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

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

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

US and China in first South China Sea encounter since Xi-Biden meeting

US and China in first South China Sea encounter since Xi-Biden meeting

Seoul, South Korea CNN — The United States and Chinese militaries exchanged harsh words Tuesday after a US Navy warship performed the first freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) in the South China Sea since the leaders of the two powers met earlier this month in an attempt to ease tensions. In a statement, the Chinese … Read more

Kamala Harris, Emmanuel Macron to visit NASA headquarters

Kamala Harris, Emmanuel Macron to visit NASA headquarters

CNN — Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron at NASA headquarters on Wednesday as part of Macron’s state visit this week, US and French officials told CNN. The NASA visit – which will include a working meeting and a briefing by US space officials – will highlight a deepening French-American … Read more

Russia threatens to cut gas to Europe through Ukraine

Russia threatens to cut gas to Europe through Ukraine

London CNN Business — Europe is bracing itself for further cuts to its supply of Russian natural gas as Moscow threatens to slash flows to Moldova, a country on Ukraine’s southwestern border. Russian state gas giant Gazprom said Tuesday it would reduce shipments to the country starting Monday over disputed claims that Ukraine is withholding … Read more

Russians grow more critical as Putin’s military operation drags on and sanctions take a toll

Russians grow more critical as Putin’s military operation drags on and sanctions take a toll

Moscow CNN — November and December are known as the most depressing months in Moscow. The days are short and dark, and the weather is too cold and wet to be outdoors much but still too warm and rainy to enjoy the real Russian winter. This year, the feeling of melancholy is increased by the … Read more

McCarthy demands DHS Secretary Mayorkas’ resignation over border issues and warns of potential impeachment inquiry

McCarthy demands DHS Secretary Mayorkas’ resignation over border issues and warns of potential impeachment inquiry

CNN — Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday demanded the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and warned of potential impeachment proceedings if he doesn’t step down, marking the House Republican leader’s strongest comments on the matter to date as he scrambles to lock down the votes for his speakership . McCarthy, speaking from an event … Read more

England’s Harry Kane and several other European captains told not to wear ‘OneLove’ armband at World Cup

England’s Harry Kane and several other European captains told not to wear ‘OneLove’ armband at World Cup

CNN — The captains of several European teams will not to wear “OneLove” armbands at the World Cup in Qatar due to the danger of receiving yellow cards. England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Wales were set to participate in the “OneLove” campaign to promote inclusion and oppose discrimination. But those countries’ associations … Read more

China’s Xi attempts to claim diplomatic victory in battle for global influence after summit whirlwind

China’s Xi attempts to claim diplomatic victory in battle for global influence after summit whirlwind

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in China newsletter, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country’s rise and how it impacts the world. Sign up here. Bali, Indonesia CNN — Xi Jinping may have rejected US President Joe Biden’s description of the 21st century as … Read more