Putin’s rumored girlfriend hit with latest U.S. sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new round of US sanctions targeting Russian elites includes a woman named in news reports as Vladimir Putin’s longtime romantic partner. The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the government has frozen the visa of Alina Kabaeva, an Olympic gymnast in her youth and former member of the state Duma, and imposed … Read more

Former Trump NSC official Matthew Pottinger will testify at Thursday’s January 6 hearing

CNN — Matthew Pottinger, who served on former President Donald Trump’s National Security Council before resigning in the immediate aftermath of January 6, 2021, will testify publicly at Thursday’s prime-time hearing held by the House select committee investigating the US Capitol attack, according to multiple sources familiar with the plans. Pottinger is slated to appear … Read more

Latest Russia news and the war in Ukraine

Putin expands fast-track Russian citizenship to all Ukraine A local resident walks past a Ukrainian rescuer working outside a building partially destroyed after a Russian missile strike in Kharkiv on July 11, 2022, amid Russia’s military invasion launched on Ukraine. Sergey Bobok | AFP | Getty Images As Russian missiles struck a key Ukrainian city, … Read more

Judge says Florida’s 15-week abortion law is unconstitutional

In a verbal ruling on Thursday, Second Judicial Circuit Court Judge John Cooper said he would be issuing a temporary statewide injunction that will go into effect once he signs the written order in the challenge brought by some Florida abortion providers. The decision is a short-term victory for abortion rights advocates in Florida and … Read more

‘This should have happened six years ago,’ says Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

There is “very little” lawyers can do in Iran with regards to human rights, Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe says, and thanks her husband for “tirelessly campaigning for my release” alongside her daughter Gabriella – “who has been very, very patient with Mummy for coming home”. She adds: “I believe that the meaning of freedom is never going … Read more

Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

Lithuania joins calls for no-fly zone above Ukraine Lithuania’s Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution on Thursday that calls on the UN to “take immediate action to secure a no-fly zone over Ukraine to stop the mass deaths of civilians.” Lithuania is the second country to officially ask for a no-fly zone above Ukraine, Estonia being … Read more

Ukrainian President Zelensky will deliver virtual address to Congress

Zelensky is expected to call for the US to help enforce a no-fly zone in Ukraine — to protect civilians — and provide fighter aircraft that the Ukrainians can use to defend themselves. These two controversial options divide lawmakers, with Republicans more hawkish about giving Ukraine jets, but some Democrats — and the White House … Read more

Kamala Harris says US and Poland are united, despite fighter jets episode

Warsaw, Poland CNN — Vice President Kamala Harris sought to reinforce cooperative ties between the United States and Poland as she met with the Polish President in the wake of an apparent disconnect between the two countries over providing Ukraine with fighter jets. “I want to be very clear. The United States and Poland are … Read more

6 takeaways from the Texas primaries

Texas kicked off the nation’s 2022 midterm election calendar Tuesday, holding the nation’s first primaries. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott easily defeated two vocal but poor-performing rivals and is now set for a marquee battle with Democrat Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman, in the fall, per CNN projections. But down-ballot, the primary fireworks aren’t over yet: … Read more

Harris faces the most critical foreign trip of her young vice presidency

Munich and Washington, D.C. CNN — When Vice President Kamala Harris enters the famed Hotel Bayerischer Hof on Friday in Munich, she’ll do so under the largest international gaze of her career. She leads the American delegation to the Munich Security Conference on Friday as Russia creeps closer to mounting what US officials have warned … Read more