Russia and China are betting that autocracy will beat democracy. That’s according to US PresidentJoe Biden. But apart from generating headlines, his explosive claim seems to have little to do with the reality in either country. Not only is lumping the two states together a mistake, so too is the act of contrasting the two ideologies ... autocracy.
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WASHINGTON - The United States and Iraq are expected to formalize the end of Washington's combat mission in Iraq by the end of the year and continue the transition toward training and advising Iraqi forces, US officials said on Thursday ... "The mission doesn't change ... .
Apparently @LILUZIVERT owns this planet – just a heads up https.//t.co/rcyQ2ts7Hj— Grimes (@Grimezsz) July 22, 2021 ... Documentation almost complete for @LILUZIVERT to legally claim wasp-127b – this is huge! First human to legally own a planet https.//t.co/GBizLOC1yq— Grimes (@Grimezsz) July 22, 2021.
Wildfires are raging throughout Russia, overwhelming an overstretched firefighting service, and leaving desperate locals with little choice but to defend themselves however they can. The summer may not set a record for forest fires in recent memory — that was likely set in 2003... In Yakutia, many towns have been blanketed in a layer of smoke ... .
New York [US], July 23 (ANI). The United Nations on Thursday warned that terrorist organisations - Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda pose a growing threat in much of Africa... The report warns that Africa is now "the region most affected by terrorism" -- with al Qaeda and ISIS-aligned groups inflicting higher casualties there than anywhere else ... (ANI) ... .
Hungary’s Viktor Orban has accused the European Union of engaging in an “ideological war” after the bloc sought to delay talks over his country’s recovery plan, amid ongoing disagreement about Budapest’s new anti-LGBTQ+ law ... “Corruption is often cited as an issue, but we were already close to an agreement.
Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian police hit on a novel way to dispose of more than 1,000 bitcoin-mining machines seized in raids -- they crushed the devices using a steamroller. Authorities on Borneo island discovered the machines, worth an estimated 5.3 million ringgit ($1.25 million), in crackdowns between February and April ... .
Glasgow, the host city of the Cop26 climate change summit, has told leaders that efforts to stop global warming will fail unless the world's poorest see the benefits of such policies ... Cop26. John Kerry says climate action must go beyond Paris deal ... "It can't be about just telling our poorest residents what they have to give up ... .
A priest told mourners at a memorial service for slain President Jovenel Moise that too much blood is being shed in Haiti as authorities warned of more violence ahead of his funeral. The Rev. Jean-Gilles Sem spoke to dozens of people wearing white T-shirts emblazoned with Moise’s picture on Thursday ... “We’re tired.” ... Go in peace.
Melting ice within permafrost in the Russian arctic is revealing ancient life that has been buried there for thousands of years ... The animals once roamed the Arctic grasslands before becoming extinct ... .