How Ukraine is innovating Soviet-era weapons for a 21st century battlefield

Bakhmut, Ukraine CNN – In a basement in eastern Ukraine, young men sit at a long table strewn with laptops, their eyes glued to a television screen an arm’s length away. They watch black figures on a bleak winter hilltop, which appear to panic, then run across the frame. It’s a live video feed from … Read more

China could have 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035: Pentagon report

CNN – China’s stockpile of nuclear warheads has surpassed 400 in a fraction of the time previously estimated by the United States, a major Pentagon report revealed, with Beijing focusing on accelerating its nuclear expansion as it seeks to challenge the US as the world’s top super power. In 2020, the US estimated that China … Read more

Ukraine battles to restore power after Russian strikes leave ‘vast majority’ of people without electricity

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN – Ukraine raced to restore power across the country on Thursday, a day after Russia sent a new barrage of missiles to target critical infrastructure, resulting in the temporary shutdown of most of its power plants and leaving the “vast majority” of people without electricity. The national energy company Ukrenergo said work … 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

Ukraine Kherson: Inside the battle

Near Kherson city, Ukraine CNN – Mangled metal, charred debris and shattered glass cover the floor as a Ukrainian reconnaissance unit storms a Russian command center on the outskirts of the recently liberated city of Kherson. “Come on over here,” one of the Ukrainian troops suddenly shouted. “Get the stretcher and first aid kit over … Read more

North Korea: Kim Jong Un took his daughter to a missile launch and no one is quite sure why

Seoul, South Korea CNN – Father and daughter walking hand in hand near a towering weapon of mass destruction. That was the scene North Korea showed the world on Saturday as state media released the first pictures of Kim Jong Un with a child believed to be his daughter, Ju Ae, inspecting what experts say … Read more

G20, APEC, ASEAN: World leaders conclude three summits in Asia — with Russia firmly on the sidelines

Bangkok, Thailand CNN – The three major summits of world leaders that took place across Asia in the past week have made one thing clear: Vladimir Putin is now sidelined on the world stage. Putin, whose attack on Ukraine over the past nine months has devastated the European country and ruined the global economy, declined … Read more

APEC summit 2022: China’s Xi Jinping says Asia must not become arena for ‘big power contest’

Bangkok, Thailand CNN – Chinese leader Xi Jinping has stressed the need to reject confrontation in Asia, warning against the risk of cold war tensions, as leaders gather for the last of three world summits hosted in the region this month. Xi began the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Bangkok by staking out … Read more

MH17 trial verdict: Dutch court finds two Russians, one Ukrainian separatist guilty

CNN – A Dutch court on Thursday found two Russians and a Ukrainian separatist guilty of mass murder for their involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014. Igor Girkin, a former colonel of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), and Sergey Dubinskiy, who worked for Russia’s GRU military intelligence … Read more

Inside the US scramble to run down the facts as the Russia-Ukraine war spills into NATO territory

Washington CNN – President Joe Biden was asleep on the other side of the world when aides woke him up in the middle of the night there with urgent news: a missile had hit Poland and killed two people. By 5:30 am local time in Bali, where the president was attending the G20 summit, Biden, … Read more