Taiwan local elections presented as a message for China and the world

Taiwan local elections presented as a message for China and the world

Polls opened on Saturday in Taiwan in local elections that President Tsai Ing-wen touted as sending a message to the world about the island’s determination to defend its democracy in the face of growing bellicosity from China. Local elections, for city mayors, county chiefs and local councilors, are apparently about national issues such as the … Read more

Hong Kong finds Cardinal Joseph Zen guilty of pro-democracy protest fund

Hong Kong finds Cardinal Joseph Zen guilty of pro-democracy protest fund

hong kong CNN — A 90-year-old former bishop and outspoken critic of the ruling Chinese Communist Party was found guilty on Friday of a charge related to his role in a relief fund for Hong Kong’s 2019 pro-democracy protests. Cardinal Joseph Zen and five others, including Cantopop singer Denise Ho, violated the Societies Ordinance by … Read more

Syed Asim Munir: Pakistan appoints former spy chief as head of army

Syed Asim Munir: Pakistan appoints former spy chief as head of army

Islamabad, Pakistan CNN — Pakistan on Thursday appointed former spy chief Lt. Gen. Syed Asim Munir as the South Asian country’s army chief, ending weeks of speculation over a nomination that comes amid a intense debate on the influence of the army on public life. Munir, the country’s highest-ranking general and former head of the … Read more

President Joe Biden rails against access to assault weapons after recent spate of shootings

President Joe Biden rails against access to assault weapons after recent spate of shootings

CNN — President Joe Biden said on Thursday he would work with Congress to “try to get rid of assault weapons” after a recent spate of shootings in the United States. “The idea (that) we still allow the purchase of semi-automatic weapons is sick, it’s just sick. It has no redeeming social value, zero, none. … Read more

Ukrainian Resistance Stories Revealed After Kherson Withdrawal

Ukrainian Resistance Stories Revealed After Kherson Withdrawal

Near the city of Kherson, Ukraine CNN — Two Russian soldiers marched down a street in Kherson on a spring evening in early March, just days after Moscow captured the city. The temperature that night was still below freezing and the electricity was cut off, leaving the town in complete darkness as the soldiers returned … Read more

Kamala Harris dives into Asian diplomacy amid questions about her political future

Kamala Harris dives into Asian diplomacy amid questions about her political future

Palawan, Philippines CNN — Vice President Kamala Harris sticks to her script as she responds to what Democrats hope will once again be their biggest campaigner: Donald Trump and his third run for the White House. “The president said he intends to run and if he does, I will run with him,” she told CNN … Read more

Kevin McCarthy tries to shore up his conservative bona fides as pro-Trump lawmakers threaten his presidential bid

Kevin McCarthy tries to shore up his conservative bona fides as pro-Trump lawmakers threaten his presidential bid

CNN — Three weeks before the midterm elections, Kevin McCarthy enraged the pro-Trump House Freedom Caucus after the GOP leader publicly suggested he had yet to see any unfathomable wrongdoing by the Biden administration. Hardline Republicans — who campaigned to impeach President Joe Biden or a member of his cabinet — spoke about McCarthy in … Read more

Brazil’s Bolsonaro challenges election loss, files petition calling for votes to be annulled

Brazil’s Bolsonaro challenges election loss, files petition calling for votes to be annulled

CNN — Incumbent Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has filed a petition with Brazilian electoral authorities to formally challenge the results of this year’s hotly contested presidential vote. Bolsonaro narrowly lost a runoff last month to left-wing rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, popularly known as “Lula,” who is due to be sworn in as president … Read more

Mary Peltola seeks to thwart Sarah Palin as Alaska tabulates ranked picks voting results

Mary Peltola seeks to thwart Sarah Palin as Alaska tabulates ranked picks voting results

CNN — Alaska Rep. Mary Peltola, the Democrat who won a special election that sent her to Congress this summer, may once again thwart former Gov. Sarah Palin’s bid for a political comeback on Wednesday. State election officials are due to tabulate the results of its ranked ballots by 8 p.m. ET. Those results will … Read more

Getting paid via Venmo, Etsy or Airbnb? Here’s what you need to know before tax season

Getting paid via Venmo, Etsy or Airbnb?  Here’s what you need to know before tax season

If you get paid through apps like Venmo or PayPal or platforms like Etsy or Airbnb, preparing your taxes next year can be a little more confusing than usual. A New The tax reporting rule requires third-party payment platforms to issue you and the IRS a 1099-K for business transaction payments if they total more … Read more