Top House Democrats accuse DHS inspector general of obstructing their investigations into missing Secret Service text messages

Top House Democrats accuse DHS inspector general of obstructing their investigations into missing Secret Service text messages

Washington CNN — Two top House Democrats are accusing the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General of obstructing their investigation into missing Secret Service text messages related to the January 6 Capitol attack, escalating tensions between Congress and the watchdog agency. In a letter on Tuesday, House Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and House Homeland Security … Read more

How Iran exploited Rushdie’s Satanic Verses

How Iran exploited Rushdie’s Satanic Verses

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. CNN — Nearly 10 years after he was driven underground, Salman Rushdie believed he was free. The author had been living under heavy security and highest secrecy … Read more

August 11, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

August 11, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

A serviceman with a Russian flag on his uniform stands guard near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant on August 4. (Alexander Ermoshenko/Reuters) The United States supports calls for a “demilitarized zone” around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, a US State Department spokesperson said Thursday. “Fighting near a nuclear plant is dangerous and irresponsible – and we … Read more

July 25, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

July 25, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom says it will have to further reduce gas flow through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline on Wednesday as it halts another turbine for repairs. This comes days after Gazprom resumed gas shipments through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, a vital artery linking Russia’s vast gas reserves to Europe via Germany. … Read more

Pence to offer roadmap for conservatives in DC speech Monday, a day ahead of Trump’s return to the nation’s capital

Pence to offer roadmap for conservatives in DC speech Monday, a day ahead of Trump’s return to the nation’s capital

CNN — Former Vice President Mike Pence will sound very much like a White House hopeful looking to lead his party beyond former President Donald Trump when he touts his “freedom agenda” for the Republican Party in a speech in Washington on Monday evening. Pence will deliver remarks about a proposed conservative agenda at the … Read more

Mike Pence endorses Karrin Taylor Robson in Arizona governor’s race

Mike Pence endorses Karrin Taylor Robson in Arizona governor’s race

CNN — Mike Pence seems to have decided that the only way past Donald Trump is through Donald Trump. Unlike many of Trump’s would-be 2024 challengers, his former vice president is issuing a direct challenge by endorsing against him in critical races in states that were hotly contested in 2020. Pence’s latest move is an … Read more

North Korean government hackers hit health services with ransomware, US agencies warn

North Korean government hackers hit health services with ransomware, US agencies warn

CNN — North Korean government-backed hackers have in the last year targeted multiple health organizations with ransomware, in some cases disrupting health services for “prolonged periods,” the FBI and other US agencies warned on Wednesday. The North Koreans have used the ransomware — a type of malicious computer code that locks computer files — to … Read more

Russian hackers allegedly target Ukraine’s biggest private energy firm

Russian hackers allegedly target Ukraine’s biggest private energy firm

CNN — Russian hackers carried out a “cyberattack” on Ukraine’s biggest private energy conglomerate in retaliation for its owner’s opposition to Russia’s war in Ukraine, the firm said Friday. DTEK Group, which owns coal and thermal power plants in various parts of Ukraine, said the goal of the hack was to “destabilize the technological processes” … Read more

US strikes al Qaeda-affiliated leader in Syria

US strikes al Qaeda-affiliated leader in Syria

CNN — The US carried out a strike in Syria on Monday targeting a senior leader of Hurras al-Din, an al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist organization, according to a statement from US Central Command. The US is “highly confident” that the strike, carried out from a drone, killed Abu Hamzah al Yemeni, a US official with knowledge … Read more

Microsoft says Russia has stepped up cyber espionage against the US and Ukraine allies

Microsoft says Russia has stepped up cyber espionage against the US and Ukraine allies

Washington CNN — Russian intelligence agencies have increased their efforts to hack US and allied government computer networks to gather intelligence since the war in Ukraine began, Microsoft said in new findings published Wednesday. American organizations were the top target of the Russian hacking attempts outside of Ukraine, according to Microsoft, but the alleged Russian … Read more