Democrats are driving their election-year economic package toward Senate approval. It is less ambitious than President Joe Biden’s original domestic goals yet touches deep-rooted party dreams of slowing global warming, moderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing immense corporations. That mix and the approach of falls elections for control of Congress make the legislation a top priority for Democrats. Republicans unanimously oppose the legislation. But Democrats control the Senate thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris' tie-breaking vote, and they worked into Sunday morning swatting down GOP amendments aimed at blowing up the legislation. The House could give the bill final approval next Friday.
An Israeli airstrike killed a senior commander in the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad. That's according to comments from both the militant group and the Israeli government Sunday, which has seen its second leader to be slain amid an escalating cross-border conflict. The killing late Saturday of Khaled Mansour, who led the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad’s operations in the southern Gaza Strip, came a day after another Israeli strike killed the militant’s commander in the north. Already, the fighting has killed at least 29 Palestinians and seen rockets fired toward Israel in the worst violence between Israel and Palestinian militants since the end of an 11-day war in 2021. Tensions could escalate further Sunday.
While millions across Europe sweat through a summer of record-breaking heat, other people are skiing in Africa. This isn’t another sign of climate change but rather the fascinating anomaly of Lesotho. Lesotho is a tiny mountain kingdom completely surrounded by South Africa. It's the only country on Earth where every inch of its territory sits more than 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level. That gives Lesotho snow and led to the creation of Afriski in the Maluti Mountains, which is Africa’s only operating ski resort south of the equator. It draws people from neighboring South Africa and further afield by offering the unique experience of skiing in southern Africa.