Ukraine is ‘making progress’ on the battlefield thanks to skill of soldiers and strategic use of supplied weapons, defense secretary says

CNN  —  Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said he believes Ukraine is “making progress,” in the Kherson region of the country as they continue to counter Russia’s invasion, adding there has been a “kind of change in the battlefield dynamics.” Austin attributed the change to the skill of Ukrainian soldiers and their strategic use of … Read more

Tudor Dixon seeks a culture war in campaign against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

CNN  —  Tudor Dixon, the Republican taking on Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November’s midterm election, is turning to tactics that have worked for other Republican winners in competitive governor’s races as she seeks to turn the race into a cultural battle over education, transgender athletes and more. But her clash with a well-funded Democratic … Read more

Trump defends ‘great woman’ Ginni Thomas after Jan. 6 testimony

CNN  —  Former President Donald Trump praised the “courage and strength” of Ginni Thomas at a rally Saturday, days after the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas met with congressional investigators about her efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. In a four-and-a-half hour meeting with investigators on Thursday, Thomas discussed her … Read more

US imposing ‘swift and severe costs’ on Russia following Putin’s Ukraine annexation

CNN  —  The US is imposing what it describes as “swift and severe costs” on Russia, including sanctions on a figure the Biden administration says is key to Russia’s economy, after President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of regions of Ukraine following what the West casts as “sham referenda.” Putin signed documents on Friday to … Read more

Putin announces illegal annexation of Ukrainian regions, pledging people there will become Russian citizens ‘forever’

CNN  —  Russia is to annex nearly a fifth of Ukraine in blatant violation of international law, turning the millions of people living there into Russian citizens “forever,” President Vladimir Putin said Friday. Once the process is officially complete, Moscow will recognize four Ukrainian regions as Russian territory: Luhansk and Donetsk – home to two … Read more

Kabul, Afghanistan: At least 23 dead after suicide bomb blast at Kaaj educational center

Kabul, Afghanistan CNN  —  A suicide bomb attack on an education center in Kabul has killed at least 23 people, most of whom are believed to be young women, in the latest sign of the deteriorating security situation in the Afghan capital. The explosion took place on Friday at the Kaaj education center, in a … Read more

Kamala Harris visits DMZ amid tension over North Korean missile launch

CNN  —  US Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Demilitarized Zone that divides North and South Korea on Thursday, the last stop on her four-day trip to Asia. Harris condemned North Korea’s Kim Jong Un while standing on the heavily reinforced region, one day after Pyongyang fired two ballistic missiles into the waters off its … Read more

Mitch McConnell gives big boost to electoral bill in response to January 6 attack

CNN  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday he would support legislation that would make it harder to overturn a certified presidential election, an endorsement that will bolster its chances for passage in his chamber and puts him at sharp odds with former President Donald Trump, who has called on GOP senators to sink … Read more

Why Iranian women are cutting their hair

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Abu Dhabi, UAE CNN  —  A weeping Iranian woman is seen kneeling by her dead brother’s coffin as she slashes through her hair with a pair of … Read more

Russian forces have staged illegal ‘referendums’ in Ukraine. What comes next?

CNN  —  Pro-Russian authorities have held so-called referendums in four regions of Ukraine over recent days and, while the votes are illegal and have been universally dismissed as “a sham” by Ukraine and Western nations, there are fears that they could create a pretext for a new, dangerous stage in the war. They come with … Read more