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

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

Finland announces ‘historic’ NATO bid, as Sweden holds key meet

Finland has officially announced their intention to join NATO. The move is a stunning reversal of Finland’s 75-year-old policy on military non-alignment. Sweden is expected to follow with a similar announcement. The Finnish government officially announced its intention to join NATO on Sunday, as Sweden’s ruling party held a decisive meeting that could pave the … Read more

In blast-hit Lebanese capital, voters want new faces

After voting in Lebanon’s elections Sunday, Beirut blast survivor Nessrin hoped the ink on her finger would be a toe in the door of parliament for new candidates fighting corruption. The capital’s Karantina district where she cast her ballot was one of the worst hit by the August 2020 explosion that killed more than 200 … Read more

Elon Musk says Twitter’s legal team told him he broke his NDA by revealing its sample size for fake accounts

Elon Musk says Twitter’s legal team told him he breached his NDA. Andrew Kelly/Reuters Tesla founder Elon Musk revealed that Twitter’s sample size to review fake accounts is 100. Musk “violated” his NDA by revealing the sample size, he claims he was told by Twitter’s legal team. Twitter users are “being manipulated” by its algorithm … Read more