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Doctors as Virus Cases in US Pass 100K: 'We Are Scared'

More than 1,700 people have died in United States as of Saturday morning

(Newser) - Just two days ago, there were about 82,000 cases of the coronavirus in the United States, making it the country with the most cases in the world . Now that count has surpassed 100,000, per Reuters , which reports the US number rose by about 18,000 on Friday—the... More »

Coronavirus Marks 'Grim Milestone' in US

At least 1K Americans have died, and the numbers are still climbing

(Newser) - Wednesday night marked a grim milestone as the coronavirus rampages across the planet: USA Today reports that the death toll in the US has surpassed 1,000, hovering closer to 1,050, per a Johns Hopkins University data dashboard , which put the overall number of known cases in the US... More »

2 Big Moves in Virus Fight: Mexico and Medical Supplies

US and Mexico close border, Trump invokes Defense Production Act for critical medical gear

(Newser) - President Trump got into a testy exchange with a reporter at a Friday news conference about the coronavirus pandemic, but there were other developments at the presser:
  • Trump's action: The president invoked the Defense Production Act to get needed medical supplies such as ventilators and masks on the front
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US, Canada Just Made a Big Joint Move on Coronavirus

Border between 2 countries temporarily shut down to 'nonessential travel'

(Newser) - The US and Canada have agreed to temporarily close their shared border to nonessential travel, President Trump announced Wednesday as the two nations work to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Both countries are eager to choke off the spread of the virus but also maintain their vital economic... More »

Afghan Government's Move May Wreck US-Taliban Deal

It's postponing the release of 1,500 Taliban prisoners

(Newser) - The Afghan government Saturday postponed the release of 1,500 Taliban prisoners, an Afghan official said, a decision that could sabotage a peace deal signed last month between the Taliban and the US. Jawed Faisal, spokesman for the Afghan National Security Adviser's office, said the releases were being delayed... More »

Official: Russia 'Wants to Watch Us Tear Ourselves Apart'

Kremlin is stoking racial tensions as part of bid to sow discord in election year

(Newser) - Russia is urging violence by white supremacist and black extremist groups with the goal to sow discord in the US, multiple intelligence officials tell the New York Times . The effort to inflame racial tensions is part of a larger bid to influence the presidential election—and, some say, to promote... More »

US, Taliban Sign Peace Deal

Agreement is meant to end the Afghanistan War, if Taliban meets its anti-terrorism commitments

(Newser) - The United States signed a peace agreement with Taliban militants on Saturday aimed at bringing an end to 18 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan and allowing US troops to return home from America's longest war. Under the agreement, the US would draw its forces down to 8,600 from... More »

New Findings on US Obesity 'Important for Everyone'

And it's not great news: Obesity rate in America is now over 40%

(Newser) - In 1999, US health officials warned that the health of millions of Americans was being imperiled by a "growing obesity epidemic." Twenty years later, it appears that warning wasn't very effective: A report issued Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the obesity... More »

Pompeo: This Deal May End 20 Years of Conflict

As the 'New York Times' takes heat for a Taliban op-ed

(Newser) - A seven-day "reduction in violence" begins Friday in Afghanistan between US troops and the Taliban, a move the BBC notes is meant to lead to a more permanent ceasefire. "After decades of conflict, we have come to an understanding with the Taliban," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo... More »

Report: Ukraine Wants Money Back From US on 6 More Deals

Kyiv reportedly put down payments on $30M arms, ammo deals held up by US for at least a year

(Newser) - The impeachment of President Trump revolved around a midsummer phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the holdup of almost $400 million in US military aide to the country in its war with Russia. But according to three Ukrainian officials and an ex-US senior official who talked to BuzzFeed... More »

US Has Its 2nd Coronavirus Case

Chicago woman is in isolation; risk to public remains low

(Newser) - The US has its second confirmed case of coronavirus. A Chicago woman in her 60s tested positive for the virus after visiting Wuhan, China, where the virus originated, health officials reported Friday. The woman, who developed symptoms a few days after returning to the US last week, is doing well... More »

Here Are the 10 Best Nations on Earth

According to new rankings out by 'US News & World Report'; the US moves up one spot

(Newser) - This is the fifth year US News & World Report has put out its "Best Countries" report, and one country has dominated every year but one. Switzerland is tops again for 2020, as it was in 2019, 2018, and 2017. The magazine, which worked with the BAV Group and... More »

Trump Sent Kim a Birthday Note. Kim Remains Unmoved

Adviser to Kim Jong Un says North Korea feels 'deceived by the US,' nuclear talks unlikely

(Newser) - Everyone appreciates a birthday card, and Kim Jong Un is likely no exception, but that doesn't mean President Trump's well wishes to the North Korean leader have cleared the path for more nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and the US. Per CNN , a top adviser to Kim said via... More »

Pelosi Hands Trump a Victory on Trade

New North American trade deal is imminent

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced agreement on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the same day that Democrats announced impeachment charges against him, per the AP . Crediting Democratic negotiators for winning stronger provisions on enforcing the agreement, Pelosi said... More »

Judge Halts Federal Executions

4 men were set to be executed in Indiana in December and January

(Newser) - The cases of four men set to be put to death in Indiana over the next couple of months have spurred a nationwide reprieve. On Wednesday, District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan halted those executions, effectively stopping all federal executions across the US, Politico reports. A fifth execution in Indiana set... More »

UK Cops to Get New Crack at US Diplomat's Wife

Anne Sacoolas requested interview 'under caution' in US

(Newser) - British police will get another interview with the US diplomat's wife involved in the car crash that killed 19-year-old Harry Dunn—just not in the UK. Anne Sacoolas requested to be interviewed by Northamptonshire Police in the US, where officers are now traveling, Sky News reports. The outlet notes... More »

UK Family 'Traumatized' After Arrest at US-Canada Border

Family of 5 detained in Pa. says they've been living a nightmare since accidentally crossing into America

(Newser) - A family vacation in Canada for a UK couple and their three kids has turned into a nightmare, leaving them locked up in a Pennsylvania detention center. The Washington Post reports on the plight of David and Eileen Connors, who say they were driving near the US border close to... More »

Pentagon: We're Sending Jets, Other Air Defense to Saudis

Defense Secretary Mark Esper announces move after Iran claims 2 missiles struck its tanker

(Newser) - The US will send fighter jets and additional air defenses to Saudi Arabia to defend the kingdom against Iran amid heightened tensions between the two Middle Eastern adversaries, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday. Esper announced the deployment of several dozen fighter jets, along with other aircraft and additional air... More »

Tennis Phenom's Big Move: Give Up US Citizenship

Naomi Osaka had to make a decision by age 22, per Japan's rules

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka, born in Japan to a Japanese mom and Haitian-American dad , currently holds both US and Japanese citizenship. But once she turns 22 next week, Japan's nationality laws dictate she'll have to choose between the two—and the tennis star says she's going with the latter,... More »

N. Korea Offers to Resume US Talks —Then This

'We'll see what happens,' Trump had responded

(Newser) - North Korea launched two projectiles toward the sea on Tuesday, South Korea's military said. The move came hours after the North offered to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States but warned its dealings with Washington may end without new US proposals. The launches and demand for new proposals... More »

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