Ceremony and controversy await Harris during his visit to Asia

Ceremony and controversy await Harris during his visit to Asia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attending funerals on behalf of the United States is normally a straightforward assignment for a vice president, but Kamala Harris will face controversy at almost every turn as she visits Asia for the memorial honoring former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. American allies are seeking clarity after mixed messages about whether President … Read more

China using civilian ships to enhance navy capability, reach

BANGKOK (AP) — A Chinese scientific ship bristling with surveillance equipment docked in a Sri Lankan port. Hundreds of fishing boats anchored for months at a time among disputed islands in the South China Sea. And ocean-going ferries, built to be capable of carrying heavy vehicles and large loads of people. All are ostensibly civilian … Read more

Semiconductor alliances between the US and Asia could hold back China

Leading chipmaking nations including the US are forming alliances, in part to secure their semiconductor supply chain and to stop China from reaching the cutting-edge of the industry, analysts told CNBC. Places including the United States, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, which have strong semiconductor industries, have looked to forge partnerships around the critical technology. … Read more

Chinese researchers clone an Arctic wolf in ‘landmark’ conservation project

Hong Kong CNN – Researchers in China have cloned a wild Arctic wolf – and they’re hoping the controversial genetic technology can now be used to help save other species under threat as the world edges towards an extinction crisis. On Monday, the Beijing-based company Sinogene Biotechnology unveiled the female wolf clone, named Maya by … Read more

5 things to know for September 21: Russia, Hurricane Fiona, Mar-a-Lago, Social media, India

CNN – Right now, you’re using at least one of your five human senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch, or taste. Animals, of course, have senses too – including a bunch that we don’t have. The senses that exist in the animal kingdom are often a mystery to us, so if you’ve ever wondered what it’s … Read more

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral is going to be a TV event of a lifetime for many. But could it be one of the last great events of the TV era?

CNN Business – The BBC credits Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953 as the “event that did more than any other to make television a mainstream medium.” Fitting, then, that her funeral on Monday marks the end of TV’s dominance that started when she came to the throne. Back then, the lack of TV sets … Read more

Monkeypox in China: Don’t touch foreigners, says senior health official after first case emerges

CNN – A top Chinese health official has warned people against touching foreigners, a day after mainland China confirmed its first case of monkeypox. Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, wrote on China’s Twitter-like platform Weibo on Saturday that the country’s Covid-19 restrictions and tight border controls had … Read more

US leaders avoid victory dance in Ukraine combat advances

WASHINGTON (AP) – US leaders from President Joe Biden on down are being careful not to declare a premature victory after a Ukrainian offensive forced Russian troops into a messy retreat in the north. Instead, military officials are looking towards the fights yet to come and laying out plans to provide Ukraine with more weapons … Read more

US, Mexico to cooperate on semiconductors, electric vehicles

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico and the United States plan to take advantage of the Biden administration’s massive investment in semiconductor production to push the integration of their supply chains and cooperate on expanding the production of electric vehicles through Mexico’s nationalized lithium industry, officials from both countries said Monday Both efforts seek to eat … Read more

In parts of the Mideast, power generators spew toxic fumes 24/7

BEIRUT (AP) – They literally run the country. In parking lots, on flatbed trucks, hospital courtyards and rooftops, private generators are ubiquitous in parts of the Middle East, spewing hazardous fumes into homes and businesses 24 hours a day. As the world looks for renewable energy to tackle climate change, millions of people around the … Read more