World events 7.
Global Reads. The White House is considering formal defense treaties with Saudi Arabia and Israel as part of its drive to get two of its closest allies in the Middle East to formally recognize each other.To see important ads, turn off your ad blocker! Article continued below:
While there is still much to negotiate, a deal would hand Biden a major diplomatic win before next year’s elections, ease regional tensions and help secure vital oil and gas shipping lanes.
It’s been a tricky week for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in the US, as some of the strains of maintaining allied support for the war effort against Russia emerged into public view.
A spat with Poland over grain spiraled into a threat to cease weapons supplies before Warsaw — one of Ukraine’s strongest backers — dialed back the rhetoric.
And while US President Joe Biden told Zelenskiy “we’re with you and we’re staying with you,” the mood in the background was less decisive.
A pair of ultraconservatives ambushed House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s latest plan to avert a US government shutdown, ratcheting up the risk of an Oct. 1 federal funding lapse, with Republicans still fighting among themselves.
McCarthy sent lawmakers home until Tuesday, a decision that leaves little time to negotiate with Senate Democrats.
World events 7, Canada.
Canadian travelers are rushing to change flights after India abruptly suspended visa applications amid an escalating diplomatic row.
Ties between Canada and India are at their lowest in decades after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the Indian government of orchestrating the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian activist who was pushing for an independent Sikh homeland.
The party of Spain’s center-right opposition leader, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, will hold a protest this weekend against moves by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez for a new term.
Feijoo is due to ask lawmakers to support his own plans to govern in a debate starting Sept. 26, but he thinks it will be an uphill struggle to garner enough votes in parliament to succeed.
Rupert Murdoch’s decision to step down as chairman of Fox Corp. and News Corp. leaves his son, Lachlan, with the daunting task of steering the cable TV and newspaper companies in two troubled industries.
Murdoch’s media empire has long been seen as an influential giant, but since selling most of its film and TV business to Walt Disney in 2019, Fox has become a relative minnow in a sea of whales.
South Korea’s ambassador to Japan said “high-level” talks are underway for a three-nation summit with China poised to happen this year, while adding that it wouldn’t affect ties with the US.
Jeremy Hunt or UK.
UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt said the West must engage in talks with China over how best to regulate the growth of artificial intelligence. After Britain invited the country to its global AI summit later this year.
World events 7, Brazil.
Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s attorneys denied reports published in local news outlets that he met with top military commanders to discuss the armed forces overturning the results of last year’s election.
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