Jill Biden’s State of the Union guests include Tyre Nichols’ parents, Bono, Ukraine ambassador, Paul Pelosi | CNN Politics

CNN  —  Paul Pelosi, Tyre Nichols’ parents, U2 star Bono, Monterey Park shooting hero Brandon Tsay, Ukraine’s ambassador to the US Oksana Markarova and a Holocaust survivor are among those headed to the US Capitol Tuesday evening where President Joe Biden is set to deliver his State of the Union address. Biden’s remarks will both … Read more

‘He was one of these rockstars’: Former FBI agents shocked at the indictment of one of their own | CNN Politics

Washington CNN — The insular world of FBI counterintelligence agents was rocked last month when one of their own, Charles F. McGonigal, formerly the FBI’s top counterintelligence official in New York, was indicted for allegedly selling access to Russian and Albanian officials in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. After retiring from … Read more

Inside the kitchen at the edge of the world | CNN

CNN  —  No place on Earth is colder than East Antarctica. Due to its higher elevation, not even West Antarctica can touch its hostile temperatures. Princess Elisabeth, a polar research station in the Queen Maud Land region, faces wind speeds of up to 155 mph (249 kph) and temperatures as low as -58°F (-50°C). A … Read more

Russia’s war in Ukraine

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov holds a press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 5. (Oleksii Chumachenko/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov was asked to comment on rumors that he could be replaced. “No official stays in office forever. Not a single one. So one should be ready at any time for this … Read more

Scottish footballer scores sensational goal from inside his own half | CNN

CNN — There are still three months of fixtures left for Scottish club Hearts to play but Stephen Humphrys scored what is already being hailed as “the goal of the season” on Saturday. After taking possession on the edge of his team’s own penalty box, Humphrys outpaced two defenders and found himself in open space. … Read more

This 2-Year-Old Computer Bug Could Have Led to Europe’s Ransomware Attacks

Cybersecurity agencies in Europe are warning of ransomware attacks exploiting a 2-year-old computer bug as Italy experienced widespread internet outages. The Italian premier’s office said Sunday night the attacks affecting computer systems in the country involved “ransomware already in circulation” in a product made by cloud technology provider VMware. A Friday technical bulletin from a … Read more

Colorado State apologizes for ‘Russia’ chant at Utah State’s Ukrainian player during basketball game | CNN

CNN — Colorado State University has apologized to Utah State’s Ukrainian junior guard after spectators chanted ‘Russia” toward him at a men’s basketball game in Fort Collins, Colorado, on Saturday night. “We became aware that a small group of individuals in our student section chanted ‘Russia’ at a student-athlete from Utah State, who is from … Read more

Cyprus presidential election goes to runoff with ex-foreign minister in the lead

Issued on: 05/02/2023 – 20:15 Former foreign minister Nikos Christodoulides took the lead in Cyprus’s presidential election on Sunday and will face off against leftist-backed candidate Andreas Mavroyiannis in a runoff on February 12. Christodoulides, running as an independent, took 32% of the vote, with career diplomat Andreas Mavroyiannis, backed by the left-wing AKEL party and … Read more

Start your week smart: Spy balloon, Ukraine, Chile, Pervez Musharraf, LeBron James | CNN

CNN  —  It’s been nearly three years since much of the US shut down due to Covid-19 and people started working from home in their pajamas or wearing the same pair of jeans for days on end. But now that the job market is booming and workers are returning to the office, is it time … Read more

Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has insisted that Western battle tanks will only be deployed on Ukrainian territory, brushing off accusations from the Kremlin that the decision to send advanced weapons was escalating the war. In an interview with Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag published online, Scholz said “there is consensus” the Western tanks will not … Read more

Live: Fighting intensifies around Ukraine’s eastern city of Bakhmut

Issued on: 05/02/2023 – 11:42 Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said the situation on the front lines in the east of the country was getting tougher with Russia throwing more and more troops into battle, hours after the two sides agreed to exchange dozens of prisoners of war. Earlier on Saturday, Ukrainian officials said a serious accident at … Read more

Opinion: Suspected spy balloon shows how diplomacy can go way off course | CNN

Editor’s Note: David A. Andelmana contributor to CNN, twice winner of the Deadline Club Award, is a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, author of “A Red Line in the Sand: Diplomacy, Strategy, and the History of Wars That Might Still Happen” and blogs at Andelman Unleashed. He formerly was a correspondent for The … Read more

Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

Russia has returned 116 prisoners of war to Ukraine as part of the latest prisoner exchange between the two countries, according to a senior Ukrainian official. Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak posted on Telegram Saturday to announce that “another large exchange of prisoners” had taken place. This follows reports … Read more

A mom took her dog for a walk in northern England last week. Her partner says she ‘vanished into thin air’ | CNN

London CNN — On a cold January morning, a mother-of-two dropped her young daughters off at school before taking her springer spaniel for their usual walk by the river. Mortgage broker Nicola Bulley greeted fellow dog walkers as she took a route along the River Wyre in Lancashire, northern England, police believe. During the walk, … Read more

Why your dream European vacation is already booked solid | CNN

Editor’s Note: Sign up for Unlocking the World, CNN Travel’s weekly newsletter. Get news about destinations opening, inspiration for future adventures, plus the latest in aviation, food and drink, where to stay and other travel developments. CNN — When it comes to planning a European vacation, travel industry experts have traditionally advised tourists hoping to … Read more

Live: Dozens of soldiers freed in Russian-Ukrainian prisoner swap

Dozens of Russian and Ukrainian prisoners of war have returned home following a prisoner swap, officials on both sides said on Saturday. Kyiv said 116 Ukrainians were freed, whereas Moscow announced 63 Russian troops had returned from Ukraine. The EU, G7 and Australia said on Friday that they had adopted a price cap on Russian … Read more

American volunteer aid worker killed in Bakhmut while helping Ukrainian civilians | CNN

CNN — An American volunteer aid worker, Pete Reed, was killed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut on Thursday while aiding civilians, according to a statement from Global Response Medicine, the humanitarian aid group he founded. Reed, a US Marine veteran, was listed as “killed while rendering aid” on a mission with another organization, … Read more

5 things to know for Feb. 3: Arctic blast, Spy balloon, Ukraine, Tobacco, Eye drops | CNN

CNN — While you were sleeping this week, many sky watchers in the Northern Hemisphere were up overnight trying to catch a glimpse of a rare green-hued comet passing by Earth. Take a look at some of the photos they captured of the celestial object swinging through our cosmic neighborhood. Here’s what else you need … Read more

Russia’s missiles pummel more Donetsk cities as leaders implore people to leave | CNN

Kramatorsk, Ukraine CNN — Russia is bringing its war against Ukraine closer to the industrial cities of Donetsk with a series of missile strikes against densely populated areas. On Thursday, two S-300 missiles were fired at the center of the city of Kramatorsk, landing about a minute apart and less than a hundred meters from … Read more

Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

The US is expected to include longer-range missiles in a new Ukraine security package worth approximately $2.2 billion, according to a senior administration official and multiple US officials. The package will include a commitment to provide Ukraine with the Ground-launched Small Diameter Bomb, a guided missile with a range of 90 miles (145 kilometers), two officials said. Though the missiles … Read more

Fact check: Trump and viral meme remove key words from Biden’s quote about Ukraine and ‘World War III’ | CNN Politics

Washington CNN — Former President Donald Trump, who is now running for president again, made an inaccurate claim on Wednesday about his successor’s response to the Russian war in Ukraine. Trump said in an online video that President Joe Biden is “now doing what he said 10 months ago would lead to World War III: … Read more

A travel insider explains how people who hate cruising — can learn to enjoy it

Canadian Tammy Cecco wasn’t a fan of cruising. “The thought of being on a ship with thousands of other people and not being able to get off,” she said, “was something that I wanted to avoid.” That didn’t change when Cecco, a travel magazine publisher, boarded a surprise cruise booked by her husband to renew … Read more

The bizarre history of Groundhog Day — or, how we decided to trust a subterranean rodent | CNN

CNN — Every year, Americans in snowy states wait with bated breath to see whether Punxsutawney Phil will spot his shadow. And every year, we take Phil’s weather forecast – six more weeks of winter, or an early spring? – as gospel, meteorology be damned. It’s about as strange (and cute) as holidays get. So … Read more

Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

Russia and Belarus are conducting a further week of joint military drills, the Belarusian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday, the latest sign of cooperation between the neighboring allies amid Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. “During the week, military representatives from the two countries will practice joint planning of the use of troops based on the prior experience of … Read more