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US Reverses Trump-Era Policy Denying Certain Immigrant Visa Applications

US Reverses Trump-Era Policy Denying Certain Immigrant Visa Applications

Press Trust of India | Friday June 11, 2021, Washington

The US' immigration agency has said that it would rescind a 2018 Trump-era policy that allowed immigration officers to reject visa applications, including the H1-B, instead of first issuing a notice of intent to deny to the applicants, a decision wh

China Enforces New Law To Punish Those Who Defame Military Personnel

China Enforces New Law To Punish Those Who Defame Military Personnel

Press Trust of India | Friday June 11, 2021, Beijing

China passed a new legislation that bans "defamation" of military personnel, adding an array of legal tools to its 2018 law under which a popular Chinese blogger was punished recently for "defaming" PLA soldiers.

China Slams US 'Small Circle' Diplomacy Ahead Of G7 Summit

China Slams US 'Small Circle' Diplomacy Ahead Of G7 Summit

Agence France-Presse | Friday June 11, 2021, Beijing

A top Chinese diplomat on Friday condemned Washington's "small circle" diplomacy, state media reported, in a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken as G7 leaders met for their first in-person summit in nearly two years.

US Secretary Of State Presses China On Covid-Origin, Taiwan In Rare Call

US Secretary Of State Presses China On Covid-Origin, Taiwan In Rare Call

Agence France-Presse | Friday June 11, 2021, Washington

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday urged China to show more transparency on the origins of Covid-19 and ease pressure on Taiwan in a rare call with a top Chinese official.

G7 "Huge Opportunity" For Global Pandemic Recovery: UK PM Boris Johnson

G7 "Huge Opportunity" For Global Pandemic Recovery: UK PM Boris Johnson

Agence France-Presse | Friday June 11, 2021, CARBIS BAY, England

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday hailed the first in-person G7 summit in nearly two years as a "huge opportunity" to kickstart recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

US, China Decline Pakistan's "Mango Diplomacy", Send Back Fruit Souvenirs: Report

US, China Decline Pakistan's "Mango Diplomacy", Send Back Fruit Souvenirs: Report

Asian News International | Friday June 11, 2021, Islamabad

United States, China along with several other countries have declined to accept mangoes that Pakistan had dispatched to heads of over 32 countries as part of its "Mango diplomacy" initiative.

Germany To Lift Travel Warning For Most Countries From July 1: Minister

Germany To Lift Travel Warning For Most Countries From July 1: Minister

Agence France-Presse | Friday June 11, 2021, Berlin

Germany will lift its pandemic travel warning for most countries from July 1, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Friday, bringing back more normalcy as citizens are increasingly vaccinated against Covid-19.

Germany's Angela Merkel To Visit Joe Biden At White House On July 15

Germany's Angela Merkel To Visit Joe Biden At White House On July 15

Reuters | Friday June 11, 2021, Carbis Bay, England

US President Joe Biden will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington on July 15 to affirm "the deep bilateral ties", White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday.

Sweden Sees "Dark Clouds" With Outbreaks Of Covid Delta Variant

Sweden Sees "Dark Clouds" With Outbreaks Of Covid Delta Variant

Reuters | Friday June 11, 2021, Stockholm

Swedish health officials warned on Friday of worrying local outbreaks of the COVID delta variant and urged people to get vaccinated to avoid a fourth wave of the pandemic.

Philippines Declared Polio-Free Once Again After Vaccine Campaign

Philippines Declared Polio-Free Once Again After Vaccine Campaign

Agence France-Presse | Friday June 11, 2021, Manila

The Philippines is once again polio-free, the World Health Organization said Friday, after a successful vaccination campaign that has raised hopes for COVID-19 inoculations in a country plagued by mistrust of jabs.

UK Says Delta Variant 60% More Transmissible Amid Rise In Covid Cases

UK Says Delta Variant 60% More Transmissible Amid Rise In Covid Cases

Agence France-Presse | Friday June 11, 2021, London

The British government said Friday that the new Delta coronavirus variant is 60 percent more transmissible in households than the variant that forced the country to lock down in January.

G7 Eyes Allocating $100 Billion From IMF Funds To Covid-Ravaged Nations: US

G7 Eyes Allocating $100 Billion From IMF Funds To Covid-Ravaged Nations: US

Reuters | Friday June 11, 2021, Carbis Bay, England

The United States and other Group of Seven nations are considering reallocating $100 billion from the International Monetary Fund's warchest to help countries struggling most to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, the White House said.

Myanmar Violence Creating "Human Rights Catastrophe": UN Rights Chief

Myanmar Violence Creating "Human Rights Catastrophe": UN Rights Chief

Agence France-Presse | Friday June 11, 2021, Geneva

The UN rights chief said Friday that violence was escalating across Myanmar, warning that the country had plunged into a "human rights catastrophe" since the February 1 coup.

What The World Wants China To Disclose In Wuhan Lab Leak Probe

What The World Wants China To Disclose In Wuhan Lab Leak Probe

Kwan Wei Kevin Tan and Jason Gale, Bloomberg | Friday June 11, 2021

The U.S. push for a new inquiry to determine the origins of the coronavirus -- including whether it leaked from a Wuhan lab -- raises a key question: What has China failed to disclose?

US State Reports First Litter Of Wolf Pups In 80 Years

US State Reports First Litter Of Wolf Pups In 80 Years

Agence France-Presse | Friday June 11, 2021, Washington, United States

Colorado has reported its first litter of gray wolf pups in 80 years, a major milestone in the US state's efforts to reintroduce the iconic species even as it stands imperiled in other parts of the country.