Analysis: Britain is sinking deeper into crisis by the day, but its government is missing action

Analysis: Britain is sinking deeper into crisis by the day, but its government is missing action

Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the National Health Service Union, said in a statement, “Many may face the dire choice between forgoing meals to heat their homes and living in cold, wet and extremely uncomfortable conditions… This outbreak strikes as the NHS is likely to experience the most difficult winter on record.” The highly unusual … Read more

Police put a Catholic bishop under house arrest after raiding a diocese in Nicaragua

Police put a Catholic bishop under house arrest after raiding a diocese in Nicaragua

Police entered the headquarters of the Diocese of Matagalpa and arrested Bishop Rolando Alvarez and others, officials said in a statement posted on social media. The statement did not give a reason for the arrests, but said they were part of an investigation launched on August 5 into “destabilizing and provocative” activities in the country. … Read more

China must show it is not an ‘agent of destabilization’ in Taiwan, US ambassador to China says

China must show it is not an ‘agent of destabilization’ in Taiwan, US ambassador to China says

“We don’t believe the visit of the Speaker of the House of Representatives to Taiwan — a peaceful visit — should be a crisis in US-China relations … It’s a manufactured crisis by the government in Beijing. It’s an overreaction,” Burns told CNN from the US Embassy on Friday. It is now “the responsibility of … Read more

Gunmen attack an expensive hotel in Somalia’s capital

Gunmen attack an expensive hotel in Somalia’s capital

Police Major Hassan Dahir confirmed to CNN that gunmen and Somali security forces were fighting at the Hyatt Hotel in Somalia’s capital, an area frequented by lawmakers and government officials. Dahir said two security officers, including Mogadishu intelligence chief Muhidin Mohammed, were wounded in the ongoing attack. However, details remain unclear as the siege continues. … Read more

Russia will once again shut off European gas through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline

Russia will once again shut off European gas through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline

An arbitrary maintenance order on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, which runs from the Baltic Sea to Germany, deepens the energy standoff between Moscow and Brussels, which has already helped fuel inflation in the region and increased the risk of rationing and recession. The three-day shutdown is due to maintenance on the pipeline’s remaining gas … Read more

The Russian version of Starbucks reopens with a new name and logo

The Russian version of Starbucks reopens with a new name and logo

At a packed launch in central Moscow, rapper Timati presented the new brand, whose logo features an image of a woman with a star on her head, with co-owner and restaurateur Anton Pinsky before the stores opened on Friday. Use is prohibited Starbucks (SBUX) In the logo, Timati tried to find some continuity, namely the … Read more

China has warned of first nationwide drought in 9 years

China has warned of first nationwide drought in 9 years

The “yellow” alert issued on Friday was the third highest on China’s four-level scale. This indicates that at least two provinces are facing drought-like conditions and more dry weather or drought is expected. Temperatures in at least 244 cities across the country could rise above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), China’s meteorological agency said … Read more

Chinese-Canadian businessman Xiao Jianhua has been sentenced to 13 years in prison

Chinese-Canadian businessman Xiao Jianhua has been sentenced to 13 years in prison

Xiao and his company Tomorrow Holdings were convicted of crimes involving tens of billions of dollars, including illegal embezzlement of public deposits, misappropriation of entrusted assets, embezzlement and bribery, the Shanghai First Intermediate Court said in a statement. The court fined Xiao 6.5 million yuan ($950,000) and Tomorrow Holdings 55 billion yuan ($8.1 billion). “The … Read more

Strikes over pay bring London’s transport network to a standstill

Strikes over pay bring London’s transport network to a standstill

Transport for London (TFL) said all London Underground and Overground rail lines were suspended or partially suspended and dozens of bus routes in the west of the city were disrupted. Tens of thousands of workers walked out of the UK’s national rail network on Thursday and will do so again on Saturday. Commuters across the … Read more

Lakes are drying up everywhere. Israel pumps water from the Med as compensation

Lakes are drying up everywhere.  Israel pumps water from the Med as compensation

But this place of religious pilgrimage – where many of Jesus’ miracles are said to have been performed in the New Testament – faces a dark future. The climate crisis is causing huge fluctuations in lake water levels. Now it’s fairly full, but just five years ago, it hit a record low. Climate change and … Read more