US sanctions target Myanmar junta-linked businessman for procuring Russian-made weapons

October 07, 2022 at 04:15

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on a Myanmar businessman and two others involved in procuring Russian-made weapons from Belarus for the junta that seized power in the Southeast Asian country early last year, Secretary of State Antony Blinken...

UN rights council rejects debate on China's abuses in Xinjiang in a blow to the West

October 07, 2022 at 02:34

The UN rights council on Thursday voted down a Western-led motion to hold a debate about alleged human rights abuses by China against Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang in a victory for Beijing as it seeks to avoid further scrutiny. The United States, Ca...

Japanese journalist sentenced to 10 years in Myanmar prison, official says

October 07, 2022 at 01:46

CNN —A military court in Myanmar has sentenced a Japanese journalist to 10 years in prison for sedition and violating a law on electronic communications after he filmed an anti-government protest in July, a Japanese diplomat said on Thursday. Kubota was sen...

Bolsonaro speeds up payments to the poor as election looms

October 07, 2022 at 01:26

Sao Paulo CNN —Brazil’s government has announced plans to accelerate this month’s welfare payments to the needy, as President Jair Bolsonaro prepares to face leftwing rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in a second-round election. Payments of R$600 ($120) under...

US kills 2 top ISIS leaders in airstrike in Syria

October 06, 2022 at 21:20

CNN —US forces killed two top ISIS leaders in an airstrike in northern Syria on Thursday, according to two defense officials, one day after a US raid killed an ISIS smuggler. The strike killed Abu ‘Ala, one of the top five ISIS leaders and the deputy leader...

US mortgage rates take a breather after rising for several weeks in a row

October 06, 2022 at 15:17

After rising for six weeks in a row, mortgage rates retreated last week. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.66% in the week ending October 5, down from 6.70% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. Mortgage rates have more than doubled since the...

Porsche overtakes Volkswagen as the most valuable carmaker in Europe

October 06, 2022 at 14:32

Porsche took pole position as Europe’s most valuable automaker on Thursday, overtaking former parent Volkswagen (VLKAF) as the price of the sportscar maker’s newly-listed shares sped higher. Although Porsche shares fell below their listing price on Monday t...

Big companies keep leaving Chicago. What's going on?

October 06, 2022 at 13:11

New York CNN Business —Tyson Foods is the latest company closing its Chicago offices, joining Boeing, Caterpillar and Citadel among others. Roughly 1,000 employees work in the three offices and will begin relocation in early next year. McDonald’s, which has...

Uganda president apologizes to Kenya for son's ill-advised invasion tweets

October 06, 2022 at 13:06

CNN —President Yoweri Museveni has apologized to Kenyans over tweets posted by his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba that had repeatedly threatened to invade Uganda’s East African neighbor. In a series of tweets on Monday and Tuesday, Kainerugaba posted provocative m...

Taiwan will treat Chinese military flights into its airspace as 'first strike,' defense minister says

October 06, 2022 at 07:10

Hong Kong CNN —Chinese fighter jets or drones that intrude into Taiwan’s territorial airspace will be regarded as a “first strike,” Taiwan’s Defense Minister warned Wednesday, as the island seeks to step-up its defenses in response to Beijing’s military pre...

Gas prices are starting to take off again. More increases are on the way

October 06, 2022 at 05:56

New York CNN Business —Even before Wednesday’s action by OPEC+ to cut oil production, US gas prices were on their way up. Gas prices rose nearly 3 cents a gallon in AAA’s daily reading Wednesday, to $3.83 a gallon, the biggest one-day hike in nearly four mo...

Child deaths in Gambia linked to cough syrups made in India, says WHO

October 06, 2022 at 04:31

The deaths of dozens of young children in Gambia from acute kidney injuries may be linked to contaminated cough and cold syrups made by an Indian drug manufacturer, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. The findings, announced by WHO Director-Gen...

One man killed, two journalists injured during Israeli military raid in West Bank

October 06, 2022 at 02:13

CNN —A Palestinian man was killed and two journalists shot and injured by Israeli forces during an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian authorities said Wednesday. The man who was killed was 21, according to the Palestinian Ministry...

OPEC announces the biggest cut to oil production since the start of the pandemic

October 05, 2022 at 16:36

The group of major oil producers, which includes Saudi Arabia and Russia, announced the production cut following its first meeting in person since March 2020. The reduction is equivalent to about 2% of global oil demand. The price of Brent crude oil rose 1....

West Africa bloc mediator 'satisfied' after meeting Burkina Faso new military leader

October 05, 2022 at 11:56

CNN —The mediator sent to Burkina Faso by West Africa’s main political and economic bloc ECOWAS, Mahamadou Issoufou, on Tuesday said he was satisfied by a meeting with the country’s new military leader Ibrahim Traore. Issoufou added that the 15-member bloc...

American citizen Baquer Namazi leaves Iran after being held for more than six years

October 05, 2022 at 11:27

CNN —Baquer Namazi, an elderly American wrongfully detained in Iran, is on his way out of the country for surgery in the United Arab Emirates, his family said in a statement on Wednesday. He will transit through Oman on his way to Abu Dhabi. “It is impossib...

A barrier of fear has been broken in Iran. The regime may be at a point of no return

October 05, 2022 at 10:55

For weeks, a nationwide protest movement has relentlessly gathered momentum and appears to have blunted the government’s decades-old intimidation tactics. These are scenes previously believed to be unthinkable in Iran, where the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Kha...

Survivors recount horror of Indonesia stadium tragedy as officials say locked exits contributed

October 05, 2022 at 08:40

Most of the deaths – including 33 children – are believed to have occurred as panicked fans attempted to flee the choking smoke, triggering a crush at the exits. An Arema FC supporter cries near an entrance gate at the Kanjuruhan stadium in Malang, East Jav...

Avalanche kills at least 4 mountaineers in Indian Himalayas

October 05, 2022 at 07:02

New Delhi CNN —At least four people were killed and 28 people remain missing after an avalanche hit a group of mountaineers in the Indian Himalayas on Tuesday, according to an Indian mountaineering organization. In a statement Tuesday, the Nehru Institute o...

US and South Korea test-fire missiles in continued response after North Korea launch

October 05, 2022 at 02:39

Seoul, South Korea CNN —The United States and South Korea launched four missiles off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday morning local time, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. The US and South Korea initially responded to the...