US warns India of China ‘aggression’ at border

US warns India of China 'aggression' at border

The United States on Wednesday accused China of employing border clashes with India to try to shift the status quo, and encouraged New Delhi to resist. Alice Wells, the top US diplomat for South Asia, drew parallels between the growing skirmishes in the Himalayas and Beijing’s years of increasing assertiveness in the dispute-rife South China … Read more

U.S. government to demolish buildings at contaminated California nuclear test site

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Trump administration said on Wednesday it would tear down 10 buildings at the U.S. government’s former Santa Susana Field Laboratory northwest of Los Angeles that was left contaminated by decades of nuclear, rocket fuel and liquid metal testing. The buildings set for demolition were part of a radioactive materials handling … Read more

Disney World in Florida reopens but just a little

Disney World in Florida reopens but just a little

Miami (AFP) – Disney World opened its doors a bit on Wednesday, offering dining and shopping to masked customers in its main commercial area but the park’s beloved attractions stayed closed. Indeed, as the park welcomed people to some of its outlets on the Disney Springs shopping strip as part of Florida’s gradual reopening after … Read more

Democrats grill EPA chief on regulatory rollbacks during coronavirus outbreak

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By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic senators on Wednesday grilled Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler on the agency’s recent moves to roll back rules and halt enforcement actions and monitoring requirements during the coronavirus outbreak, saying they would especially harm minorities. Senators pressed Wheeler on the agency’s half dozen regulatory rollbacks since the … Read more

Weighing whether to travel this summer during the coronavirus pandemic? What to consider

Weighing whether to travel this summer during the coronavirus pandemic? What to consider

As states reopen and travel restrictions ease, you’re probably wondering whether it’s safe for you and your family to travel this summer. The short answer? Travel still isn’t recommended, at least according to federal guidelines. But as some states are pulling back stay-at-home orders put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, travelers must grapple … Read more

Iran pushes burgeoning businesses with Venezuela as a right

Iran's ambassador to Venezuela Hojjatollah Soltani speaks during an event in support of the Palestinian people, at the Iranian embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Soltani said Wednesday that the two nations under increasing U.S. pressure, Iran and Venezuela, are exercising their right to free trade in a deal that includes shipping the Caribbean nation five takers of gasoline to relieve a deep shortage. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Iran’s ambassador to Venezuela said Wednesday that the two nations, both under increasing U.S. pressure, are exercising their right to trade freely in a deal that includes shipping the South American nation five tankers of gasoline to relieve deep shortages. Ambassador Hojjatollah Soltani said international conventions protect the expanding relationship between … Read more

Ukraine to investigate leaked tapes with ex-president, Biden

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to the media during a news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. At the press conference marking Zelenskiy's one year in office, the president answered questions about domestic affairs, foreign policy and his main achievements. (Sergey Dolzhenko/Pool Photo via AP)

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Wednesday that prosecutors have opened a criminal inquiry into leaked tapes that allegedly feature the country’s former leader discussing conditions for a $1 billion loan with former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. The tapes, which are yet to be authenticated, were released on Tuesday by Ukrainian … Read more

U.S. schools should only reopen with social distancing as benchmarks met: CDC

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. schools shuttered by the coronavirus should pursue a carefully phased reopening only after public health benchmarks are met, and summer camps should be limited largely only to children from the immediate area, federal guidance recommends. The guidelines, released late on Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), … Read more