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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi holds a bill enrollment signing ceremony for the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act on Capitol Hill on June 17 | Bloomberg

What is ‘Juneteenth’, the day Biden has declared a new federal holiday

While signing the legislation declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday, Joe Biden said that this will be 'one of the greatest honours' he will have as the US President.
Xi Jinping attends the closing of the Second Session of the 13th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing | Photographer: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Putin done, Biden’s focus shifts to the dragon in the room: China’s Xi

US-China ties are more consequential for American economy than the relationship with Russia, and Biden’s window to establish a relationship with Xi for the years ahead is closing.
Antony Blinken, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov at the US-Russia summit at Villa La Grange in Geneva, Switzerland on 16 June, 2021. Photographer: Peter Klaunzer | Bloomberg

Biden & Putin break the ice, hold their first summit – that itself is seen as victory

After about 3 hours together, the two leaders showed how differently they interpreted that goal. Concrete accomplishments were hard to define, and both leaders were in vintage form.

At G7, Biden achieved western consensus—more against Russia than China

From the US’ perspective, the objective of the G7 summit was to herald that “America is back” and ready to lead the world.

China is a friendly nation, says Putin, backs Beijing on Uyghur policy before meeting Biden

Russian President Vladimir Putin in interview to NBC calls China a 'huge, powerful' country, says 'can see attempts at destroying relationship between Russia and China'.
G7 leaders during a meeting at the summit in Cornwall on 13 June 2021 | Twitter | @G7

‘Build back better’: Full statement of G7 leaders on global action to recover from pandemic

In a joint communique after the conclusion of the Group of Seven Summit in Cornwall, England, the leaders also pledged to combat climate change and reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
US President Joe Biden speaks while visiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, DC, on 24 May 2021 | Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg

China tried to warn US against strengthening Quad, reveals Joe Biden

While addressing a press conference at G7 summit, Biden said a Chinese leader had requested him to not get India, Japan, Australia and the US 'working together' under Quad.
An application to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services | Representational image | Photo: Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg Photo

Biden administration reverses Trump-era policy on rejecting H1-B, other visa applications

A 2018 policy allowed immigration officers to reject visa applications, including the H1-B, instead of first issuing a notice of intent to deny visa to applicants.
Trump signs executive order to ban WeChat, TikTok | Bloomberg

US revoking Trump-era order banning TikTok, WeChat a ‘positive step’, says China

Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesperson Gao Feng further said that the US should treat Chinese companies in a non-discriminatory manner and refrain from politicising trade issues.
File photo of US President Joe Biden | Erin Scott | The New York Times via Bloomberg

US to donate 50 crore Pfizer vaccine doses to 92 low & lower-middle-income countries

This is the largest purchase & donation of vaccines by a single country and a commitment by the Americans to help protect people around the world from Covid, the White House said.

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Adichie’s attack on ‘woke language’ is on point. But Right-wing cancel culture is real threat

Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie's three-part essay is what millennials get to hear from Gen Z and boomers suffering with over generalisation of the new generation.
Representational Image. Hindustan Petroleum outlet | Commons

What are UPA-era oil bonds Modi govt says are preventing it from reducing fuel prices

ThePrint explains what these oil bonds are, why governments issue them and how they impact a country's finances.


Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

Induction of Rafale aircraft into Indian Air Force to take place by 2022, says IAF Chief

IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria also said that some deliveries from France have been ahead of time, while minor delays happened with 'one or two' aircraft due to Covid-related issues.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.