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U.S. Aware of North Korean Ballistic Missile Launches, Sees No Immediate Threat -Military
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U.S. Aware of North Korean Ballistic Missile Launches, Sees No Immediate Threat -Military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is aware of two North Korean ballistic missile launches and has assessed that the incidents do not pose an immediate threat to U.S. personnel or territory or to its allies, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said on Friday."(The) missile launch highlights the destabilizing impact of the DPRK's unlawful WMD and ballistic missile programs," the U.S. combatant command said in a statement. "The U.S. commitments to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remain ironclad."(Reporting by Rami Ayyub; Editing by Sandra Maler)Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.Political Cartoons on World Leaders Source link
Ukrainian and U.S. Defence Chiefs Discuss Russian Invasion
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Ukrainian and U.S. Defence Chiefs Discuss Russian Invasion

KYIV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said on Friday he and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had discussed the war situation in Ukraine and ways of strengthening Kyiv's military capabilities.In talks held as President Vladimir Putin prepared to proclaim the annexation of Ukrainian territory seized in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Reznikov said Austin reaffirmed Washington would not recognise votes in four Ukrainian provinces that Kyiv and Western governments denounced as illegal and coercive."Discussed updates from the front line ... and ways of strengthening our capabilities," Reznikov wrote on Twitter."Good news to be announced soon," he added, without saying what he was referring to.He said Austin had "confirmed (the United States) won’t recognise 'referenda...
U.S. Lawmakers Promise More Money, Weapons as Ukraine Faces ‘Hurricane Putin’
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U.S. Lawmakers Promise More Money, Weapons as Ukraine Faces ‘Hurricane Putin’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic and Republican U.S. lawmakers said on Thursday they wanted to continue the flow of money and weapons for Ukraine's battle against Russia's invasion, denouncing Moscow's plan to annex four Ukrainian regions."We have not won this yet. We need to continue to support the Ukrainians," Democrat Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters after a classified briefing on the conflict.The Senate passed a bill funding the federal government through Dec. 16, and sending $12.3 billion in military and economic assistance to Ukraine. The bill, which the House of Representatives is set to pass on Friday, also authorizes President Joe Biden to direct the drawdown of up to $3.7 billion for the transfer to Ukraine of weapons from U.S. ...
Lawmakers, Unions Press U.S. Airlines to Hold off on Stock Buybacks
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Lawmakers, Unions Press U.S. Airlines to Hold off on Stock Buybacks

(Reuters) - Labor unions and some U.S. lawmakers are pressing airlines not to resume stock buybacks after a COVID assistance prohibition expires this week.Representative Peter DeFazio, a Democrat who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is holding a hearing on Thursday on investing in transportation workers that will discuss the issue.DeFazio is circulating a letter to colleagues seen by Reuters that urges airlines to "refrain from initiating stock buybacks ... at least until air carriers are able to publish and fulfill schedules that meet demand; staff flights and key personnel positions appropriately; and return service to every community." Aviation unions launched a campaign in August to pressure airlines against stock buybacks. It came as major carriers are ...
Singer R. Kelly, Already Behind Bars, Ordered to Pay Victims
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Singer R. Kelly, Already Behind Bars, Ordered to Pay Victims

NEW YORK (Reuters) - R. Kelly, the multiplatinum R&B singer convicted twice this year of sex crimes, will be required to pay at least $300,000 in restitution to some of his victims, a federal judge said on Wednesday.The money will compensate two women, known as Jane and Stephanie, for the costs of therapy and herpes treatment, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly said at a hearing in Brooklyn.That figure is likely to rise after prosecutors recalculate the cost of medication for Stephanie.Donnelly denied prosecutors' requests to compensate Jane for lost income, and provide any compensation to a third victim known as Sonja.Kelly attended the hearing via Zoom from a federal prison in Chicago.Donnelly sentenced Kelly in June to 30 years in prison, after a jury convicted him of racketeering ...
Some 349,000 Still Without Power in Puerto Rico After Fiona
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Some 349,000 Still Without Power in Puerto Rico After Fiona

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An estimated 349,000 homes and businesses were still without power in Puerto Rico on Wednesday after Hurricane Fiona hit on Sept. 18, causing an island-wide power outage for its 3.3 million people.After hitting Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, Hurricane Fiona turned north and slammed into eastern Canada on Sept. 24, leaving over a third of Nova Scotia without power.Nova Scotia Power, a unit of Canadian energy company Emera Inc, said about 104,000 customers were still without power early Wednesday.Fiona hit Puerto Rico about five years after Hurricane Maria knocked out all power on the island.PowerOutage.us, which estimates outages based on utility data, said 349,000 customers were without service on Wednesday based on information from LUMA Energy, which opera...
Analysis-Truth or Bluff? Why Putin’s Nuclear Warnings Have the West Worried
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Analysis-Truth or Bluff? Why Putin’s Nuclear Warnings Have the West Worried

By Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew OsbornLONDON (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin's latest warning that he is ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia amid the war in Ukraine has made a troubling question much more urgent: Is the former KGB spy bluffing?Putin cautioned it was no bluff, and Western politicians, diplomats and nuclear weapons experts are divided. Some say he could use one or more smaller, tactical nuclear weapons to try to stave off military defeat, protect his presidency, scare off the West or intimidate Kyiv into capitulation.Putin's warning, which was followed by a more specific threat to use a nuclear weapon in Ukraine from an ally, might mean the Kremlin is considering an escalation after Russia annexes four Ukrainian regions which it only partly occupies.Russia'...
No Change to U.S. Nuclear Posture Due to Russia Threats, Pentagon Says
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No Change to U.S. Nuclear Posture Due to Russia Threats, Pentagon Says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite Russian threats to Ukraine and NATO about the use of nuclear weapons, the Pentagon has not seen any changes that would lead it to alter the posture of American nuclear forces, a spokesman said on Tuesday."We obviously take these threats seriously. But at this stage, we've not seen anything that would cause us to adjust our own nuclear posture at this time," Brigadier General Patrick Ryder told a news briefing.Pressed on whether there had been any new Russian movements of its nuclear forces, Ryder declined to elaborate beyond saying the United States did not "have any reason to adjust our posture at this stage."An ally of President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday outlined the scenario of a nuclear strike on Ukraine, saying that the U.S.-led NATO military alliance...
U.S. VP Harris Pledges to Consult S.Korea Over EV Subsidy Concerns
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U.S. VP Harris Pledges to Consult S.Korea Over EV Subsidy Concerns

By Trevor Hunnicutt, Soo-hyang Choi and Joyce LeeTOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) -U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris told South Korea's prime minister on Tuesday that Washington will work to address Seoul's concerns over recently enacted electric vehicle (EV) subsidies that could disadvantage Asian automakers.The $430 billion "Inflation Reduction Act" bill enacted in August includes a host of U.S. President Joe Biden's priorities, including investments to roll back climate change and make Washington a world leader in the EV market.Among the law's provisions are requirements that EVs be assembled in North America to qualify for tax credits. The law also ends subsidies for other EV models and requires that a percentage of critical minerals used in those cars' batteries come from the United States or...
Truckers, Lawmaker Push for U.S. to Drop Foreign Visitor Vaccine Requirement
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Truckers, Lawmaker Push for U.S. to Drop Foreign Visitor Vaccine Requirement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group representing truck drivers in North America and a New York lawmaker on Monday asked the Biden administration to rescind a requirement for foreign visitors to be vaccinated.The United States in June rescinded its requirement that people arriving in the country by air test negative for COVID-19 but has not lifted vaccination requirements for nearly all foreign visitors arriving by air or at land ports.Canada said Monday it will drop all COVID-19 restrictions for travelers starting Oct. 1, including vaccination and masking requirements for flights and trains.Representative Brian Higgins, a Republican who represents a New York district on the Canadian border, said Monday "the end of restrictions is overdue. Canada’s decision is the right one. The U.S. should f...