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Unvaccinated US citizens and long-term residents will have to present a negative Covid test taken a day before re-entering the country. People coming from countries with vaccination rates under 10% will have to provide a compelling reason for why they’re traveling to US: White House (ANI)

President Biden delivers remarks on his Build Back Better agenda and Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

Democrats mull tax on assets of US billionaires

Tennessee senator indicted on campaign cash scheme charges

A Tennessee state senator and a Nashville social club owner were indicted on charges that they violated campaign finance laws by illegally concealing the transfer of $91,000 during the Republican lawmaker’s 2016 failed congressional campaign, federal investigators announced Monday.

Biden to be first US president to join ASEAN summit in four years

Orthodox patriarch released from hospital, set to meet Biden

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians, was released from a Washington hospital Monday morning after an overnight stay early in his 12-day visit to the United States. Bartholomew, 81, was scheduled to meet with President Joe Biden later Monday at the White House, and also to meet with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Pak PM meets US special envoy John Kerry, discusses issues concerning Afghanistan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan met US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry on Monday on the sidelines of the “Middle East Green Initiative (MGI)” Summit in Riyadh and discussed issues concerning Afghanistan.

Israel to send envoy to brief US on outlawed Palestinian groups

Israel will send an envoy to Washington to share intelligence it says links six Palestinian civil society groups to a banned “terrorist organisation,” an Israeli official told AFP Monday. Last week, the Israeli defence ministry made public its move to effectively outlaw the six prominent Palestinian civil society groups over alleged ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a group blacklisted by several Western governments.

Hurricane Rick hits Mexico’s southern Pacific coast

A compact Hurricane Rick roared ashore along Mexico’s southern Pacific coast early Monday with 105 mph (165 kmh) winds and heavy rain amid warnings of potential flash floods in the coastal mountains. Read full story

6 candidates for US Senate in Ohio vie for evangelical votes

The crowd of about 950 at the evangelical Genoa Baptist Church in the northern suburbs of Columbus never quite booed Matt Dolan, a state senator whose family owns the Cleveland Indians, but they didn’t embrace him either. It was the first time all the major candidates to fill the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Rob Portman were on the stage together. They were Dolan, former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, former Republican Party chair Jane Timken, author JD Vance and Cleveland businesspeople Mike Gibbons and Bernie Moreno.

Microsoft: Russian-backed hackers targeting cloud services

Microsoft said Monday the same Russia-backed hackers responsible for the 2020 SolarWinds breach continue to attack the global technology supply chain and have been relentlessly targeting cloud service companies and others since summer. Read full story

US Treasury names former JP Morgan as first-ever counselor for racial equity

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has named Janis Bowdler, a Latina activist and former head of the philanthropic arm of JP Morgan Chase, as the first-ever counselor for racial equity at the Treasury Department, a Treasury official said on Monday.

The Biden administration is expected to unveil today its detailed rules requiring nearly all foreign air visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19 starting Nov 8.

The White House first disclosed on Sept. 20 it would remove restrictions in early November for fully vaccinated air travelers from 33 countries.

US NTSB chair criticizes Tesla over ‘FSD’ rollout

The chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) criticized Tesla’s rollout of “Full Self-Driving Beta technology” after the automaker did not address concerns after earlier fatal crashes involving its driver assistance systems.

US again warns Iran of ‘other steps’ but says always prefers diplomacy

The US pointman on Iran renewed warnings Monday of unspecified action if the clerical state does not reverse nuclear steps, but said President Joe Biden’s administration would always prefer diplomacy. Read full story

Sudanese military takeover will have long-lasting effect on relations with US: senator

The Sudanese military’s takeover of the transitional government will have lasting consequences on relations with the United States and it should reverse course immediately, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez said on Monday.

US says push to revive Iran nuclear deal is in ‘critical phase’

The top US envoy on Iran said on Monday efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal were now in a ‘critical phase’, saying Tehran’s reasons for not resuming talks were wearing thin.

President Biden pushes to get Democrats over finish line on spending package

Joe Biden kicks off a make-or-break week for his presidency and the Democratic Party’s wider fortunes Monday with a New Jersey speech pitching his troubled domestic spending package. Read full story

Rainfall records were shattered and heavy snow pounded high elevations of the Sierra Nevada. The National Weather Service issued numerous flash flood warnings

Drought-stricken California pounded by massive storm

A massive storm barreled toward Southern California on Monday after flooding highways, toppling trees, cutting power and causing rock slides and mud flows in areas burned bare by wildfires across the northern half of the state.