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

Pope sends letter to Fr. James Martin on homosexuality and sin – Vatican News

Pope Francis pens a letter to Jesuit Fr. James Martin explaining his recent comments in an interview with AP that “being homosexual is not a crime”, saying he was referring to Catholic doctrine that teaches that every sexual act outside of marriage is a sin. By Vatican News “I was simply referring to Catholic moral … Read more

European markets close higher as investors weigh economic outlook

European markets closed higher Monday after starting the new trading week on an uncertain note with investors reassessing the economic outlook. The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed 0.5% higher, with tech stocks adding 2.2% while insurance stocks slid 0.5%. Global markets have been weighing the possibility that the Federal Reserve is getting ready to slow the … Read more

European markets cautious as investors weigh economic outlook

European markets started the new trading week on an uncertain note Monday with investors reassessing the economic outlook. The pan-European Stoxx 600 was up 0.2% by early afternoon, with tech stocks adding 1.5% while chemicals slid 0.5%. Global markets have been weighing the possibility that the Federal Reserve is getting ready to slow the pace … Read more

US Navy destroyer performs freedom of navigation exercise in South China Sea | CNN

Seoul, South Korea CNN – A US Navy destroyer sailed near a disputed South China Sea island chain on Wednesday, challenging the restrictions imposed by China and others on transit through the area. Lt. Nicholas Lingo, a spokesman for the US Navy’s 7th Fleet headquartered in Japan, said it was the second so-called freedom of … Read more

G7 pledges to raise $ 600bn to counter China’s Belt and Road

The G7 Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment will help finance infrastructure projects in developing nations. The leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) nations have pledged to raise $ 600bn in private and public funds over five years to finance infrastructure in developing countries and counter China’s older, multitrillion-dollar Belt and Road project. US … Read more

‘What do we do when another disaster hits?’ Afghans face crises on all fronts after quake kills 1,000 | CNN

CNN – Aid groups scrambled on Thursday to reach victims of a powerful earthquake that rocked eastern Afghanistan, killing more than 1,000 people in an area blighted by poor infrastructure, as the country faces dire economic and hunger crises. The slow response, exacerbated by international sanctions and decades of mismanagement, concerns people working in the … 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

When Abortion Goes From a Right to a Privilege

When New York legalized abortion in 1970 — three years before the Supreme Court decided Roe v. WadeSha shrewd entrepreneur named Martin Mitchell saw an opportunity. The 31-year-old Detroit-area man chartered a tiny private plane and began advertising frequent flights from Michigan, where elective abortion was illegal, to Niagara Falls, New York, where it was … Read more