Rival Shia groups square off over Iraq leadership vacuum | Politics News

Rival Iraqi factions took to the streets of Baghdad to call for a new government with supporters of religious scholar Moqtada al-Sadr demanding early elections and his Iran-backed opponents saying the results of last October’s poll should be honored. Thousands of al-Sadr’s followers prayed outside parliament on Friday in a show of support for the … Read more

Biden senior advisor Anita Dunn has to divest investment portfolio to avoid conflict

White House senior advisor Anita Dunn is being forced to divest an investment portfolio worth an estimated $16.8 million to $48.2 million that ethics attorneys say poses significant conflicts of interest in her new role. The political and communications strategist will also have to recuse herself from myriad domestic and international issues that affect her … Read more

Big climate bill; Spending green bucks to boost green energy

By SETH BORENSTEIN, MATTHEW DALY and MICHAEL PHILLIS August 11, 2022 GMT https://apnews.com/article/technology-science-congress-climate-and-environment-f084d23d61ebb068068d4aa92c82fdbb After decades of inaction in the face of escalating natural disasters and sustained global warming, Congress hopes to make clean energy so cheap in all aspects of life that it is almost irresistible. The House is poised to pass a transformative bill … Read more

Trump’s bond with GOP deepens after primary wins, FBI search

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump’s pick for governor in the swing state of Wisconsin easily defeated a favorite of the Republican establishment. In Connecticut, the state that launched the Bush family and its brand of compassionate conservatism, a fiery Senate contender who promoted Trump’s election lies upset the state GOP’s endorsed candidate. Meanwhile in … Read more

In Taiwan’s Kinmen, people hope for calm amid China tensions Politics News

Kinmen Islands, Taiwan – A storm is raging across the small Taiwanese island of Kinmen. On an empty beach along the island’s west coast, strong waves pound a line of rusty defensive stakes, secured in concrete foundations, that run like the spikes on a hedgehog’s back along the rocky coastal stretch. Further up the beach, … Read more

Biden signs ‘burn pits’ help for vets; a personal win, too

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, whose elder son Beau died of cancer years after deploying to Iraq, signed legislation on Wednesday expanding federal health care services for millions of veterans who served at military bases where toxic smoke billowed from huge “burn pits. “ “We owe you,” Biden said. “You’re the backbone. You’re the … Read more

‘We’re back, baby’: New bill boosts US climate credibility

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a moment when hopes dimmed that the United States could become an international leader on climate change, legislation that Congress is poised to approve could rejuvenate the country’s reputation and bolster its efforts to push other nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions more quickly. The head-snapping turn of events, which has … Read more

US pledges $1 billion more rockets, other arms for Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Monday it was shipping its largest yet direct delivery of weapons to Ukraine as that country prepares for a potentially decisive counteroffensive in the south against Russia, sending $1 billion in rockets, ammunition and other material to Ukraine from Defense Department stockpiles. The new US arms shipment would … Read more

Kenyan presidential wildcard plans 4-day weeks, cannabis farms | Uhuru Kenyatta

Nairobi, Kenya – Many perceive him as immoral, outright crazy or both. But George Wajackoyah, one of four front-line presidential candidates in Kenya, is pressing on, hoping to become the fifth elected president and solve the country’s debt burden by legalizing cannabis farming and exporting hyena testicles. Tuesday’s presidential vote is seen as a straight … Read more

‘Echoes of the Cold War’ as Blinken heads to Africa, vying with Russia for influence

PRETORIA, South Africa, August 8, 2022: South Africa’s Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor (R) and Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) attend a strategic dialogue opening session meeting at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation. ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in South Africa on Monday to … Read more