China protests as US shoots down suspected spy balloon

China protests as US shoots down suspected spy balloon

When US President Joe Biden learned a suspected Chinese spy balloon was drifting through the stratosphere 60,000 feet above Montana, his first inclination was to take it down. By then, however, it was both too early and too late. After flying over swaths of sparsely populated land, it was now projected to keep drifting over … Read more

It wasn’t me: Ex-UK PM Truss blames ‘system’ for her failure

It wasn’t me: Ex-UK PM Truss blames ‘system’ for her failure

LONDON — Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss says her failure wasn’t her fault. Truss on Sunday blamed a “powerful economic establishment” and internal Conservative Party opposition for the rapid collapse of her government, and said she still believes her tax-cutting policies were the right ones. Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister resigned in October, six weeks … Read more

US states take control of abortion debate with funding focus

US states take control of abortion debate with funding focus

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Though the Insight Women’s Center sits at the epicenter of a reinvigorated battle in the nation’s culture wars, the only hint of its faith-based mission to dissuade people from getting abortions is the jazzy, piano rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” playing in a waiting room. The Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature is considering allocating … Read more

9 missing after fishing boat capsizes in South Korea

9 missing after fishing boat capsizes in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean coast guard vessels and aircraft were searching on Sunday in waters off the country’s southwestern coast for nine fishermen who disappeared after their boat capsized. The coast guard from the southwestern port city of Mokpo said that three crew members were rescued by a nearby commercial vessel following the … Read more

British sailors hospitalized after drinking water on naval ship

British sailors hospitalized after drinking water on naval ship

A Royal Navy warship has returned to port in Britain after several sailors got sick from the vessel’s drinking water, officials said Saturday.  The navy said frigate HMS Portland had returned to its base at Portsmouth on England’s south coast on Friday “as a precautionary measure, following an issue with one of the ship’s fresh … Read more

DNC passes new primary calendar making South Carolina first and booting Iowa

DNC passes new primary calendar making South Carolina first and booting Iowa

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) officially passed their new early primary calendar on Saturday, which drastically shakes up the order of states to first cast votes in the presidential nomination process.  The plan, which was supported by President Joe Biden, makes South Carolina the first state on the presidential primary calendar on Feb. 3, 2024, … Read more

Biden makes progress on ‘unity agenda’ outlined in 2022

Biden makes progress on ‘unity agenda’ outlined in 2022

WASHINGTON — A year ago, President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address to push top Democratic priorities that were sure to face a battle in the narrowly divided Congress but he also laid out a four-pronged “unity agenda” that would be an easier sell. Biden’s unity goals would be hard for … Read more

Suspected Chinese spy balloon flying over the US

Suspected Chinese spy balloon flying over the US

President Joe Biden was first briefed Tuesday on the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that is hovering over the US as it moves eastward in the coming days, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. The president has since “continued to receive regular briefings and updates from the National Security Team,” she said. After it was reported … Read more

As Chinese balloon flies over U.S., Secretary of State Antony Blinken postpones China trip

As Chinese balloon flies over U.S., Secretary of State Antony Blinken postpones China trip

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has postponed a planned high-stakes weekend diplomatic trip to China as the Biden administration weighs a broader response to the discovery of a high-altitude Chinese balloon flying over sensitive sites in the western United States, two diplomatic sources tell CBS News.  The decision came despite China’s claim that the balloon … Read more

Along Ukraine-Belarus border, a war of nerves — and drones

Along Ukraine-Belarus border, a war of nerves — and drones

BELARUS BORDER, Ukraine — The reconnaissance drones fly several times a day from Ukrainian positions deep inside the thick forest that marches across the border into Belarus, a close Russian ally, scouring sky and land for signs of trouble on the other side. Ukrainian units are monitoring the 1,000-kilometer (650-mile) frontier of marsh and woodland … Read more