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Bidens' dog Major involved in another biting incident
The Bidens' dog Major has been involved in another biting incident that required medical attention, two people with knowledge of the incident tell CNN.
The incident, which involved a National Park Service employee, took place on the White House South Lawn on Monday afternoon. The employee was working at the time and needed to stop in order to receive treatment from the White House medical unit.
First lady Jill Biden's press secretary Michael LaRosa told CNN that Major is "still adjusting to his new surroundings."
"Yes, Major nipped someone on a walk. Out of an abundance of caution, the individual was seen by WHMU and then returned to work without injury."
The National Park Service did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.
At approximately 5 p.m. Monday evening, Major was spotted on a walk on the South Lawn with a member of White House staff. Reuters' White House correspondent Jeff Mason tweeted a short video of the walk. Major is leashed in the video, something that has not always been the case during other walks by the Biden dogs around the White House when they are with the President and the first lady or White House grounds superintendent Dale Haney.
On March 8, Major caused an injury to a Secret Service employee at the White House, doing enough damage that the person needed treatment from the White House medical team.
Donald Trump launches website for personal office
Former President Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump have launched a website for the couple's personal offices.
The site — found at 45office.com — states it is "committed to preserving the magnificent legacy of the Trump Administration, while at the same time advancing the America First agenda."
It may serve as a platform for the Trumps' announcements. While the former first lady maintains social media accounts, the former president has been barred from most social media sites since early January.
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The new site also welcomes people to "share your thoughts" via submission forms, noting the Trumps "enjoy hearing from the American people. Members of the public may also request a greeting for a special occasion.
The site shares the former president and first lady's biographies and touts the Trump administration's record in office, USA Today reported.
Blinken Accuses China of Trying to Undermine US-Dominated World Order
“Our relationship with Beijing, like that of many of our allies, is competitive in some cases, collaborative in others, and antagonistic in others still. However, there is a common denominator, namely the need to confront China from a position of strength, which starts with strong alliances, coordination and cooperation,” Blinken said, speaking to Italy’s La Stampa newspaper in an interview published Tuesday.
The diplomat, who flew to Europe last week to meet with NATO and European Union leaders, promised that the US would not force allies to “choose” between Washington and Beijing, and suggested that America’s goal was “not to contain China or keep it down”, but “preserve the rules-based international order, in which we have all invested so much over the past 75 years, and which has served our interests and values well”.
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“When someone challenges this system, be it China or others – when they do not play by or respect the rules, or try to undermine the commitments made by others, we all have reason to object,” Blinken added, accusing Beijing of “undermining this order, violating human rights and other commitments”.
During his European trip, Blinken stated that the US wants to work with its allies on “how to advance our shared economic interests and to counter some of China’s aggressive and coercive actions”, FARS said.
Japan suspends new aid to Myanmar over military coup
Japan has suspended the provision of new aid to Myanmar in response to last month's military coup, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Tuesday, as the violent crackdown against protesters draws a wave of international condemnation.
The move follows criticism Japan was taking a soft stance on Myanmar compared with the United States and other Western countries that have placed sanctions on individuals and companies linked to the military junta that ousted the elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi.
"Japan is the largest provider of economic assistance to Myanmar, and we aren't planning any new projects. We have taken a clear stance," Mr Motegi told a parliamentary session.
Men use slingshots as they crouch behind a barricade during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon on Sunday. (Reuters photo)
Mr Motegi argued withholding official development assistance, or ODA, would do more to put pressure on the military than those sanctions, saying, "If you consider which is more effective, I think it's pretty clear."
According to the Foreign Ministry, Japan's aid to Myanmar totaled nearly 190 billion yen ($1.7 billion) in fiscal 2019, by far the biggest contributor other than regional rival China, which does not disclose corresponding data.
Security forces have used force to quell protests across Myanmar, with the death toll topping 500 on Monday according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a rights group monitoring the situation, Bang Kok post reported.
Gold price forecast – gold markets continue to look very sick
Gold markets have shown themselves to be rather negative during the trading session on Tuesday as we have broken through the $1700 level yet again.
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Gold markets have really struggled at this point, breaking through the $1700 level quite handily as the US dollar continues to strengthen against most currencies. As long as yields rise in America, this is going to continue to be a major problem for the gold market. With that in mind, I believe that we are likely to see a lot of noise in this general vicinity but if we do break down to a fresh, new low, that could send this market into a bit of a tailspin. At that point, I would anticipate that the gold market goes looking towards the $1500 level which is a major support level underneath, according to FX Empire.
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