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

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

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