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The United States of America, a Western nation with a powerful economy, is situated in North America and is more often referred to as the United States or the US or America. The country became distinctly characterised by a myriad population given its history of mass migration that dates way back to the 17th century. A relatively young nation by world standards (less than 250 years old), the US was the first European colony to gain freedom. It rose to prominence as a world power gradually in the 20th century, and their position was strengthened further by the two world wars. By the end of World War II, the United States along with the Soviet Union had emerged as superpowers, and their positions were only strengthened by the Cold War that could see itself play out in other smaller nations, without the Soviet or the US ever engaging in direct military conflict. The high-octane competition that lasted for years took both nations to space and saw rapid scientific advancement in their mutual zeal to outperform each other. In the end, the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, establishing America as the sole superpower of the world. The United States is now a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. The current president of the United States is Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris became the first woman to be elected to the post and also the first woman of colour and first person of Indian origin to rise to the rank. They were elected to power in November 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. More

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  • In Pics | Northrop Grumman unveils B-21 nuclear bomber for US Air Force Dec 05, 2022 07:21 PM IST

    In Pics | Northrop Grumman unveils B-21 nuclear bomber for US Air Force

    The B-21 was unveiled during a dramatic ceremony at Northrop's Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, offering members of the public the first look at the new bomber.

  • Netherlands eliminates US in round of 16 at World Cup Dec 03, 2022 10:56 PM IST

    Netherlands eliminates US in round of 16 at World Cup

    It was a disappointing end for a rebuilt U.S. team hoping to advance past the round of 16 for the first time since 2002.

  • Estonia to buy US rocket artillery system in $200 million deal Dec 03, 2022 06:58 PM IST

    Estonia to buy US rocket artillery system in $200 million deal

    The package includes HIMARS rockets with ranges of 70-300 kilometers (43-186 miles), the Estonian Center Defense Investment said in a statement. Lockheed Martin Corp. is expected to make the first deliveries in 2024.

  • Looking forward to supporting PM Modi during India's G20 Presidency: US President Biden Dec 02, 2022 07:28 PM IST

    Looking forward to supporting PM Modi during India's G20 Presidency: US President Biden

    Prime Minister Modi on Thursday said India will work to further promote oneness, inspired by the theme of "One Earth, One Family, One Future" and listed terror, climate change, pandemic as the greatest challenges that can be best fought together.

  • Twitter should be held to certain standards for content, says US Treasury Secy Janet Yellen Nov 30, 2022 10:29 PM IST

    Twitter should be held to certain standards for content, says US Treasury Secy Janet Yellen

    Yellen also said she believed that there were legitimate national security concerns related to TikTok, the Chinese-owned video sharing app.

  • Crypto lender BlockFi files for bankruptcy protection in US Nov 28, 2022 09:06 PM IST

    Crypto lender BlockFi files for bankruptcy protection in US

    With this, BlockFi became the latest company in the crypto industry hobbled by the implosion of the embattled exchange FTX.

  • After a year, omicron still driving COVID-19 surges and worries in the US Nov 25, 2022 08:17 PM IST

    After a year, omicron still driving COVID-19 surges and worries in the US

    Phoenix-area emergency physician Dr Nicholas Vasquez said his hospital admitted a growing number of chronically ill people and nursing home residents with severe COVID-19 this month.

  • US unemployment claims rise to 240,000, highest since August Nov 23, 2022 07:49 PM IST

    US unemployment claims rise to 240,000, highest since August

    New weekly applications for unemployment benefits were extremely low early this year -- staying below 200,000 for much of February, March and April.

  • Wales-United States World Cup match draws peak of 13 million UK viewers Nov 22, 2022 06:43 PM IST

    Wales-United States World Cup match draws peak of 13 million UK viewers

    The match from kick off to final whistle was watched by an average of nearly 10 million viewers, it said, adding that the game contributed to its most watched Monday night since England's Euro 2016 exit against Iceland.

  • Top 10 colleges in the US in 2022-2023 Nov 21, 2022 07:05 PM IST

    Top 10 colleges in the US in 2022-2023

    The US News and World Report released its annual ranking of the best national universities. A total of 1500 colleges across various categories were ranked based on 17 metrics. Princeton University topped the ranking list.

  • Trump Family’s newest partners: Middle Eastern governments Nov 21, 2022 05:31 PM IST

    Trump Family’s newest partners: Middle Eastern governments

    The Trump administration, including Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, had close ties with Saudi Arabia during Trump’s tenure in the White House. Kushner has also received financial support from the Saudi government

  • The end of vaccines at ‘Warp Speed’ Nov 19, 2022 10:32 PM IST

    The end of vaccines at ‘Warp Speed’

    In a bid to resurrect Operation Warp Speed, President Joe Biden asked the lame-duck session of Congress this week for $5 billion for next-generation vaccines and therapeutics, as part of a broader $9.25 billion pandemic spending request.

  • World stocks rally but oil prices tumble Nov 18, 2022 08:52 PM IST

    World stocks rally but oil prices tumble

    The Dow Jones was also up 0.7 percent after opening in New York buoyed by earnings reports from retail companies including Gap and Foot Locker.

  • Meet the record holder for the world’s largest feet. How she handles unwanted comments Nov 17, 2022 04:58 PM IST

    Meet the record holder for the world’s largest feet. How she handles unwanted comments

    Tanya Herbert speaks about body positivity and finding a supportive community online.

  • China to adopt consensus reached in talks with United States, ministry says Nov 17, 2022 01:53 PM IST

    China to adopt consensus reached in talks with United States, ministry says

    Sound and stable development for China and U.S. economic and trade co-operation will benefit both countries and the world, ministry spokesperson Shu Jueting told a regular news conference in the Chinese capital.

  • Donald Trump announces bid for 2024 US presidential run; a look at some controversies during his presidency Nov 16, 2022 04:36 PM IST

    Donald Trump announces bid for 2024 US presidential run; a look at some controversies during his presidency

    Former United States president Donald Trump has announced his presidential bid for 2024. A look at some of the many controversies that dogged his time in the White House.

  • LIVE | US President Joe Biden Holds News Conference At G20 Summit | Indonesia Nov 14, 2022 06:53 PM IST

    LIVE | US President Joe Biden Holds News Conference At G20 Summit | Indonesia

    US President Joe Biden holds a news conference at G20 Summit.

  • The G20 summit: Sniping on the beaches of beautiful Bali Nov 13, 2022 08:12 PM IST

    The G20 summit: Sniping on the beaches of beautiful Bali

    There is rising tension among G20 members on the Ukraine issue, among others. The challenge for India, which takes over the Chair, will be to keep the flock together.

  • ‘Social media helped me’. How an Indian computer engineer in the US who was fired got a new job Nov 13, 2022 06:49 PM IST

    ‘Social media helped me’. How an Indian computer engineer in the US who was fired got a new job

    Suddenly axed from his earlier job, Adesh was lucky to land a new one before his H1B visa ran out, else he would have had to give up on his American dream for the moment. This has taught him a lesson. He will continue to job-hunt, because you never know.

  • Remote employee not disclosing location cost this startup $500,000: Report Nov 12, 2022 04:17 PM IST

    Remote employee not disclosing location cost this startup $500,000: Report

    Virginia-based tech startup GravyWork had to rethink how to deal with nomadic employees after being fined for this reason.

  • Tesla mulls exporting China-made EVs to United States: Sources Nov 11, 2022 08:40 PM IST

    Tesla mulls exporting China-made EVs to United States: Sources

    Tesla's Shanghai Gigafactory has the capacity to produce 1.1 million electric vehicles per year after an upgrade earlier this year, making it Tesla's most productive manufacturing hub.

  • Dollar slumps after CPI data suggests Fed may ease rate hikes Nov 10, 2022 08:53 PM IST

    Dollar slumps after CPI data suggests Fed may ease rate hikes

    The dollar fell sharply on Thursday after U.S. consumer prices rose less than expected last month and data pointed to underlying inflation having peaked, opening the way for the Federal Reserve to slow its aggressive interest rate hikes.

  • General Motors recalls over 3 lakh big SUVs in US. Here's why Nov 10, 2022 07:41 PM IST

    General Motors recalls over 3 lakh big SUVs in US. Here's why

    The recall covers certain 2021 Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans, as well as some GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades.

  • US visa processing time likely to significantly fall by mid-2023 Nov 10, 2022 07:33 PM IST

    US visa processing time likely to significantly fall by mid-2023

    Considering the long wait time for the grant of visas, the US is also rolling out a series of initiatives including the hiring of more personnel and increasing the "drop box" facilities.

  • Deadly listeria infection reported in 6 US states. What it is Nov 10, 2022 10:02 AM IST

    Deadly listeria infection reported in 6 US states. What it is

    Sixteen cases of the bacterial illness have been recorded so far. Health officials say the actual number is likely higher.