Palau–United States relations
Palau and the United States sign an agreement to renew the countries' Compact of Free Association for an additional 20 years.
Sources: Island Times
Sources: Island Times
It is announced that life expectancy in the United States has fallen by 1.5 years in 2020, the largest decrease since World War II. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, COVID-19 was responsible for 74% of the decrease in life expectancy from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77.3 years in 2020.
It is revealed that Palau urged the United States to build joint-use military facilities in the country, a move seen as a push back against Chinese influence in the Pacific. Palauan President Tommy Remengesau Jr. made the request in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, who visited the island country last week.
United States F-22 Raptors intercept four Russian Tu-95 bombers and two Su-35 fighter jets off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a statement from the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
The United States imposes sanctions on a Russian bank that facilitated a transaction for a North Korean on an American blacklist.
On the 70th anniversary of the formation of Israel, the United States becomes the first country with an embassy in Jerusalem after a dedication ceremony featuring Israeli leaders and White House advisers.
Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have launched an operation to regain control of western Mosul from ISIL militants. The United Nations says humanitarian agencies are setting up in these older sections of the city where, already, food and fuel supplies are dwindling, running water is scarce, and electricity in many neighborhoods is unreliable for the estimated 800,000 civilians.
The United States agrees to a plan to return some land, used by the US Military's Futenma Airbase in Okinawa, to Japan.
The death toll from storms in the Mid-Atlantic states of the United States reaches 13, with millions out of power and states of emergencies declared in the states of Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland as well as the District of Columbia.
Russian and American forces conduct their first joint anti-narcotics operation in Afghanistan.
German economy minister Rainer Bruederle criticizes the United States' monetary easing as indirectly manipulation of the USD exchange rates.