Biden, saying ‘silence is complicity,’ signs Covid hate crimes bill into law

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act that overwhelmingly passed Congress in a rare show of bipartisanship following a spate of high-profile attacks on Asian Americans in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. “Silence is complicity and we cannot be complicit. We have to speak out. We have … Read more

Israel unleashes strikes after vowing to press on in Gaza

An Israeli soldier stands nearby as an artillery unit fires near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Israel unleashed another wave of airstrikes across the Gaza Strip early Thursday, killing at least one Palestinian and wounding several, as it pushed ahead despite US calls to wind down the offensive … Read more

Biden calls for ‘de-escalation’ as Israel and Gaza trade fire

Streaks of lights are seen from Ashkelon as rockets are launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israel GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: US President Joe Biden called for a “significant de-escalation” in Israel‘s conflict with Gaza’s armed groups ahead of a diplomatic push Thursday to stem the violence, as the sides traded further fire. Israeli fighter … Read more

US says it opposes UN resolution calling for Gaza cease-fire

An Israeli artillery unit fires shells towards targets in Gaza Strip, at the Israeli Gaza border, Wednesday, May 19, 2021. (AP) UNITED NATIONS: The United States said Wednesday it opposes a proposed UN Security Council resolution calling for a cease-fire in the conflict between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers, reiterating that it could interfere with … Read more

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu ‘determined’ to continue Gaza operation

Netanyahu’s tough comments marked the first public rift between the two close allies since the fighting began last week. AP Photo GAZA CITY: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to press ahead with a fierce military offensive in the Gaza Strip, pushing back Wednesday against calls from the United States to wind down the operation … Read more

Biden, in Netanyahu call, urges significant de-escalation’

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden stepped up the pressure on Israel to end 10 days of violent skirmishes with Palestinians, making clear in a call Wednesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he expected “significant de-escalation” by day’s end. Biden asked Netanyahu to move “toward the path to a cease-fire,” according to a White House description … Read more

China hits back at Pelosi ‘lies’ over Beijing Olympics boycott call

BEIJING: China on Wednesday branded US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “full of lies” after she called for a diplomatic boycott of next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics on human rights grounds. The run-up to the Games, set for February 2022, is being dominated by recriminations over widespread allegations of abuse of China’s Uyghur Muslims and other … Read more

First US-Russia meeting ahead of Biden-Putin summit

File photo REYKJAVIK: The US and Russian foreign ministers are meeting in Iceland on Wednesday to gauge the enormous gulf between the rival powers and confirm a summit between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. Statements preceding the face-to-face talks on the sidelines of the Arctic Council meeting in Iceland do not bode well for … Read more