China throws media shield around Xi Jinping’s Hong Kong visit

China throws media shield around Xi Jinping’s Hong Kong visit

hong kong CNN Business — Journalists from leading international media organizations, including Reuters and CNN, have been barred from covering official ceremonies during Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to Hong Kong later this week. Xi will be in Hong Kong to mark the 25th anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain to China, and it … Read more

Why Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira risked their lives in the Amazon

Why Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira risked their lives in the Amazon

Sao Paulo CNN — Dom Phillips and Bruno Araujo Pereira, veterans of the Amazon, would have known the risks they faced when they set off for Atalaia do Norte in the Brazilian rainforest’s remote Javari Valley – a trip that ended in tragedy, after Brazilian authorities said Friday they had identified the remains of Phillips. … Read more

Putin lambasts the West and declares the end of ‘the era of the unipolar world’

Putin lambasts the West and declares the end of ‘the era of the unipolar world’

CNN — Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared the end of “the era of the unipolar world” in a combative speech that lambasted Western countries at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday. “When they won the Cold War, the US declared themselves God’s own representatives on earth, people who have no responsibilities – … 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

Why the Philippine election could be a win for China

Why the Philippine election could be a win for China

hong kong CNN — Speaking in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People during his first state visit to China in 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte heralded a bold new era in his country’s foreign policy: “America has lost now,” he said. “I’ve realigned myself in your ideological flow.” While Duterte later clarified that he was … Read more

In Ukraine’s Russian-speaking east, Putin’s war is tearing families apart

In Ukraine’s Russian-speaking east, Putin’s war is tearing families apart

Bakhmut, Ukraine CNN — The warm spring air is coming to eastern Ukraine. The roads are lined with red tulips, and people are reopening their summer kitchens, small buildings outside traditional homes used to isolate the heat and smells of cooking in the hotter months. It was in her elderly mother’s wood-frame summer kitchen that … Read more

Macron spars with French presidential challenger Le Pen in fiery TV debate

Macron spars with French presidential challenger Le Pen in fiery TV debate

Paris CNN — French President Emmanuel Macron and his far-right challenger Marine Le Pen clashed Wednesday night in a TV debate that laid bare their differences, as they prepare to face off in the presidential runoff Sunday. The centrist incumbent beat a familiar tune of heavy investment in French industry and an uncompromising commitment to … Read more

Russian billionaire Oleg Tinkov blasts ‘insane war’ in Ukraine

Russian billionaire Oleg Tinkov blasts ‘insane war’ in Ukraine

London/Paris CNN Business — Oleg Tinkov, the billionaire founder of a big Russian digital bank, has blasted Russia’s “insane war” in Ukraine and urged the West to help President Vladimir Putin find an off-ramp to “stop this massacre.” Russia’s brutal assault on its neighbor began nearly two months ago. Thousands of Ukrainian civilians have been … 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

Russian car sales have collapsed since the invasion of Ukraine

Russian car sales have collapsed since the invasion of Ukraine

London CNN Business — Auto sales in Russia plummeted by almost two-thirds in March, as the war in Ukraine, Western sanctions and an exodus of foreign businesses wreaked havoc on the country’s economy. Just 55,000 new cars and light commercial vehicles were sold in Russia last month, down 63% from March 2021, according to data … Read more