Debt ceiling agreement gets thumbs up from business groups

The reviews are starting to come in as details emerge about the debt ceiling agreement reached by President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Even before seeing those details, some lawmakers were criticizing the deal as not doing enough to tackle the nation's debt, while others worried it's too austere and will harm many low-income Americans.

US Senate: Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue Remains Key Issue in Western Balkans

The Kosovo-Serbia dialogue remains one of the main issues of concern in the Western Balkans, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday heard.

State Department Counsellor Derek Chollet warned: "We are not seeing great effort on the implementation of this agreement by either party."

Thai election underway with opposition favored to top polls

Voters in Thailand were heading to the polls on Sunday in an election touted as a pivotal chance for change, eight years after incumbent Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha first came to power in a 2014 coup. He is now running against the daughter of the politician who is the military's top nemesis.

Yellen warns of ‘chaos’ if US fails to raise debt ceiling

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has warned that unless Congress acts soon to raise the nation's debt ceiling, "financial and economic chaos would ensue."    

Republicans have been pressing President Joe Biden to strike a deal to provide spending cuts in exchange for lifting the national borrowing limit.    

Romania Moves to Lift Ban on Courts Using Secret Service Wiretappings

Political analysts have criticised moves in Romania to make wiretappings carried out by the secret services usable once again as evidence in corruption cases.

The moves comes as Romania is to receive billions of euros from the EU funds, which are seen as likely to boost the temptation of corruption and embezzlement.

Bosnian Capital’s University Revokes Izetbegovic’s Teaching Post

The Senate of Sarajevo University revoked the teaching contract of Sebija Izetbegovic, director of the Sarajevo Clinical Centre and professor at the Faculty of Medicine in the Bosnian capital, removing her as a full professor at the Faculty of Medicine on Wednesday.