How world leaders are reacting to the insurrection by Trump supporters at the US Capitol

The recent legacy of the peaceful transition of power in the United States ended spectacularly on Wednesday as supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol and forced lawmakers, in the middle of counting the votes of the Electoral College, into lockdown. Insurrectionists breached barriers, clashed with police, climbed walls, vandalized the building, and […]

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denied bail despite US extradition block

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will have to remain in custody in Britain, pending a US appeal of the decision to block his extradition to face charges for leaking secret documents, a judge in London ruled Wednesday. Judge Vanessa Baraitser told Westminster Magistrates Court there were “substantial grounds for believing that if Mr Assange is released […]

US alarmed as Russia expands rules on ‘foreign agents’

The United States on Thursday voiced alarm after Russia expanded rules against NGOs and media considered “foreign agents,” accusing Moscow of stifling free expression. “Deeply troubled by Russia’s intensifying repression of its civil society,” Cale Brown, the State Department’s deputy spokesman, wrote on Twitter. “Changes to the ‘foreign agents law’ are particularly troubling, allowing authorities […]

Cuba warns US against new terror designation

Cuba on Wednesday warned the outgoing US administration against redesignating the island as a state sponsor of terrorism, a move reportedly under discussion that could hinder President-elect Joe Biden’s diplomacy. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reviewing the possibility before leaving office on January 20 of returning Cuba to the blacklist, which severely impedes foreign […]

UN experts condemn Trump’s pardon of Blackwater contractors as ‘affront to justice’

A group of United Nations experts on the use of mercenaries said Wednesday that President Donald Trump committed an “affront to justice” last week when he pardoned four former Blackwater security contractors for the war crimes they were convicted of in 2015. The Working Group on the use of mercenaries, part of the Office of […]

Trump’s coup is failing — but a similar effort backed by the US has already succeeded

In recent weeks, Donald Trump has been ridiculed, slathered with contempt, and repeatedly branded a “liar,” as well as an existential threat to democracy in the United States, by the biggest media outlets in the country. This is in response to his attempts to reverse the results of the U.S. presidential election, and claiming—without evidence—that […]

COVID-19 will be followed by a ‘new Roaring 20s’ and ‘relentless’ socializing: epidemiologist

It was a year ago, in December 2019, that reports of an aggressive new coronavirus started coming out of Mainland China. Since then, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 1.6 million people worldwide and over 317,000 people in the United States — making it the world’s deadliest […]

Pompeo blames Russia for massive US cyberattack

Russia was “pretty clearly” behind a devastating cyber attack on several US government agencies that also hit targets worldwide, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.Microsoft said late Thursday that it had notified more than 40 customers hit by the malware, which security experts say could allow attackers unfettered network access to key government systems and […]

Pompeo accuses Russia of sowing ‘chaos’ in the Mediterranean

America’s top diplomat Mike Pompeo on Tuesday accused Russia of continuing to “threaten Mediterranean stability” and sowing “chaos, conflict and division” in countries around the region. In a statement on “Russian Influence in the Mediterranean,” the outgoing Secretary of State responded to his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, who he said “accused the United States of […]

Canada, US border to stay closed until Jan. 21

The longest international border in the world, between Canada and the United States, will remain closed until January 21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday. “Canada and the United States agreed today to keep our shared border closed until January 21,” Trudeau told a news conference. The border was initially […]

US senators fail to block Trump sale of F-35 jets to UAE

Democrats failed Wednesday to block the United States from selling top-of-the-line fighter-jets to the United Arab Emirates, with most senators dismissing fears that President Donald Trump was setting off a dangerous arms race. In one of the largest arms deals of its four-year term, the outgoing administration has approved $23 billion in stealth-capable F-35 jets, […]

Cybersecurity firm used by the US government hacked ‘almost certainly’ by Russians: report

As a Senate Cybersecurity Subcommittee member, Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) pushed information from FireEye, saying that overseas hackers were a threat to the United States. Now it turns out the company has been hacked, “almost certainly” by the Russians, the New York Times reported. FireEye has key cybersecurity contracts with the U.S. government that help […]

Deadline looms to sell US TikTok platform

Prospects for popular shortform video app TikTok remained unclear Friday, the Trump administration’s latest deadline on China’s ByteDance to sell the US TikTok platform. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States on November 25 pushed back the deadline by seven days to resolve the issue, which centers on White House threats to ban […]