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  • NewsAssociated Press

    Editorial Roundup: United States

    The suffering of civilians in Gaza — tens of thousands dead, many of them children; hundreds of thousands homeless, many at risk of starvation — has become more than a growing number of Americans can abide. The U.S. commitment to Israel — including $3.8 billion a year in military aid, the largest outlay of American foreign aid to any one country in the world — is a reflection of the exceptionally close and enduring relationship between the two countries. A bond of trust, however, must prevail

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  • PoliticsAssociated Press

    Biden administration announces new partnership with 50 countries to stifle future pandemics

    President Joe Biden's administration will help 50 countries identify and respond to infectious diseases, with the goal of preventing pandemics like the COVID-19 outbreak that suddenly halted normal life around the globe in 2020. U.S. government officials will offer support in the countries, most of them located in Africa and Asia, to develop better testing, surveillance, communication and preparedness for such outbreaks in those countries. The strategy will help “prevent, detect and effectivel

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  • SportAssociated Press

    Paris-bound Olympians look forward to a post-COVID Games with fans in the stands

    The biggest races, routines and games for many of this generation's Olympic athletes were contested in front of mostly empty stands, largely devoid of coaches to help them out or friends and family to cheer them on. Now that they're preparing for the Paris Olympics that begin in July — and a return to something that feels normal — the Americans heading back to the Games know they can never take for granted the screaming fans and a hug from Mom or Dad. “I think it's super important to be able t

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  • BusinessReuters

    Germany's debt brake serves as inflation brake, finance minister says

    A moderate restrictive fiscal policy required to conform with Germany's debt brake is taking inflation in the right direction, Finance Minister Christian Lindner said on Monday. "The debt brake is an inflation brake," Lindner said at an event to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the constitutional limit on public deficits, which is set at 0.35% of gross domestic product.

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  • NewsAssociated Press

    EU releases blocked funds of $6.7 billion to Poland as part of its post-pandemic recovery package

    The European Union disbursed 6.3 billion euros (about $6.7 billion) to Poland as a part of the 27-nation bloc's post-pandemic recovery fund, the biggest single transfer ever to the country, a government minister said Monday. Poland's former national conservative governmen t, voted out of power in October, made changes to the judiciary which the EU said violated democratic checks and balances, and so decided to block the money. The European Commission had said at the time Poland must meet certa

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  • NewsReuters

    High risk of animal-to-human diseases developing in some China fur farms, animal protection group says

    An investigation of five fur farms in China housing foxes, raccoon dogs and mink found a high risk of diseases developing that could jump from animals to humans, said animal protection group Humane Society International who conducted the study at the end of 2023. The farms in China's northern Hebei and Liaoning provinces each held between 2,000 and 4,000 animals in intensive conditions, including in close proximity to poultry, HSI said. Alastair MacMillan, a visiting professor at Surrey Univer

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  • NewsAssociated Press

    In Modi's India, opponents and journalists feel the squeeze ahead of election

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government are increasingly wielding strong-arm tactics to subdue political opponents and critics of the ruling Hindu-nationalist party ahead of the nationwide elections that begin this week. A decade into power, and on the cusp of securing five more years, the Modi government is reversing India’s decadeslong commitment to multiparty democracy and secularism. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has brought corruption charges against many officials from

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  • PoliticsAssociated Press

    Donald Trump and Lindsey Graham are again at odds, now over abortion. The strife could help both men

    The long and occasionally quixotic relationship between Donald Trump and Lindsey Graham has again turned negative after the South Carolina senator criticized the former president for refusing to support a federal abortion ban. Trump repeatedly disparaged Graham on his social media site and said he regretted endorsing the senator during his last reelection campaign. Graham, a staunch abortion opponent who has pushed for a national ban, did not back down from his criticism, saying Trump's view w

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  • PoliticsAssociated Press

    Oil and gas companies must pay more to drill on federal lands under new Biden administration rule

    Oil and gas companies will have to pay more to drill on federal lands and satisfy stronger requirements to clean up old or abandoned wells under a final rule issued Friday by the Biden administration. The previous rate of 12.5% paid by oil and gas companies for federal drilling rights had remained unchanged for a century. The federal rate was significantly lower than what many states and private landowners charge for drilling leases on state or private lands.

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  • BusinessAssociated Press

    Ex-Fed chair Ben Bernanke finds 'significant shortcomings' in Bank of England's economic forecasting

    A review of the Bank of England's economic forecasting that was published Friday and undertaken by Ben Bernanke, the former chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, has found “significant shortcomings” that should be addressed to better inform future interest rate decisions. Following widespread criticism about the Bank of England's forecasts, Bernanke was tasked last year to review the forecasting models.

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