Mexican president threatens to skip Americas summit unless US invites all countries

Mexico City CNN — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador threatened to boycott next month’s Summit of the Americas, saying on Tuesday that its participation would only be confirmed if the host country, the United States, invited Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. “Participation in the Los Angeles summit has not yet been resolved because we propose … Read more

Russia formally protests US arms shipments to Ukraine

CNN — Russia formally protested this week against the United States ongoing arms shipment to Ukraineby sending a diplomatic note to the State Department warning of “unforeseeable consequences” if the support continued, according to two US officials and another source familiar with the document. The memo, known as the demarche, was sent earlier this week … Read more

UK-Rwanda migrant deal: UK announces controversial plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda

London CNN — People seeking asylum in the UK could now be relocated to Rwanda under a controversial new scheme that international human rights groups have called “shockingly ill-conceived” and contrary to international obligations. On Thursday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the program an “innovative approach, driven by our common humanitarian impulse and made … Read more

Biden administration prepares to roll out new program for Ukrainian refugees

CNN — The Biden administration is preparing to roll out a program for Ukrainian refugees that would speed up the process for those trying to come to the United States, according to two administration officials. Program follows President Joe Biden’s pledge accept up to 100,000 people fleeing war-torn Ukraine through a range of legal avenues … Read more

Biden calls Ukraine atrocities ‘genocide’ for first time

CNN — President Joe Biden said on Tuesday the atrocities uncovered in Ukraine qualified as genocide, a designation he previously avoided but now believes is justified as scenes of devastation emerge from towns once overrun by Russian troops. “I called it genocide because it has become increasingly clear that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is simply … Read more

Putin’s bullying backfires as Finland and Sweden move closer to NATO membership

CNN — When Vladimir Poutine launched its invasion of Ukraine, its objectives were clear. He wanted to bring his neighbor to heel, assert Russian authority in Eastern Europe and make the West think twice before expanding militarily and politically towards Russia’s borders. But in one important respect, Putin’s plan appears to have failed: The war … Read more

Europe is turning its back on Russian coal. Is oil next?

London CNN Business — European leaders have agreed to phase out Russian coal imports as part of a new sanctions package triggered by evidence of atrocities in Bucha, Ukraine. An oil embargo could be next. All forms of Russian coal will be banned in the European Union, a move the European Commission says would affect … Read more

Shooting in Tel Aviv: two dead and many injured in a shooting in Tel Aviv

Jerusalem CNN — Two people were killed and more than a dozen others injured in a filming at a bar in a bustling Tel Aviv neighborhood on Thursday night, Israeli officials said. The suspected shooter was killed by security forces following a manhunt, according to a statement from Israel’s General Security Service on Friday morning. … Read more