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WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand male lawmakers are no longer required to wear a necktie in parliament after the rule was dropped following a Maori MP's protest, calling a tie a 'colonial noose'.
Biden to be 'hardheaded' with Xi, but wants opportunity for 'open communication': administration official
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will be "practical, hard-headed and clear-eyed" in dealings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but wants the opportunity to have an open line of communication despite U.S. concerns about Chinese behavior, a senior Biden administration official said on Wednesday.
(Reuters) - Myanmar's new junta leader on Thursday called on civil servants to return to work and urged people to stop mass gatherings to avoid spreading coronavirus, as a sixth day of protests against him and his coup spanned the Southeast Asian country.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Authorities in Australia stepped up contact tracing and called for people in the city of Melbourne to come forward for coronavirus testing on Thursday as the number of infections in a cluster linked to a quarantine hotel rose to 11.
(Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday called on Turkey to immediately release philanthropist and human rights activist Osman Kavala, who has been detained for more than three years without conviction.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden promised he would never politicize the U.S. military as he made his first visit to the Pentagon as commander-in-chief on Wednesday, seeking to draw a contrast with the Trump-era in a far-reaching speech that emphasized diversity in the armed forces.
(Reuters) - The U.S. Senate's impeachment trial gathered steam on Wednesday, with Democratic lawmakers laying out their evidence that former President Donald Trump incited an insurrection by exhorting thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol last month.
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has carried out its plan to produce uranium metal, the U.N. atomic watchdog confirmed on Wednesday, despite Western powers having warned Iran that would breach their 2015 nuclear deal as uranium metal can be used to make the core of an atom bomb.
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations' top human rights body is to consider a resolution on Friday drafted by Britain and the European Union that would condemn Myanmar's military coup and demand urgent access for monitors, a text seen by Reuters shows.
(Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he had approved an executive order for new sanctions on those responsible for the military coup in Myanmar and he repeated demands for the generals to give up power and free civilian leaders.