EXPLAINER: Why US lawmakers’ trips to Taiwan continue to annoy China

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taiwan is high on U.S. Congressmen’s summer travel bucket list during their August recess this year, as U.S. lawmakers are keen to affirm U.S. support for the self-governing island. over China’s objections. Paid photos of the visit of five members of Congress this weeklike that of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi less than … Read more

Nasa reveals images of never-before-seen massive eruption of Supergiant Betelgeuse

The red supergiant Betelgeuse, a colossal star in the constellation of Orion, experienced a massive stellar flare – never seen before, according to astronomers. Betelgeuse first caught attention in late 2019 when the star, which shimmers like a red gem in Orion’s upper right shoulder, experienced an unexpected darkening. The supergiant has continued to darken … Read more

Iran denies involvement but justifies attack on Salman Rushdie

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian official on Monday denied that Tehran was involved in the stabbing of author Salman Rushdie, although he sought to justify the attack in the first public comments by the Islamic Republic on Bloodshed. The remarks by Nasser Kanaani, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, came three days after … Read more

Afghanistan marks 1 year since Taliban seizure as woes mount

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Monday marked a year since they seized the Afghan capital of Kabul, a swift takeover that sparked a hasty breakout by the country’s Western-backed leaders, the country’s Western-backed leaders said. sent the economy into a tailspin and fundamentally transformed the country. Bearded Taliban fighters, some brandishing rifles or … Read more

China announces new drills as US delegation visits Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China announced new military drills around Taiwan as the self-governing island’s president met with members of a new U.S. congressional delegation on Monday, threatening to reignite tensions between Beijing and Washington a few months later. just days after a similar visit to the United States House. Speaker Nancy Pelosi angry china. … Read more

Mexican President Will Bypass Congress To Keep Army On Streets

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president has begun exploring plans to bypass Congress to hand over formal control of the National Guard to the military, a move that could expand the military’s control over police in a country. where levels of violence are high. This has raised concerns as President Andrés Manuel López Obrador won … Read more

Salman Rushdie ‘on the road to recovery’, says agent

MAYVILLE, NY (AP) — Salman Rushdie is “on the road to recovery,” his rep confirmed Sunday, two days after “The Satanic Verses” author was seriously injured in a stab wound at a conference At New York. The announcement followed the news that the praised writer was removed from a fan Saturday and able to speak. … Read more

Officials: Fire at Coptic church in Cairo kills 41, injures 14

CAIRO (AP) — A fire engulfed a crowded church during morning services in the Egyptian capital on Sunday, killing at least 41 worshipers and injuring 14. The church quickly filled with thick black smoke and witnesses said several trapped worshipers jumped from upper floors to escape. “Choking, choking, all dead,” said a distraught witness, who … Read more

Intense Russian bombardment in the east; Ukraine strikes a key bridge

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Russian military pounded residential areas across Ukraine overnight, claiming gains, as Ukrainian forces launched a counteroffensive in an attempt to retake an occupied southern region, striking the last working bridge over a river in the Russian-occupied region of Kherson, Ukrainian authorities announced on Saturday. A Russian rocket attack on the … Read more

Author Salman Rushdie on fan after stabbing in New York

CHAUTAUQUA, NY (AP) — Salman Rushdie, whose novel “The Satanic Verses” prompted death threats from the Iranian leader in the 1980s, was stabbed in the neck and abdomen on Friday by a man who rushed onto the stage as the author was about to give a talk in western New York. A bloodied Rushdie, 75, … Read more