US sending ‘dangerous signals’ on Taiwan, China tells Blinken

Taiwan was the focus of the 90-minute, “direct and honest” talks between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. Stephanie Reynolds | Afp | Getty Images China has accused the United States of sending “very wrong, dangerous signals” on Taiwan … Read more

US sending ‘dangerous signals’ on Taiwan, China tells Blinken

Taiwan was the focus of the 90-minute, “direct and honest” talks between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. Stephanie Reynolds | Afp | Getty Images China has accused the United States of sending “very wrong, dangerous signals” on Taiwan … Read more

Putin’s nuclear threats raise the risk of disaster

Speaking in a rare, televised address on Wednesday, Putin warned that if the territorial integrity of Russia is threatened, the Kremlin would “certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. It is not a bluff.” Gavriil Grigorov Afp | Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ultimatum to the West … Read more

The UK has lifted its fracking ban, digging up a long-running debate

The derrick is seen behind anti-fracking banners at Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking site. Christopher Furlong | Getty Images LONDON — The UK government lifted its ban on fracking Thursday, citing the need to increase domestic energy supply following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In her first major address on Sept. 8, new Prime Minister Liz Truss … Read more

Bank of England hikes, says UK may already be in recession

The Bank of England raised rates by 0.5 percentage points Thursday. Vuk Valcic | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images LONDON — The Bank of England voted to raise its base rate to 2.25% from 1.75% on Thursday, lower than the 0.75 percentage point increase that had been expected by many traders. Inflation in … Read more

European markets open to close, BOE and SNB rate decisions

European stocks close lower after central bank hikes European stocks ended the day lower after central banks in Switzerland and the UK announced interest rate hikes. The Stoxx 600 closed down 1.8% with all sectors in the red except banks and basic resources, which were flat. The British pound fell to a fresh 37-low against … Read more

‘Avatar’ returns to theaters as Disney hypes James Cameron’s long-delayed sequel

Avatar Source: Walt Disney Studios The Na’vi return to the big screen this weekend as Disney looks to reignite interest in its newly acquired Avatar franchise, three months before the debut of the long-delayed sequel, “Avatar: The Way of Water.” Bringing the highest-grossing film of all time back to theaters has two purposes for Disney: … Read more

Italy turns to the right with FDI’s Georgia Meloni

Atmosphere during Giorgia Meloni’s rally in Cagliari to launch her campaign for Italy’s next general election at Cagliari on September 02, 2022 in Cagliari, Italy. Italians head to the polls for general elections on September 25, 2022. Emanuele Perrone | Getty Images News | Getty Images Italy’s voters head to the polls on Sunday in … Read more

Semiconductor alliances between the US and Asia could hold back China

Leading chipmaking nations including the US are forming alliances, in part to secure their semiconductor supply chain and to stop China from reaching the cutting-edge of the industry, analysts told CNBC. Places including the United States, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, which have strong semiconductor industries, have looked to forge partnerships around the critical technology. … Read more

Russia bid to annex parts of Ukraine with sham votes ‘doomed’ to fail

A Ukrainian soldier rides on a car after fetching water from a community well at the liberated village in Troitske, Kharkiv region, on September 18, 2022. Yasuyoshi Chiba Afp | Getty Images Ukrainian officials dismissed plans by Russian-occupied parts of the country to hold referenda on whether to join the Russian Federation, saying the move … Read more