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  • Dr Seuss Books Are Pulled, and a ‘Cancel Culture’ Controversy Erupts Mar 04, 2021 10:25 PM IST

    Dr Seuss Books Are Pulled, and a ‘Cancel Culture’ Controversy Erupts

    Classic children’s books are perennial bestsellers and an important revenue stream for publishers. Last year, more than 338,000 copies of “Green Eggs and Ham” were sold across the United States, according to NPD BookScan, which tracks the sale of physical books at most retailers.

  • Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman pushes on with $500 billion megacity as US points the finger over Khashoggi killing Mar 04, 2021 07:22 PM IST

    Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman pushes on with $500 billion megacity as US points the finger over Khashoggi killing

    The murder of Khashoggi by Saudi agents in Istanbul in 2018 had already caused an international outcry prompting some people at the time to withdraw from the advisory board of NEOM.

  • US weekly jobless claims increase less than expected Mar 04, 2021 07:15 PM IST

    US weekly jobless claims increase less than expected

    The labour market has lagged the acceleration in overall economic activity, which has been driven by nearly $900 billion in additional pandemic relief provided by the government in late December.

  • US, UK suspend tariffs and seek aircraft row resolution Mar 04, 2021 06:43 PM IST

    US, UK suspend tariffs and seek aircraft row resolution

    "The United Kingdom and the United States are undertaking a four-month tariff suspension to ease the burden on industry and take a bold, joint step towards resolving the longest running disputes at the World Trade Organization," a joint statement said.

  • Walmart's Flipkart explores US listing through SPAC deal Mar 04, 2021 04:16 PM IST

    Walmart's Flipkart explores US listing through SPAC deal

    The Bengaluru-based online retailer's advisors have approached several SPACs. Flipkart may seek a valuation of at least $35 billion in a blank-check transaction.

  • Biden administration pushes for deeper ties with India, tough stance against China Mar 04, 2021 01:53 PM IST

    Biden administration pushes for deeper ties with India, tough stance against China

    The Biden administration’s first formal guidance on foreign policy calls for revitalising global partnerships to assert USA’s global leadership, reversing the Trump-era’s unilateral approach while maintaining the previous regime’s tough stance towards China

  • Texas power grid CEO fired after deadly February blackouts Mar 04, 2021 10:46 AM IST

    Texas power grid CEO fired after deadly February blackouts

    Bill Magness, CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, becomes the second senior official to depart in the wake of the one of the worst blackouts in US history.

  • Will deepen partnership with India for shared goals: Joe Biden administration Mar 04, 2021 09:09 AM IST

    Will deepen partnership with India for shared goals: Joe Biden administration

    This interim guidance was issued to convey President Joe Biden’s vision for how the United States will engage with other nations as his administration is yet to formulate a National Security Strategy.

  • US private payrolls miss expectations in February Mar 03, 2021 08:24 PM IST

    US private payrolls miss expectations in February

    Private payrolls rose by 117,000 jobs last month, the ADP National Employment Report showed on Wednesday. Data for January was revised up to show 195,000 jobs added instead of the initially reported 174,000.

  • Renewable diesel boom highlights challenges in clean-energy transition Mar 03, 2021 06:27 PM IST

    Renewable diesel boom highlights challenges in clean-energy transition

    Unlike other green fuels such as biodiesel, renewable diesel can power conventional auto engines without being blended with diesel derived from crude oil, making it attractive for refiners aiming to produce low-pollution options.

  • Joe Biden calls on states to prioritise vaccinations for teachers Mar 03, 2021 12:45 PM IST

    Joe Biden calls on states to prioritise vaccinations for teachers

    Joe Biden also announced that Merck & Co Inc would help make rival Johnson & Johnson's single-shot COVID-19 vaccine, a partnership similar to those seen during World War Two.

  • Samsung considering four sites in US for $17 billion chip plant Mar 03, 2021 12:35 PM IST

    Samsung considering four sites in US for $17 billion chip plant

    The tech giant is also seeking combined tax abatements of $1.48 billion over 20 years from Travis County in Texas and the city of Austin, it added in the documents dated Feb. 26, up from the $805.5 million previously mentioned.

  • US to impose anti-dumping tax on 18 countries Mar 03, 2021 11:35 AM IST

    US to impose anti-dumping tax on 18 countries

    President Joe Biden's administration determined that imports from Germany in particular ($287 million in 2019) benefited from dumping ranging from 40 to 242 percent.

  • Joe Biden's Budget nominee Neera Tanden withdraws nomination amid opposition Mar 03, 2021 07:19 AM IST

    Joe Biden's Budget nominee Neera Tanden withdraws nomination amid opposition

    Neera Tanden's withdrawal marks the first high-profile defeat of one of US President Joe Biden's nominees. Thirteen of the 23 Cabinet nominees requiring Senate approval have been confirmed, most with strong bipartisan support.

  • Delivery startup Instacart valued at $39 billion in new funding round Mar 02, 2021 10:18 PM IST

    Delivery startup Instacart valued at $39 billion in new funding round

    Instacart currently works with some 600 national, regional and local retailers representing 45,000 stores across North American reaching more than 85 percent of US households and 70 percent of Canadians.

  • CERA Week: John Kerry bats for co-operation with China and India to bring down emissions Mar 02, 2021 08:58 PM IST

    CERA Week: John Kerry bats for co-operation with China and India to bring down emissions

    Addressing the CERA Week by HIS Markit on March 2, John Kerry said India is set to play a major role in terms of renewable energy plans for the future and has the potential to become a future supplier of solar panels, competing with China.

  • US imposes sanctions on Russia over poisoning of Alexei Navalny Mar 02, 2021 08:15 PM IST

    US imposes sanctions on Russia over poisoning of Alexei Navalny

    The sanctions were a response to what the officials said was a Russian attempt to assassinate Navalny last year, an accusation Russia denies.

  • Merck to help produce J&J's COVID-19 vaccine Mar 02, 2021 07:14 PM IST

    Merck to help produce J&J's COVID-19 vaccine

    The announcement comes as the White House looks to speed the production of the single-dose vaccine.

  • China, US should lift COVID-19 travel bans if herd immunity reached Mar 02, 2021 11:45 AM IST

    China, US should lift COVID-19 travel bans if herd immunity reached

    The United States is the worst-hit nation in the world by case count, with nearly 30 million infections so far, though new cases have been declining. As of Sunday, 15 percent of the US population has received at least one dose of a vaccine.

  • China said to speed up move to more survivable nuclear force Mar 02, 2021 07:09 AM IST

    China said to speed up move to more survivable nuclear force

    The Pentagon asserts that China is modernising its nuclear forces as part of a wider effort to build a military by mid-century that is equal to, and in some respects superior to, the US military.

  • Why Has Coronavirus Testing Slumped in the U.S.? It’s Complicated Mar 01, 2021 10:30 PM IST

    Why Has Coronavirus Testing Slumped in the U.S.? It’s Complicated

    From a high of nearly 14 million tests a week in early January, the pace fell to fewer than 10 million — a level not seen since October — in the week ended Feb. 24, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

  • Donald Trump airs grievances, teases 2024 run in first post-presidential speech Mar 01, 2021 07:55 AM IST

    Donald Trump airs grievances, teases 2024 run in first post-presidential speech

    While former US president Donald Trump teased his future plans, he left the crowd guessing about whether he will challenge Joe Biden in a rematch.

  • COVID-19 effect | Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs Feb 28, 2021 10:24 PM IST

    COVID-19 effect | Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs

    The U.S. Justice Department is investigating unemployment fraud by transnational criminal organizations, sophisticated domestic actors, and individuals across the United States.

  • A quiet life out of the spotlight? Not for this former US President Feb 28, 2021 01:13 PM IST

    A quiet life out of the spotlight? Not for this former US President

    Donald Trump is set to deliver a closing speech at CPAC that is expected to be a withering critique of President Joe Biden’s first few weeks in office

  • European officials urge World Bank to exclude fossil-fuel investments Feb 27, 2021 01:29 PM IST

    European officials urge World Bank to exclude fossil-fuel investments

    World Bank executive directors welcomed moves by the Bank to ensure its lending supports efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

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