Former Moscow-affiliated church claims religious persecution as security raids flare

CNN — The vertically shot video published last November shows no weapons, battlefield atrocities, or even soldiers. But the sound of a patriotic Russian song echoing through a church on the famous grounds of Kiev’s Lavra Monastery seemed to open a new front in Ukraine’s war with Russia. The church belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox … Read more

How Ukraine Became a Laboratory for Western Weapons and Innovation on the Battlefield

CNN — Last fall, as Ukraine retook large swaths of territory in a series of counter-attacks, it bombarded Russian troops with US-made artillery and missiles. Leading some of that artillery was a homemade targeting system Ukraine had developed on the battlefield. A piece of Ukrainian-made software has turned readily available tablet computers and smartphones into … Read more

Netanyahu: More than 80,000 protesters come to Tel Aviv to protest against Netanyahu’s government

CNN — Tens of thousands of people protested Saturday night in Tel Aviv against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government’s proposed changes to the Israeli legal system. Despite pouring rain over the city, police estimated that more than 80,000 people flooded HaBima Square in central Tel Aviv and surrounding streets, according to Israeli … Read more

Russian airstrikes reported across Ukraine, including ‘attack on capital’

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN — Air raid sirens sounded across Ukraine on Saturday as Russia launched another series of missile strikes across the country. Rockets and explosions were heard everywhere from Lviv in the west; Kharkov in the northeast; Zaporizhzhia and Dnipro in the southeast; Myokalev in the south; and Kharkiv in the northeast, officials said. … Read more

Mega Millions: A single winning ticket to Friday’s $1.35 billion jackpot draw was sold in Maine

CNN — One lottery ticket sold in Maine beat Friday the 13th’s eerie odds and will claim the Mega Millions jackpot of approximately $1.35 billion, the lottery said. Friday night’s winning numbers were 30-43-45-46-61 with a Mega Ball of 14. Officials said the estimated annuityd jackpot could be worth $1.35 billion, while the potential lump … Read more

Alyssa Thompson: The teen phenom who could become American football’s next great

CNN — Described by her new team Angel City as a “generational player,” teen sensation Alyssa Thompson made history on Thursday by becoming the first high school senior to be called up in National Women’s Soccer League history. Being fielded as No. 1 overall is another big step in what has been an already impressive … Read more

Alireza Akbari: Iran executes dual British-Iranian citizen

CNN — Alireza Akbari, a British-Iranian national and former Iranian official, has been executed, Iranian judiciary-affiliated outlet Mizan reported Saturday. He was hanged for crimes including “corruption on earth,” according to tweets from Mizan, which did not specify when the execution took place. Two tweets from the outlet Saturday accused Akbari of “extensive collaboration with … Read more

Biden administrator prepares to ask Congress to approve sale of F-16 jets to Turkey

Washington CNN — The Biden administration is preparing to ask Congress to approve the sale of 40 F-16 fighter jets to Turkey after more than a year of considering a Turkish request for the planes, congressional sources familiar with the deliberations told CNN. If approved, the sale would be one of the largest gun sales … Read more

CDC identifies potential safety issue with Pfizer’s updated Covid-19 vaccine, but says people still need a boost

CNN — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that there is a potential safety issue with the bivalent Covid-19 vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech, but it is unlikely to pose a real risk. The agency said it continues to recommend people stay up-to-date with Covid-19 vaccines. The CDC said … Read more

Flu activity spiked in cases with no spike after the holidays, but the respiratory virus season is still in full swing

CNN — Flu remains prevalent in the US, but the first wave of the season – which swept through the country weeks earlier than usual – appears to have peaked. The weeks following the year-end holiday brought continued high levels of transmission and hospitalization, but flu activity appears not to have picked up, as many … Read more