India Enters 5G Era as Debt-Laden Carriers Gird to Spend Billions

To capitalize on 5G, China has been rolling out smartphone apps and industrial projects such as super high-definition live streaming, remote manufacturing, virtual reality and robotic surgery arms. The country’s three state-owned carriers have introduced more than 25,000 such applications, according to a news article posted by the State Council on its website in August. … Read more

Putin Says Four Regions’ Annexation Is ‘Forever’

President Vladimir Putin early Friday signed decrees recognizing the “independence” of occupied Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in Ukraine as a prelude to absorbing those regions, as well as Donetsk and Luhansk, into Russia — a move that’s expected later today. Putin is also expected to address legislators.

US Redoubles Efforts to End Dependence on Russian Nuclear Fuel

“We are going to get Congressional support in a bipartisan way for us to make our own fuel cycle supply chain independent, certainly of Russia,” Granholm, 63, said in an interview at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. “We’ve got to make this happen for our own independence and national security.”

Hurricane Ian’s Damages Are Forecast to Be Worse Than 1992’s Andrew

Damages from Ian are expected to range from $60 billion to $70 billion given the latest forecasts, according to Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler with Enki Research. That would make Ian the sixth-costliest US hurricane, below Ida’s $78.7 billion in 2021, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Oil Rises as US Crude Inventories Show First Decline in a Month

West Texas Intermediate rose as much as 3.4% to trade above $81 a barrel. Crude inventories fell 215,000 barrels last week, the US Energy Information Administration reported. The country’s demand for distillates, which includes diesel, jumped last week bringing the four-week average back above 2020 levels for this time of year. Meanwhile, leaks in three … Read more

This Is What Life’s Like in the World’s Strictest Covid Zero City

Seven times since last March, Ruili—on China’s Myanmar border—has felt the full force of Xi Jinping’s Covid Zero policy.

Ukraine Latest: Russia Pushes Annexation; Putin May Speak Friday

Russian occupation authorities began drafting men in Ukraine’s Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, Ukrainian officials said.

Russia May Hold Annexation Votes on Thursday

The Kremlin may rush to complete annexation of four occupied regions of Ukraine this week, days after what the United Nations has denounced as illegal votes to join Russia. President Vladimir Putin may make his annual address to parliament Friday, a state news agency reported. The so-called referendums are due to end on Tuesday. Ukraine … Read more

NASA Delays Artemis I Moon Launch Again on Tropical Storm Risk

During the test, two hydrogen leaks emerged as engineers fueled the SLS rocket, as well as other technical issues. While one of the leaks eventually abated after some troubleshooting, the second leak that cropped up later in the test would have prevented a launch if NASA had hoped to fly that day.

UK’s Biggest Tax Cuts Since 1972 Trigger Crash In Pound, Bonds

Liz Truss’s government set out the most radical package of tax cuts for the UK since 1972, reducing levies both on worker pay and companies in an effort to boost the long term potential of the economy.