Rising Food Prices Could Become a Business Risk, Analysts Say

Rising global food prices and shortages of grain and fertilizer stemming from the war in Ukraine could create further economic turmoil, risk analysts said. In some countries, this could trigger unrest and test the resilience of Western companies with overseas operations in the coming months, they added. “Food insecurity is one of our [company’s] main … Read more

Armed man demanding savings takes Beirut bank staff hostage

BEIRUT — A Lebanese man with a shotgun took up to 10 employees and customers hostage at a Beirut bank Thursday and threatened to set himself on fire with gasoline unless he was allowed to withdraw some of his trapped savings to pay his father’s medical bills. Soldiers and police converged on the area and … Read more

Europe’s latest energy worries: U.K. experiencing blackouts and Germany’s Rhine running dry

While American tourists have been filling all corners of Europe this summer, happily snapping away and occasionally complaining about the heat, the region’s energy and climate crisis continues to deepen. In the latest piece of bad news to hit the headlines, Bloomberg reported Tuesday that officials in the UK had a “reasonable worst-case scenario” over … Read more

Deputy Secretary Sherman says US ‘doubling down’ on Pacific

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The United States is doubling down on its investment in the Pacific, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said Tuesday as she concluded a five-nation visit to the region where China has been making inroads. “The future will be written here in the Pacific,” Sherman said at an agreement-signing event … Read more

Estonia, Finland want Europe to end Russian tourist visas

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The leaders of Estonia and want Finland fellow European countries to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens, saying they should not be able to take vacations in Europe while the Russian government carries out a war in Ukraine. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas wrote Tuesday on Twitter that “visiting Europe is … Read more

Talks to revive Iran nuclear deal end, produce ‘final text’

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Talks to revive Tehran’s tattered nuclear accord with world powers in Vienna ended Monday as the parties closed a final text and key negotiators prepared to consult with their capitals, diplomats said. After 16 months of torturous on-and-off indirect negotiations to restore the deal, the European Union’s foreign affairs chief … Read more

Misfired rockets may have killed over a dozen in Gaza battle

TEL AVIV, Israel — Close to one-third of the Palestinians who died in the latest outbreak of violence between Israel and Gaza militants may have been killed by errant rockets fired by the Palestinian side, according to an Israeli military assessment that appears consistent with independent reporting by The Associated Press . The Israeli military … Read more

Woman injured by polar bear on Norway’s Svalbard Islands

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A polar bear attacked a campsite Monday in Norway’s remote Arctic Svalbard Islands, injuring a French tourist, authorities said, adding that the wounds weren’t life-threatening. The bear was later killed. The woman, who was not identified, was part of a tour group of 25 people camping at Sveasletta, in the central part … Read more

North Carolina sheriff stocking schools with AR-15 rifles

MARSHALL, NC — When schools in one North Carolina county reopen later this month, new security measures will include stocking AR-15 rifles for school resource officers to use in the event of an active shooter. Spurred by the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead in May, school … Read more

Here’s how the Inflation Reduction Act’s rebates and tax credits for heat pumps and solar can lower your energy bill

It’s not the prettiest, or even most fulfilling, part of upgrading a home. But more energy-efficient heating, cooling, power and water usage can net savings that really adds up for household budgets and for doing right by the planet. Congressional action this weekend and into next week looks to return more incentives, mostly via tax … Read more