In Senate deal, Trump impeachment trial put off until early February
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The leaders of the U.S. Senate agreed on Friday to push back former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial by two weeks, giving the chamber more time to focus on President Joe Biden's legislative agenda and Cabinet nominees before turning to the contentious showdown over Trump.
From triumph of 1964 Olympics to coronavirus: Japan then and now
TOKYO, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Japan hoped that hosting the 2020 Olympics would reprise the triumph of 1964, when it became the first Asian Olympics host and gained a huge economic boost, but the coronavirus - which postponed the Games for a year - has dampened those dreams.
Mexican president, Biden discuss migration, coronavirus, development
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he discussed migration, the coronavirus pandemic and cooperation on development during a phone call with U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday afternoon.
Yellen nomination sails through Senate panel; final vote set for Monday
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Finance Committee on Friday unanimously approved Janet Yellen's nomination as the first woman Treasury secretary, indicating that she will easily win full Senate approval, but Republicans called for her to work with them in developing economic policies.
UPDATE 1-'I want to feel safe again': Americans lament slow pace of U.S. COVID-19 vaccine rollout
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan 22 (Reuters) - Jerry Shapiro, a 78-year-old pharmacist from Los Angeles, is at the top of the list of Californians now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, but more than a month after the state began inoculations, he has yet to receive one.
UPDATE 2-Austin breaks barrier as first Black U.S. defense secretary
WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The retired Army general Lloyd Austin made history on Friday by becoming America's first Black defense secretary, arriving at the Pentagon minutes after his Senate confirmation to a busy schedule that included a call with NATO's secretary general.
CORRECTED-Trump's impeachment trial in U.S. Senate to begin week of Feb 8 -Schumer
WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate will begin the week of Feb. 8, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor on Friday. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Chris Reese)
More than 150 National Guard in Washington for inauguration test positive for coronavirus
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Between 150 and 200 National Guard deployed to Washington, D.C., to provide security for President Joe Biden's inauguration have tested positive for the coronavirus, a U.S. official said on Friday.
North Korea sees talks as way to advance nuclear program, says U.S. intel official
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence officer for North Korea warned on Friday the country sees diplomacy only as a means to advance its nuclear weapons development, even as the new Biden administration says it will look for ways to bring Pyongyang back to talks.
UPDATE 1-N.Korea sees talks as way to advance nuclear program, says U.S. intel official
WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - The top U.S. intelligence officer for North Korea warned on Friday the country sees diplomacy only as a means to advance its nuclear weapons development, even as the new Biden administration says it will look for ways to bring Pyongyang back to talks.
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