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Politico.com: The move is a compromise that may disappoint some activists but nonetheless is arguably more human-rights-friendly than in the past. The Biden administration has decided it will hold back some — but not most — of $300 million in conditioned military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns, a U.S. official said late Monday. […]Continue Reading
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Analysts hailed the memo’s designation of corruption as a national security threat and its deadline for action. By Jacqueline Feldscher The Biden administration is directing agencies to come up with a plan by December to boost their fight against corruption, in a memo released Thursday.  Analysts are optimistic that the national security study memo, the […]Continue Reading
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President Joe Biden on Friday proposed a $6 trillion budget to “reimagine” the US economy and stave off Chinese competition, though driving the United States into record debt — and with Congress first needing to give approval. Announcing the proposed spending, Biden said a post-pandemic United States “cannot afford to simply return to the way […]Continue Reading
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The US Government dispatched a top State Department diplomat to the Middle East “immediately” to try to de-escalate the deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday. President Joe Biden faces growing pressure to help stem the violence and heightened international alarm over the spiraling death toll. The United Continue Reading
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By Patrick W. Quirk  The Biden administration’s initial foreign policy priorities are coming into focus: combating climate change, competing with China, and reversing the spread of authoritarianism, all through the prism of U.S. domestic renewal. As the White House puts pen to paper on its first National Security Strategy (NSS), these themes will feature prominently. Continue Reading
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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Thursday asked newly inaugurated US leaders – Joe Biden and Kamala Harris – to support Nigeria’s fight against terror and remove all travel restrictions imposed on Nigerian citizens by the Donald Trump administration. Since 2009, Nigeria has battled an insurgency across its northeast region and bandit attacks have increased […]Continue Reading
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Burna Boy’s ‘Destiny’, a song off the Afropop singer’s Grammy-nominated album ‘African Giant’, has been included in the official inauguration playlist of incoming US president and vice-president, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The playlist, which features artistes from different parts of the world, is said to be a representation of America’s diversity and also symbolises Continue Reading
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Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala says she remains hopeful that she will be announced as the next Director General of the World Trade Organisation after Joe Biden becomes the next president of the United States. Iweala had come close to the coveted position after securing support from several countries, but a last-minute objection from the US stalled […]Continue Reading