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Wealth of US billionaires soars during pandemic

The US' billionaires have seen their wealth rise by more than $1 trillion since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study Wednesday, fueling a debate about higher taxes on the rich.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/10 19:08:41

Biden defends Pentagon pick

US President-elect Joe Biden defended his barrier-breaking pick for defense secretary Wednesday before what could be a tough confirmation process, arguing that retired general Lloyd Austin will combine military experience and civilian oversight at the Pentagon.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/10 16:18:40

US daily death toll from COVID-19 tops 3,000: Johns Hopkins

The United States on Wednesday registered more than 3,000 deaths from COVID-19 within 24 hours, the highest daily death toll since April, showed data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/10 11:19:46

Joe Biden's son says his "tax affairs" under investigation

Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, said on Wednesday that his tax affairs are under investigation.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/10 11:12:02

Biden formally introduces nominee for Pentagon chief

US President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday formally introduced retired four-star General Lloyd Austin as his nominee for defense secretary.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/10 11:00:09

Latin American crime cartels turn to cryptocurrencies for money laundering

In April 2019, Mexican police arrested suspected human trafficker Ignacio Santoyo in a plush area of the Caribbean resort of Playa del Carmen after linking him to a prostitution racket extending across Latin America.
Source: Reuters | 2020/12/9 19:08:40

Boeing 737 MAX to return to skies in Brazil after nearly 21 months

Nearly 21 months after it was grounded following two deadly crashes, the Boeing 737 MAX will return to the skies Wednesday with a flight by Brazilian carrier Gol, the airline confirmed.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/9 17:33:40

US Supreme Court supports Biden

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a defeat to Republicans seeking to throw out up to 2.5 million mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania as they try to undo President Donald Trump's election loss, with the justices refusing to block the state from formalizing President-elect Joe Biden's victory there.
Source: Reuters | 2020/12/9 16:53:40

U.S. sets records for COVID-19 core metrics as caseload exceeds 15 mln

The United States has set new world records for COVID-19 core metrics including hospitalizations, seven-day average case and death increases, as the total number of confirmed cases topped 15 million on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/9 10:45:17

NYS suspends more liquor licenses amid surge of coronavirus

New York state has suspended liquor licenses for 36 additional bars and restaurants after finding egregious violations of pandemic-related executive orders, bringing the total number of liquor licenses suspended during the coronavirus pandemic to 279, said an official release on Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/9 10:41:48

More than half of NYC firefighters will refuse COVID-19 vaccine: survey

First responders on the front lines in New York City will have access to a COVID-19 vaccine in just a few weeks, but a recent survey revealed that more than half of New York City Fire Department (FDNY) firefighters will refuse a COVID-19 vaccine.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/9 10:37:58

U.S. imposes sanctions against Iranian official, university

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions against an Iranian official and a university for their roles in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF).
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/9 10:26:33

U.S. Army punishes 14 officers after investigation at Texas base

U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy on Tuesday directed the relief or suspension of 14 leaders at Fort Hood after an investigation at the base in Texas.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/9 10:17:10

More than 110,000 U.S. restaurants close amid pandemic

As of Monday, more than 110,000 U.S. restaurants have completely closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the National Restaurant Association.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/9 9:20:02

US COVID-19 cases exceed 15 million

US COVID-19 cases exceed 15 million, reaching 15,019,092, with 284,487 deaths, according to data released by Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/12/9 3:47:13

US gets 1st black defense head

US President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Lloyd Austin, who led US troops into Baghdad in 2003 and rose to head the US Central Command, as the first African-American secretary of defense, US media reported Monday.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/8 17:38:40

Cali locks; UN calls for action

An overwhelming majority of California's residents went into lockdown on Monday, putting 33 million people under stay-at-home orders as the US battles record novel coronavirus deaths and the United Nations (UN) announced new courses of international action.
Source: AFP | 2020/12/8 17:23:41

Biden chooses retired General Lloyd Austin to run Pentagon: U.S. media

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has chosen retired General Lloyd Austin to head the Pentagon, Politico reported on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/12/8 13:51:08