Champagne sales are surging close to pre-pandemic highs: ‘Consumers are ready to celebrate’

GP: Various champagne bottles are seen on a store shelf. Paul Zinken | Picture Alliance | Getty Images Pop those corks. Champagne sales are surging back to near what they were before the Covid pandemic hampered sales and kept people away from celebrations. The gradual reopening of global bubbly markets is expected to drive sales … Read more

UK plans to beef up military deployments in Asia

Helicopters and F-35 fighter planes aboard Royal Navy flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth, docked at Changi Naval Base in Singapore. Victor Loh, CNBC SINGAPORE — The United Kingdom plans to increase its presence in the contested South China Sea and the Indo-Pacific region, the Royal Air Force Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir … Read more

U.S. Navy engineer charged with attempting to sell nuclear submarine secrets to a foreign country

Cooling towers at the Tricastin Evolutionary Power Reactor nuclear power plant in France. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images A Navy nuclear engineer with access to military secrets has been charged with trying to pass information about the design of American nuclear-powered submarines to someone he thought was a representative of a foreign government but … Read more

U.S. delegation to meet Taliban in first high-level talks since Afghanistan pullout, officials say

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid (C) addresses a media conference at the airport in Kabul on August 31, 2021. Wakil Kohsar | AFP | Getty Images A U.S. delegation will meet with senior Taliban representatives in Doha on Saturday and Sunday in their first face-to-face meeting at a senior level since Washington pulled its troops from … Read more

Prospects of Iran nuclear talks going smoothly are ‘bleak,’ Eurasia Group says

Official cars are seen outside Grand Hotel Wien after a session of meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on “Iran nuclear deal talks” in Vienna, Austria on May 01, 2021. Askin Kiyagan | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Time may be running out for the U.S. and Iran to restart nuclear talks, … Read more

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan could reshape counterinsurgencies in Africa, experts say

GAO, Mali – A Eurocopter Tiger (Eurocopter EC665 Tigre) helicopter (L) is seen at the French Military base in Gao, in northern Mali on November 8, 2019. MICHELE CATTANI/AFP via Getty Images The Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and the subsequent withdrawal of Western troops was closely watched in many African capitals — and by Islamist … Read more

U.S. will use all steps necessary to defend its economic interests against China, top trade official says

WASHINGTON – U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai slammed China’s unfair trade practices and vowed to protect U.S. economic interests in a speech Monday, adding that the Biden administration will rally allies in order to push back on the world’s second-largest economy. “Our objective is not to inflame trade tensions with China,” Tai said in an address to … Read more

U.S., Pakistan face each other again on Afghanistan threats

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) meets with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (L) on September 23, 2021, on the sidelines of the 76th UN General Assembly in New York. Kena Betancur | AFP | Getty Images The Taliban’s takeover of Kabul has deepened the mutual distrust between the U.S. and Pakistan, two putative allies … Read more

Biden vows a new era of ‘relentless diplomacy’ as the world contends with Covid, climate change and China

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021. Eduardo Munoz | Reuters WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden defended his decision to end America’s longest war in Afghanistan in his address to the United Nations on Tuesday, a move that he says … Read more

Military training jet crashes into a neighborhood in Texas, injuring both pilots

A military training jet crashed Sunday in a neighborhood near Fort Worth, Texas, injuring the two pilots and damaging three homes but not seriously hurting anyone on the ground, authorities said. Both pilots managed to eject from the plane before it crashed in Lake Worth, which is just west of Fort Worth, authorities said at … Read more