US adds Russian mercenary firm Wagner Group to entities of concern under International Religious Freedom Act

CNN — The Biden administration is adding the Wagner Group, an infamous private Russian military firm, to the list of Entities of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act “based on its actions in the Central African Republic,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday. In addition, Cuba and Nicaragua were added … Read more

Russia rejects pullout from Ukraine as a condition for talks

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia said Friday that Western demands it should pull out completely from Ukraine as part of any future talks to end the war effectively rule out any such negotiations, as Russian strikes continued and a Ukrainian official set his country’s battle losses at up to 13,000 troops. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated … Read more

First on CNN: US considers dramatically expanding training of Ukrainian forces, US officials say

Washington CNN — The Biden administration is considering a dramatic expansion in the training the US military provides to Ukrainian forces, including instructing as many as 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers a month at a US base in Germany, according to multiple US officials. If adopted, the proposal would mark a significant increase not just in the … Read more

Emmanuel Macron arrives in DC at key moment in France-US relations

CNN — When President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron walked into a small holding room on the margins of the Global Fund conference in New York this fall, their aides had only allotted 10 minutes for the two men to briefly touch base. But sitting in the cramped room at 538 Park Avenue … Read more

How Ukraine is innovating Soviet-era weapons for a 21st century battleground

Bakhmut, Ukraine CNN — In a basement in eastern Ukraine, young men sit at a long table strewn with laptops, their eyes glued to a television screen an arm’s length away. They watch black figures on a bleak winter hilltop, which appear to panic, then run across the frame. It’s a live video feed from … Read more

Kyiv says it ‘won’t let Putin steal Christmas’ as Russian attacks threaten bleak winter in Ukraine

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN — The mayor of Kyiv has said the city “cannot let Putin steal our Christmas” as Ukrainians prepare to tentatively celebrate the festive season with darkened trees while Russian airstrikes knock out power and wreak havoc on critical infrastructure. Christmas trees will be erected across the Ukrainian capital to mark Christmas and … Read more

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

5 things to know for Nov. 28: Travel delays, China, Gun ban, Idaho stabbings, Ukraine

CNN — With the holiday season in full swing, several retailers are dangling enticing sales – and might’ve already flooded your email inboxes with Black Friday discounts. Many online shoppers are expected to snag Cyber ​​Monday deals today and then participate in Giving Tuesday, a day of heightened generosity when people give to their favorite … Read more

Ukraine war: Arms made at peace ‘highest since Cold War’ as Europe’s east aids Kyiv

Eastern and Central Europe’s arms industry is churning out guns, ammunition, and other military supplies at a pace not seen since the Cold War as governments aim to aid Ukraine in its fight against Russia. Allies have been supplying Kyiv with weapons and military equipment since Moscow went on a full-scale invasion of its western … Read more

Ukraine battles to restore power after Russian strikes leave ‘vast majority’ of people without electricity

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN — Ukraine raced to restore power across the country on Thursday, a day after Russia sent a new barrage of missiles to target critical infrastructure, resulting in the temporary shutdown of most of its power plants and leaving the “vast majority” of people without electricity. The national energy company Ukrenergo said work … Read more