Republican moderates stymie McCarthy on agriculture, FDA bill

Republican moderates stymie McCarthy on agriculture, FDA bill

Late Thursday night, House Republicans failed to pass legislation funding Agriculture, Rural Development, and the Food and Drug Administration after more than two dozen moderate Republicans spoke out against a provision that would restrict access to an abortion medication. The motion was defeated by a vote of 191-237, with 27 Republicans joined all of the … Read more

Australian army to stop flying European-designed Taipan helicopters

The Australian army will never fly its fleet of MRH-90 Taipan helicopters again after a July crash that killed four soldiers, according to the country’s defense minister. Since July 28, when one of Australia’s more than 40 European-designed Taipans fell into the Pacific Ocean in a night-time training exercise in the Whitsunday Islands, which are … Read more

House passes State Department spending bill just days ahead of government shutdown

The House passed its annual Department of State and Foreign Operations budget bill, overcoming a small number of Republican lawmakers who objected to some sections that gave funds to the Ukraine war. The bill was approved by a vote of 216-212 in the House, just passing the majority requirement and being submitted to the Senate … Read more

Japanese scientists find microplastics are present in clouds

Microplastics have been found in clouds by Japanese researchers, where they are likely altering the climate in ways that are not fully understood. Japanese scientists used sophisticated imaging techniques to analyze the physical and chemical properties of water collected from the mists that shroud Mount Fuji and Mount Oyama in a study published in the … Read more

Indonesia bans e-commerce transactions on social media in major blow to TikTok

Indonesia has prohibited online shopping on social media platforms, the trade minister announced on Wednesday, dealing a blow to TikTok, the short video app that is doubling down on Southeast Asia’s largest economy to build its e-commerce business. The decision, which takes effect immediately, is intended to protect offline retailers and marketplaces, according to the … Read more

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