Biden, Xi to hold talks amid new tensions over Taiwan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping will speak Thursday, according to a US official, their first conversation in four months coming amid new tension between Washington and Beijing over China’s claims on Taiwan. The planned talks between the two leaders — the fifth in a series of regular check-ins — have been … Read more

Why do some cats seem to get along with other cats? Their hormones offer a clue.

Despite a reputation for preferring to share space on their own terms, cats often live in groups. This behavior may seem contradictory, but new research suggests it’s a curious consequence of domestication — and biological factors can help explain why some felines may embrace their fellow cats more than others. In a study published Wednesday … Read more

Ukraine’s grain is ready to go. But ships aren’t. Why? Risk

Shipping companies are not rushing to export millions of tons of grain trapped in Ukraine, despite a breakthrough deal to provide safe corridors through the Black Sea. That is because explosive mines are drifting in the waters, ship owners are assessing the risks and many still have questions about how the deal will unfold. The … Read more

Russian threats to close Jewish Agency strike a nerve in Israel

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Jerusalem CNN — Israeli officials are trying to tamp down the diplomatic fracas that has erupted in recent weeks as Moscow has sought to dissolve the Jewish … Read more

Russia told to retreat in Kherson; US offers deal on Griner

Ukrainian forces using US-supplied precision artillery severely damaged a bridge vital to the Russian military’s supply lines in occupied Kherson, Ukraine authorities said Wednesday. “Successful missile strikes on bridges over the Dnipro River by #UAarmy create an impossible dilemma for Russian occupiers in #Kherson,” the Ukrainian Defense Ministry tweeted. “Retreat or be annihilated by #UAarmy. … Read more

Britney Spears ‘won’t testify’ in trial over conservatorship abuse

Britney Spears will reportedly not be called to testify over allegations her father Jamie abused his position as conservator. According to TMZ, the singer’s attorney Mathew Rosengart has filed legal documents that state he will be going forward with documents, physical evidence and just Jamie’s testimony. Rosengart insisted that Britney’s testimony would not be relevant … Read more

Oscar Contenders, Hidden Gems & The One That Got Away – Deadline

Venice Film Festival chief Alberto Barbera revealed a typically intriguing lineup today, full of potential fireworks and serious cinema. From Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s “personal and ambitious” Bardo to Netflix’s much-discussed Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde, there are buzz titles on offer and plenty of talking points. The lineup also offered up some interesting deviations from previous … Read more