Chinese spy balloon: U.S. military in search of remnants after shoot down – National

The US military said on Sunday it is searching for remnants of the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon it shot down the previous day, in a dramatic spy saga that has further strained American-Chinese relations. The US Navy is working to recover the balloon and its payload and the Coast Guard is providing security for the … Read more

Turkey shook by 7.8 magnitude earthquake, knocking down buildings: reports – National

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook southeast Turkey early Monday and was followed by another strong temblor. It was felt in several provinces in the region and knocked down a number of buildings, reports said. The US Geological Survey said quake was centered about 33 kilometers (20 miles) from Gaziantep, a major city and provincial capital. … Read more

Object with balloon ‘characteristics’ flew over Colombia, air force confirms – National

An object with “characteristics similar” to a balloon entered Colombian airspace on Friday, according to the country’s air force command. “On Feb. 3, 2023 in the morning, the National Air Defense System detected an object over 55,000 ft., which entered Colombian airspace in the northern sector of the country,” a press release from the air … Read more

Tesla raises Model Y prices after U.S. alters tax credit rule – National

Tesla has raised prices on its Model Y in the US, apparently due to rising demand and changes in US government rules that make more versions of the small SUV eligible for tax credits. The Austin, Texas, electric vehicle company bumped up the price of the Model Y Long Range version by about 2% to … Read more

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy revokes citizenship of numerous former politicians – National

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy revoked the citizenship of several former influential politicians on Saturday in the latest of steps to “cleanse” the country from pro-Russian influences. “Today, I signed the relevant documents to take another step to protect and cleanse our state from those on the side of the aggressor,” Zelenskyy said during his nightly video … Read more

U.S. shoots down suspected Chinese spy balloon over Atlantic ocean – National

The United States on Saturday downed a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America and became the latest flashpoint in tensions between Washington and Beijing. An operation was underway in US territorial waters to recover debris from the balloon, which had been flying at about … Read more

Spy balloon: China downplays Blinken’s cancelled visit as ‘their own business’  – National

China played down the cancellation of a visit by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken after a large Chinese balloon suspected of conducting surveillance on US military sites rolled diplomatic relations, saying that neither side had formally announced any such plan. “In actuality, the US and China have never announced any visit, the US making … Read more

Joly looks to ‘strengthen’ Indo-Pacific Strategy partnerships during India trip – National

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly will travel to Delhi, India from Feb. 6 to 7 in an effort to strengthen Indo-Pacific Strategy partnerships and deepen bilateral ties with the country, Global Affairs Canada announced Saturday. In a statement, the agency said the goal of Joly’s visit to India is to “deepen bilateral ties and foster … Read more

Bolsonaro questions Brazil election defeat, defends tenure – National

Only a few weeks after his supporters stormed the seat of his country’s government, former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday expressed bafflement at how he could have lost October’s election, then smiled silently as a crowd of supporters cried, “Fraud!” He did not directly address the Jan. 8 assault on the buildings housing Brazil’s … Read more

Beijing urges calm over reports of Chinese spy balloon flying in U.S. airspace – National

China said Friday it is looking into reports that a Chinese spy balloon has been flying in US airspace and urged calm, adding that it has “no intention of violating the territory and airspace of any sovereign country.” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning also said she had no information about whether a trip to China … Read more