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Air raid sirens blare on Biden’s ‘unprecedented’ Kyiv visit

Air raid sirens howled as Biden walked alongside Zelenskyy during a historic visit to war-time Kyiv. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said: “This is a historic visit, unprecedented in modern times, to have the President of the United States visit the capital of a country at war where the United States military does not control the critical infrastructure.”

Biden declares emergency for California due to winter storms

U.S. President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for California. The decision came after a week of the storm that killed at least 12 people in the past 10 days. The emergency declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts and mobilize emergency resources, the White House said in a statement.

Biden targets Trump, “American democracy under attack”: Reports

President Joe Biden delivered a stark warning to Americans that the future of the nation's democracy could rest on next week's midterm elections. "We can't take democracy for granted any longer," the president said from Union Station in the US Capitol where a mob attempted to interrupt the certification of the 2020 election. Biden blamed upon his predecessor, Donald Trump, for dire national situation, accusing the former president of cultivating a lie that has metastasized into a web of conspiracies that has already resulted in targeted violence. "American democracy is under attack because the defeated former president refuses to accept the will of the people," Biden said.

Biden urges Russia, China to engage in nuclear talks

Washington: On Aug 1, U.S. President Joe Biden said that the United States was ready to outline a new nuclear arms deal with Russia. It also called on Moscow to demonstrate its ability to negotiate in good faith. Biden also called on China "to engage in talks that will reduce the risk of miscalculation and address destabilizing military dynamics."

Joe Biden to send precision rockets to Ukraine

On June 1, President Joe Biden announced that the supply of precision rocket systems and munitions was expected to be unveiled on Wednesday. The rockets could strike at long-range Russian targets and are part of a $700 million weapons package. "We have moved quickly to send Ukraine a significant amount of weaponry and ammunition so Ukraine can fight on the battlefield and be in the strongest possible position at the negotiating table," Biden wrote in an opinion piece in the New York Times.

Biden willing to use force to defend Taiwan

Tokyo: On May 23, U.S. President Joe Biden said that he would be inclined to use force to defend Taiwan against Chinese aggression. The comment was seemingly made to stretch the limits of the ambiguous U.S. policy toward the self-governed island. A reporter inquired Biden if the United States would defend Taiwan if it were attacked. "Yes," the president answered at a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo.

Biden, Saudi Crown Prince likely to meet next month

Washington: It was reported on Thursday that U.S. President Joe Biden and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could meet for the first time as soon as next month. The report disclosed that Biden administration officials were in talks with the Saudis about arranging a potential in-person meeting while Biden was overseas next month. The White House and the Saudi government's media office did not immediately respond to requests for statements.

Biden visits Poland, NATO troops

Rzeszow: On March 25, U.S. President Joe Biden landed in Rzeszow, Poland, to get a look at international efforts to help some of the millions of Ukrainian refugees. He also scheduled to speak to American troops strengthening NATO's eastern flank. Biden told reporters that his visit would "reinforce my commitment to have the United States make sure we are a major piece of dealing with the relocation of all those folks, as well as humanitarian assistance needed both inside Ukraine and outside Ukraine."

Biden pledges new Ukrainian aid, warns Russia on chemical weapons

In response to Vladimir Putin's assault on Ukraine, President Joe Biden and Western allies vowed more sanctions and humanitarian aid on Thursday, but their pledges fell short of the more robust military assistance that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy begged for in a pair of live-video addresses. Biden also declared that the United States will accept up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees - though he noted that many would choose to remain closer to home - and would contribute an additional $1 billion in food, medicine, water, and other necessities.  

India “somewhat shaky” over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: Biden

As India looks to balance its relations with Russia and the West, US President Joe Biden has stated that India is the only country in the quad group of countries that is "slightly wobbly" as a result of its passivity in response to Russia's war on Ukraine. "We have presented a united front throughout NATO and in the Pacific in response to his aggression," Biden said at a business gathering on Monday, alluding to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  

Russia considering use of chemical, biological weapons: Biden

According to AFP, US President Joe Biden said Monday that it's "obvious" that Russia is considering using chemical and biological weapons in Ukraine, and that if it does, it will face a "severe" Western response. "Simply not true," Biden said, referring to Russia's accusation that the US is harbouring such weapons in Europe. He addressed a group of US business leaders in Washington, "I guarantee you."    

Biden likely to visit Europe

Washington: On Tuesday, White House officials discussed the possibility of U.S. President Joe Biden traveling to Europe in the coming weeks. The abrupt visit is to discuss Russia and Ukraine with allies, a source familiar with the situation revealed. It is not certain whether the trip will take place as the plans are not yet finalized, the source added. The White House refrained from commenting.

US to distribute frozen Afghan assets between 9/11 victims

President of the United States, Joe Biden, has chosen to divide frozen Afghan assets evenly among Afghans and 9/11 victims. The value of the frozen Afghan assets is estimated to be over $7 billion, according to US media, and the Biden administration has been hesitant to return them. President Joe Biden has decided to disperse the monies evenly among the Afghan people and the 9/11 victims, according to a presidential decree issued by the United States. This will cost both sides an estimated 3.5 billion dollars.  

Leader of ISIL killed: Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden revealed the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) had been “taken off the battlefield” following an overnight raid in Syria that also killed children and women. Biden ratified al-Qurayshi’s death and touted the operation in a brief speech. He blamed the civilian deaths on the ISIL leader, whom he said blew himself up in an “act of desperate cowardice” as US forces approached.

Omicron is a source of concern, not a source of panic: Joe Biden

President Joe Biden cautioned Americans not to panic amid a rise of cases threatening further social disruption on Monday, as US health officials halved the recommended isolation time for patients with asymptomatic COVID-19 Biden warned that while certain US hospitals may be "overrun" due to the quickly spreading Omicron variety, the country is generally well prepared to deal with the latest spike.  

Biden signs bill banning goods from China Xinjiang

Mr. Biden's approval of the measure, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, demonstrates the "United States' commitment to combating forced labor, including in the context of the ongoing genocide in Xinjiang." According to the White House, US President Joe Biden signed legislation on December 23 prohibiting imports from China's Xinjiang region due to concerns over forced labor, eliciting a furious response from China. The Uighur Forced Labor Prevention Act is part of the United States' response to Beijing's treatment of China's Muslim Uighur minority, which Washington has declared genocide.  

UN is allocating 5b for Afghanistan

Afghanistan will get $5 billion from the United Nations. It emphasised that the organisation does not intend to create an alternative state in Afghanistan, but that system support is critical to the foundation's success in order to avoid losing the accomplishments of the previous two decades. The United Nations has said it plans to provide 5 billion to strengthen Afghanistan's economy. The United Nations is reportedly working on a 5 billion budget for the next year to provide services and assistance in Afghanistan.    

Russia will face ‘severe consequences’ if it invades Ukraine: Biden

Wilmington: It emerged on Sunday that U.S. President Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia would pay "a terrible price" and face shattering economic repercussions if it inundated with Ukraine. "I made it absolutely clear to President Putin ... that if he moves on Ukraine, the economic consequences for his economy are going to be devastating, devastating," he said. He clarified that the possibility of sending US forces was 'never on the table'.

Putin and Joe Biden begin virtual talks

Washington/Moscow: On Dec 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden have started up virtual talks on Ukraine and other issues, Russian state television reported. Before the virtual meeting, a US official stated that president Joe Biden would announce sanctions imposed on Russian in case of war with Ukraine. On the other hand, the Kremlin defended that Russia had no such intentions and the army was in the defensive position.

Joe Biden’s medical leave, Kamala Harris holds Presidency briefly

According to US Press Secretary Jen Psaki, President Joe Biden will switch power to Vice President Kamala Harris during for “brief” time. On Friday the president is under anesthesia for a colonoscopy as part of a regular health check, the White House said. “President Biden will transfer power to the vice-president for the brief period when he is under anesthesia. The vice president will work from her office in the West Wing during this time,” Psaki stated.

Biden calls Xi, discusses contemporary issues

Washington/Beijing: On Nov 16, U.S. President Joe Biden pointed up his Chinese counterpart about human rights in a video call lasting more than three hours. On the other hand, Xi Jinping cautioned that China would respond vehemently to incitation on Taiwan. Both presidents discussed North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, and various contemporary issues like global energy markets, trade and competition, climate, military issues, the pandemic, and other points of disagreement.

US not ready to provide financial aid to Afghanistan: Sullivan

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan during an interview with CNN on Sunday stated that the Biden govt wouldn't yet be in a position to provide money presently through the existing leadership in Afghanistan. 'The Taliban are not in a position we would want,' he said. 'Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan have to fulfil their obligations like inclusive government that protects rights of women and do not allow the Afghan soil to be used again by any terrorist outfit,' he further added.

Biden announces $102 million for US-ASEAN partnership

Washington: On Oct 26, it emerged that U.S. President Joe Biden would be announcing schemes to provide up to $102 million to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The funds are to broaden the U.S. strategic coalition with the ASEAN at a virtual summit, announced the White House said. The U.S. funding is aimed at improving health, climate, economic, and education policies.