Iran-Saudi Arabia deal casts China in unfamiliar global role

An agreement between Iran and Saudi Arabia to re-establish diplomatic relations has cast China in a leading role in Middle Eastern politics — a part previously reserved

Bank stocks drop in Europe as US bank failure stirs jitters

Bank stocks sagged in Europe and U.S. stock futures fell yesterday ahead of the market’s open in New York, shaken by worries the biggest U.S.

Pfizer buys Seagen for $43B, boosts access to cancer drugs

Pfizer is spending about $43 billion to reach deeper into new cancer treatments that target tumor cells while sparing surrounding healthy tissue. The pharmaceutical giant said

Russian advance stalls in Ukraine’s Bakhmut, think tank says

Russia’s advance seems to have stalled in Moscow’s campaign to capture the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, a leading think tank said in an assessment of the longest ground

Belgium bans TikTok from government phones after US, EU

Belgium is banning TikTok from government phones over worries about cybersecurity, privacy and misinformation, the country’s prime minister said Friday, mirroring recent action by other authorities in Europe

Oil giant Saudi Aramco makes a historic USD161b profit in 2022

Oil giant Saudi Aramco reported yesterday earning $161 billion last year, claiming the highest-ever recorded annual profit by a publicly listed company and drawing immediate criticism

UK has new Duke of Edinburgh as king gives his brother title

King Charles III has made his youngest brother the Duke of Edinburgh, passing on a title held by their late father, Prince Philip. Buckingham Palace said

Jaded with education, more Americans are skipping college

America’s college-going rate was generally on the upswing until the pandemic reversed decades of progress. Rates fell despite economic upheaval, which typically drives more people into higher education.

Major Russian missile barrage slams targets across Ukraine

Russia unleashed “a massive rocket attack” that hit critical infrastructure and residential buildings in 10 regions of Ukraine, the country’s president said yesterday, with officials reporting at least six

Harry & Meghan’s daughter christened, will use royal title

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan announced yesterday that their daughter had been christened in a private ceremony in California, publicly calling her a princess

Survivors of deadly abduction returned to US

A road trip to Mexico for cosmetic surgery veered violently off course when four Americans were caught in a drug cartel shootout, leaving two dead and two held captive

How passengers teamed up to restrain man on chaotic flight

A passenger who helped restrain a threatening man on a weekend flight from Los Angeles to Boston said yesterday that the entire chaotic episode was over within seconds

Cartoonists criticize ‘Dilbert’ creator over racist remarks

Cartoonists are pushing back against racist remarks made by “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams, with one artist even using his own strip this week to lampoon the disgraced

Roman shrine uncovered beneath graveyard in central England

Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be a Roman shrine beneath a former graveyard in the grounds of a cathedral in central England. Experts from the

In liberated Ukraine city, civilians still pay price of war

In this war-scarred city in Ukraine’s northeast, residents scrutinize every step for land mines. Behind closed doors, survivors wait in agony for the bodies of loved ones to be

Lynyrd Skynyrd founding member Gary Rossington dead at 71

“It is with our deepest sympathy and sadness that we have to advise, that we lost our brother, friend, family member, songwriter and guitarist, Gary Rossington, today,” the

Fox libel defense at odds with top GOP presidential foes

Fox News is on an unlikely collision course with two leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination over the rights of journalists. In defending itself against a

Crisis over suspected Iran schoolgirl poisonings escalates

A crisis over suspected poisonings targeting Iranian schoolgirls escalated Sunday as authorities acknowledged over 50 schools were struck in a wave of possible cases. The poisonings have

Year after the slap, Chris Rock punches back in new special

A year after Will Smith smacked him on the Academy Awards stage, Chris Rock finally gave his rebuttal in a forceful stand-up special, streamed live on Netflix,

Covid-19 conspiracies soar after latest report on origins

COVID-19's origins remain hazy. Three years after the start of the pandemic, it’s still unclear whether the coronavirus that causes the disease leaked from a lab

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