‘It’s all empty promises’: Palestinians feel betrayed by US, warn there’s only so much they can bear

‘It’s all empty promises’: Palestinians feel betrayed by US, warn there’s only so much they can bear

Ramallah, West Bank CNN — Abu A’asem brews pot after pot of his specialty Arabic coffee, despite the pouring rain. His corner stand at the heart of Ramallah is always busy, no matter the weather, but his future as a Palestinian is very much as gloomy as the skies above. “I am 40 years old … Read more

Dina Boluarte: Can Peru’s President strike a truce with protesters?

CNN — When Dina Boluarte was anointed Peru’s sixth president in five years, she faced battles on two fronts: appeasing the lawmakers who had ousted her boss and predecessor Pedro Castillo, and calming protesters enraged by the dethroning of yet another president. She called for a “political truce” with Congress on her first day of … Read more

Russia strikes Ukraine’s cities hours after Western countries pledge tanks to Kyiv

CNN — Ukraine has urged the West to get military hardware into the hands of its troops as quickly as possible, as Russia fired missiles toward Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities just hours after Germany and the US announced their plans to provide modern tanks to the country. Russia launched 55 missiles at Ukraine on … Read more

Peru: Protester deaths spark calls for reparations amid a painful past

CNN — “If something happens to me, don’t cry,” Leonardo Hancco told his wife, Ruth Barcena, the morning of December 15 in Peru’s southern city of Ayacucho. The 32-year-old taxi driver and father of a seven-year-old girl had decided to join Peru’s nationwide political protests at the last minute. “If I have decided to join … Read more

Zelensky shakes up the Ukrainian government amid growing corruption scandal

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN — President Volodymyr Zelensky has fired a slew of senior Ukrainian officials amid a growing corruption scandal linked to the procurement of war-time supplies, in the biggest shakeup of his government since Russia’s invasion began. During his nightly address on Monday evening, Zelensky announced he was banning government officials from traveling abroad … Read more

US and Israel launch largest military exercise ever despite concerns over Netanyahu’s government

CNN — The US and Israel launched their largest joint military exercise ever on Monday, sending a clear signal to Iran and underscoring the strength of their alliance despite concerns over the composition of the new Israeli government which includes ultra-nationalist and ultra-religious parties. The live-fire exercise, named Juniper Oak, will include 100 US aircraft … Read more

Israel’s democracy on the brink amid supreme court showdown with Netanyahu

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appears in today’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, CNN’s three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Jerusalem CNN — Israel’s highest court this week ordered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to fire a key ally, a dramatic move amid an unprecedented confrontation between his government … Read more

Inside the US and German standoff over sending tanks to Ukraine

Washington CNN — The Biden administration is stuck in a standoff with Germany over whether to send tanks to Ukraine ahead of a key meeting of Western defense leaders in Germany on Friday. In recent days, German officials have indicated they won’t send their Leopard tanks to Ukraine, or allow any other country with the … Read more

Peru protests: Why Peru is in turmoil

CNN — Peru is seeing some of its worst violence in decades, which erupted last month following the ousting of former President Pedro Castillo, as protesters who opposed the current government’s call for political change in the country. In December, a state of emergency was imposed, airports and highways became the site of some clashes, … Read more

Japanese prime minister’s visit spotlights Biden’s foreign policy strategy

CNN — As President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met privately in Tokyo last year, Biden delivered a message that was as strategic as it was genuine. US support for a more assertive defense and security posture from Japan was understood, but Biden made it clear that if there was anything he … Read more