US adds Russian mercenary firm Wagner Group to entities of concern under International Religious Freedom Act

US adds Russian mercenary firm Wagner Group to entities of concern under International Religious Freedom Act

CNN — The Biden administration is adding the Wagner Group, an infamous private Russian military firm, to the list of Entities of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act “based on its actions in the Central African Republic,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday. In addition, Cuba and Nicaragua were added … Read more

Ukrainian embassies across Europe receive bloody packages containing ‘animal eyes’

Ukrainian embassies across Europe receive bloody packages containing ‘animal eyes’

CNN — Suspicious packages, including blood-soaked envelopes containing “animal eyes,” have been sent to Ukrainian embassies and consulates in several European cities, the country’s foreign ministry has said. Kyiv’s embassies in Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, Italy, Austria, and the consulates general in Naples and Krakow, have received such packages, Oleh Nikolenko, spokesperson for the … Read more

5 things to know for Dec. 2: Trump, Rail strike, Student loans, China protests, NASA

5 things to know for Dec. 2: Trump, Rail strike, Student loans, China protests, NASA

CNN — Tesla delivered its first electric Semi trucks to customers this week, five years after the prototype was first unveiled. And considering the automaker’s fascination with distinct designs, the truck’s unusual interior comes as no surprise. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed ​​and On with Your Day. (You … Read more

Macron arrives at the White House for first state visit of the Biden administration

Macron arrives at the White House for first state visit of the Biden administration

CNN — US President Joe Biden is taking part in a flurry of events as part of his first state visit since taking office, welcoming the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron and his spouse, Brigitte Macron, on Thursday. The Macrons’ trip to the White House marks their second time as the guests of honor … Read more

Garland: DOJ wants ‘all’ transcripts and evidence in House January 6 probe

Garland: DOJ wants ‘all’ transcripts and evidence in House January 6 probe

CNN — The Justice Department is seeking access to “all” transcripts and other evidence collected in the House January 6, 2021, investigation, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday. The comments from Garland, in response to a question from CNN’s Evan Perez, nodded to the monthslong effort by the department to access the witness testimony the … Read more

US considering designating Russia’s Wagner Group as a foreign terrorist organization

US considering designating Russia’s Wagner Group as a foreign terrorist organization

CNN — The Biden administration is considering designating the Wagner Group, a Russian private military group, as a foreign terrorist organization amid ongoing efforts to impose costs on Russia for the Ukraine war, a US official said. No final decision has been made, and it is unclear how far out the administration is from potentially … Read more

House January 6 committee chairman says panel ‘close to putting pens down’ on final report

House January 6 committee chairman says panel ‘close to putting pens down’ on final report

CNN — The chairman of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol said Tuesday that the panel is “close to putting pens down” on its final report, which is slated for release by the end of this Congress. “The body of the report is complete and there is … Read more

Belarus dissident Maria Kolesnikova in intensive care following surgery, opposition spokesman says

Belarus dissident Maria Kolesnikova in intensive care following surgery, opposition spokesman says

CNN — A prominent Belarusian opposition figure, who has been serving an 11-year prison sentence after leading mass street protests against President Alexander Lukashenko, is in intensive care after undergoing surgery, an opposition spokesman said Tuesday. Maria Kolesnikova was taken to a hospital in the southeastern city of Gomel, placed in a surgical ward and … Read more

Three migrants survived an 11-day voyage sat on ship’s rudder

Three migrants survived an 11-day voyage sat on ship’s rudder

The Spanish coast guard has rescued three people who were stowed on top of the rudder of a ship that arrived in the Canary Islands from Nigeria. In a photograph distributed by the coastguard on Monday, the migrants are shown perched on the rudder of the oil and chemical tanker Althini II. The Althini II … Read more

BBC journalist ‘beaten and kicked by the police’ as protests spread across China

BBC journalist ‘beaten and kicked by the police’ as protests spread across China

CNN Business — Edward Lawrence, a journalist at the BBC, was arrested by police in Shanghai at the scene of protests on Sunday night, according to the BBC and as captured on what appears to be mobile phone footage of the arrest. While he has since been released, a BBC spokesperson has expressed extreme concern … Read more