Biden unveils $700 billion economic recovery plan Jul 10, 2020 0 1810 12345 AFPWashingtonJoe Biden unveiled a sweeping $700 billion plan on Thursday to help the battered US economy recover from the coronavirus crisis, a direct challenge to Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda as they square off in the presidential race.The Democratic challenger’s manufacturing and innovation plan aims to bring back jobs lost during the pandemic and create more than five million new jobs by investing in domestic production and research, shrinking foreign supply chains, and promoting new tax rules and union access that empower American workers.The six-pronged approach, which tightens “Buy America” guidelines, will be fleshed out later Thursday during a Biden speech in Dunmore, Pennsylvania where he will also tour a metal works plant.“Biden does not accept the defeatist view that the forces of automation and globalisation render us helpless to retain well-paid union jobs and create more of them here in America,” the campaign said in a summary of the ambitious plan.“US manufacturing was the arsenal of democracy in World War II, and must be part of the arsenal of American prosperity today, helping fuel an economic recovery for working families.” Biden’s plan aimed at protecting American workers underscores a recognition that, despite Trump’s poor overall job approval numbers voters still see the president as stronger than Biden on handling the US economy.Trump won the White House in 2016 largely on the promise of bringing back lost manufacturing jobs. He also blamed immigrants for many of the nation’s economic woes, and as president he fueled a trade war with China. RELATED ARTICLES Russia arrests governor over murders, sparking party fury Jul 10, 2020 0 1321 US Supreme Court rules Trump must hand over his financial records Jul 10, 2020 0 1818 Trump hosts Mexican president on his first foreign visit Jul 10, 2020 0 1802 US sanctions Chinese officials over human rights abuses in Xinjiang DPA Washington The US Treasury Department has sanctioned four Chinese officials over the alleged abuse of Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, including one top Communist party leader who is seen as an architect of .. US invites China to arms control talks, seeing opening AFP Washington The United States on Thursday again invited China to talks on arms control, saying it saw an opening with Beijing on three-way negotiations with Russia despite intense disagreements. “The United States .. Italy bans travel from Brazil, 12 other high-risk virus countries ROME: Italy closed its borders on Thursday to travellers from 13 countries, including Brazil, deeming them high-risk places for the spread of coronavirus infections. The travel ban applies to Armenia, Bahrain, .. Previously acquitted UK man convicted of terror attack plan AFP London A former Uber driver cleared of planning a terror attack at Buckingham Palace was on Thursday jailed for life after plotting a gun and knife rampage at London tourist sites. Mohiussunnath Chowdhury was found .. US charges man and sons who peddled bleach as virus cure WASHINGTON: US authorities have charged the leader of a fake church and his three sons with conspiracy and contempt for selling a toxic bleach as a cure for COVID-19. The Florida man, Mark Grenon, had seized in April on .. First WHO evaluation on handling of virus to be released in November DPA Geneva Members of the World Health Organization (WHO) will draw first conclusions about the global handling of the coronavirus pandemic in November, the UN agency announced on Thursday. An evaluation commission ..