Putin proves an unpredictable partner for Xi as nations cement ties

In Russia from Monday to Wednesday, Chinese leader Xi Jinping will strengthen ties with an increasingly dependent on Beijing but also unpredictable partner. Russia is becoming increasingly dependent on China to buy its natural gas and keep its economy afloat in the face of Western sanctions. But Mr. Xi’s influence over Russian President Vladimir Putin … Read more

Study: These foods increase your risk of dementia — a lot

Butter. Burgers. Sausages. Store-bought pastries, cakes and cookies. Oh, and sodas, sweet or diet. They’re all bad, and they all increase our risk of dementia – by a lot. So reports one of the largest and most chilling studies ever, involving around 60,000 people in their 40s, 50s and 60s. The study, involving massive numbers … Read more

Military: rocket fired from Gaza into southern Israel

Israel says Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket towards its southern territories March 18, 2023, 2:44 PM ET • 2 minute read JERUSALEM — The Israeli military said Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into southern Israel on Saturday night. The rocket fell and exploded in an open area, … Read more

Can I evict tenants who lived in a house I inherited for years without a lease?

I inherited a house in San Francisco from my aunt. My aunt had rented her basement to an older couple (probably illegally) for a few years at below market prices. I don’t believe there was a lease, and it’s probably against building code to have tenants in the basement. The couple’s family lives nearby. I … Read more

Virgin Orbit, Richard Branson’s satellite launch business, fell fast

Two months ago, Virgin Orbit VORB by Richard Branson -9.14% Holdings Inc. was set to make history by delivering the first satellites into orbit from the billionaire’s home country of the UK This high-profile launch from Cornwall, England, went wrong, ending with the destruction of its satellite payload and triggering an investigation into what went … Read more

US seeks to thwart any Chinese call for ceasefire in Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The United States is trying to sidestep a potential proposal from Beijing for a ceasefire in Ukraine ahead of a Russia-China summit, saying suspending fighting now would help strengthen Russia’s grip on the territory. Ukrainian. With Chinese leader Xi Jinping due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week, the White … Read more

Macron faces votes of censure on pension overhaul

PARIS—French President Emmanuel Macron faced a second straight day of violent protests as opposition lawmakers called for no-confidence votes early next week aimed at toppling his government and killing his redesign of the French pension system. A group of centrist lawmakers opposed to Mr Macron tabled a motion of no confidence on Friday with the … Read more

Meta AI unlocks hundreds of millions of proteins to aid drug discovery

Meta Platforms, parent company of Facebook Inc. created a tool to predict the structure of hundreds of millions of proteins using artificial intelligence. Researchers say promises to deepen scientists’ understanding of biology, and perhaps accelerate the discovery of new drugs. Meta’s research arm, Meta AI, used the new AI-based computer program known as ESMFold to … Read more

Macron government bypasses French National Assembly to adopt pension overhaul

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron’s government bypassed parliament and invoked special constitutional powers on Thursday to raise the country’s retirement age, a move that puts it at odds with the French legislature and millions of protesters. By forcing workers to stay at work until the age of 64, instead of 62, Mr. Macron is … Read more

US threatens to ban if Chinese TikTok owners don’t sell their shares

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is demanding that Chinese owners of TikTok sell their shares in the video-sharing app or face a possible U.S. ban on the app, according to people familiar with the matter. The move represents a major shift in policy by the administration, which has been criticized by some Republicans who say … Read more