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The U.S. has reported the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the world over the last seven days, according to the World Health Organization. The U.S. saw 500,332 new cases (a 131% increase) the week ending July 25 compared with the previous week, the WHO said. The world at large saw 3.8 million new cases (an 8% increase) over the same time period. More troublingly, the number of deaths ...

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WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed legislation to authorize an additional 8,000 special immigrant visas for Afghan interpreters, contractors and other vulnerable U.S. allies. The bill would also expand eligibility to family members of SIV applicants who have been killed, as well as Afghans who worked with certain nongovernmental organizations and could face persecution ...

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WASHINGTON — U.S. officials Monday pledged to “stand firmly” with Cubans who have unleashed a rare, robust wave of protest and called on the Havana government to refrain from a violent crackdown, even as authorities there shut down the internet and deployed counter-demonstrators into the streets. “The Cuban people are demanding their freedom from an authoritarian regime,” President Joe Biden ...

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If you are fully vaccinated and sending your kids off to camp or inviting their friends to sleep over, you might almost — But dare to share this sentiment on a work call or with other parents on the playground and chances are some killjoy is going to bring up the dreaded Delta variant. Delta originated in India and scientists estimate that it is 60% more transmissible than the Alpha variant ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday defended his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan, challenging any critic to say whether “you would send your own son or daughter” to continue fighting in America’s longest war. “I will not send another generation of Americans to war in Afghanistan with no reasonable expectation of achieving a different outcome,” he said during remarks ...

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced new steps Tuesday intended to inoculate additional Americans as the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus spreads and his administration labors to persuade holdouts to get shots. “Millions of Americans are still unvaccinated and unprotected,” Biden said at the White House complex. “And because of that, their communities are at risk. Their ...

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Donald Rumsfeld, the defense secretary who became the face of U.S. foreign policy under President George W. Bush while the administration’s troop deployments toppled hostile regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq, has died. He was 88. His death was confirmed by The Associated Press, citing Rumsfeld’s family. No details were provided. Along with Vice President Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld was one of the main ...

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SURFSIDE, Fla. — Families of missing Surfside condo building residents waited Tuesday for a miracle that never came, despite the “grueling” six-day effort by rescue crews looking to find someone alive in the rubble of the collapsed tower. The official count of fatalities rose to 12 by Tuesday night, but authorities were not giving up with 149 people unaccounted for and a nation watching the ...

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WASHINGTON — Walgreens gift cards. Concert ticket giveaways. Advertising on video game livestreams. TikTok videos. The incentives multiply as President Joe Biden scrambles to entice more Americans to get inoculated against COVID-19, particularly younger people who believe they are less at risk, as the country is expected to fall short of his vaccination goal for the July 4 holiday after ...

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U.S. public-health leaders sought to reassure Americans that COVID-19 shots are safe and to get vaccinated after reports that a relatively small number of mostly young men had suffered a heart problem after being immunized. About 1,200 cases of heart inflammation have been reported in people who received messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and ...