Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet president who took down the Iron Curtain, dies

Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet president who took down the Iron Curtain, dies

CNN — Mikhail Gorbachev – the last leader of the former Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991 – has died at the age of 91. Gorbachev died after a long illness, Russian state news agencies reported. “Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev died this evening after a severe and prolonged illness,” the Central Clinical Hospital said, according to … 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

Biden admin approves potential multibillion-dollar arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE

Biden admin approves potential multibillion-dollar arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE

CNN — The Biden administration on Tuesday approved and notified Congress of possible multibillion-dollar weapons sales to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The notice of the approval comes just weeks after President Joe Biden met with the leaders of each nation in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as he sought to improve relations between … Read more

US warns Iran’s recent actions could lead to a ‘deepening nuclear crisis’

US warns Iran’s recent actions could lead to a ‘deepening nuclear crisis’

CNN — US Secretary of State Tony Blinken said Thursday that it will “further complicate” efforts to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear deal if Iran removes cameras that monitor its nuclear program and could lead to “a deepening nuclear crisis and further economic and political isolation for Iran. ” The head of the International Atomic … Read more

After 100 days of war, Putin’s counting on the world’s indifference

After 100 days of war, Putin’s counting on the world’s indifference

CNN — Rewind the clock to February 23, the day before Russia launched its all-out invasion of Ukraine, and one might be tempted to guess that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s days in office were numbered. After all, Russia’s military outspent that of Ukraine by roughly ten to one. Moscow enjoyed a twofold advantage over Kyiv … Read more

Biden unveils $800 million security package for Ukraine in call with Zelensky

Biden unveils 0 million security package for Ukraine in call with Zelensky

CNN — President Joe Biden on Wednesday told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky the US was sending his nation an additional $800 million worth of weapons, ammunition and other security assistance. It comes as US officials warn of a potentially bloody new phase in the ongoing war, focused on the eastern regions of Ukraine as Russia … Read more