The policy aims to attract foreign students
The Biden administration on Friday announced policy changes to attract international students specializing in science, technology, engineering and math — part of a broader effort to make the U.S. economy more competitive.
The Department of State will allow eligible visiting students in these fields, known as STEM, to complete up to 36 months of college education, according to a notice in the Federal Register. There will also be an initiative to connect these students with American companies.
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Prosecutor: Murdaugh faces 71 counts
COLOMBIA – A once-prominent South Carolina lawyer now faces 71 charges of stealing nearly $8.5 million in wanton murders and wrecks from more than a dozen people after another round of indictments against Alex Murdaugh was handed down on Friday.
The 23 new charges issued by the state’s grand jury covered new victims but similar schemes, prosecutors said.
Duggar seeks new trial in pornography case
FAYETTEVILLE — Former reality TV star Josh Duggar has asked a federal judge for a new trial or acquittal, just over a month after he was convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography.
A jury convicted Duggar last month on one count of receiving and possessing child pornography. No sentencing date has been set for Duggar, who faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 on each count.
Chevron and Total leave Myanmar
PARIS — Total Energies and Chevron, two of the world’s biggest energy companies, said they were leaving Myanmar, citing widespread human rights abuses and a deterioration in the rule of law since the army country overthrew the elected government.
The announcement comes just a day after the French company called for international sanctions targeting the oil and gas sector, which remains one of the main sources of funding for the military government.
Strict rules imposed as virus cases soar
KATHMANDU – Nepal’s capital has closed schools, ordered citizens to carry vaccination cards in public, banned religious holidays and asked hotel guests to get tested every three days as it battles its largest outbreak of COVID-19.
The chief administrator of the Kathmandu government issued a notice on Friday saying that all people should carry their vaccination card when in public places or shopping in shops.
Many return to the last desert town
TOKYO — Several former residents of Futaba, Japan’s only uninhabited city still recovering from the effects of radiation from nuclear power plant meltdowns in 2011, have returned to live for the first time since the earthquake and tsunami drove them out.
Authorities declared most other areas safe and reopened them after extensive decontamination efforts over the past decade.