support for pro-democracy protesters who say she won last year's election, AFP reported. "I was honored to meet with @Tsihanouskaya at the White House this morning," Biden said in a tweet, referring to the exiled opposition figure leading the fight against strongman Alexander Lukashenko. "The United States stands with the people of Belarus in their quest for democracy and universal human rights," he added.

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    • Biden picks a longtime aide as US ambassador to the EU

      Biden picks a longtime aide as US ambassador to the EU

      US President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated his longtime aide Mark Gitenstein as ambassador to the European Union while his administration looks to prioritize relations with the 27-nation bloc, AFP reported. Gitenstein served under former president Barack Obama as ambassador to Romania, where he has ancestral ties, using his position to push against abuses of power and in favour of privatization in the young democracy.

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    • Vaccinated people in hotspots to resume wearing masks indoors: US health authority

      Vaccinated people in hotspots to resume wearing masks indoors: US health authority

      People vaccinated against Covid-19 in high-risk parts of the United States should resume wearing masks indoors, the top health authority said Tuesday, a major reversal in guidance that underscored the country's struggle to suppress the Delta variant, AFP reported. President Joe Biden said the announcement showed that America needs to "do better" on vaccinations, adding that a vaccine mandate for the country's more than two million federal workers was now "under consideration."

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    • US imposes sanctions under the Magnitsky act on Cuba's officials over protest response

      US imposes sanctions under the Magnitsky act on Cuba's officials over protest response

      The United States imposed sanctions on Cuba’s defense minister and a special forces unit on Thursday for repressing peaceful protests, news wires reported. “This is just the beginning—the United States will continue to sanction individuals responsible for oppression of the Cuban people,” Biden said in a statement, cited by AFP. The sanctions were imposed under the Magnitsky act, which allows a US president to take action against human rights abuses and corruption.

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    • Biden to host Jordan's King Abdullah for Middle East talks

      Biden to host Jordan's King Abdullah for Middle East talks

      US President Joe Biden will host later today Jordan's King Abdullah in the first of three face-to-face meetings with leaders from the Middle East, news wires reported. Abdullah will have his first Oval Office talks with Biden since the US president took power in January. He will also have a working breakfast with VP Kamala Harris and will meet Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday.

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