US Inflation Reduction Act ‘super aggressive,’ Macron tells lawmakers

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron addressed US lawmakers from both political parties on Wednesday and pushed back on new American subsidies that are riling European leaders, according to a participant in a closed-door meeting. Macron arrived in Washington on Tuesday for his second state visit to the United States since taking … Read more

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

What’s happening in China after zero-Covid protests? Here’s what you need to know

Beijing CNN — After unprecedented protests swept China, several cities have taken steps to ease some Covid-19 restrictions and a top official has signaled a softer approach to virus controls – leading to speculation that an end to zero-Covid may be in sight. China’s most senior official in charge of its Covid response told health … Read more

Poland ‘Rejects’ US-Origin Patriot Air Defense Systems; Ukraine Wants To Get Them To Thwart Russian Attacks

Poland’s Ministry of National Defense effectively declined Germany’s offer to deploy Patriot air defense systems along its border with Ukraine and has made a pitch to transfer these advanced air defense systems to Kyiv instead. Poland’s Deputy Defense Minister Wojciech Skurkiewicz told Polish news agency PAP on November 28 that the Ukrainians would be able … Read more

Prince William’s Godmother, Lady Susan Hussey, Resigns After ‘Unacceptable’ Comments to Black Charity Boss

Buckingham Palace announced Wednesday that a member of its household had resigned after making “unacceptable and regrettable comments” at a reception thrown by Camilla, Queen Consort, to highlight the issue of domestic abuse and violence against women and girls. A royal source confirmed to Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper on Wednesday that Lady Susan Hussey—a close … Read more

As Russia struggles in Ukraine, repression mounts at home

CNN — A new expanded law on “foreign agents” in Russia comes into force Thursday, signifying an intensifying crackdown on free speech and opposition under President Vladimir Putin that has accelerated as his fortunes in Ukraine have deteriorated. It’s also further evidence of Russia’s determination to root out what it sees as Western liberal values, … Read more

Prince William’s godmother quits palace over comments to black charity boss | Monarchy

The late queen’s lady-in-waiting has resigned and apologized after a black guest at a reception hosted by the queen consort was left feeling traumatized and violated after she questioned her repeatedly about where she “really came from”. Ngozi Fulani, the founder of the charity Sistah Space, claimed Susan Hussey moved her hair to reveal her … Read more