Friday's world stories


Barak Ravid
Updated Aug 5, 2022 - World

Israeli strikes in Gaza kill at least 10 as tensions rise

Smoke rises after airstrikes carried out by Israeli army over Gaza Strip. Photo: Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Smoke rises after airstrikes carried out by Israeli army in Gaza. Photo: Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Colombia's transition to leftist Gustavo Petro tests U.S. influence

Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro (right) greets U.S. deputy national security adviser Jon Finer in Bogotá on July 22. Photo: Raúl Arboleda/AFP via Getty Images
Jacob Knutson
Aug 5, 2022 - World

Russia "ready to discuss" prisoner swap for Griner and Whelan, Lavrov says

Brittney Griner inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Khimki, Russia, on Aug. 4.
Brittney Griner inside a defendants' cage during a court hearing in Khimki, Russia, on Aug. 4. Photo: Evgenia Novozhenina/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Jacob Knutson
Updated Aug 5, 2022 - Politics & Policy

China sanctions Pelosi and halts U.S. talks over Taiwan trip

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disembarking a plane in Fussa, Japan, on Aug. 4.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disembarking from a plane in Fussa, Japan, on Aug. 4. Photo: Akio Kon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rebecca Falconer
Updated Aug 5, 2022 - World

Pelosi says China "will not isolate Taiwan" as drills ramp up near island

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (L) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on August 5.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on Friday morning local time. Photo: STR/Japan Pool/Jiji Press/AFP via Getty Images
Rebecca Falconer
Updated Aug 5, 2022 - World

In photos: China's military drills encircle Taiwan

A Chinese military vessel sails off Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan, in Fujian province on August 5.
A Chinese military vessel sails off Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan, in Fujian province on Aug. 5. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

FBI chief expresses alarm at rise in politically driven violence in U.S.

FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the fiscal year 2023 budget for the FBI at the U.S. Capitol on May 25.
FBI Director Christopher Wray during a May Senate hearing. Photo: Ting Shen/Pool/Getty Images

Meta shuts down Russian troll farm linked to sanctioned Putin ally

Businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin shows Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin his school lunch factory outside Saint Petersburg on September 20, 2010.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin. Photo: Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images
Dave Lawler
Aug 5, 2022 - World

U.S.-China competition heats up in the South Pacific

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hosts Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in 2019. Photo: Pang Xinglei/Xinhua via Getty Images
Julia Shapero
Aug 4, 2022 - World

U.S. delays ballistic missile test amid tensions with China

John Kirby answers questions during the daily briefing at the White House on August 04, 2022. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

First look: Harris leans on Latinas in abortion rights fight

Vice President Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris at a meeting yesterday. Photo: Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Axios
Aug 4, 2022 - World

Beirut port silos collapse as Lebanon marks 2nd anniversary of blast

A general view of the grain silo that collapsed before the commemoration ceremony
A general view of the grain silo that collapsed in Beirut on Aug. 4. Photo: Hussam Shbaro/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Group raises $100 million for Latino startups

Illustration of a woman's hand holding a lightbulb with a dollar sign for the filament
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
Ivana Saric
Updated Aug 4, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Brittney Griner sentenced to 9 years in Russian drug trial

Brittney Griner
Brittney Griner is escorted by police before a hearing during her trial in Khimki, outside Moscow on Aug. 2. Photo: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP via Getty Images
Ivana Saric
Aug 4, 2022 - World

Ukrainian military's tactics endangered civilians, new report says

Ukrainian forces
Ukrainian soldiers inspect a destroyed warehouse on the outskirts of Lysychansk, in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on June 17. Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty Images

Taiwan lawmaker warns China could "invade" territorial waters

Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan, in Fujian province on August 4, 2022
Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest points to Taiwan, on Aug 4. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

U.K. central bank announces biggest interest hike in nearly 30 years

Tourists outside the Bank of England on Thursday. Photo: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg via Getty Images

China fires missiles into sea near Taiwan during drills around island

Tourists look on as a Chinese military helicopter flies past Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan, in Fujian province on August 4.
Tourists look on as a Chinese military helicopter flies past Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest point from Taiwan, in Fujian province on Thursday. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

Jake Sullivan vows U.S. will protect activist from Iran threats

 Masih Alinejad is pictured in Brooklyn, New York City on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
Journalist and activist Masih Alinejad. Photo: Gardiner Anderson/New York Daily News/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Australia passes landmark climate bill to cut emissions by 43% by 2030

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks during the Garma Festival at Gulkula on July 30, 2022 in East Arnhem, Australia.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in northeast Arnhem Land in Australia's Northern Territory last week. Photo: Tamati Smith/Getty Images
Dave Lawler
Updated Aug 4, 2022 - World

Senate votes to ratify NATO membership for Finland and Sweden

Finnish President Finland Sauli Niinisto (third from right) and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson (fourth from right) meet a bipartisan group of senators in May. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images