Iraq holds first parliamentary elections since defeat of Islamic State

​Iraqis began voting in the first parliamentary election on Saturday since defeating Islamic State, but few people expect its new leaders to deliver the stability and economic prosperity that have long been promised. The oil producer has struggled to find a formula for stability since a U.S.-led invasion toppled dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003, and… Read More Iraq holds first parliamentary elections since defeat of Islamic State

SpaceX launches upgraded version of Falcon 9 rocket designed for crewed missions

​An updated version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, tailored for eventual crewed missions for NASA, made its debut launch on Friday from Florida’s Cape Canaveral carrying a communications satellite for Bangladesh into orbit. The newly minted Block-5 edition of the Falcon 9, equipped with about 100 upgrades for greater power, safety and reusability than… Read More SpaceX launches upgraded version of Falcon 9 rocket designed for crewed missions

Macau billionaire Ng Lap Seng sentenced to four years in UN bribery case

​Billionaire Macau real estate developer Ng Lap Seng was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday after being found guilty last July of bribing two United Nations ambassadors to help him build a multibillion dollar conference center. Ng was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick, who also ordered him… Read More Macau billionaire Ng Lap Seng sentenced to four years in UN bribery case