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spyware march28 President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order that prohibits the operational use by the U.S. Government of commercial spyware that poses risks to national security or has been misused by foreign actors to enable human rights abuses around the world. Commercial spyware has proliferated in recent years with few controls and high risk of abuse. Sophisticated and invasive cyber surveillance tools are

Thousands of workers took to the streets in Israel as trade unions called a general strike on Monday to protest the government's controversial judicial reform plan. Critics say the new law threatens the foundations of Israeli democracy, as thgovernment would have control over judicial appointment, while the parliament would get the privilege to sidestep Supreme Court decisions. Netanyahu's deci

newwelfaremeasures mar23 The Pentagon has unveiled a comprehensive plan aimed at the welfare of U.S. military force and their families. The new six-point plan, announced by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, addresses essential needs in education, childcare, parental leave, and career advancement. Austin said the Department of Defense is committed to working with Congress and other stakeholders to ensure the successfu

iranuavprogram mar22 The United States imposed sanctions on four Iranian entities and three individuals in Iran and Turkey for their involvement in the procurement of equipment, including European-origin engines of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in support of Iran's UAV and weapons programs. The Iranian military procurement network operates on behalf of Iran's Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL),

ukraineimfsupport mar22 The International Monetary Fund has reached an agreement with Ukraine to provide a loan worth $15.6 billion to support the war-torn country in its economic recovery, post-war reconstruction and path to EU accession. The staff-level agreement was reached after a week-long meeting between Ukrainian officials and an IMF team led by IMF Mission Chief for Ukraine Gavin Gray in Warsaw. The Ukrainian t

covidoriginsbill mar21 President Joe Biden has signed the Covid Origins Act of 2023 into law. The legislation requires the Biden administration to declassify intelligence related to any potential links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the origins of the Covid pandemic within 90 days of enactment.

securityassistance mar21 In the latest tranche of U.S. security assistance to help Ukraine fight against Russian attacks, the Department of Defense announced the authorization of arms and equipment worth $350 million. This military assistance package includes more ammunition for U.S.-provided High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, and howitzers that Ukraine is currently using to defend lethal attacks by Russ

intercontinentalballisticmissile mar20 The Group of 7 nations has called for tough punitive actions in response to North Korea's latest Intercontinental ballistic missile test. North Korea's reckless behavior demands a swift and unified response by the international community including further significant measures by the UN Security Council, G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United

israelpalestinian march20 The Government of Israel and the Palestinian National Authority have agreed on a set of commitments that will help de escalate tensions in the Middle East. The two sides reaffirmed their joint readiness and commitment to immediately work to end unilateral measures for a period of 3 to 6 months. This includes an Israeli commitment to stop discussion of any new settlement units in Palestinian terr

xijinpingputin mar17 Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week to hold talks aimed at strengthenening the relationship between the two major powers. The Kremlin said the two leaders would discuss a "comprehensive partnership and strategic co-operation". The visit, which will be the first by the Chinese leader to Russia since Putin's forces attacked Ukraine more

ukrainewarcrimesr mar17 Russian forces in Ukraine faced fresh accusations of war crimes as UN-appointed independent human rights investigators released the latest findings of their ongoing probe. According to the Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, set up one year ago at the request of the Human Rights Council, Russian troops committed a wide range of violations across the country, many of which are war crimes. These inc

intercontinentalballisticmissile mar16 The United States has strongly condemned North Korea's latest Intercontinental ballistic missile test. North Korea fired an ICBM on Thursday morning, ahead of landmark talks between the leaders of South Korea and Japan aimed at improving bilateral relations. The long-range ballistic missile, which could potentially reach mainland United States, was launched from Pyongyang on the east coast of N

drugs mar15 The Department of Health and Human Services has unveiled the first set of Part B prescription drugs that will be subject to Medicare inflation rebates because they raised their prices faster than inflation. Under prescription drug law, prescription drug companies have to pay back Medicare if they raise prices on seniors at a higher rate than inflation. From next month, some Medicare beneficiar

seatinginplane mar14 Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg sent a letter to the Congress proposing a legislation that would guarantee that young kids can sit next to their parents without getting charged a junk fee in passenger planes. If passed, this legislation would ensure fee-free family seating on all U.S. airlines. President Biden called for Congress to pass legislation to ban these junk fees in the State of

joebiden dec15 13mar23 President Joe Biden will deliver remarks Monday morning on actions that his administration has taken to strengthen confidence in the U.S. banking system in the wake of the collapses of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. In a statement issued on Sunday, Biden said that at his direction, the Treasury Secretary and the National Economic Council Director worked diligently with the banking regula

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