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

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

China could have 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035: Pentagon report

CNN — China’s stockpile of nuclear warheads has surpassed 400 in a fraction of the time previously estimated by the United States, a major Pentagon report revealed, with Beijing focusing on accelerating its nuclear expansion as it seeks to challenge the US as the world’s top super power. In 2020, the US estimated that China … Read more

China’s security apparatus swings into action to smother Covid protests

CNN — China’s vast security apparatus has moved swiftly to smother mass protests that swept the country, with police patrolling streets, checking cell phones and even calling some demonstrators to warn them against a repeat. In major cities on Monday and Tuesday, police flooded the sites of protests that took place over the weekend, when … 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

‘Scary our lives are so controversial’: How tug of war over ‘OneLove’ armbands descended into a World Cup sideshow

CNN — FIFA President Gianni Infantino pleaded with countries to let football take center stage ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, but it hasn’t quite worked out like that. Soccer’s global governing body has found itself at loggerheads with seven European nations over the threat of sanctions for any player wearing a “OneLove” armband … Read more