Live updates: Ian has weakened to a tropical storm, continues to pummel Florida

Vehicles sit in floodwaters at the Palm Isle apartments in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday.(John Raoux/AP) Flooding is the “biggest concern” in Orange County, the county’s public safety director Danny Banks said on Thursday that, adding that there is a possibility “of up to 24 inches of rain in the county.” “We have numerous neighborhoods, specifically … Read more

Why is the British pound tanking as the US dollar soars? | Business and Economy

As the British pound plummets in value, the US dollar is flying high. Against a tumultuous backdrop that includes the Ukraine war, soaring prices and China’s COVID lockdowns, sharp fluctuations of some of the world’s major currencies are injecting new uncertainty into the global economic outlook. Why is the British pound in freefall? On Monday, … Read more

NASA spacecraft to hit asteroid in planetary defence test | Space News

In world’s first attempt to change the motion of an asteroid, scientists hope the method can prevent collisions with Earth. A NASA spacecraft is scheduled to slam into an asteroid, in an unprecedented test designed to prevent potentially devastating collisions with Earth. NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft will hit the asteroid Dimorphos about … Read more

Why do the US midterms matter?

This November’s US elections are called “midterms” because the come in the middle of the president’s four-year term in office. While the president isn’t on the ballot, the midterms are seen as the American voters’ verdict on how the president is going and can have a major impact on their ability to legislate and govern. … Read more

Mahsa Amini death: Iran restricts internet as protest deaths mount

CNN  —  Iranian authorities say they will restrict internet access in the country until calm is restored to the streets, as protests over the death of a young woman in the custody of the morality police rock the Islamic Republic. Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in protest since the death last week … Read more

Why the Obvious Geopolitics of the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022 Matter – The Diplomat

Advertisement Just as the fire lit by U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and China’s predictable military retaliations has started to fade, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is revving up its blowtorch. The Committee last week advanced the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022 (TPA), proposed by Senators Bob Menendez and Lindsey … Read more

EU plans new sanctions after Putin’s nuclear escalation threat – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Europe is drawing up plans to hit Russia with fresh sanctions amid demands for a swift response, after Vladimir Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons in his war against Ukraine.  The Russian dictator announced a major escalation on Wednesday, including the mobilization of 300,000 Russian reservists and a warning … Read more

US, Russia to resume space missions despite Ukraine war tensions | Space News

The joint flight comes after Russia recently said it would withdraw from the space station after 2024 amid tensions with the west over the Ukraine war. A US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are set to blast off to the International Space Station (ISS) on a Russian-operated flight despite soaring tensions between Moscow and Washington … Read more

World leaders know their place at the funeral of the century – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — It was the grandest of state funerals. It was a rare moment of shared national reflection. It was also a masterclass in diplomatic choreography. Two full hours before Queen Elizabeth II’s solemn state funeral began at 11 a.m. Monday, the world leaders began to arrive. They … Read more

Here’s why the $39 trillion U.S. retirement system gets a C+ grade

Siriporn Wongmanee / Eyeem | Eyeem | Getty Images The U.S. retirement system may seem flush — yet it ranks poorly in relation to those in other developed nations. Collectively, Americans had more than $39 trillion in wealth earmarked for old age at the end of 2021, according to the Investment Company Institute. However, the … Read more