News Wire | Monday, Aug. 29, 2022

U.S. Warships Sail Taiwan Strait, Defying Chinese Pressure

By Austin Ramzy | The New York Times

The U.S. Navy said that two of its warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, the first such passage by American ships since China began large-scale military exercises in response to a visit to Taiwan by Speaker Nancy Pelosi early this month.

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Powerful Iraqi Shiite Cleric Says He Is Leaving Politics

By Jane Arraf | The New York Times

The influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr said Monday that he was retiring from Iraqi politics and closing all of his movement’s political and social institutions, deepening the country’s political crisis and raising fears that his followers could increasingly turn to destabilizing street protests to achieve their aims.

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