Kabul, Afghanistan: At least 23 dead after suicide bomb blast at Kaaj educational center

Kabul, Afghanistan CNN  —  A suicide bomb attack on an education center in Kabul has killed at least 23 people, most of whom are believed to be young women, in the latest sign of the deteriorating security situation in the Afghan capital. The explosion took place on Friday at the Kaaj education center, in a … Read more

US officials troubled by controversial UK tax cut plan

New York CNN  —  US officials are increasingly troubled by the United Kingdom’s proposal to slash taxes at a time of crushing inflation, a plan that has ignited turbulence in financial markets. UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s tax-cut plan has drawn criticism from economists and investors and prompted the Bank of England to calm panicked … Read more

Trump attorney and adviser testified before Georgia grand jury investigating election interference

CNN  —  Boris Epshteyn, an attorney and adviser to former President Donald Trump, testified before a Georgia grand jury investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 election, according to two people familiar with the matter. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis sought Epshteyn’s testimony as part of her probe into efforts by Trump and his allies … Read more

Biden hosts first ever US-Pacific Island Country Summit in Washington

CNN  —  President Joe Biden is hosting the first ever US-Pacific Island Country Summit this week, a multi-day event in Washington focused on cooperation with the United States’ countries in the Pacific region. Biden’s effort to strengthen ties with the nations by having the summit comes amid the US’ increased focus on countering China’s global … Read more

Trump won’t have to back up claims about FBI planting evidence in court after judge rejects part of special master’s plan

CNN  —  US District Judge Aileen Cannon, who granted Donald Trump’s request for a third-party review of the Mar-a-Lago search, rejected part of the special master’s plan that would have forced the former President’s legal team to back up his out-of-court claims that the FBI planted evidence. The special master, US District Judge Raymond Dearie, … Read more

Kamala Harris visits DMZ amid tension over North Korean missile launch

CNN  —  US Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Demilitarized Zone that divides North and South Korea on Thursday, the last stop on her four-day trip to Asia. Harris condemned North Korea’s Kim Jong Un while standing on the heavily reinforced region, one day after Pyongyang fired two ballistic missiles into the waters off its … Read more

Student loan forgiveness: Biden administration kicks off student loan debt forgiveness process

CNN  —  The Biden administration on Thursday is kicking off its efforts toward forgiving student loan debt, sending updates on the process via email before the window to apply opens next month. In August, President Joe Biden announced his decision to cancel up to $10,000 in student loan debt for individuals making less than $125,000 … Read more

Latest jobless claims fall to 193,000, underscoring still-tight labor market

Minneapolis CNN Business  —  The number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits dropped considerably last week, underscoring how employers are holding on tightly to workers as the labor market remains full of opportunities for job hunters. Initial claims for unemployment insurance were 193,000 for the week ended September 24, down 16,000 from a downwardly revised … Read more

The UK is gripped by an economic crisis of its own making

London CNN Business  —  A week ago, the Bank of England took a stab in the dark. It raised interest rates by a relatively modest half a percentage point to tackle inflation. It couldn’t know the scale of the storm that was about to break. Less than 24 hours later, the government of new UK … Read more

Putin to host ceremony annexing occupied Ukrainian territories on Friday, Kremlin says

results of a referendum on the joining of the DPR to Russia, in Donetsk, Ukraine, on September 27.” class=”gallery-image__dam-img” height=”1250″/> Photos: Russia invades Ukraine Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters Head of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin, left, and Secretary of the United Russia Party’s General Council Andrey Turchak attend a news conference on preliminary … Read more