Russia detains Navalny’s allies, including brother, in attempt to stem protests – National

Russian authorities on Thursday detained several allies of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and issued warnings to social media giants after tens of thousands of people took to the streets in over 100 Russian cities last weekend to demand his release. The detention of Navalny’s brother Oleg, his top ally Lyubov Sobol, Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva […]

China sanctions 28 members of Trump administration including Pompeo, Bannon – National

China has announced sanctions against 28 members of the Trump administration, including former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former chief strategist Steve Bannon. They, along with any companies and institutions associated with them, are “restricted from doing business with China,” and their immediately family members will be prohibited from entering China’s mainland, […]

U.S. blacklists 9 more Chinese companies, including smartphone maker Xiaomi – National

HONG KONG — The U.S. government has blacklisted Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp. and China’s third-largest national oil company for alleged military links, heaping pressure on Beijing in President Donald Trump’s last week in office. The Department of Defence added nine companies to its list of Chinese companies with military links, including Xiaomi and […]

Congress seals deal on $900B relief package, including $600 direct payments – National

Top Capitol Hill negotiators sealed a deal Sunday on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package, finally delivering long-overdue help to businesses and individuals and providing money to deliver vaccines to a nation eager for them. The agreement, announced by Senate leaders, would establish a temporary $300 per week supplemental jobless benefits and […]

At least 2 killed, including infant, after Cyclone Yasa makes landfall in Fiji – National

A powerful cyclone pounded Fiji, killing two people, including a three-month old baby, and leaving a trail of destruction across the Pacific Island nation, authorities said on Friday. Cyclone Yasa, a top category five storm, made landfall over Bua province on the northern island of Vanua Levu on Thursday evening, bringing torrential rain, widespread […]

Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell propose $28.5M bail package, including armed guards – National

Lawyers for the former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein are urging a judge to free her to await trial under a $28.5 million bail package that would include armed guards to keep her in a New York City residence and protect her safety. The bail arguments on behalf of Ghislaine Maxwell were filed under seal […]

German city grieves after 5 people, including baby, killed in pedestrian zone attack – National

Trier residents placed flowers and lit candles Wednesday at the base of the southwestern German city’s landmark Roman gate in tribute to the five people killed and more than a dozen others injured when a man drove an SUV at high speed through the central pedestrian zone. The man, a 51-year-old from Trier whose […]

U.S. officials battle misinformation about wildfires, including arsonist claims – National

Emergency responders in the Pacific Northwest are fighting misinformation along with raging wildfires as people spread unsubstantiated social media posts blaming coordinated groups of arsonists from both the far left and far right for setting the blazes. The FBI said Friday that it’s investigated several claims and found them to be untrue, while officials […]

China to allow some international flights into Beijing including from Pakistan

China is poised to resume direct international flights to Beijing from several countries with low rates of the deadly coronavirus, aviation authorities said on Wednesday, after a freeze of more than five months. The new rules will apply from Thursday to flights from Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Greece, Denmark, Austria, Sweden and Canada, all with low […]