Israel was behind drone attacks at military plant in Iran, US media report CNN

CNN — US officials believe drone attacks at a military plant in Iran’s central city of Isfahan were carried out by Israel, according to US media reports. Tehran said on Sunday that drones had attacked the plant in Isfahan late the previous evening, calling the operation “unsuccessful.” The Wall Street Journal and the New York … Read more

China’s economy will be ‘on fire’ in the second half of 2023, StanChart chairman says

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) in downtown, brand logo and office building in Shanghai. Andy Feng | iStock Editorial | Getty Images China’s economy will be “on fire” in the second half of 2023 as the economic performance of East and West diverges, according to Standard Chartered Chairman José Viñals. The reopening of the Chinese economy … Read more

Jan. 6 panel probes Trump’s ‘siren call’ to extremists

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Jan. 6 committee is set to highlight the way violent far-right extremists answered Donald Trump’s “siren call” to come to Washington for a big rally, as some now face rare sedition charges over the deadly US Capitol attack and effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The panel investigating the Jan. … Read more

Macron loses absolute majority after historic gains for French far right and left CNN

CNN – French voters have denied newly re-elected centrist President Emmanuel Macron an absolute majority in parliament, limiting his hand in a second term. Macron’s centrist alliance Ensemble! came first in Sunday’s second round of legislative elections, securing 245 out of a total of 577, according to final results released by the French interior ministry … Read more

US warns Iran’s recent actions could lead to a ‘deepening nuclear crisis’

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said earlier Thursday that Iran would “basically” remove all cameras installed under the 2015 nuclear deal, after the country was censured earlier this week by the IAEA’s Board of Governors for not fully cooperating with the nuclear watchdog. In a statement, Blinken accused Iran of threatening “further … Read more

Left out of the Indo-Pacific deal, China pushes towards the world’s largest trade deal

US President Joe Biden, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attend the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) launch event at Izumi Garden Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, May 23, 2022. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters Amid the fanfare of US President Joe Biden’s new Indo-Pacific strategy, China flew under the radar … Read more

Shanghai starts coming back to life as COVID lockdown eases

SHANGHAI (AP) – Traffic, pedestrians and joggers reappeared on the streets of Shanghai on Wednesday as China’s largest city began returning to normalcy amid the easing of a strict two-month COVID-19 lockdown that has drawn unusual protests over its heavy-handed implementation. . Shanghai’s Communist Party committee, the city’s most powerful political body, issued a letter … Read more

Israel signs historic trade deal with UAE, its biggest with any Arab country

Israeli national flags fly alongside United Arab Emirates national flags on the side of a road in Netanya, Israel, on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. Kobi Wolf | Bloomberg | Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Israel and the United Arab Emirates penned a multi-billion dollar free trade agreement on Tuesday, the latest product of … Read more

Hong Kong’s new leader heads to Beijing for official approval

Former security chief John Lee is due to take office on July 1, the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule. Hong Kong’s next leader John Lee is visiting Beijing, where he is expected to get the central government’s official nod before he officially takes office in a month. Lee, 64, a former … Read more

Biden set to unveil his economic plan for countering China in Asia

The announcement is one of the centerpieces of Biden’s visit to the continent, which began last week in South Korea and is continuing this week in Japan. Before Biden unveils the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which his aides refer to as IPEF, he’ll pay a call on Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and sit for bilateral talks with … Read more