House Passes Assault Weapons Ban, First of Its Kind in Decades


Uvalde and Highland Park mass shootings survivors, families and supporters rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., calling for stricter gun controls on July 13, 2022.

On Friday, the House voted to pass a ban on certain military-style assault weapons for the first time in 20 years, legislation that advocates say is crucial to curbing gun violence and mass shootings in the U.S.

The bill passed 217 to 213 in a largely party line vote. Two Republicans, Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania) and Chris Jacobs (New York), voted to pass the bill, while five Democrats, Representatives Henry Cuellar (Texas), Jared Golden (Maine), Vicente Gonzalez (Texas), Kurt Schrader (Oregon) and Ron Kind (Wisconsin) voted against it.

https://truthout.org/articles/house-passes-assault-weapons-ban-first-of-its-kind-in-decades/

Israel’s Prime Minister makes rare allusion to country’s nuclear weapons arsenal


Lapid referred to what he called Israel’s “other capabilities.”

Jerusalem (CNN)Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid made a rare allusion to the country’s widely suspected nuclear arsenal during a speech on Monday.

Speaking at an event to mark a change of leadership at the country’s Atomic Energy Commission, Lapid referred to Israel’s defensive and offensive capabilities, as well as what he called its “other capabilities” — understood to be a reference to nuclear weapons.

China-Taiwan: Tensions spike ahead of Pelosi’s expected visit


These is no confirmation yet that Mrs Pelosi – seen here in Malaysia with her counterpart Azhar Azizan Harun – will visit Taiwan

Taiwan is bracing for a potential show of force from China as US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was expected to arrive on the island late Tuesday.

Her visit – which is not backed by the White House – would be the first by such a senior US official in decades.

Pelosi is the third-highest ranking official in the US government and a long-time critic of Beijing.

China has repeatedly warned against the visit and on Tuesday said the US would “pay the price”.

Taiwan is a self-ruled island, but claimed by China, which sees it as a breakaway province.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-62386487

How the CIA identified and killed Al-Qaeda leader Zawahiri


Osama bin Laden sits with his adviser Ayman al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian linked to the al Qaeda network, during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir (not pictured) in an image supplied by Dawn newspaper November 10, 2001. Hamid Mir/Editor/Ausaf Newspaper for Daily

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a U.S. strike in Afghanistan over the weekend, the biggest blow to the militant group since its founder Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011.

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/how-cia-identified-killed-al-qaeda-leader-zawahiri-2022-08-02/