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Pelosi leaves Taiwan after visit that fueled US-China rift

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan on Wednesday after meeting with the president and other officials during a visit that has heightened tensions with China.

Pelosi and five other members of Congress traveled to South Korea, the next stop on an Asia tour that also includes Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.

In Taiwan, she said her delegation was showing commitment to the self-governing island that China claims and says must come under its control.

China held military exercises after his arrival and called his visit a provocation that undermines its sovereignty.

Kansas voters vigorously protect their access to abortion

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters sent a resounding message on Tuesday about their desire to protect abortion rights, rejecting a ballot measure in a conservative state with close ties to the anti-abortion movement that would have allowed the legislature controlled by Republicans to tighten restrictions or outright ban the procedure.

It was the first test of voter sentiment after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that struck down the constitutional right to abortion, providing an unexpected result with potential implications for the upcoming midterm elections. .

While it was just one state, strong turnout in an August primary that typically favors Republicans was a major victory for abortion rights advocates. With most votes counted, they won by about 20 percentage points, with turnout approaching what is typical for a fall gubernatorial election.

The vote also provided a beacon of hope for Democrats nationwide to turn the tide in an election year otherwise filled with bleak omens for their prospects in November.

“This vote clearly shows what we know: the majority of Americans agree that women should have access to abortion and should have the right to make their own health care decisions,” President Joe Biden said in a statement.

Takeout: Kansas abortion backlash, Greitens meltdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — On one of the biggest days of this year’s primary election campaign, voters rejected a measure that would have eased restrictions on abortion rights in the red state of Kansas and repudiated a scandal-tarred former governor seeking a U.S. Senate seat. in Missouri.

Meanwhile, a Republican congressman who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 uprising lost to a Trump-backed opponent early Wednesday, while two other House Republicans supporting impeachment were awaiting the results of their primaries in Washington State.

In Michigan, a political newcomer has emerged from the state’s messy Republican gubernatorial primary, setting up a rare woman-versus-woman general election clash between conservative commentator Tudor Dixon and incumbent Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Vessel carrying Ukrainian grain allowed to go to Lebanon

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s Defense Ministry said the first grain ship carrying Ukrainian corn is preparing to cross Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait on its way to its final destination, Lebanon.

The ministry said an inspection team has completed its examination on board the Sierra Leone-flagged Razoni. The delegation included representatives from Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the United Nations. The Razoni is anchored off the coast of Istanbul in the Black Sea, near the mouth of the Bosphorus. The Razoni honked as the inspection teams left the ship.

The Razoni, which the United Nations says is carrying 26,527 tonnes of maize, set sail Monday from Odessa on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast.

Footage tweeted by the Department of Defense showed an inspector reaching into an open container and touching the grain.

Cold showers, no light: Europe saves as Russian gas dwindles

PARIS (AP) — Deploying like urban guerrillas on the dark streets of Paris long after midnight, anti-waste activists shine walls and drainpipes, searching for switches to turn off lights.

Click on. Click on. Click on.

One by one, the exterior lights left on by the shops go out. It’s a small but symbolic step in a giant leap in energy savings that Europe is trying to take as it rushes to wean itself off natural gas and oil from Russia so that factories don’t are not forced to close and that homes remain heated and powered.

Engineer Kevin Ha and his equally nimble friends had acted against wasteful business in Paris long before Russia began cutting off Europe’s energy supply in a battle of wills over Ukraine’s invasion by Moscow. As such, activists were the forerunners of the energy saving dynamic that is all the rage in France, Germany and elsewhere. Their message – that everyone can contribute – is almost verbatim what officials from ministers to mayors are also saying now.

“Everyone can have a positive impact on their own scale, by adopting good practices, taking the right steps to reduce their overall energy footprint”, said Ha, 30, during a recent night of lights out on the Boulevard des Champs-Elysées.

EXPLAINER: A look at the missile that killed the al-Qaeda leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a year, U.S. officials have said eliminating a terrorist threat in Afghanistan without U.S. troops on the ground would be difficult but not impossible. Last weekend, the United States did just that: kill al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri with a CIA drone strike.

Other high-profile airstrikes in the past have inadvertently killed innocent civilians. In this case, the United States carefully chose to use a type of Hellfire missile that greatly minimized the risk of further casualties. Although US officials have not publicly confirmed which variant of the Hellfire was used, experts and others familiar with counterterrorism operations have said a likely option is the top secret Hellfire R9X – known as various nicknames, including the “knife bomb” or the “Flying Ginsu.”

This potential use of R9X, said Klon Kitchen, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a former intelligence analyst, suggests that the United States wanted to kill al-Zawahri with “limited likelihood of collateral death and destruction and for other relevant political reasons.”

China blocks some imports from Taiwan; prevents chip breakage

BEIJING (AP) — China blocked citrus and fish imports from Taiwan in retaliation for a visit by top U.S. congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, but avoided disrupting one of China’s most important technology and manufacturing relationships. in the world.

The two sides, which split in 1949 after a civil war, have no formal relations but multibillion-dollar business ties, particularly in the flow of Taiwanese-made processor chips needed by Chinese factories that assemble smartphones and other electronic devices in the world.

They built this business as Beijing threatened for decades to enforce the Communist Party’s claim to power on the island by attacking.

Bilateral trade soared 26% last year to $328.3 billion. Taiwan, which produces half of the world’s processor chips and has technology the mainland cannot match, said sales to Chinese factories rose 24.4% to $104.3 billion.

“The global economy cannot function without chips made in Taiwan or China,” said Carl B. Weinberg of High-Frequency Economics in a report.

Clergymen and bags of cash spark new sectarian brawl in Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese archbishop who ferried more than $460,000 from Israel to Lebanon is at the center of the latest sectarian confrontation in crisis-ridden Lebanon, and the matter may even spill over into presidential politics.

The situation has exacerbated the discord between two powerful political camps: the Lebanese Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah and the Maronite Church.

The cleric was briefly detained last month by Lebanese border agents who confiscated 20 suitcases filled with cash and medicine, arguing he had violated Lebanon’s strict laws against normalization with Israel.

Opponents of Hezbollah say the Iran-backed group has influence over Lebanese institutions and security agencies, and has used them to target the Maronite Church. The archbishop, Moussa el-Hajj, is a prominent member of the Maronite Church, whose patriarch has become increasingly critical of Iran-backed Hezbollah and its growing influence in Lebanon.

Much of the Christian community saw the archbishop’s detention as an attack on the church.

Atlanta image challenged facts of 1906 massacre

ATLANTA (AP) — Anyone traveling through downtown Atlanta today passes by places where innocent black men and women have been pulled from carts, shot at their workplaces, chased through the streets and beaten to death by a mob of 10,000 white men and boys.

But few have been told about the Atlanta Race Massacre of 1906, which shaped the city’s geography, economy, society and power structure in lasting ways. Much like the Red Summer of 1919 in the South and Northeast and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 in Oklahoma years later, white-against-black violence in Atlanta shattered dreams of racial harmony. and forced thousands of people from their homes.

A grassroots coalition is working to restore the Atlanta murders and their legacy to public memory. Historical markers and tours are planned for the anniversary this September. A one-act play will be performed simultaneously at group dinners across the city. Organizers are looking for 500 hosts, with the ambitious goal of hosting 5,000 people to discuss lasting effects.

These activists say the massacre is out of place in the context of Atlanta “cradle of the civil rights movement” narrative, but they insist on telling the truth as some politicians push to ignore the country’s history of racial violence.

Wrongly labeled a riot, the killings of at least 25 black people and the destruction of black-owned businesses had a specific purpose: to thwart their economic success and voting power before African Americans could claim status. equal, said King Williams, a reporter who gives tours describing what happened.

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