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iranianpetroleumproducts sept30 The United States has imposed sanctions on an international network of companies involved in the sale of hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of Iranian petrochemicals and petroleum products to end users in South and East Asia. The Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) targets Iranian brokers and several front companies in the UAE, Hong Kong, and India that have f

monkeypoxvirus sept30 White House Monkeypox Response Team says the number of reported daily cases in the United States continue to decline week over week nationally. At a news conference, top administration officials provided latest updates on the current monkeypox outbreak and new preliminary data on how the JYNNEOS vaccine is performing against the disease. Bob Fenton, the White House Monkeypox Response Coordinator

shamreferenda sept29 The United States and the European Union have announced that they will impose fresh sanctions on Russia over what are termed "sham" referendums in four occupied Ukrainian regions. Russian authorities say referendums conducted in Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson show overwhelming support among voters to join Russia.

packageofweapons sep29 The United States has announced an additional $1.1 billion package of weapons and equipment for Ukraine to help the country fight the ongoing Russian invasion. The latest tranche of U.S. military aid, channeled through the Ukraine Security Assistance initiative (USAI), includes 18 new High Mobility Artillery Rocket System or HIMARS, which Ukraine has used so effectively on the battlefield. It

refugee sep28 President Joe Biden has set the number of refugees that the United States will admit in fiscal year 2023 at 125,000. Biden did not increase the nation's cap on refugee admissions set last year despite calls from human rights advocates.

floridastrom sept28 Hurricane Ian has strengthened into a Category 4 storm, and is moving toward Florida, where it is expected to make landfall on the state's west coast on Wednesday afternoon, reports say. Millions are under order to evacuate after the National Hurricane Center warned of catastrophic storm surge, winds and flooding in the Florida Peninsula. "The center of Ian is forecast to move over central Flor

civiliansecurity sept27 The United States has pledged an additional $457.5 million in civilian security assistance to Ukraine. The aid is to enhance the efforts of Ukrainian law enforcement and criminal justice agencies to improve their operational capacity and save lives as they continue to help defend the Ukrainian people, their freedom, and their democracy from the Kremlin's brutal war of aggression, the State Depart

airlinesbooking sep27 The U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing a rule requiring airlines and online third-party booking sites to disclose certain fees beyond the base fare up front. The new proposed rule, which would significantly strengthen protections for consumers by ensuring that they have access to certain fee information before they purchase their airline tickets, was announced by President Joe Biden a

asteroidsmashing sep27 Monday, NASA successfully executed an experimental mission to deviate an earth-bound sizeable space rock to prevent it from hitting the planet. At 7:14 p.m. ET, mission control at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, announced that the U.S. space agency's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft crashed into Dimorphos, the asteroid moonlet of Didymos.

uscoronavirus sept26 Signaling that Covid conditions are improving nationally, all the pandemic metrics except deaths continue to fall noticeably in the United States. Known coronavirus positive cases in the country have fallen by 18 percent in the last two weeks, according to the New York Times' latest data. Covid casualties rose by 15 percent during the same period. The total number of people losing their lives d

nasaspacecraft sep26 NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft will crash into an asteroid on Monday as part of an experiment to see how difficult it would be to deviate an earth-bound sizeable space rock to prevent it from hitting the planet. At 7:14 p.m. ET on Monday, DART will intentionally crash into Dimorphos, the asteroid moonlet of Didymos, to slightly change its motion in space. The demonstra

giorgiameloni sep26 Giorgia Meloni is set to become Italy's first female prime minister as the right-wing alliance led by her Brothers of Italy party is on course to win the general election. With 63 percent of votes counted, the alliance has won more than 43 percent, according to the Italian Interior Ministry. Matteo Salvini's League and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia are the other parties i

opioidcrisis sep23 The White House has announced new Actions and funding to address the overdose epidemic and support recovery as part of National Recovery Month. The U.S Department of Health and Human Services, through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is awarding nearly $1.5 billion to all states, tribal lands, and territories' efforts to address the opioid crisis and support

touristsentry sept23 Japan decided to ease restrictions imposed on foreign tourists' entry into the country more than two years ago due to the spread of Covid. On the same day, Japan will remove the current daily cap of 50,000 foreign visitors allowed to visit the country, aimed to revive its ailing economy. Speaking on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said individual

nucleartest sep23 Japan, the United States and South Korea have warned that if North Korea conducts any nuclear test, it would be met with a strong and resolute response from the international community. In a meeting on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, the foreign ministers of the three allied nations expressed serious concern about the reclusive Communist country's adoption of

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