Tag: executive branch

Retirement security ‘is shakier than ever’ and ‘Americans are not saving enough’ for old age

Americans’ retirement security is unstable, and legislation focused on pensions, Social Security and other savings or healthcare concerns must be a priority for government officials,...

‘You’ve got to do the right thing’: 50 healthcare groups ask employers to mandate worker COVID vaccines — but one big obstacle remains

In the face of rising COVID-19 case counts fueled by the delta variant and ongoing reluctance to get vaccinated among many Americans, more than 50...

China’s New Ambassador to the U.S. Adopts Placating Tone

NEW YORK—China’s new envoy to the U.S. struck a conciliatory note upon his arrival in Washington on Wednesday, pledging to repair the increasingly testy relationship...

Israel Begins Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine for At-Risk Children Under 12 as Delta Cases Surge

TEL AVIV—Israel authorized the use of Pfizer Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine for vulnerable children between five and 11 years old, as cases of the highly contagious...

U.S. Combat Role in Iraq to End This Year, Biden Says

WASHINGTON—President Biden said the U.S. combat mission in Iraq would conclude by the end of 2021, but the U.S. military would continue to work with...

U.S. Expands Efforts to Relocate Afghans at Risk of Taliban Vengeance

WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is preparing to house as many as 35,000 Afghan interpreters and family members at two American bases, in Kuwait and in Qatar,...

Haiti Inaugurates New Leader Two Weeks After President’s Assassination

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti— Ariel Henry, a prominent neurosurgeon backed by the U.S., became Haiti’s new prime minister Tuesday, as it began official ceremonies to mourn assassinated...

Canada Eyes Reopening Border to U.S. Tourists in Mid-August

OTTAWA—Canada could start allowing Americans into the country for recreational or tourist activities starting in mid-August, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office said late Thursday. The...

Enhanced Child Tax Credits of up to $3,600 per child will begin this week: ‘I’m going to be able to do a lot’

Margarita Rodriguez is an early riser, waking at 3 a.m. to prepare for her 4:30 a.m. shift at a Passaic, N.J. delicatessen. But on Thursday,...

Yellen keeps up push for greater U.S. climate-change regulation, rebuffing concerns of Republicans

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Sunday she will lead an effort across U.S. financial regulators to better scrutinize the potential of climate-change risk, part of President Joe...

Biden Warns Putin U.S. to Take ‘Any Necessary Action’ to Defend Against Ransomware

WASHINGTON—President Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday the U.S. would take “any necessary action” to defend U.S. infrastructure and businesses from ransomware attacks,...

Pfizer Vaccine Less Effective Against Delta Infections but Prevents Severe Illness, Israeli Data Show

TEL AVIV—Data from Israel suggest Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine is less effective at protecting against infections caused by the Delta variant of Covid-19 but retains its...

Brazil Opens Criminal Probe Into President Over Indian Vaccine Deal

SÃO PAULO—Brazil’s Supreme Court authorized prosecutors to investigate President Jair Bolsonaro over accusations he ignored alleged irregularities in his government’s procurement process to buy India’s...

Vatican Indicts Cardinal, Nine Other People Over London Real-Estate Deal

ROME—The Vatican said it indicted Cardinal Giovanni Becciu and nine other people in connection with a costly investment in London real estate, the source of...

U.S. Wins International Backing for Global Minimum Tax

The U.S. has won international backing for a global minimum rate of tax as part of a wider overhaul of the rules for taxing international...

Russia’s Putin Challenges U.S. Leadership, Asserts Military Might

MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin challenged U.S. leadership in world affairs on Wednesday, arguing that an era of U.S. hegemony has come to an end as...

Ethiopia Conflict Takes Dramatic Turn as Tigray Rebels Retake Regional Capital

Eight months after claiming victory over the rebellious region of Tigray, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmedhas been beaten into a shock retreat, his forces ejected...

Israel’s Foreign Minister Opens Embassy in U.A.E. After Detente

Israel’s top diplomat inaugurated Tuesday the country’s embassy in the United Arab Emirates and expressed hope for a new era of closer ties, as the...

Is it OK to cheat on your taxes? The IRS polled Americans for an answer

It would be tough to find people who enjoy paying taxes, but it’s easy to find people who say it’s their duty as Americans to...

U.K. Health Secretary Quits Over Breach of Social-Distance Guidelines With Aide

LONDON—U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock resigned, causing disruption at the top of the government’s pandemic response as Britain grapples with an upswing in Covid-19 cases...

Europeans Split Over Russia After Biden’s Summit With Putin

After a meeting in Brussels that stretched into early Friday morning, European Union leaders released a statement calling for “selective engagement” with Russia but without...

North Korea Gives the U.S. the Cold Shoulder on Nuclear Talks

SEOUL—In nuclear diplomacy with the U.S., North Korea is playing hard to get, for now. The Kim Jong Un regime this year has rebuked the...

How to claim the child tax credit if you don’t file taxes — payments start July 15

Weeks ahead of the first monthly payment to millions of families under the expanded Child Tax Credit, federal officials are trying to make sure as...

Ethiopia’s Nobel Prize-Winning Leader Faces Election as War Rages in Tigray

Ethiopia’s election was meant to be the crowning moment for Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a popular recognition of his efforts to break...

Iranian Hard-Liner Ebrahim Raisi Set to Win Presidency Amid Nuclear Talks

TEHRAN—A hard-line Iranian judge opposed to the country’s outreach to the West was headed for victory Saturday in Iran’s presidential election after a politically moderate...