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

Jiang Zemin, who guided China’s economic rise, dies

BEIJING (AP) — Jiang Zemin, who led China out of isolation after the army crushed the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in 1989 and supported economic reforms that led to a decade of explosive growth, died Wednesday. He was 96. Jiang, who was president for a decade until 2003 and led the ruling Communist Party for … 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

Egyptians call on British Museum to return Rosetta stone

CAIRO (AP) — The debate over who owns ancient artifacts has been an increasing challenge to museums across Europe and America, and the spotlight has fallen on the most visited piece in the British Museum: The Rosetta stone. The inscriptions on the dark gray granite slab became the seminal breakthrough in deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics … 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

Chevron awaits Venezuelan oil cargoes, but PDVSA wants payments

HOUSTON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Chevron Corp (CVX.N) aims to start receiving cargoes of Venezuelan oil as early as December after the oil company last week received a US license to do so, but Caracas may not be as eager because US sanctions restrict payments, people familiar with the matter said. The United States on … 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

Students sent home, police on patrol as China curbs protests

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese universities sent students home and police fanned out in Beijing and Shanghai to prevent more protests Tuesday after crowds angered by severe anti-virus restrictions called for leader Xi Jinping to resign in the biggest show of public dissent in decades. Authorities have eased some controls after demonstrations in at least eight … Read more

Welders wanted: France steps up recruitment drive as nuclear crisis deepens

PARIS, Nov 29 (Reuters) – French power giant EDF (EDF.PA) is looking to recruit a new generation of welders, pipe-fitters and boiler makers to fix its aging nuclear reactors and build more of them, as Europe’s energy crisis rekindles the allure of atomic power. The problem is that in France such skilled workers are in … Read more

What British PM Sunak’s first foreign policy speech made clear | Rishi Sunak News

UK’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak came into office last month with the expectation that he would initiate a phase of new, stable conditions for his party and the entire country. He must prepare a post-Brexit Britain, as the war on the European continent continues, for the new geopolitical challenges it faces. On Monday evening, he … Read more