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

5 things to know for Dec. 2: Trump, Rail strike, Student loans, China protests, NASA

CNN — Tesla delivered its first electric Semi trucks to customers this week, five years after the prototype was first unveiled. And considering the automaker’s fascination with distinct designs, the truck’s unusual interior comes as no surprise. Here’s what else you need to know Get Up to Speed ​​and On with Your Day. (You can … Read more

Another race row has engulfed Buckingham Palace. Does the monarchy have a racism problem?

London CNN — Britain’s royal hierarchy has changed dramatically in the past several weeks, after King Charles III became the country’s first new monarch for seven decades and several of his relatives stepped into new roles. But there is a troubling familiarity to the first major crisis to grip the newly reorganized institution. The royals … Read more

Macron arrives at the White House for the first state visit of the Biden administration

CNN — US President Joe Biden is taking part in a flurry of events as part of his first state visit since taking office, welcoming the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron and his spouse, Brigitte Macron, on Thursday. The Macrons’ trip to the White House marks their second time as the guests of honor … 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

White House treads carefully as protests unfold in China as US tries to mend relations with Beijing

Washington CNN — As frustrated demonstrators take to the streets across China to protest the government’s draconian Covid-19 restrictions – prompting rare civil unrest and clashes between the public and officials – the Biden White House is choosing its words carefully and deliberately. Top US officials who have been closely monitoring the unrest in China … Read more

China Covid protests: Top health officials deflect blame as they defend controversial policy

CNN — China’s top health officials have pledged to rectify Covid-19 control measures to reduce their impact on people’s lives, while deflecting blame for public frustration away from the policy itself, in their first press briefing since protests erupted against the government’s stringent zero-Covid policy over the weekend. Lockdowns to suppress the spread of the … Read more

Iran faces USA in winner-takes-all match to progress to World Cup knockout stages

CNN — The knockout stage has already arrived for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) at the World Cup – nothing less than a win on Tuesday will suffice when it takes on Iran in a winner-takes-all match. Whichever team wins will reach the round-of-16 at Qatar 2022, and for the USMNT, even a … Read more

After US Soccer changes Iranian flag on social media, Iran calls for US to be kicked out of 2022 World Cup

CNN — Iran state media has called for the US to be kicked out of the 2022 World Cup after the United States Soccer Federation changed Iran’s flag on its social media platforms to show support for protesters in Iran. The federation had temporarily displayed Iran’s national flag on its official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook … 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