Blinken makes first trip to India amid heightened tensions with China

Blinken makes first trip to India amid heightened tensions with China

(NEW DELHI) -- If this week is the Biden administration’s full-court press in Asia, then Secretary of State Antony Blinken is playing point guard with his first trip to India. President Joe Biden has made it a top foreign policy priority to rally against the rising authoritarianism of China, Russia.…
What to know about PHA biodegradable plastic and how it could help Southeast Asia

What to know about PHA biodegradable plastic and how it could help Southeast Asia

(SUWON, South Korea) -- South Korean conglomerate CJ Cheiljedang is jumping into the global market to begin mass production of PHA biodegradable plastic, or polyhydroxyalkanoates. PHA is considered a viable alternative to petroleum-based plastic because the new technology allows its plastic waste to decompose completely in the ocean and soil in…
How colonial-era debt helped shape Haiti’s poverty and political unrest

How colonial-era debt helped shape Haiti’s poverty and political unrest

(NEW YORK) -- When Haiti won its independence nearly 200 years ago, it came at a hefty price -- an estimated $21 billion today. The country spent the next century paying off the debt to its former slave owners, France. It's a financial conundrum that those experts and historians say have…
Nigeria’s men’s team aims for Africa’s 1st Olympic basketball medal

Nigeria’s men’s team aims for Africa’s 1st Olympic basketball medal

(TOKYO) -- It was one of the most lopsided losses in Olympic basketball history: Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Team USA thrashed the Nigerian men’s basketball team by 83 points in London in 2012, with a final score of 156-73. “I remember that game,” said 21-year-old Precious Achiuwa, who was…
US sanctions Cuba over crackdown on protests in 1st steps toward new policy

US sanctions Cuba over crackdown on protests in 1st steps toward new policy

(WASHINGTON) — In his first steps toward his own Cuba policy, President Joe Biden is sanctioning the Cuban defense minister and its special forces for the aggressive crackdowns on protests across the island nation earlier this month, the White House announced Thursday. Those protests were some of the largest and…
Russia battered by deadly COVID 3rd wave

Russia battered by deadly COVID 3rd wave

(RUSSIA) -- Russia is enduring a devastating third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, registering record numbers of daily virus deaths many days for the past month as the virus rages in the country where there are few quarantine restrictions in place and much of the population is reluctant to get…