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

BP posts record 2022 earnings to join Big Oil profit bonanza

The extraordinary scale of the oil and gas industry’s earnings has renewed criticism and sparked calls for higher taxes. Sopa Images | Lightrocket | Getty Images Oil major BP on Tuesday reported record annual profits, more than doubling last year’s total as fossil fuel prices soared following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The British energy … 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

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: 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

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

Sanctions on Russian crude oil have ‘failed completely,’ oil analyst says

The European Union’s ban on Russian oil product exports is slated to kick in on Feb. 5. Picture Alliance | Picture Alliance | Getty Images Sanctions imposed on Russian crude oil have so far “failed completely” and new price caps could prove immaterial as well, analysts told CNBC. The European Union is planning to ban … 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

After getting tanks, Ukraine escalates public pressure over F-16 fighter jets | CNN Politics

Washington CNN — Top Ukrainian officials have in recent days escalated their public lobbying campaign for US-made F-16 fighter jetsarguing they need them urgently to defend against Russian missile and drone attacks. But that push is being met with skepticism by US and allied officials who say the jets would be impractical, both because they … Read more

Euro zone economy posts surprise expansion in the fourth quarter, curbing recession fears

The latest euro zone growth numbers are out as the ECB considers what to do next. Nurphoto | Nurphoto | Getty Images The euro zone beat expectations on Tuesday by posting positive growth in the final quarter of 2022 and reducing fears of a potential regional recession. Preliminary Eurostat data released Tuesday showed that the … Read more

IMF hikes global growth forecast as inflation cools and household spending surprises

The IMF has revised its global economic outlook upwards. Norberto Duarte | Afp | Getty Images The International Monetary Fund on Monday revised upward its global growth projections for the year, but warned that higher interest rates and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would likely still weigh on activity. In its latest economic update, the IMF … Read more

Former Wagner commander describes brutality and incompetence on the frontline | CNN

Oslo, Norway CNN — A former Wagner mercenary says the brutality he witnessed in Ukraine ultimately pushed him to defect, in an exclusive CNN interview on Monday. Wagner fighters were often sent into battle with little direction, and the company’s treatment of reluctant recruits was ruthless, Andrei Medvedev told CNN’s Anderson Cooper from Norway’s capital … Read more

Erdogan suggests Turkey could accept Finland into NATO — without Sweden

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain June 29, 2022. Sweet Nacho | Reuters Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan handed another blow to Sweden’s NATO bid, suggesting that his government could approve Finland’s NATO membership application without its Nordic neighbor. Finland and Sweden both formally applied to join the 73-year-old … Read more

How Russia misread Germany’s growing influence | CNN

CNN — Two years ago, Moscow eyed a US-German standoff over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as a litmus test of transatlantic power. Russia had invested heavily in the 750-mile undersea pipeline linking it to Germany and wanted to increase global sales and ramp up economic leverage over Europe and its power-hungry heavy industries. … Read more

Live: Ukraine repels attack around Blahodatne in Donetsk region

Issued on: 29/01/2023 – 10:54 Ukraine’s military said on Sunday its forces had repelled an attack in the area of Blahodatne in the eastern part of the Donetsk region, while Russia’s Wagner private military group said it took control of the village. Follow our live blog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time … Read more

Russian teen faces years in jail over social media post criticizing Ukrainian war | CNN

CNN — Olesya Krivtsova sports an anti-Putin tattoo on one ankle and a bracelet that tracks her every move on the other. The 19-year-old from Russia’s Arkhangelsk region must wear the device while she is under house arrest after she was charged over social media posts that authorities say discredit the Russian army and justify … Read more

Live: ‘Fierce’ battle raging in Ukraine for control of Vuhledar, near Donetsk

At least three people were killed on Saturday after Russian forces struck a residential neighbourhood in Kostiantynivka in Donetsk Oblast, said the regional governor. Meanwhile, Ukrainian troops remained locked in a “fierce” confrontation with Russian fighters for control of the town of Vuhledar, southwest of Donetsk city, as the two sides battle along the southern front. … Read more

Western allies to deliver 321 tanks to Ukraine: senior diplomat | CNN

CNN — Western countries will deliver 321 tanks to Ukraineaccording to Ukraine’s ambassador to France. “As of today, numerous countries have officially confirmed their agreement to deliver 321 heavy tanks to Ukraine,” Vadym Omelchenko said in an interview with French TV station and CNN affiliate BFM television on Friday. He did not specify which countries … Read more

Big Oil poised to smash annual profit records — sparking outcry from campaigners and activists

U.S. President Joe Biden has previously singled out Exxon Mobil for making “more money than God” last year. Brandon Bell | Getty Images Some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies are poised to report record annual profits, raking in extraordinary revenues following a year of volatile fossil fuel prices amid Russia’s onslaught in … Read more

For Ukraine, Western tanks could be a game changer in the conflict

A Polish Leopard 2PL tank fires during Defender Europe 2022 military exercise of NATO troops including French, American, and Polish troops, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, at the military range in Bemowo Piskie, near Orzysz, Poland May 24, 2022. Kacper Pempel | Reuters Developments in the Ukraine war this week centered on an agreement … Read more

Ukraine’s new tanks won’t be the instant game-changer some expect | CNN

CNN — Those hoping that main battle tanks donated by NATO allies to Ukraine will have an immediate impact in its war with Russia may have to adjust their expectations. After confirming it will receive deliveries of the American M-1 Abrams, German Leopards and British ChallengersKyiv is now confronted with the logistical and operational realities … Read more

‘We will get F-16s’: Ukraine aims for NATO’s fighter jets after winning battle for Western tanks

A Belgian F-16 jet fighter takes part in the NATO Air Nuclear drill “Steadfast Noon” at the Kleine-Brogel air base in Belgium on October 18, 2022. Kenzo Tribouillard | Afp | Getty Images The dust has barely settled on the decision by the U.S. and Germany to supply battle tanks to Ukraine, but talk has … Read more