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‘Hunger Games’ salute for Myanmar, and the global Covid response ship finally sets sail

The best international cartoons of the week, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
China's Politburo member Yang Jiechi (L) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken | Bloomberg photo

Joe Biden’s first contact with China runs into Communist Party’s propaganda war

Chinese propaganda after talks with US officials in Alaska has given Joe Biden another reason to continue Donald Trump's China policies.

US senators urge President Biden to repeal Trump-era ban on H-1B, other foreign work visas

Trump had instituted Proclamation 10052 in June 2020, halting the processing of non-immigrant H-1B, L-1, H-2B & J-1 visas, based on alleged potential risk to the US labour market.
US President Donald Trump | Tom Brenner | Bloomberg File Photo

Trump ‘gutted’ immigration system, takes time to rebuild, says Homeland Security Secretary

The Trump govt hardened immigration rules on those allowed to seek asylum in the US and advocated a merit-based immigration system to protect US workers.
Former US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump board Air Force One during a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, US, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. | Photographer: Stefani Reynolds | Bloomberg

Donald Trump and wife Melania took Covid vaccine in secret, says adviser

This comes after the former president said everyone should get vaccinated against Covid-19 at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
File photo of US President Donald Trump | Photographer: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg

Donald Trump hints at running for president in 2024, calls for Republican Party unity

In his first public speech since leaving office, the former US president said the country has gone from 'America First to America Last' in just one month.
US President Joe Biden speaks at the State Department in Washington, D.C., U.S., on 4 February, 2021. | Photographer: Jim Lo Scalzo | EPA/Bloomberg

What Biden’s reversal of Trump-era visa ban means for immigrants, H-1B aspirants

US President Joe Biden reversed a freeze on legal immigration imposed during the pandemic by the Trump administration.
US President Joe Biden signs an executive order after speaking during an event on his administration's Covid-19 response as Vice President Kamala Harris looks on. | Photographer: Al Drago | Bloomberg

Biden revokes more Trump executive orders, including one on new green cards

The revoked orders and memos include those on financial regulation. Biden targeted some of the most controversial executive actions Trump took during his final months in office.

US Senate acquits Donald Trump over Capitol violence following impeachment trial

Following four days of the impeachment trial, the 100-member Senate voted to impeach Trump by 57-43 votes, 10 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for conviction.

Trump most pro-police president, didn’t cause Capitol Hill riot — lawyers at impeachment trial

Trump's lawyer Bruce Castor told the US Senate that there was a complete lack of evidence on the article of impeachment against against the former president.

On Camera

Pandemic can’t be allowed to devastate nations because of sophisticated, one-sided WTO rules

For President Joe Biden to take a stand against pharmaceutical companies is no small matter. His presidential campaign was the near sole beneficiary of pharma largesse in 2020.
Health department officials at Majhgaon village in Chhattisgarh’s Bemetara district | By special arrangement

‘Worrying signs’: Covid hits rural India hard, it now has nearly half of all new cases

The total number of daily cases being reported across India is nearly 300 per cent higher as compared to last year, meaning they will exert pressure on rural health infrastructure.

Defence

A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Armed forces plan to hire 400 retired military doctors to assist in fight against Covid

The forces are looking to hire, on a contractual basis for about a year, medical officers who retired in the last four to five years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Modi govt is in denial & India is back to being a flailing state

Modi government didn’t strengthen the foundations of basic governance in the last 7 years. Now, the PM has retreated and ministers are failing, adding to the Covid disaster.