US observed Russian navy preparing for possible test of nuclear-powered torpedo

US observed Russian navy preparing for possible test of nuclear-powered torpedo

CNN — The US observed Russian naval vessels preparing for a possible test of a new nuclear-powered torpedo in recent weeks, a senior US official with direct knowledge told CNN. Among the vessels which took part in the preparations was the Belgorod, a cruise missile submarine modified for special operations that is able to launch … Read more

Putin accuses Western elites of playing “dangerous, bloody and dirty game”

Putin accuses Western elites of playing “dangerous, bloody and dirty game”

CNN — Russian President Vladimir Putin took some familiar swipes at the US and its allies during a speech on Thursday, accusing “Western elites” of playing a “dangerous, bloody and dirty game” and seeking to blame them for much of the world’s trouble, including his own invasion of Ukraine. Speaking at the Valdai Club discussion … Read more

North Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles, South Korea says

North Korea fires two short-range ballistic missiles, South Korea says

Seoul, South Korea CNN — North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missile into waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula on Friday, according to South Korean military officials, adding to tensions in the region. The missiles were fired from Tongchon county in North Korea’s eastern Kangwon province between 11:59 am and 12:18 pm … Read more

Analysis: The war in Ukraine is at a dangerous tipping point

Analysis: The war in Ukraine is at a dangerous tipping point

Kramatorsk, Ukraine CNN — The chaos of the past week might be incorrectly comforting. Despite Russia’s continued disastrous handling of its war of choice in Ukraine, the conflict’s most dangerous moment may be nearing. At some point this week, the Kremlin will likely declare that “sham” referendums in four partially occupied areas of Ukraine have … 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

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