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Biden talks energy, Russia with South Africa’s Ramaphosa

Biden talks energy, Russia with South Africa’s Ramaphosa

TREVOR HUNNICUTT U.S. President Joe Biden discussed relations with Russia in a White House meeting with South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa, who has resisted joining Washington's campaign against Moscow for the war in Ukraine. Biden, who has led an international coalition to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for the near-seven month war in Ukraine, wants South Africa's help in efforts that include forcing Moscow to sell its oil at below-market rates. After a jovial greeting before the press, the two leaders spoke privately in the Oval Office for more than an hour on topics that included trade, climate and energy, the…
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South Africa’s Ramaphosa to discuss climate change, energy transition with Biden

South Africa’s Ramaphosa to discuss climate change, energy transition with Biden

SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa said he wanted to discuss climate change and fears related to energy transition in his talk with U.S. President Joe Biden. A U.S. official said earlier that Biden, from his side, will discuss efforts to end the war in Ukraine with Ramaphosa, who has avoided condemning Russia when the two leaders meet at the White House on Friday. Thomson Reuters Foundation
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Biden and South Africa’s Ramaphosa to hold talks at White House on Sept. 16

Biden and South Africa’s Ramaphosa to hold talks at White House on Sept. 16

U.S. President Joe Biden and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa will hold talks at the White House on September 16 to discuss trade, investment, climate and energy, the White House said. "The two Presidents will reaffirm the importance of our enduring partnership, and discuss our work together to address regional and global challenges," press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. Thomson Reuters Foundation
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FBI searches Trump’s Florida home as part of presidential records probe

FBI searches Trump’s Florida home as part of presidential records probe

BRIAN ELLSWORTH and SARAH N. LYNCH FORMER President Donald Trump said FBI agents raided his Mar-a-Lago estate and broke into his safe in what his son acknowledged was part of an investigation into Trump's removal of official presidential records from the White House to his Florida resort. The unprecedented search of a former president's home would mark a significant escalation into the investigation of the records, which is one of several probes Trump is facing from his time in office and in private business.  The U.S. Justice Department declined to comment on the search, which Trump in a statement called…
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Half of Republicans line up behind Trump in fight with FBI: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Half of Republicans line up behind Trump in fight with FBI: Reuters/Ipsos poll

JASON LANGE HALF of U.S. Republicans say federal law enforcement officials behaved irresponsibly since searching former President Donald Trump's Florida home for classified documents taken from the White House, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found this week. FBI agents on August 8 removed 11 sets of classified records from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, some of which were labeled "top secret," a status reserved for the most sensitive U.S. national security information. Trump announced that the search had taken place and has alleged without providing evidence that it was a politically motivated act, while Democratic President Joe Biden's Justice Department has…
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EXCLUSIVE: New Biden abortion rights push addresses both women and men

EXCLUSIVE: New Biden abortion rights push addresses both women and men

NANDITA BOSE CHEERED by a decisive win for abortion rights in a Kansas vote and eyeing November midterm elections, the White House is launching a push for abortion access that aims to influence men as well as women, sources with direct knowledge told Reuters. The Biden administration's three-prong playbook leans on two specific federal statutes to target states that limit abortion, communicates to voters the impact on women, and accentuates how forced pregnancies negatively affect both women and men. Senior White House officials, advisers and abortion rights advocates have held multiple strategy and engagement calls in recent days, including an…
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Biden has sore throat and body aches, but COVID symptoms improving

Biden has sore throat and body aches, but COVID symptoms improving

PRESIDENT Joe Biden's COVID-19 symptoms continue to improve and now include "less troublesome" sore throat, runny nose, loose cough and body aches, his physician, Dr Kevin O'Connor, said in a memo. Biden's lungs remain clear and his oxygen saturation "continues to be excellent on room air," the doctor said. Biden, 79, tested positive for COVID on Thursday when the White House said he was experiencing mild symptoms. His diagnosis came as a highly contagious subvariant of the coronavirus drives a new wave of cases in the United States. Biden most likely has that BA5 variant, O'Connor said. "The president continues…
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Biden to donate 500 million Pfizer doses

Biden to donate 500 million Pfizer doses

STEVE HOLLAND and ANDREA SHALAL U.S. President Joe Biden plans to buy and donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to more than 90 countries, while calling on the world's democracies to do their part to help end the deadly pandemic, the White House said. The announcement of the vaccine donation - the largest ever by a single country - comes before Biden meets leaders of the other Group of Seven advanced economies in England. "The goal of today's donation is to save lives and end the pandemic and will provide the foundation for additional actions to be…
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U.S. concerned over Tigray crisis

U.S. concerned over Tigray crisis

WHITE House national security adviser Jake Sullivan expressed U.S. concerns over the crisis in the Tigray region in a call with Ethiopia's deputy prime minister, Demeke Mekonnen, the White House said yesterday. The two "discussed critical steps to address the crisis, including expanded humanitarian access, cessation of hostilities, departure of foreign troops, and independent investigations into atrocities and human rights violations," in their phone call on Wednesday, the White House said. Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia Demeke Mekonnen, gives a press briefing on the current situation of the country at the Prime Minister office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia November 4,…
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Biden wins presidency in polarized United States

Biden wins presidency in polarized United States

JOHN WHITESIDES and JOSEPH AX DEMOCRAT Joe Biden captured the U.S. presidency as voters rebuffed Republican incumbent Donald Trump’s tumultuous leadership and embraced Biden’s promise to fight the coronavirus pandemic and fix the economy in a divided nation. Winning the battleground state of Pennsylvania’s 20 Electoral College votes gave the former vice president more than the 270 he needed to triumph, prompting all major TV networks to declare him victor came after four days of nail-biting suspense following Tuesday’s election. “I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice President-elect (Kamala)…
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