Global News of Interest

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US vetoes UN resolution calling for immediate ceasefire in Gaza after proposing a temporary halt in fighting

February 26, 2024

The United States has vetoed a resolution at the United Nations calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, an anticipated move that, while supportive of Israel, comes amid signs of American…

U.S. charges yakuza leader with trying to sell nuclear material to Iran

February 26, 2024

A Japanese yakuza boss sought to sell nuclear material to an undercover U.S. law enforcement agent who was posing as an associate of an Iranian general, U.S. prosecutors said Wednesday. It was…

Kyiv has right to strike Russian targets ‘outside Ukraine’, says Nato chief

February 26, 2024

Ukraine has the right to strike “Russian military targets outside Ukraine” in line with international law, the Nato secretary-general has said for the first time since the start of the…

First version of all-service battle network is ‘real and ready now’: Hicks

February 26, 2024

After years of effort, the Pentagon has built the first functioning version of its long-sought Combined Joint All Domain Command & Control (CJADC2), an AI-powered meta-network to coordinate all the armed forces…

N. Korean missile used against Ukraine contained U.S., European parts: CNN

February 26, 2024

A North Korean ballistic missile that Russia fired against Ukraine last month contained many parts traced to companies in the United States and Europe, CNN reported Tuesday, citing a research…

U.S. to Invest Billions to Replace China-Made Cranes at Nation’s Ports

February 26, 2024

The Biden administration plans to invest billions in the domestic manufacturing of cargo cranes, seeking to counter fears that the prevalent use of China-built cranes with advanced software at many…

Aboard a U.S. Aircraft Carrier, a Front-Row Seat to China Tensions

February 26, 2024

During recent exercises in the Philippine Sea, U.S. jet fighters screamed into flight from the USS Carl Vinson as two Chinese intelligence-gathering ships lingered a few miles away.

Syria Blames Israel for Deadly Airstrike in Damascus

February 26, 2024

Syrian state media reported on Wednesday that an airstrike on a residential building in Damascus had killed two people, and said that Israel was responsible for the attack.

As Gaza Death Toll Mounts, Israel’s Isolation Grows

February 26, 2024

A worsening humanitarian crisis has brought a wave of condemnation against Israel’s ongoing military operation, and is testing the support of even its staunchest ally, the United States.

Exclusive-IAEA Chief Says Iran’s Nuclear Enrichment Activity Remains High

February 26, 2024

Iran continues to enrich uranium well beyond the needs for commercial nuclear use despite U.N. pressure to stop it, IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said on Monday, adding he wanted to…