Macron arrives at the White House for the first state visit of the Biden administration

CNN – US President Joe Biden is taking part in a flurry of events as part of his first state visit since taking office, welcoming the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron and his spouse, Brigitte Macron, on Thursday. The Macrons’ trip to the White House marks their second time as the guests of honor … Read more

Emmanuel Macron arrives in DC at a key moment in France-US relations

CNN – When President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron walked into a small holding room on the margins of the Global Fund conference in New York this fall, their aides had only allotted 10 minutes for the two men to briefly touch base. But sitting in the cramped room at 538 Park Avenue … Read more

Iran faces the USA in a winner-takes-all match to advance to the World Cup knockout stages

CNN – The knockout stage has already arrived for the United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) at the World Cup – nothing less than a win on Tuesday will be enough when it takes on Iran in a winner-takes-all match. Whichever team wins will reach the round-of-16 at Qatar 2022, and for the USMNT, even … Read more

After US Soccer changes Iranian flag on social media, Iran calls for US to be kicked out of 2022 World Cup

CNN – Iran state media has called for the US to be kicked out of the 2022 World Cup after the United States Soccer Federation changed Iran’s flag on its social media platforms to show support for protesters in Iran. The federation temporarily displayed Iran’s national flag on its official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts … Read more

Iran calls for US to be kicked out of 2022 World Cup after it changes Iran flag on social media to show support for protesters

CNN – Iran state media has called for the US to be kicked out of the 2022 World Cup after the United States Soccer Federation changed Iran’s flag on its social media platforms to show support for protesters in Iran. The federation temporarily displayed Iran’s national flag on its official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts … Read more

‘Scary our lives are so controversial’: How tug of war over ‘OneLove’ armbands descended into a World Cup sideshow

CNN – FIFA President Gianni Infantino pleaded with countries to let football take center stage ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, but it hasn’t quite worked out like that. Soccer’s global governing body has found itself at loggerheads with seven European nations over the threat of sanctions for any player wearing a “OneLove” armband … Read more

Employees at the COVID-stricken iPhone factory in China were beaten, detained after protests

BEIJING — Police beat workers protesting over a pay dispute at the biggest factory for Apple’s iPhone, whose new model is delayed by controls imposed as China tries to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases. Foxconn 2354, +0.20%, the biggest contract assembler of smartphones and other electronics, is struggling to fill orders for the iPhone … Read more

Harris dives into Asian diplomacy amid questions back home about her political future

Palawan, Philippines CNN – Vice President Kamala Harris is sticking close to her script when responding to what Democrats hope will once again be their greatest electoral mobilizer: Donald Trump and his third White House bid. “The president said he intends to run and if he does, I will be running with him,” she told … Read more

Russians grow more critical as Putin’s military operation drags on and sanctions take a toll

Moscow CNN – November and December are known as the most depressing months in Moscow. The days are short and dark, and the weather is too cold and wet to be outside much, but still too warm and rainy to enjoy the real Russian winter. This year, the feeling of melancholy is increased by the … Read more

Colombia’s drug problem is worse than ever. But it has a radical solution

Bogota CNN – When Gustavo Petro, Colombia’s first progressive president, took office in August, he laid out an ambitious agenda. His administration would finally achieve a stable peace with Colombia’s multiple rebel organizations; it would fight inequality by taxing the top 1% and lifting millions out of poverty; and it would abandon a punitive approach … Read more