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                                Bai Yun, the mother of newly named panda cub, Mei Sheng, gets a mouthful of bamboo during the cub’s first day on display at the San Diego Zoo. China is working on sending a new pair of giant pandas to the San Diego Zoo, renewing its longstanding gesture of friendship toward the United States after nearly all the iconic bears in the U.S. were returned to the Asian country in recent years amid rocky relations between the two nations. San Diego sent back its last pandas to China in 2019.
China pledges pair of pandas for San Diego Zoo

The China Wildlife Conservation Association said Thursday it also signed agreements with the zoo in the Spanish capital of Madrid, and is in talks with zoos in Washington, D.C., and Vienna, quelling fears that Beijing was ending its historic panda diplomacy with Western nations due to diplomatic tensions. Read more

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                                President Joe Biden speaks about border security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, in January 2023, in Washington. Biden announced the cancellation of an additional $1.2 billion in student loan debt for about 153,000 borrowers today, his latest effort at student debt relief after the Supreme Court blocked a more sprawling plan last year.
Biden cancels $1.2 billion in student loan debt

Biden, who is in the midst of a three-day campaign swing through California, made the announcement as part of a new repayment plan that offers a faster path to forgiveness, putting the spotlight on his debt cancellation efforts in his reelection campaign. Read more


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