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United States (U.S.)

United States, officially United States of America, abbreviated U.S. or U.S.A., byname America, country in North America, a federal republic of 50 states. Besides the 48 conterminous states that occupy the middle latitudes of the continent, the United States includes the state of Alaska, at the northwestern extreme of North America, and the island state of Hawaii, in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The conterminous states are bounded on the north by Canada, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Gulf of Mexico and Mexico, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. The United States is the fourth largest country in the world in area (after Russia, Canada, and China). The national capital is Washington, which is coextensive with the District of Columbia, the federal capital region created in 1790.

US military says no plans to suspend major exercises on Korean peninsula

WASHINGTON: The US military has no plans yet to suspend any more major military exercises with South Korea, the defense secretary said on Tuesday, in the middle of a breakdown in diplomacy with North Korea over its nuclear weapons. Defense Secretary James Mattis told a Pentagon news conference that no decisions had been made about major exercises for next year but noted that the suspension of drills this summer as a good-faith gesture to North Korea was not open-ended. The US President Donald Trump’s June decision to…

North Korea newspaper blasts ‘double-dealing’ US after Pompeo’s trip canceled

North Korea’s state-controlled newspaper on Sunday accused the United States of “double-dealing” and “hatching a criminal plot” against Pyongyang, after Washington abruptly canceled a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Negotiations have been all but deadlocked since U.S. President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June. Pompeo has pressed for tangible steps toward North Korea’s abandonment of its nuclear arsenal while Pyongyang is demanding that Washington first make…

Huawei chairman hits out at US politicians over university funding

HONG KONG: The chairman of China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has hit back at several U.S. lawmakers who claimed the firm’s research funding to over 50 American universities posed a “significant threat” to national security. Huawei is the world’s largest maker of telecommunication network equipment and third-largest smartphone maker. It is a private company but has found itself battling perceptions of ties to the Chinese government, which it has repeatedly denied. Last week, U.S. congressmen Marco Rubio and Jim Banks…

US top court upholds Trump travel ban targeting Muslim-majority nations

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency, upholding his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries and rejecting the argument that it represented unconstitutional religious discrimination. The 5-4 ruling, with the conservative justices in the majority and the liberal justices dissenting, ended a fierce fight in the courts over whether the policy amounted to an unlawful Muslim ban while confirming broad presidential powers over immigration…

US restaurant chain in hijab row orders diversity training

LOS ANGELES: A California restaurant chain accused of kicking out customers because they were Muslim is to offer free drinks for the end of Ramazan and undergo diversity training, campaigners said. The Urth Caffe branch in Laguna Beach was sued by seven women who alleged they were removed in April 2016 because they were wearing hijabs, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “My friends and I took this stand to see change and ensure that any type of discriminatory conduct is never accepted or…

US says will ‘take firm, appropriate measures’ against Syria violations

The U.S. will “take firm and appropriate measures” in response to Syrian government violations in a so-called de-escalation zone in the southwest of the country, the State Department said in a statement on Thursday. The southwest of Syria, bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, is one of the remaining parts of the country still outside the control of the state after seven years of conflict. President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have recovered swathes of territory from rebels with the help of Russian air…

U.S. allies hit back at Washington’s steel, aluminum tariffs

WASHINGTON/PARIS: Canada and Mexico retaliated against the U.S. decision on Thursday to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and the European Union had its own reprisals ready to go, reigniting investor fears of a global trade war. The tariffs, announced by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a telephone briefing on Thursday, ended months of uncertainty about potential exemptions and suggested a hardening of the Trump administration’s approach to trade negotiations. The measures, touted by President Donald…

High-level US-North Korea nuclear talks get underway in New York

NEW YORK: High-ranking officials of the United States and North Korea met in New York late on Wednesday in the first of two days of talks about the future of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program and a possible summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol, a close aide of North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, met for about 90 minutes over dinner and exited without providing any detailed remarks to reporters waiting outside. Pompeo would…

Apple’s Powerbeats ‘sweat-proof’ headphones face legal action

WASHINGTON: A US judge has ruled legal action against Apple over its Powerbeats headphones can go ahead "in part". Seven customers, from various US cities, say the headphones do not hold their charge for as long as Apple advertises and they are not as sweat-proof as claimed. The judge said the sweat-proof claims "require amendment" but the challenge regarding battery life could proceed. Apple had asked for all claims to be dismissed. District Judge Richard Seeborg said the case could go ahead but some amendments…