One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot towards China

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a recent closed-door meeting with leaders of the agency’s counterterrorism center, the CIA’s No. 2 officials made it clear that fighting al-Qaida and other extremist groups would remain a priority — but that the agency’s money and resources would be increasingly shifted to focusing on China. The CIA drone attack that … Read more

Senate vote on tax and climate bill: Live updates

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats pushed their election-year economic package to Senate passage Sunday, a hard-fought compromise less ambitious than President Joe Biden’s original domestic vision but one that still meets deep-rooted party goals of slowing global warmingmoderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing immense corporations. The estimated $740 billion package heads next to the House, where lawmakers … Read more

Gaza death toll rises amid cease-fire talks

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Israeli aircraft pummeled targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, driving up the Palestinian death toll, and militants fired repeated rounds of rockets that reached deep into Israel, even as reports emerged that the sides were seeking a cease-fire deal. While Egyptian officials worked on an agreement, another seven … Read more

Shift in war’s front seen as grain leaves Ukraine; plant hit

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Four more ships carrying agricultural cargo were held up by the war in Ukraine received authorization Sunday to leave the country’s Black Sea coast as analysts warned that Russia was moving troops and equipment in the direction of the southern port cities to stave off a Ukrainian counteroffensive. Ukraine and Russia … Read more

Biden steps out of the room and finds legacy-defining wins

WASHINGTON (AP) – Over five decades in Washington, Joe Biden knew that the way to influence was to be in the room where it happens. But in the second year of his presidency, some of Biden’s most striking, legacy-defining legislative victories came about by staying out of it. A summer legislative blitz has sent bipartisan … Read more

Netflix may be missing an opportunity in horror movies

A button for launching the Netflix application is seen on a remote control in this photo illustration in Warsaw, Poland on April 25, 2019. Jaap Arriens | NurPhoto Getty Images There’s a big money question haunting Netflix. In recent years, the streamer has spent big on flashy, blockbuster-style action movies like “The Gray Man” and … Read more

Blinken: China should not hold global concerns ‘hostage’

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday that China should not hold hostage talks on important global matters such as the climate crisis, after Beijing cut off contacts with Washington in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier this week. Blinken spoke in an online news … Read more

Ukraine grain shipments offer hope, not fix to food crisis

BEIRUT (AP) – A ship bringing corn to Lebanon’s northern port of Tripoli normally would not cause a stir. But it’s getting attention because of where it came from: Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa. The Razoni, loaded with more than 26,000 tons of corn for chicken feed, is emerging from the edges of a … Read more

Senate referee rules weakens Dem drug plan in economic bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate parliamentarian on Saturday dealt a blow to Democrats’ plan for curbing drug prices but left the rest of their sprawling economic bill largely intact as party leaders prepared for first votes on a package containing many of President Joe Biden’s top domestic goals. Elizabeth MacDonough, the chamber’s nonpartisan rules arbiter, … Read more

Russian forces began assault on two eastern Ukrainian cities

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces began an assault Saturday on two key cities in the eastern Donetsk region and kept up rocket and shelling attacks on other Ukrainian cities, including one close to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Ukraine’s military and local officials said. . Both cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka have been considered … Read more