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

Kherson: Russians shell Ukraine city just two weeks after pulling out

Kherson: Russians shell Ukraine city just two weeks after pulling out

Kherson, Ukraine CNN — A pool of blood-stained water and the charred wreckage of a car mark the spot in Kherson where Russian shells tore into this city Thursday, killing four, according to local officials, and shattering any sense of calm. Russian President Vladimir Putin claims he’s annexed this region, and that the people here … Read more

Pence says Trump was ‘wrong’ for dinner with Holocaust denier

Pence says Trump was ‘wrong’ for dinner with Holocaust denier

CNN — Former Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that Donald Trump was “wrong” to recently have dinner with White nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes and rapper Kanye West at his Florida resort and that the former president should apologize for it. “President Trump was wrong to give a White nationalist, an anti-Semite and … Read more

Suspect in Buffalo Tops mass shooting expected to plead guilty in court today, victims’ attorney says

Suspect in Buffalo Tops mass shooting expected to plead guilty in court today, victims’ attorney says

CNN — The suspect accused of killing 10 people at a grocery store in an efficiently Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, earlier this year is expected to plead guilty to state murder charges Monday, according to a victims’ attorney. Payton Gendron, a 19-year-old white man, is scheduled to appear in court at 9:30 am … Read more

Elon Musk says he will broadly restore previously banned Twitter accounts

Elon Musk says he will broadly restore previously banned Twitter accounts

CNN Business — Elon Musk said Thursday that he will begin restoring most previously banned accounts on Twitter starting next week, in his most wide-reaching move yet to undo the social media platform’s policy of permanently suspending users who repeatedly violated its rules. “The people have spoken,” Musk tweeted on Thursday. “Amnesty begins next week. … Read more

Huge Foxconn iPhone plant in China rocked by new worker unrest

Huge Foxconn iPhone plant in China rocked by new worker unrest

Hundreds of workers joined protests at Foxconn’s flagship iPhone plant in China, with some men smashing surveillance cameras and windows, footage uploaded on social media showed. The rare scenes of open dissent in China mark an escalation of unrest at the massive factory in Zhengzhou city that has come to symbolize a dangerous buildup in … Read more

Zaporizhzhia maternity ward strike: Newborn baby killed in Russian attack on Ukrainian hospital

Zaporizhzhia maternity ward strike: Newborn baby killed in Russian attack on Ukrainian hospital

CNN — A two-day-old baby died in a Russian strike on a maternity hospital in Vilnyansk in southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday, as Moscow ramped up attacks on civilian infrastructure nationwide. The newborn child’s mother and a doctor were pulled from the rubble of the destroyed medical facility in Zaporizhzhia, as nearby private houses were also … Read more

This award-winning poem was written for the Pulse shooting victims. It’s sadly relevant again

This award-winning poem was written for the Pulse shooting victims.  It’s sadly relevant again

CNN — In times of grief, we often turn to poets to describe the indescribable. Last Wednesday, writer John Keene put on a tuxedo and won a National Book Award for a new poetry collection that includes his poem “Pulse,” a tribute to the people killed and wounded in 2016 at the Pulse nightclub, a … Read more