North Korea fires at least one missile into sea, possibly from submarine


North Korea on Tuesday fired at least one ballistic missile into the sea in what South Korea's military described as a weapon likely designed for submarine-based launches, marking possibly the most significant demonstration of the North's military might since President Joe Biden took office. The launch came hours after the… Read


Texas lawmakers pass new congressional maps bolstering GOP


Texas Republicans approved on Monday redrawn U.S. House maps that favor incumbents and decrease political representation for growing minority communities, even as Latinos drive much of the growth in the nation’s largest red state. The maps were approved following outcry from Democrats over what they claimed was a rushed redistricting… Read


Colin Powell dies of COVID-19 complications at 84


Colin Powell, the boundary-breaking military leader and diplomat whose sterling reputation of service to Republican and Democratic presidents was stained by his faulty claims to justify the 2003 U.S. war in Iraq, died Monday of COVID-19 complications. He was 84. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Powell spent 35 years… Read


UK gov't under spotlight as COVID cases rise again


Britain has repeatedly trumpeted its mass vaccination program against COVID-19, hailing its early approval of jabs as a key part of the long struggle to return to normal life. But infection rates remain stubbornly high, contrasting sharply with its European neighbors and prompting fresh questions of the government. For two… Read


LA County wants Vanessa Bryant to undergo psychiatric exam


Los Angeles County is seeking to compel psychiatric evaluations for Kobe Bryant's widow and others to determine if they truly suffered emotional distress after first responders took and shared graphic photos from the site of the 2020 helicopter crash that killed the basketball star, his teenage daughter and seven others,… Read


Public support for prioritizing COVID fight falls around world: survey

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Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, growing numbers of people in several Western countries value protecting the economy over fighting the virus, even if it leads to more COVID deaths, a poll showed Monday. The survey of 6,000 people living in the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and… Read


Trump files lawsuit to block release of Jan 6 documents


Former President Donald Trump on Monday sought to block the release of documents related to the Jan 6 Capitol insurrection to a congressional committee investigating the attack, challenging President Joe Biden's initial decision to waive executive privilege. In a federal lawsuit, Trump said the committee's request was “almost limitless in… Read


Asia struggles to kick coal addiction


Smokestacks belch noxious fumes into the air from a massive coal-fired power plant on the Indonesian coast, a stark illustration of Asia's addiction to the fossil fuel which is threatening climate targets. Asia-Pacific accounts for about three-quarters of global coal consumption -- even as the region struggles with the environmental… Read


Microsoft says it warned Bill Gates about flirting in 2008


Microsoft executives in 2008 warned Bill Gates to stop sending flirtatious emails to a female employee but dropped the matter after he told them he would stop, the company revealed Monday. The Wall Street Journal was first to report that Brad Smith, then Microsoft's general counsel and now its president… Read


U.S. envoy on Afghanistan Khalilzad quits

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Zalmay Khalilzad, the veteran U.S. envoy whose months of diplomacy failed to prevent the Taliban from taking power in Afghanistan, resigned on Monday. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Khalilzad's departure, saying that the envoy's deputy, Thomas West, would take over. Born in Afghanistan, the dapper 70-year-old academic turned… Read

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