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Speaker of the United States House, Nancy Pelosipledged America’s “crucial” solidarity with Taiwan, in a historic meeting with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who vowed not to back down in the face of China’s military threats.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Pelosi questioned the motives of Chinese President Xi Jinping, when asked about his strong response to his visit. China promised ‘consequences’ and said it would start live fire drills near Taiwan Thursday.

“It’s really important that the message is clear… [the US] is committed to the security of Taiwan…but it is about our shared values ​​of democracy and freedom and how Taiwan has been an example to the world…Whether there are insecurities from the President of China about his own political situation, I don’t know.

Pelosi is in Taiwan for a controversial visit that has prompted a furious response from China, including planned missile tests and military “operations” around the island, which Taiwan says violates international law.

  • Why did she decide to come? “Our delegation came to Taiwan to say unequivocally that we will not abandon Taiwan, and we are proud of our enduring friendship,” Pelosi said.

  • What do Taiwanese Americans think of the media coverage of his visit? For Taiwanese Americans, the hyperbolic content of the debate Pelosi’s visit shows how little most Americans know or care about the Taiwanese people, with one calling them “hoopla and yellow journalism.”

  • What is the Order of the Auspicious Clouds? Pelosi received from Taiwan highest civil order during his visit to Taiwan, “a symbol of America’s strong and enduring friendship”.

Biden must sign a second decree to protect access to abortion

Joe Biden. Photography: Evan Vucci/AP

Joe Biden is expected to sign a second executive order on Wednesday aimed at protecting access to reproductive health care after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to abortion.

More importantly, the order directs Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider ways to expand coverage for patients traveling out of state for reproductive health care. Biden’s order does not detail how that might be achieved; currently, government-subsidized Medicaid health insurance plans cover medically necessary abortions in only 16 states and do not reimburse patients who leave their state for abortions.

A senior administration official told the Guardian that HHS would soon have more details on arrangements to help women with Medicaid health coverage cover some travel costs for reproductive care.

Kansans got a huge victory for abortion rights in the United States last night when they voted to continue protecting abortion in the state constitution, while the Biden administration’s Justice Department is sue idaho on the near total ban on abortion by the state, which is due to take effect on August 25.

  • Will the issue of access to abortion affect the environmentterm elections? Maybe. The resounding victory in Kansas came as a surprise in this deeply conservative state. Voting is considered a litmus test for the future of abortion access across the United States.

How Ayman al-ZawahiriAl-Qaeda’s ‘way of life’ allowed US to kill al-Qaeda leader

Smoke rises from a house after a US drone attack in the Sherpur area of ​​Kabul on Sunday.
Smoke rises from a house after a US drone attack in the Sherpur area of ​​Kabul on Sunday. Photography: AFP/Getty Images

Ultimately, it was one of the oldest mistakes the fugitive’s playbook apparently made for Ayman al-Zawahiri, the al-Qaeda leader killed, according to US intelligence, by a drone strike. Sunday morning : he developed a habitwrites Ed Pilkington.

The co-organizer of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington had taken a liking to sitting on the balcony of his safe house in Sherpur, an affluent diplomatic enclave in Kabul. He especially loved going out on the balcony after morning prayers, so he could watch the sun rise over the Afghan capital.

According to a US official who briefed reporters on Monday, it was such consistent behavior that allowed intelligence agents, presumably from the CIA, to piece together what they called “a life pattern” of the target. This allowed them to launch what the White House called a “tailored airstrike” involving two Hellfire missiles fired from a Reaper drone that reportedly hit the balcony, with Zawahiri on it, at 6:18 a.m. Sunday.

  • How do the families of Did the victims of September 11 react? They have celebrated sunday murder but they continued to demand accountability for the alleged role of the Saudi government. The organization wrote that it repeatedly requested meetings with the president about the Saudi government’s punishment for 9/11, but Biden refused to meet.

In other news…

A woman stands in a crater caused by missile strikes that hit a schoolyard in a residential area of ​​Kharkiv in June.
A woman stands in a crater caused by missile strikes that hit a schoolyard in a residential area of ​​Kharkiv in June. Photograph: Sergei Bobok/AFP/Getty Images
  • Russia accused the White House of providing a targeted information used by Kyiv to conduct long-range missile strikes. The country’s Department of Defense claimed that Washington was “directly involved” in the warand passed on intelligence that led to “mass civilian deaths”.

  • Last year, Cyber ​​Ninjas, the company overseeing Arizona’s so-called 2020 election audit, said it believed nearly 300 deceased people could have voted. It has been found not be true. After thoroughly investigating the allegations, analysts found only one person who was in fact dead at the time of the election.

  • Tree-lovers who go to ‘the tallest tree in the world’, deep in a northern California forest, will face a fine and jail time after officials park have declared the remote area prohibited because of the damage caused trampling visitors to the tree and surrounding forest, a park official said.

  • In a moving testimonyOn Tuesday, the father of a six-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting told the right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones made his life a ‘living hell’ claiming the murders were a hoax involving actors and aimed at tightening gun control.

Stat of the Day: ‘Irremediable’ Batgirl Movie Among Most Expensive Canceled Film Projects Ever

A member of the public walks past a sign in Glasgow, near where parts of the film Batgirl were filmed in January.
A member of the public walks past a sign in Glasgow, near where parts of the film Batgirl were filmed in January. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

Previously Announced Batgirl Movie Starring Leslie Grace, Michael Keaton and Brendan Fraser won’t come out at all, Warner Bros. Discovery unexpectedly announced, despite the film being in post-production. The New York Post, who broke the story on tuesday, quoted an unnamed source who said the budget exceeded $100 million and performed so poorly in early test screenings that Warner Bros. decided to cut its losses. The move means the film ranks among the most expensive canceled film projects of all time.

Don’t Miss This: Why Men’s Paintings Cost 10 Times More Than Women’s?

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Beaten by Jeff Koons… Propped by Jenny Saville went for $12.5 million. Photography: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Sotheby’s

Are men 10 times better at painting than women? The market seems to think so. Helen Gorrill, the author of Women Can’t Paint, studied the prices of 5,000 paintings sold worldwide and discovered that for every pound a male artist earns for his work, a woman earns a mere 10 pence. “It’s the most shocking gender value gap that I’ve come across in any industry,” she said. This is despite the fact that women represent 70% of art school students, selected on merit, and that the art world prides itself on its liberal and progressive values.

Climate control: Satellite Images Reveal Shrinking Utah’s Great Salt Lake

An aerial view shows the shoreline receding in the Great Salt Lake drought outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.
An aerial view shows the shoreline receding in the Great Salt Lake drought outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

New satellite images from the European Space Agency have shown the extent of the drop in water levels in Utah’s Great Salt Lake, a month after it hit its lowest water level on record. Highlighting falling water levels and shrinking lake size, the report compares satellite imagery from 1985 and 2022. At its peak in the 1980s, it covered around 8,550 km2 (3,300 sq mi); in recent measurements, it has has lost almost half of its area of the historical average.

Last thing: Bone Appétit – Jarlsberg cheese can help fight osteoporosis

A selection of cheeses arranged on a slate platter.
A selection of cheeses arranged on a cheese board. Photography: nicolamargaret/Getty Images

Eating Jarlsberg cheese can help prevent bone thinning and fight against osteoporosis, research suggests. Jarlsberg is a soft cheese made from cow’s milk, with regular holes that make it classified as a Swiss-type cheese, although it originated in Norway. It is rich in vitamin K2, which has already been found to improve bone health. The results of a study published in the journal BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health suggest that a daily serving may benefit bone growth and regeneration.

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