Ceremony and controversy await Harris during visit to Asia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attending funerals on behalf of the United States is normally a straightforward assignment for a vice president, but Kamala Harris will confront controversy at nearly every turn as she visits Asia for the memorial honoring former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. American allies are seeking clarity after mixed messages over whether President … 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

Xi, Putin meet in Uzbekistan as Ukraine war dominates

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin met for talks on boosting ties between their countries Thursday, an encounter that follows a major setback for Moscow on the battlefield in Ukraine. The two leaders met in Uzbekistan on the sidelines of the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a security alliance … Read more

Exhausted parents rejoice! Scientists develop a ‘recipe’ to stop babies crying

From offering a pacifier to desperately singing lullabies, most exhausted parents will go to any lengths to get their baby to stop crying. Now, a study claims to have the ‘recipe’ to lull a baby to sleep – and it’s surprisingly simple. Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Brain Science in Japan claim that the … Read more

China’s Xi heads abroad to promote strategic role

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping is using his first trip abroad since the start of the pandemic to promote China’s strategic ambitions at a summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and other leaders of a Central Asian security group. The Chinese leader is promoting a “Global Security Initiative” announced in April following the formation of … Read more