Plan B

Leaders of the world’s seven wealthiest democracies proposed a $600 billion global infrastructure plan to counter China’s ambitious “Belt and Road Initiative,” Politico reported. The Group of Seven countries unveiled the initiative during a summit in the German Alps this week as they discussed issues that...

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Slow and Steady

The World Health Organization backed away from declaring monkeypox a global emergency, even as more than 3,000 cases of the virus have been detected in 50 countries since early May, the Washington Post reported. The WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee opted to describe the pathogen...

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Ukraine, Briefly

For the first time in a century, Russia defaulted on its foreign-currency sovereign debt, the culmination of ever-tougher Western sanctions that cut off payment lines to international creditors, Bloomberg reported. For months, the country discovered ways to avoid sanctions imposed because of its invasion...

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Sequencing a Star

The Gaia space observatory recently collected a trove of scientific data about the Milky Way that provides new insights into the galaxy’s evolution and the DNA of thousands of stars, the Telegraph reported. Currently located more than 900,000 miles from Earth, the powerful telescope was launched...

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The Disappeared

Russian lawmaker Oleg Morozov of the pro-government United Russia political party, the largest in the country, was recently sharing his thoughts on a Rossiya-1 state television talk show. Speaking to pro-Kremlin TV host Olga Skabeyeva, he asked: what if Russian agents kidnapped a NATO country...

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Blinking

Ecuador lifted a state of emergency in six provinces over the weekend amid an Indigenous-led nationwide strike that has blocked the country’s capital from receiving food and other supplies, the Associated Press reported. President Guillermo Lasso ended the state of emergency following a Saturday meeting between...

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