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Germany commits to press for European action against Russia in Nord Stream 2 deal with US: Official

Germany has committed as part of an agreement with Washington to take national-level actions and press for action, including sanctions, at the European level, if Russia uses energy as a weapon in dealings with other countries, a senior US State Department official said on Wednesday.The United States elected not to go into detail in the agreement over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline over how such action would be triggered, so as not to “provide Russia with a roadmap in terms of how they can evade those measures,” the official told reporters, on condition of anonymity.

US and Germany had ‘profound differences’ over Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but agreed to act to reduce risk operational pipeline would pose: Senior US state department official

US CDC reports total Covid cases of 34,030,494 as of yesterday

Covid-19 cases in US triple over 2 weeks amid misinformation

Covid-19 cases tripled in the US over two weeks amid an onslaught of vaccine misinformation that is straining hospitals, exhausting doctors and pushing clergy into the fray.“Our staff, they are frustrated,” said Chad Neilsen, director of infection prevention at UF Health Jacksonville, which is cancelling elective surgeries and procedures after the number of mostly unvaccinated COVID-19 inpatients at its two campuses jumped to 134, up from a low of 16 in mid-May.“They are tired. They are thinking this is deja vu all over again, and there is some anger because we know that this is a largely preventable situation, and people are not taking advantage of the vaccine.”

Taliban seem to have ‘strategic momentum’ in Afghanistan, says top US general

About half of Afghan districts in Taliban control: Top US general

Sherman aims to show China what healthy competition can look like: US

The US State Department said on Wednesday Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman would seek to show China on her upcoming visit to the country what responsible and healthy competition can look like.State Department spokesperson Ned Price told a regular news briefing there needed to be constructive dialogue with Beijing and the United States wanted to ensure there were “guardrails” in the relationship and that competition did not spill over into conflict.”The deputy intends for this engagement to show and to demonstrate to the PRC what responsible and healthy competition can look like,” Price said, referring to Sherman’s planned July 25-26 visit to China.

US and China have an alignment of interest on North Korea: US state department

US is confident there is more room for additional Cuba-related sanctions against specific individuals: US state department

US Treasury is exploring designating Cuban officials for violence, repression and human rights violations against peaceful protests: US state department

There needs to be constructive dialogue with Beijing

US state departmentUS state department says it wants to ensure there are ‘guardrails’ in relationship with China and that competition does not spill over into conflict

Deputy US secretary of state Sherman intends to use China visit to show what responsible and healthy competition can look like: US state department

House GOP leader McCarthy threatens to boycott Jan. 6 panel after Pelosi blocks appointment of two Trump allies

Biden, Ukraine’s Zelenskiy to meet Aug. 30 in Washington: White House

US President Joe Biden will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the White House next month to discuss Ukraine’s sovereignty and energy issues, the White House said in statement on Wednesday.The White House said Biden would reiterate “United States’ unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbas and Crimea,” and that the two leaders would also discuss anti-corruption efforts.

McConnell says Democrats’ infrastructure spending plans are threatening US economy

US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday said a $3.5 trillion investment plan backed by Democratic senators would threaten the financial stability of the US economy.

Speaker Pelosi rejects 2 Republicans tapped by GOP leader to serve on panel investigating Jan. 6 riot at Capitol

US rejects Turkish two-state proposal for Cyprus

US urged Turkey to reverse Verosha decision in call on Wednesday, says senior US diplomat

US condemns Turkish announcement on Varosha, senior US diplomat says