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U.S. grants relief to Cameroon immigrants

U.S. grants relief to Cameroon immigrants

KRISTINA COOKE and MICA ROSENBERG THE Biden administration will grant temporary deportation relief and work permits to Cameroonians living in the United States due to the ongoing conflict between government forces and armed separatists in that country, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced. The decision will apply to Cameroonians residing in the United States by April 14 and last a period of 18 months, DHS said. An estimated 12,000 Cameroonians will be eligible for the status, according to the department. President Joe Biden has championed the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program, which grants immigrants who cannot return…
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Biden wins – experts on what it means for race relations, US foreign policy and the Supreme Court

Biden wins – experts on what it means for race relations, US foreign policy and the Supreme Court

THE American public has had its say and for the first time in a generation denied a sitting president a second term. BRIAN J PURNELL, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History, Bowdoin College MORGAN MARIETTA, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Lowell NETA C. CRAWFORD, Professor of Political Science and Department Chair, Boston University President’s Trump’s tenure lasted just four years, but in that time he dragged policy on an array of key issues in a dramatic new direction. Joe Biden’s victory, confirmed by the Associated Press late morning on Nov. 7, presents an opportunity to reset…
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What you need to know about the new U.S. international air travel rules

What you need to know about the new U.S. international air travel rules

THE Biden administration's new rules requiring most foreign nationals to be vaccinated before flying to the United States take effect at 12:01 a.m. EST (0501 GMT) November 8. Here's what you need to know: * Starting Nov. 8, foreign air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with limited exceptions. * Passengers will need to show an "official source" showing vaccination status, and airlines will need to match the name and date of birth to confirm…
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U.S. to withhold Egypt’s $130-million over rights

U.S. to withhold Egypt’s $130-million over rights

HUMEYRA PAMUK THE Biden administration will withhold $130 million worth of military aid to Egypt in order to pressure the Arab ally to improve its human rights record, two sources familiar with the matter, including a U.S. official, said. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's planned move is a break with his predecessors' policy of overriding a congressional check on military aid to Egypt. In the past, an exception was granted to free up $300 million in Foreign Military Financing for Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi's government on that argument that it was in the interest of U.S. national security. But a portion…
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Biden administration takes fresh action against Belarus’ Lukashenko

Biden administration takes fresh action against Belarus’ Lukashenko

TREVOR HUNNICUTT and DAPHNE PSALEDAKIS U.S. President Joe Biden has signed an executive order imposing new measures aimed at punishing Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko as the United States steps up pressure against his government in coordinated action with the United Kingdom and Canada. Alexander Lukashenko. Picture: Wikimedia Commons On the anniversary of the presidential election Lukashenko is accused of rigging, the United States will also issue its largest round of sanctions to date on Belarusian individuals and entities, targeting the country's economy and the Belarusian National Olympic Committee, a White House official said. The U.S. Treasury Department will blacklist Belaruskali…
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U.S. lifts Ebola-related DRC travel restrictions

U.S. lifts Ebola-related DRC travel restrictions

THE Biden administration yesterday lifted travel restrictions for U.S. visitors who have recently been in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but left them in place for Guinea travellers over address Ebola concerns. In March, the Homeland Security Department (DHS) said travelers who had been in the two central African countries within the past 21 days must fly to one of six U.S. airports - New York-JFK, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington Dulles, Newark or Los Angeles. DHS said "the potential risk for Ebola virus exposure in the DRC has greatly diminished."
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