Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt plan to join BRICS, the economic alliance of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The timing is awkward for President Biden as he prepares to meet with the Saudis, but Turkey’s membership is potentially more significant.Continue Reading

The Atlanta Fed’s GDPnow measure, which tracks economic data in real time, shows a contraction in the second quarter of 2022 of 2.1%. Following the first quarter’s 1.6% drop, this meets the technical definition of a recession.Continue Reading

The Czech Republic becomes the first NATO nation to send tanks to Ukraine for use against Russian forces in the ongoing war. How Russia chooses to respond remains to be seen.Continue Reading

We kick off a new year with hopes that this will not be a rerun of 2020 or ’21, despite the best efforts of government officials to keep the fear turned up to 11.Continue Reading

A former police officer in El Salvador has been charged with killing four people, but the graves near his home may yield as many as 40 bodies. And there are questions about nine others who have been charged in connection with the slayings.

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Benjamin Netanyahu’s twelve-year run as prime minister of Israel has come to an end as the new coalition government led by Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid was sworn in Sunday after a narrow 60-59 vote in the Knesset.

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That’s how one expert describes gain of function research on deadly viruses, which—thanks to an amateur research group called DRASTIC—we now know was being conducted on bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology with US taxpayer dollars.Continue Reading

Scientists at the University of Glasgow claim to have developed a method for detecting life in outer space and collecting samples—with an eye to cloning it in a lab back here on Earth.Continue Reading

Israel and Hamas both claimed victory in the recent conflict while President Joe Biden took credit for arranging the cease-fire. So, we’re basically back where we were two weeks ago. What’s next?

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