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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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  • Ketanji Jackson sworn in as US Supreme Court's first black woman judge Jul 01, 2022 09:00 AM IST

    Ketanji Jackson sworn in as US Supreme Court's first black woman judge

    Ketanji Brown Jackson's appointment means white men are not in the majority on the US' highest court for the first time in 233 years.

  • Wall Street slides, Dow set for worst first-half since 1962 Jun 30, 2022 08:33 PM IST

    Wall Street slides, Dow set for worst first-half since 1962

    Fears over slowing growth and surging prices have rippled through markets, with recession worries taking center stage as monetary policymakers across the world look to aggressively raise borrowing costs.

  • Priyanka Chopra’s homeware brand trolled for ‘ludicrous’ pricing: ‘I went broke just looking’ Jun 30, 2022 11:45 AM IST

    Priyanka Chopra’s homeware brand trolled for ‘ludicrous’ pricing: ‘I went broke just looking’

    At Sona Home, which is currently available only in the United States and Canada, a single dinner plate retails for $60 (Rs 4,700), while a table cloth can go up to a staggering $398 (Rs 31,000).

  • Byju’s to offer over $1 billion to acquire US-based 2U Jun 29, 2022 10:08 AM IST

    Byju’s to offer over $1 billion to acquire US-based 2U

    The edtech major made the offer of about $15 a share to 2U’s board last week

  • Indian market can tank another 1,000 points if US enters deep recession, says Credit Suisse's Jitendra Gohil Jun 27, 2022 05:31 PM IST

    Indian market can tank another 1,000 points if US enters deep recession, says Credit Suisse's Jitendra Gohil

    A steep market correction is also likely if the crude shoots to the unprecedented level of $140 or $150 a barrel, he said

  • As States Ban Abortion, Demand for Pills Is Rising Jun 26, 2022 10:09 PM IST

    As States Ban Abortion, Demand for Pills Is Rising

    A similar phenomenon occurred after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, according to a 2019 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study did not assess the motivation of people who received IUDs then, but there were concerns women could lose access to birth control after Trump promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act on the campaign trail.

  • United States: Ex-President Donald Trump's lasting legacy grows as Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade Jun 26, 2022 09:14 PM IST

    United States: Ex-President Donald Trump's lasting legacy grows as Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

    When he ran in 2016, he promised that he would appoint conservative and pro-life judges to the federal courts starting with the U.S. Supreme Court. And he kept his word," said Ralph Reed, an evangelical leader and chair of the The Faith and Freedom Coalition, who was criticized in some corners for his embrace of Trump.

  • US embassy opens student visa appointments for mid-August campus dates Jun 26, 2022 01:34 PM IST

    US embassy opens student visa appointments for mid-August campus dates

    Those who failed to clear the interview the first time and were refused visas can reapply. Appointments for second chances will open in the second half of August, the embassy said

  • US court upholds Arizona land swap deal for Rio Tinto copper mine Jun 25, 2022 10:53 PM IST

    US court upholds Arizona land swap deal for Rio Tinto copper mine

    Apache Stronghold, a nonprofit group comprised of members of the San Carlos Apache tribe and others, said it would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • US Senator in 2010 deposition: 13-year-olds can consent to sex Jun 25, 2022 09:40 PM IST

    US Senator in 2010 deposition: 13-year-olds can consent to sex

    In 2009, while Lankford worked at the camp, the family of a 13-year-old girl sued a 15-year-old boy who was alleged to have had sex with her at the camp.

  • Abortion Access Is Shifting Rapidly 1 Day After Overturning of Roe Jun 25, 2022 09:18 PM IST

    Abortion Access Is Shifting Rapidly 1 Day After Overturning of Roe

    Women in remote, rural parts of the Midwest and South, where the closest abortion clinic might now be hundreds of miles away, faced the prospect of expensive trips across state lines.

  • US President Joe Biden's mission in Europe: Shore up alliance against Russia Jun 25, 2022 08:13 PM IST

    US President Joe Biden's mission in Europe: Shore up alliance against Russia

    In Madrid, Biden will help promote NATO's effort to welcome Finland and Sweden into the alliance after the Russian invasion of Ukraine led the two historically neutral democracies to seek the protection of the mutual-defense association.

  • From joy to anger, US religious leaders react to Roe v Wade reversal Jun 24, 2022 10:56 PM IST

    From joy to anger, US religious leaders react to Roe v Wade reversal

    The ruling issued Friday was hailed by leading Catholic bishops, even though a majority of US Catholics support abortion rights, and it also was welcomed by many evangelical Christian leaders.

  • US abortion ruling: President Joe Biden vows to 'do all in his power' to protect right to abort Jun 24, 2022 10:31 PM IST

    US abortion ruling: President Joe Biden vows to 'do all in his power' to protect right to abort

    Stating that “this is an extreme and dangerous path”, the US President, however, urged abortion debate activists to “keep all protests peaceful”, while warning that the abortion ruling may undermine contraception and gay marriage rights.

  • Past cases have upheld or chipped away at Roe v. Wade Jun 24, 2022 10:29 PM IST

    Past cases have upheld or chipped away at Roe v. Wade

    The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case before the nation’s highest court on a restrictive Mississippi law, is the most consequential on women’s access to abortion since the court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade.

  • A look at 50 years of US Supreme Court abortion decisions Jun 24, 2022 09:56 PM IST

    A look at 50 years of US Supreme Court abortion decisions

    During that time, the court’s membership and views on abortion regulations have changed.

  • US Supreme Court ends constitutional protections for abortion Jun 24, 2022 07:48 PM IST

    US Supreme Court ends constitutional protections for abortion

    The decision, which was unthinkable even a few years ago, was the culmination of decades of efforts by abortion opponents, made possible by an emboldened right side of the court that has been fortified by three appointees of former US President Donald Trump.

  • Hunger is getting worse since the pandemic Jun 24, 2022 04:34 PM IST

    Hunger is getting worse since the pandemic

    As war and inflation make food more expensive and harder to get, US lawmakers must accept that hunger isn't a passing problem but an enduring reality for the country.

  • Global M&A braces for dry spell as boardrooms put expansion on hold Jun 24, 2022 11:58 AM IST

    Global M&A braces for dry spell as boardrooms put expansion on hold

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and fears that an economic recession is looming dealt a blow to merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the second quarter.

  • Jerome Powell hammers home ‘unconditional’ commitment to cool inflation Jun 23, 2022 11:05 PM IST

    Jerome Powell hammers home ‘unconditional’ commitment to cool inflation

    Policymakers raised interest rates by 75 basis points last week and Powell signaled that another move of that size -- or a 50 basis-point increase -- was on the table when they meet again in late July.

  • Fed chief Jerome Powell says pandemic aid not primary driver of US inflation Jun 23, 2022 10:56 PM IST

    Fed chief Jerome Powell says pandemic aid not primary driver of US inflation

    US inflation has surged to a 40-year high, picking up speed in recent months as the fallout from Russia's invasion of Ukraine has sent fuel and food prices soaring, with gas at more than $5 a gallon for the first time -- putting strain on American families.

  • Instagram tests new tools for age verification Jun 23, 2022 06:01 PM IST

    Instagram tests new tools for age verification

    The photo-sharing service owned by Meta Platforms Inc said it is testing two new ways to verify a person’s age, in addition to allowing them to upload their identity proof online.

  • US rolls out COVID-19 vaccines for children under five Jun 23, 2022 01:14 PM IST

    US rolls out COVID-19 vaccines for children under five

    The United States has delivered about 2.7 million doses of COVID vaccines for children below five years to administration centres while another one million shots will reach the sites soon, the Department of Health and Human Services said on June 22.

  • Citing disastrous pandemic response, expert panel will call for overhaul of US public health system Jun 21, 2022 09:03 PM IST

    Citing disastrous pandemic response, expert panel will call for overhaul of US public health system

    A bipartisan panel of health experts will call for an overhaul of the American public health system that would greatly expand the role of the federal government, giving Washington the authority to set minimum health standards and coordinate a patchwork of nearly 3,000 state, local and tribal agencies.

  • Young US children will start getting vaccines Tuesday, but hurdles remain Jun 21, 2022 05:45 PM IST

    Young US children will start getting vaccines Tuesday, but hurdles remain

    Parents who experienced more than two years of anxiety may feel some relief Tuesday, as much of the United States begins administering coronavirus vaccines to children younger than 5, allowing babies and toddlers to more safely explore the world.

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