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Biden and Xi will meet face to face amid superpower tensions

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — President Joe Biden speaks Monday with Chinese President Xi Jinping for their first face-to-face meeting since the U.S. president took office nearly two years ago. The meeting takes place amid rising tensions between the two superpowers as they vie for global influence. Both men come to the much-awaited meeting in Indonesia with a strengthened political position in their country. White House aides have repeatedly sought to downplay any notion of conflict between the two nations, but relations between the United States and China have grown increasingly strained throughout Biden’s presidency.

Turkey arrests 1 person and suspects Kurdish militants of being behind bombings

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s interior minister said police arrested a suspect suspected of planting the bomb that exploded on a busy pedestrian avenue in Istanbul. He said on Monday initial findings indicated Kurdish militants were responsible for the attack. Six people were killed and dozens more injured in Sunday’s explosion on Istiklal Avenue, a popular thoroughfare lined with shops and restaurants that leads to the iconic Taksim Square. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said another 21 people had been detained for questioning. Soylu also blamed the United States, saying a message of condolence from the White House sounded like a “killer being the first to show up at a crime scene.” He said the attack would be avenged.

Kherson celebrates Russia’s exit but faces huge reconstruction

KHERSON, Ukraine (AP) — Residents of Kherson are celebrating for a third consecutive day the end of eight months of Russian occupation of the southern Ukrainian city. Yet even as they rejoice, authorities are taking stock of the enormous extent of the damage left by the retreating Kremlin forces. A jubilant crowd gathered in Kherson’s main square on Sunday, despite distant artillery fire that could be heard as Ukrainian forces pressed to repel the invading force from Moscow. Kherson, however, still lacks electricity and running water, and lacks food and medicine. Residents said Russian troops looted the town, taking the spoils when they withdrew last week.

Across the United States, a return to democratic order. Will it last?

WASHINGTON (AP) — There was no violence in the midterm elections last week, and many Holocaust deniers lost and quietly conceded. Few people listened when former President Donald Trump tried to fuel baseless allegations of voter fraud. For a while, at least, a familiar sense of normality gripped a jittery nation as the extremism that consumed American politics for much of the past two years was replaced by democratic order. . The post-election narrative has instead focused on each party’s electoral fate. Republicans are disappointed that a red wave has not materialized, while Democrats brace for the likelihood of a Republican takeover of the House. At least for now, the serious threats that loomed over democracy as election day approached have not materialized.

Congress faces changing leadership, big post-election to-do list

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to an extremely volatile post-election landscape. Newly elected members of Congress arrive for Monday’s orientation week and leadership elections. But control of the House is still undecided and the leadership is in flux. Amid fractious election disappointments, Republicans are meeting behind closed doors for the leadership election. The road ahead is tough for House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. The coming week also begins a potentially consequential year-end session with bills on same-sex marriage, Ukraine and government funding. All this as former President Donald Trump is set to announce his own 2024 presidential bid, potentially dividing the GOP.

Ukraine war, tensions with China over the great summit of Bali

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — A showdown between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin is not happening, but the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and rising tensions between China and the West will be at the fore plan when leaders of the world’s biggest economies gather in tropical Bali this week. Members of the Group of 20 begin their talks on the Indonesian resort island on Tuesday under the hopeful theme of “recover together, recover stronger”. But the summit’s focus on topics such as health, sustainable energy and digital transformation risks being overshadowed by fears of a sluggish global economy and geopolitical tensions. As the United States and its allies face off against China, emerging economies like India, Brazil and host Indonesia are walking a tightrope between great powers.

Musk addresses Twitter criticism and workload at G-20 forum

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — It’s not easy being Elon Musk. That was the message the new Twitter owner and billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX had for young people who might seek to emulate his entrepreneurial success. “Be careful what you wish for,” Musk said at a business forum in Bali on Monday when asked what a promising “Elon Musk from the East” should focus on. He also briefly addressed criticism of his handling of Twitter since taking it over for $44 billion last month. Musk was speaking at the B-20 business forum ahead of a Group of 20 major economies summit to be held on the Indonesian resort island. He joined the conference by video link.

Dallas Airshow In-Flight Crash Investigation Underway

DALLAS (AP) — Transportation investigators are trying to determine why two historic military planes were apparently in the same location at the same time just before they crashed during an air show in Dallas, killing six people. The collision happened Saturday afternoon during the Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Dallas show at Dallas Executive Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration said a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra collided and crashed. Videos on social media show two planes colliding before they rapidly descend, sparking a large fire and plumes of black smoke in the sky. Citing Dallas County Medical Examiner, County Judge Clay Jenkins tweeted Sunday that six people had been killed.

New Zealand targets cow burps to help reduce global warming

PALMERSTON NORTH, New Zealand (AP) — How do you stop a cow from burping? It may sound like the start of a humorous riddle, but it’s the subject of extensive scientific investigation in New Zealand. And the answer could have profound effects on the health of the planet. More specifically, the question is how to stop cows, sheep and other farm animals from releasing so much methane. New Zealand scientists offer surprising solutions that could drastically reduce animal emissions. Among the most promising are selective breeding, genetically modified foods, methane inhibitors and a potential game-changer, a vaccine. Because agriculture is the heart of the economy, about half of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions come from farms, compared to less than 10% in the United States.

Flying home for the holidays will cost you more this year

If you’re looking for plane tickets or a hotel room over the holidays, you’ll likely pay more than the last time you traveled for Thanksgiving or Christmas. This is partly because airlines are still operating fewer flights than in 2019, even though passenger numbers are almost back to pre-pandemic levels. This compresses the supply of seats. Hotels charge more to cover high labor costs. Car rental rates aren’t as crazy as they were for much of 2021, though supply may be limited in some cities. American consumers are facing the highest inflation in 40 years, but that’s not stopping them from traveling.

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