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

Iran calls for US to be kicked out of 2022 World Cup after it changes Iran flag on social media to show support for protesters

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

Malaysia’s Anwar becomes prime minister, ending decades-long wait

Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim was sworn in as prime minister on Thursday, capping a three-decade political journey from a protege of veteran leader Mahathir Mohamad to protest leader, a prisoner convicted of sodomy, and opposition leader. His appointment ends five days of unprecedented post-election crisis, but could usher in a new instability with his rival, former … Read more

Anwar Ibrahim: Malaysian prime minister’s remarkable rise prisoner to top office

CNN — It’s a political journey decades in the making – the transformation of a young student firebrand into an icon of democracy and eventually the leader of his country, via two stints in jail. Now age 75, Anwar Ibrahim has finally realized his dream by becoming the 10th prime minister of Malaysia. And in … Read more

Stories of Ukrainian resistance revealed after Kherson pullout

Near Kherson city, Ukraine CNN — Two Russian soldiers walked down a street in Kherson on a spring evening in early March, just days after Moscow captured the city. The temperature that night was still below freezing and the power was out, leaving the city in complete darkness as the soldiers made their way back … Read more