A former Trump advisor on Russia recalled how Putin smelled odd and neither ate nor drank at dinner

Russian leader Vladimir Putin “really could have done with glasses,” according to Fiona Hill, a former advisor on Russia during the Trump administration. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images Former Trump advisor Fiona Hill recalled her encounter with Vladimir Putin over dinner. She observed that Putin smelled “like he had stepped out of some special preparatory bath.”  She … Read more

OPINION | Russian activist Sergey Davidis: We need to support Ukraine against Putin’s dictatorship

More than 15,000 people have been detained in Russia in the past weeks for their anti-war stance and subjected to fines and arrests, writes the author. Andrea Ronchini/NurPhoto/Getty Images The rhetoric of some of Vladimir Putin’s spokespersons is hardly distinguishable from the rhetoric of Nazi Germany chieftains. Under such circumstances, most citizens adopt … Read more

WATCH | Biden visits site of racist mass shooting

President Joe Biden and his wife Jill visited the site where a white gunman allegedly murdered 10 African Americans on Saturday. During his visit, Biden warned that the white supremacist ideology motivating the alleged gunman is tearing the country’s soul apart. The shooting happened in Buffalo, New York. President Joe Biden laid flowers and prayed … Read more

ICC sends ‘largest-ever’ investigative team to Ukraine

Soldiers are seen around piles of sand used for blocking a road in Ukrainian capital, Kyiv amid Russian attacks. Aytac Unal, Anadolu Agency via Getty Images The 42-member team from the ICC comprises investigators, forensic experts and support staff. The team will work with Ukrainian authorities and French experts who are already in Ukraine. … Read more

Musk fights Twitter CEO over spam accounts

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Picture Alliance/Getty Images Billionaire Elon Musk said Tuesday that his purchase of Twitter would not go ahead unless he was given assurances on the bots that he says plague the platform, further complicating his acrimonious bid for the social media giant. The chief of SpaceX as well as Tesla, Musk … Read more

Sweden formally applied to join NATO, reports say

Protesters with Ukrainian flags and anti-war banners at a demonstration against Russia’s invasion in Stockholm, Sweden. FREDRIK SANDBERG/TT NYHETSBYRÅN/AFP via Getty Images Sweden has formally applied to join NATO, according to reports. TV reports showed footage of the foreign minister signing what it said was the application to the military alliance. Russian leader Vladimir Putin … Read more

El Salvador gang arrests top 30 000 in 50 days

(Photo: Michele D’ottavio, EyeEm, Getty Images) Photo: Michele D’ottavio, EyeEm, Getty Images President Nayib Bukele launched war on criminal groups terrorising the country in March. A state of emergency was also announced following the death of 87 people in gang-related violence. El Salvador has also increased sentences for gang membership up to 45 years. … Read more

France’s Macron picks Elisabeth Borne as new prime minister

Elisabeth Borne becomes the second woman prime minister of France in 30 years. Edith Cresson briefly occupied the office in the early 1990s. Borne had a brief stint as environment minister in 2019 when she pushed through bicycle-friendly policies. French President Emmanuel Macron picked Labour Minister Elisabeth Borne as his new prime minister on Monday … Read more