Iranian officials said $6 billion from a bank in South Korea have been moved to another in Qatar. Also in the news: The New York Jets’ Zach Wilson had a tough, high-pressure debut and massive demonstrations ushered in New York’s Climate Week − which coincides with the United Nation’s General Assembly in NYC.
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Biden administration expects the release of five Americans detained in Iran
Some $6 billion of Iranian assets once frozen in South Korea is now in Qatar, a key element for a planned prisoner swap between Tehran and the United States. That’s according to Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani, who made the comment during a news conference on Monday aired on state television. Last week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken signed a memo that would allow the transfer of $6 billion from a bank in South Korea to another in Qatar of funds the Iranians earned through the sale of oil and other goods that had been under sanctions. Read more
NFL Week 2: Cowboys rout Aaron Rodgers-less Jets
As expected, the Dallas Cowboys had a rather rude welcome for Zach Wilson as they blasted the New York Jets, 30-10, at AT&T Stadium. Six days after quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a torn Achilles tendon, Wilson was under constant pressure from one of the NFL’s best defenses. He was intercepted three times, sacked three times and limited to a 1-for-10 success rate on third downs. Last week, Rodgers had a successful surgery to repair the tendon he tore during the New York Jets’ win over the Buffalo Bills. Read more
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House Republicans are in a ‘civil war’ over government shutdown fight
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said House Republicans “are in the middle of a civil war,” as they struggle to find consensus on how to approach government spending and avert a shutdown.
Congress has until Sept. 30 to fund the government, and while the Senate has been moving through the process without much of a hitch, the Republican-controlled House has been engulfed in gridlock.
- House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., intended to pass a defense spending bill, but he was forced to punt a vote to begin debate on the bill after conservatives threatened to tank the effort.
- As the deadline draws closer, McCarthy and other House Republicans have begun to express frustration at their conservative colleagues for what they say are unclear and vague requests.
- How would a shutdown affect Americans? Hundreds of thousands of federal employees would be furloughed, and government food assistance benefits could see delays.
Related: McCarthy vowed Republicans will subpoena Hunter Biden during an impeachment inquiry.
What do Detroit automakers have to give the UAW to get a deal?
The United Auto Workers and the Detroit Three carmakers could get closer to an agreement sooner than it appears if both sides focus on a few key job provisions, according to some industry observers and insiders. One issue the union will likely have to accept that it will not win is a 32-hour workweek for 40 hours of pay, but there are other demands the UAW needs to win (a cost-of-living adjustment, for one) if the carmakers want a quick end to the strike and ratification of a tentative agreement. Read more
Tens of thousands march to kick off climate summit
After a summer of record-smashing global warming events, advocates gathered for some of the largest climate protests in years nationwide, including marches, school walk-outs and a major mobilization effort in New York City on Sunday. The demonstrations marked the start of the annual Climate Week in New York City, where world leaders in business, politics and the arts are gathering. The week comes at the same time world leaders are attending the United Nations General Assembly. Read more
Photo of the day: London Fashion Week 2023
While you’re preparing for sweater weather, the fashion world’s attention is on what’s in for warmer months next year. Florals, funky fringe and patterns abounded over the weekend as models took to the catwalk to display Spring/Summer 2024 collections at iconic venues across Britain’s capital at London Fashion Week.
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