On 20 January 2021, after two unsuccessful presidential campaigns, a gazillion gaffes, and accusations of corruption, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. will become the 46th president of the United States.
The Russian diplomatic mission stated earlier in the day that the United States had cut off the telephone lines in the Russian Consulate in New York on January 18. It said the US linked the interruption to technical problems.
During his presidential election campaign, Joe Biden attacked Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, saying that the kingdom should be regarded as "a pariah". The US administration is expected to cut the selling of arms to Saudi Arabia, but more targeted steps against the crown prince may also be taken, including financial sanctions.
The confirmation hearing for Gen. Lloyd Auston, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to head the Pentagon, took place before the Senate Armed Services Committee on January 19, one day before Biden’s inauguration.
Over the past week, after a smaller party, Italia Viva, established by former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, withdrew its support for the coalition government, the nation was engulfed in new political turmoil, thereby robbing it of getting a majority in Parliament.
Washington has opposed the project to lay a 745-mile-long twin pipeline that will carry up to 2 trillion cubic feet of gas per year from Russia to Germany, seeking to export more liquefied natural gas to Europe.
The US Navy operates few unmanned aerial vehicles, using the handful at its disposal for reconnaissance duties. However, it has plans for a vast expansion of unmanned forces above, on, and below the waves.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also accused the Chinese Communist Party of “crimes against humanity against the predominantly Muslim Uighurs and other members of ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang." The alleged crimes date back to March 2017.