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

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

Unexploded grenade removed from the chest of a wounded Ukrainian soldier

CNN — A wounded Ukrainian soldier successfully removed an unexploded grenade from his chest earlier this week, according to the country’s military doctors. Photos shared Monday on the Ukrainian military medics’ Facebook page included an X-ray of the soldier’s upper body with the grenade visible. The operation was fraught with danger. Doctors feared that the … Read more

Boeing 737 Max 8 takes off from China for the first time since 2019

CNN — A Boeing 737 Max 8 took off in China on Friday, for the first time since the government grounded all 737 Max 8 aircraft in 2019, according to flight tracking website Flightradar24. In March 2019, China’s aviation authorities ordered the country’s airlines to ground all of their Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, citing … Read more