Great Barrier Reef areas show highest coral cover seen in 36 years

Great Barrier Reef areas show highest coral cover seen in 36 years

In this photo provided by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority the Hardy Reef is viewed from the air near the Whitsunday Islands, Australia Jumbo Aerial Photography | Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority via AP Two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia recorded the highest amount of coral cover in nearly four … Read more

Abortion rights victory gives Democrats new hope for midterms

Abortion rights victory gives Democrats new hope for midterms

The size and scope of the result were a shock to even the most optimistic Democrats. Not only did voters reject a proposed constitutional amendment that would have opened the door to strict abortion laws in the Republican state, but they did it by turning out in huge numbers, dwarfing turnout in more recent primary … Read more

White House says Russia is planning to falsify evidence to frame Ukrainian forces for prison attack

White House says Russia is planning to falsify evidence to frame Ukrainian forces for prison attack

An administration official told CNN they expect Russia will falsify evidence, blame Ukrainian forces, and even have “reason to believe that Russia would go so far as to make it appear that Ukrainian HIMARS were to blame before journalists arrive.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Friday the attack on the prison in separatist-held eastern Ukraine, … Read more

In S. Korea, Pelosi avoids public comments on Taiwan, China

In S. Korea, Pelosi avoids public comments on Taiwan, China

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) β€” After infuriating China over her trip to Taiwan, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put South Korean political leaders in Seoul on Thursday but avoided making direct public comments on cross-Strait relations that could have further increased regional tensions. Pelosi, the first incumbent House speaker to visit Taiwan in 25 years, … Read more

Senate votes to ratify NATO membership for Sweden and Finland

Senate votes to ratify NATO membership for Sweden and Finland

NATO formalized its invitation to Sweden and Finland to join the alliance at the end of June and the decision must go to the 30 member states’ parliaments and legislatures for final ratification. President Joe Biden feels the protocols for ratification to the Senate in July, paving the way for the vote, which needed to … Read more

Iraq’s al-Sadr demands dissolution of parliament, early elections | Protest News

Iraq's al-Sadr demands dissolution of parliament, early elections |  Protest News

Iraq’s Muqtada al-Sadr orders supporters to continue sit-in inside the national parliament and calls for new elections to be held. Iraqi populist Muslim scholar Muqtada al-Sadr has urged his supporters to continue their sit-in inside the national parliament in Baghdad until his demands, which include the dissolution of parliament and early elections, are met. The … Read more

Indiana Rep. Walorski, 2 staffers killed in head-on crash

Indiana Rep.  Walorski, 2 staffers killed in head-on crash

WASHINGTON (AP) β€” Republican US Rep. Jackie Walorski was killed Wednesday in a car crash in her northern Indiana district along with two members of her congressional staff and another person, police said. The crash happened about 12:30 pm when a car crossed the center line on a state highway and collided head-on with the … Read more

Pelosi Taiwan visit puts TSMC back in spotlight of US-China rivalry

Pelosi Taiwan visit puts TSMC back in spotlight of US-China rivalry

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is the biggest contract chipmaker in the world. But it has been thrust in the middle of US-China geopolitical tensions. logo displayed on the screen. Rafael Henrique | Sopa Pictures | light rocket | Getty Images US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have left Taiwan but the visit has cast … Read more

Senate set to vote to ratify adding Sweden, Finland to NATO

Senate set to vote to ratify adding Sweden, Finland to NATO

WASHINGTON (AP) β€” The Senate was set Wednesday to ratify NATO membership for Finland and Swedenwith overwhelming bipartisan support expected for quickly expanding the Western military alliance in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, who visited Kyiv and the region earlier this year, urged a unanimous show of approval. Speaking … Read more