UK breaks its record for highest temperature as heat builds

LONDON (AP) — Britain shattered its record for highest temperature ever registered Tuesday amid a heat wave that has seized swaths of Europe — and the national weather forecaster predicted it would get hotter still. in a country ill prepared for such extremes. The typically temperate nation was just the latest to be walloped by … Read more

Floods in India, Bangladesh leave millions homeless, 18 dead

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) – Army troops were called in to rescue thousands of people stranded by massive floods that have ravaged northeastern India and Bangladesh, leaving millions of homes underwater and severing transport links, authorities said Saturday. In India’s Assam state, at least nine people were killed in the floods and 2 million saw their … Read more

Biden orders emergency steps to boost US solar production

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden ordered emergency measures Monday to boost crucial supplies to US solar manufacturers and declared a two-year tariff exemption on solar panels from Southeast Asia as he attempted to jumpstart progress towards his climate change-fighting goals. His invoking of the Defense Production Act and his other executive actions come amid … Read more

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework: What it is – and why it matters

US President Joe Biden formally introduced the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, or IPEF, this week during his first Asia tour, revealing Washington’s long-awaited Asia-Pacific economic strategy. It comes five years after the US unilaterally withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal signed by 12 countries in Asia-Pacific, North America and South America. With the US … Read more

Australia’s next prime minister came from humble beginnings

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia’s Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese is a politician molded by his humble start to life as the only child of a single mother who raised him on a pension in gritty inner-Sydney suburbia. He is also a hero of multicultural Australia, describing himself as the only candidate with a “non-Anglo Celtic … Read more