White House treads carefully as protests unfold in China as the 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

White House treads carefully as protests unfold in China as the 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

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

How the deadly Club Q shooting unfolded

CNN — Michael Anderson was mixing drinks at Club Q Saturday night when he heard popping sounds amid the loud, thumping music. He wasn’t worried at first. The pops sounded like some sound effects popular at LGBTQ clubs, the bartender told CNN’s Don Lemon. Then he looked up and a figure came into his line … Read more

Biden admin divided over path ahead for Ukraine as top US general Milley pushes for diplomacy

Washington CNN — During internal conversations about the war in Ukraine, America’s top general, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, has in recent weeks led a strong push to seek a diplomatic solution as fighting heads towards a winter lull. But Milley’s position is not widely backed by President Joe Biden’s national … Read more

Alaa Abd El-Fattah: How a second nationality became an Egyptian activist’s last hope for freedom

Abu Dhabi and Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt CNN — For some political detainees in Egypt, a second nationality can be a matter of life or death, especially when pressure from Western governments becomes the last hope for possible freedom. In Egypt, the plight of a prominent British-Egyptian activist currently on hunger strike in prison is the … Read more

Russian mercenaries jockey for influence amid military struggles in Ukraine

Washington CNN — One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies is using dissent around the war in Ukraine to jockey for increased influence inside the Kremlin, US and European officials said, offering a rare glimpse at the brewing tension among Putin allies and how Russia’s disastrous war in Ukraine is affecting the internal dynamics … Read more

‘Not some high school romance’: White House bristles at latest jab in US-Saudi spat

CNN — The White House bristled Wednesday at a top Saudi official’s assertion that the kingdom was the more “mature” partner in a relationship roiled by an ongoing spat over oil production that has seen top US officials begin exploring options to recalibrate ties to the Gulf monarchy. “It’s not like some high school romance … Read more

Quick and stealthy new Covid-19 variants are poised to drive a winter surge

CNN — A flurry of new Covid-19 variants appears to be gaining traction globally, raising fears of a winter surge. In the United States, these are BQ.1, BQ.1.1, BF.7, BA.4.6, BA.2.75 and BA.2.75.2. In other countries, the recombinant variant XBB has been rising quickly and appears to be fueling a new wave of cases in … Read more

How the filmmakers behind ‘Till’ depicted Black trauma without showing violence

CNN — Chinonye Chukwu didn’t want to make a movie about Black trauma. The director of the newly released film “Till,” which centers on Mamie Till-Mobley as she fights for justice after the killing of her son, said she wasn’t interested in depicting the moment that Emmett Till was brutally beaten to death in 1955 … Read more