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The United States is increasing its military presence in the Philippines, both countries announced on Thursday, adding American access to four more bases and asserting the Southeast Asian nation’s role as a key strategic partner for Washington in the event of a conflict with China over Taiwan. The agreement was announced as U.S. Defense Secretary […]

CNN  —  The United States and India are taking steps to strengthen their defense partnership, officials said Tuesday, the latest sign of cooperation between the two countries in the face of an increasingly assertive China.

One of the world’s premier economic engines is running at its lowest speed in decades. And with a shrinking (working) population, among other things, the longer-term prospects for China are not bright either.  Currently, China is struggling with the impact of the rather abrupt shedding of its zero-COVID policy: 

The UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, said in a press release that a seven-truck convoy had reached Vovchansk in the Kharkiv region – just five kilometres from the Russian border. “This community has been heavily impacted by months of hostilities and the 4,500 people who remain there depend on humanitarian aid to meet their needs.” […]

FTSE 100 up 0.3%, FTSE 250 off 0.2% Jan 11 (Reuters) – UK’s exporter-heavy FTSE 100 edged higher on Wednesday, as mining stocks gained on firmer metals prices, while investors awaited U.S. inflation reading due this week to gauge the Federal Reserve’s next move on rate hikes.

LAS VEGAS – The U.S. needs to boost its investments in tech advancements in order to stay competitive on a global market, three Senate Democrats said Friday at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES).  Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), chair of the Intelligence Committee, said one of his priorities for the year is pushing for investments in artificial […]

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. Congress is expected to start voting as soon as Wednesday on a massive military policy bill including authorization of up to $10 billion in security assistance and fast-tracked weapons procurement for Taiwan. The

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – The United States and Britain announced on Wednesday an energy partnership aimed at sustaining a higher level of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to Britain and collaborating on ways to increase energy efficiency. Britain and other European countries have turned to the United States as they try to reduce their […]

Agribusiness is a term used to describe the enterprises involved in the production, processing, and distribution of food for consumer use. In Africa, agribusiness is responsible for 70% of employment and about 25% of the continent’s GDP. Due to its enormous agricultural potential, the African agribusiness sector is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2030. […]

ATLANTA, Dec 6 (Reuters) – A Tuesday runoff election in Georgia between Democratic U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock and Republican former football star Herschel Walker will determine whether President Joe Biden’s party can expand its razor-thin majority in the Senate. The race will also serve as a final test of Donald Trump’s clout with midterm election […]


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