As Russia struggles in Ukraine, repression mounts at home

As Russia struggles in Ukraine, repression mounts at home

CNN — A new expanded law on “foreign agents” in Russia comes into force Thursday, signifying an intensifying crackdown on free speech and opposition under President Vladimir Putin that has accelerated as his fortunes in Ukraine have deteriorated. It’s also further evidence of Russia’s determination to root out what it sees as Western liberal values, … Read more

Most dangerous places to travel in 2023 revealed

Most dangerous places to travel in 2023 revealed

Thinking of traveling abroad next year? You might want to steer clear of Afghanistan, Mali, Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, which rank among the world’s most dangerous destinations for business and pleasure travelers. That’s according to this year’s “Travel Risk Map,” compiled by global security and medical specialists from the risk assessment firm International SOS. The … Read more

Germany, Norway seek NATO role in undersea infrastructure – DW – 11/30/2022

Germany, Norway seek NATO role in undersea infrastructure – DW – 11/30/2022

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store said on Wednesday that they would be speaking with the head of NATO about involving the alliance in future operations to protect critical undersea infrastructure like gas pipelines or fiber optic cables. Store said Norway had already increased vigilance at such sites in light … Read more

China’s vice-premier signals shift in Covid stance as some lockdowns eased | China

China’s vice-premier signals shift in Covid stance as some lockdowns eased |  China

One of China’s most senior pandemic response officials has said the country is entering a “new stage and mission” in the latest indication of the government’s changing approach after mass protests against its zero-Covid policy. Sun Chunlan, China’s vice-premier, made the comments to national health officials on Wednesday, according to state media outlet Xinhua. It … Read more

China softens tone on COVID severity after protests

China softens tone on COVID severity after protests

BEIJING, Dec 1 (Reuters) – China is softening its tone on the severity of COVID-19 and easing some coronavirus restrictions even as its daily case toll hovers near record highs, after anger over the world’s toughest curbs fueled protests across the country. Several cities in the world’s second-largest economy, while still reporting new infections, are … Read more

Prince William’s godmother quits palace over comments to black charity boss | Monarchy

Prince William’s godmother quits palace over comments to black charity boss |  Monarchy

The late queen’s lady-in-waiting has resigned and apologized after a black guest at a reception hosted by the queen consort was left feeling traumatized and violated after she questioned her repeatedly about where she “really came from”. Ngozi Fulani, the founder of the charity Sistah Space, claimed Susan Hussey moved her hair to reveal her … Read more

ICE released names of 6,252 immigrants seeking protection

ICE released names of 6,252 immigrants seeking protection

Immigration and Customs Enforcement accidentally posted the names, birthdates, nationalities and detention locations of more than 6,000 immigrants who claimed to be fleeing torture and persecution to its website on Monday. The unprecedented data dump could expose the immigrants — all of whom are currently in ICE custody — to retaliation from the very individuals, … Read more