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US 'paranoid delusion'

China has strongly condemned the US for approving a bill aimed at countering what Washington sees as Chinese technology threat. In a statement, China’s parliament accused the US of “paranoid delusion”. It said the bill smeared China's domestic and foreign policies and interfered in its internal affairs. On Tuesday, the US Senate approved a sweeping industrial policy bill to boost the country's ability to compete with Chinese technology. The bill would authorize about 190 billion dollars for provisions to strengthen US technology and research. The bill must now pass the House of Representatives to be sent to the White House for President Joe Biden to sign it into law.

'Sanctions to remain'

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says hundreds of sanctions against Iran could remain in place, even if the 2015 nuclear deal is revived. Blinken was addressing a Senate committee meeting on the recent talks in Vienna on the revival of the Iran nuclear deal. He said, at this stage, the US does not know whether Iran is willing to do what’s needed to come back into compliance. The United States withdrew from the international accord in 2018 and reinstated sanctions on Iran. In response, Iran began rolling back its nuclear commitments. Tehran and the remaining parties are now engaged in talks in Vienna to revive the agreement. Tehran has time and again said that it will return to compliance only after the US verifiably removes all sanctions.

'Act of Islamophobia' 

Mourners have held a vigil in Canada to remember four members of a Muslim family killed in a terrorist attack on Sunday. The event was held in the capital, Ottawa, in east-central Ontario province. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in attendance too. He expressed sorrow over the tragic incident, and said the thoughts and prayer of all Canadians are with the victims. Trudeau said his government would take action, but gave no details. Other mourners attending the event expressed grief and described the attack as a horrific crime.

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