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In reversal, US poised to approve Abrams tanks for Ukraine

The US announcement is expected in coordination with an announcement by Germany that it will approve Poland’s request to transfer German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, according to one official. Until now, the US has resisted providing its own M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, citing extensive and complex maintenance and logistical challenges with the high-tech …

Suspect in US mass shooting is dead: Police

The man wanted for a mass shooting in Monterey Park, California during Lunar New Year is dead, apparently from suicide, police in Los Angeles said Sunday. Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said police had tracked a wanted van and when officers approached, they heard one gunshot from within the van.

US media rocked by layoffs amid economic gloom

Newsroom employment has seen a steady decline in the United States, falling from 114,000 to 85,000 journalists between 2008 and 2020, according to a 2021 study by the Pew Research Center, with local media hit especially hard. “Journalism has been under pressure for a long time, and a number of companies seem to think this …

US launches new initiative to cut visa wait time

With an aim to cut delays in visa processing in India, the US has launched new initiatives, including scheduling special interviews for first time applicants and increasing strength of consular staff.As part of the multi-pronged approach to cut the visa backlog, the US embassy in Delhi and the consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad …

Explainer: How ominous is the US debt limit problem?

The United States is nearing its borrowing limit, and in order to avoid a default, the government is resorting to “extraordinary measures.” These measures include suspending payments to retirement, disability, and health benefit funds for federal employees, and suspending the reinvestment of maturing government bonds in retirement savings accounts of government workers. These measures should …

Taliban ban on female aid workers poses big dilemma for US

For an idled worker at a Kabul-based aid group, Abaad, that helps abused Afghan women, frightened and often tearful calls are coming in, not only from her clients but also from her female colleagues. A December 24 order from the Taliban barring aid groups from employing women is paralyzing deliveries that help keep millions of …

US air travel returns to normal after technology breakdown

US air travel returned mostly to normal Thursday, a day after a computer system that sends safety information to pilots broke down and grounded traffic from coast to coast.By late morning on the East Coast, only about 100 flights had been canceled and 1,000 delayed — much lower figures than on Wednesday, when more than …