Sweden’s Kurds face anxious time as country seeks NATO membership

Gothenburg, Sweden CNN – At the Kurdish Fine Arts Association on the outskirts of Gothenburg, Nawzad Bahir and his neighbors were preparing for their summer carnival. “It’s our local highlight; a chance to celebrate our culture, ”Bahir beamed, before conceding that the celebrations felt bittersweet this year, now that Sweden’s Kurdish community has found itself … Read more

Army Rangers to receive Congressional Gold Medal

CNN – When Army Capt. John Raaen, Jr. reached the shores of Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944, it was already a scene of chaos. D-Day was the first day of combat for the 22-year-old from Fort Benning, Georgia, who followed in his father’s footsteps into the military. It was also a … Read more

What is the Quad? The partnership between the US, Japan, Australia and India explained

Hong Kong CNN – US President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet the leaders of India, Australia and Japan in Tokyo on Tuesday for a summit of the “Quad” nations. The meeting comes at the end of Biden’s first trip to Asia since becoming President, a five-day visit he began in South Korea. The Quad, … Read more

Biden’s North Korea strategy is a long way from Trump’s showy diplomacy

Seoul CNN – President Joe Biden did not sound Saturday like he was expecting any “love letters” from Kim Jong Un – he can’t even get a response to an offer of coronavirus vaccines as the hermit kingdom is hit by its first major Covid-19 outbreak. And during a news conference here Saturday, he did … Read more

Buffalo shooting: Social media posts reveal suspected mass shooter spent months planning racist attack

CNN – Social media posts by the 18-year-old White man suspected of shooting and killing 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket Saturday reveal he had been planning his attack for months. Alleged gunman Payton S. Gendron of Conklin, New York, posted that he selected a particular ZIP code in Buffalo because it had the highest … Read more

5 things to know for May 17: Ukraine, Baby formula, Buffalo shooting, Covid-19, Cuba

CNN – Flying saucers. Unexplained lights. Hovering objects. UFO sightings have puzzled government officials and witnesses for decades as many seek to answer the question: Are we alone? Well, we may get some answers to that burning question today. A House panel this morning is set to hold an open congressional hearing on UFOs for … Read more

Russian ships carrying stolen Ukrainian grain turned away from Mediterranean ports – but not all of them

CNN – A Russian merchant ship loaded with grain stolen in Ukraine has been turned away from at least one Mediterranean port and is now in the Syrian port of Latakia, according to shipping sources and Ukrainian officials. CNN has identified the vessel as the bulk carrier Matros Pozynich. On April 27, the ship weighed … Read more

Finland’s leaders announce support for joining NATO

CNN – Finland’s president and prime minister announced their support for joining NATO on Thursday, moving the Nordic nation which shares an 800-mile border with Russia one step closer to membership of the US-led military alliance. The Kremlin has responded by saying the move would be a threat to Russia. The statement of support for … Read more

The Middle East will not rescue Europe if it turns off Russian oil

Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter, a three-times-a-week look inside the region’s biggest stories. Sign up here. Abu Dhabi, UAE CNN – As Europe tries to stymie Moscow’s war effort in Ukraine by weaning itself off Russia’s oil, Middle Eastern nations appear to be … Read more

US announces sanctions against Kremlin-controlled media companies and bans Russia from using some American consulting services

Washington CNN – The US announced a slate of new sanctions against Russia on Sunday, cutting off Kremlin-controlled media outlets from American advertisers and prohibiting the country from using US-provided management and accounting consulting services, according to a senior administration official and a White House fact sheet . President Joe Biden and the leaders of … Read more