Austin: Allies, innovation key to US competition with China
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says the Pentagon intends to work better with private industry to develop high-tech systems and to strengthen relations with allies in the Indo-Pacific region in order to maintain a competitive edge over China,.
US intelligence finds Russia planning Ukraine offensive
President Joe Biden has pledged to make it “very, very difficult” for Russia’s Vladimir Putin to take military action in Ukraine as U.S. intelligence officials have determined that Russian planning is underway for a possible military offensive that could begin as soon as early 2022.
Thousands of Air Guard, Reserves don't meet vaccine deadline
More than 6% of the Air National Guard and Reserve did not meet the deadline to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and could begin to face consequences if they don’t get the mandated shots or receive an exemption, the Air Force said Friday.
Bundy: Campaigning counts as court-ordered community service
Far-right activist Ammon Bundy says time he has spent campaigning to be Idaho's next governor should count toward his order to perform community service after being convicted of obstructing police during his arrest for trespassing at the state Capitol.
No currency manipulator labels from US, China on watch
The Biden administration will not designate any country as a currency manipulator, but it did name China, Vietnam and Taiwan among the nations that have failed to live up to global agreements not to use their currencies to gain unfair trade advantages.
President Biden to speak about U.S. response to Omicron as COVID variant continues to spread
President Biden will provide an update on the U.S. response to the latest COVID-19 variant Omicron as cases continue to spread around the world. This comes amid a crucial few weeks for the president as he tries to pass his social spending plan and a government shutdown looms. Chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes reports.news.yahoo.com
Interfaith love a risk as India nationalism surges
Arbaz Mullah's love story began, as romances often do, when he first laid eyes on the woman of his dreams, Shweta Kumbhar. The romance so angered relatives of Kumbhar, a Hindu, that they allegedly hired members of a hardline Hindu nationalist group to kill the 24-year-old Mullah, who was Muslim. (Nov. 29)news.yahoo.com
U.S. will make large firms give paid time off for vaccinations
The federal government will require companies with at least 100 workers to give paid time off for employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to a Biden administration official. They will also get paid sick leave so they can recover from possible effects of the shots.news.yahoo.com
US ambassador to UN urges Mali to hold February elections
The United States representative to the United Nations stressed the importance of Mali’s return to civilian rule through democratic elections in February after she visited the West African nation as part of a U.N. Security Council missionwashingtonpost.com