Category: International

Sunday shows preview: Trump criminal trial looms; Iran launches strikes on Israel

The Iran drone strikes on Israel and former President Trump’s upcoming criminal trial in New York will likely be the focus of this week’s Sunday news shows. Iran has now launched drone strikes towards Israel, according to the Israel Defense Forces, following rising concerns that it would do so in retaliation for a suspected earlier attack by Israel. White House national security communications adviser John…

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard seizes Israeli-linked container ship near Strait of Hormuz: Reports

Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) rappelled down from a helicopter onto an Israeli-linked containership near the Strait of Hormuz and seized the ship Saturday, reports confirm. IRGC members seized the cargo ship around noon local time Saturday, Tasnim News Agency, an Iranian outlet associated with the IRGC, reported. “Sources have reported that the vessel is the Portuguese-flagged MSC Aries, a container ship associated with…

France recalls diplomatic families from Iran, issues travel warnings amid fear of attack on Israel

France has issued new warnings for its citizens and government employees in the Middle East amid fears that Iran is planning on launching an imminent attack against Israel. While the French government has warned Iran not to escalate, it’s advising its citizens to avoid travel to Iran, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories in the coming days.  Stéphane Séjourné, French Minister for Europe and Foreign…

US restricts travel for personnel in Israel amid rising fears of Iran attack

The State Department has issued updated security warnings for U.S. government employees in Israel, amid warnings that Iran is expected to launch a retaliatory attack on the country. The U.S. Embassy in Israel on Thursday issued a security alert restricting American employees and their family members from personal travel outside of the greater Tel Aviv area, Jerusalem and the southern city of Be’er Sheva “until…

Former Obama advisor: Kushner engaged in ‘level of corruption that we’ve just never seen’ with foreign relations

Former Obama Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said that President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner engaged in a “level of corruption that we’ve just never seen” when talking about his firm’s recent investments overseas.  Rhodes said that Kushner engaged in corruption when asked about The New York Times’ recent reporting which detailed that 99 percent of his investment fund’s, “Affinity Partners,” money came from foreign…

Navalny memoir, described as ‘final letter to the world,’ planned for October

A memoir by late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny will be released this fall, according to its publisher. Alfred A. Knopf, the publisher of the upcoming memoir titled “Patriot,” said in a post on the social media platform X Thursday that it will be published on Oct. 22, around eight months after Navalny’s death in February. “Written with the passion, wit, candor, and bravery for…

Japan’s Kishida pleads with U.S. to overcome ‘self-doubt’ of global role

Japan’s leader on Thursday issued a passionate plea for Republicans in Congress not to turn away from America’s role as a leader on the world stage, in the face of anxiety over GOP stonewalling of aid for Ukraine and growing isolationism under the influence of former President Trump.  Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, addressing a joint meeting of Congress, was blunt in his criticism that…

US showcases anti-China alliance with Japan/Philippines summit

Thursday’s three-way summit between President Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishidan and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is sending a message to China: You’re the odd man out.  The meeting, the first time the three leaders have convened together, marks a more aggressive bid by the United States and its partners to isolate China as Beijing seeks to intimidate its neighbors in the South China Sea and beyond.  …

McConnell: Failure to pass Ukraine aid ‘strategic and moral malpractice’

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) is stepping up his pressure on Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) to put the Senate-passed foreign aid bill up for a vote in the House, warning Wednesday that “starving” Ukraine of military support is “strategic and moral malpractice.” McConnell told a radio host in Louisville recently that despite plans to retire from Senate leadership, he intends to stay in the…

A random Chinese company selling food-grade glycine is Gen Z’s newest TikTok obsession

A amino acid called glycine has captured TikTok’s attention — but not for its potential health benefits. MTStock Studio/Getty Images Gen Z is enamored with an amino acid called glycine. That’s because a glycine company in China has gone viral on TikTok for its unique ads. The amino acid industry, including glycine, is predicted to grow significantly by 2028. You may never have thought of…

A random Chinese company selling food-grade glycine is Gen Z’s newest obsession on TikTok

A amino acid called glycine has captured TikTok’s attention — but not for its potential health benefits. MTStock Studio/Getty Images Gen Z is enamored with an amino acid called glycine. That’s because a glycine company in China has gone viral on TikTok for its unique ads. The amino acid industry, including glycine, is predicted to grow significantly by 2028. You may never have thought of…

David Cameron to meet with Blinken, Congressional leaders to ‘reaffirm’ efforts to support Ukraine 

U.K. Foreign Secretary David Cameron will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and some Congressional leaders on Tuesday in an effort to push for more funding for Ukraine’s fight against Russia. Cameron is on his way to D.C., where he is expected to hold discussions on support for Ukraine with “Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders,” along with Blinken and other “senior U.S. government…

Netanyahu says date has been set for Rafah invasion

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a date has been set for the Israeli military’s invasion of Rafah, arguging that the invasion of the southern city is essential for victory. “Today I received a detailed report on the talks in Cairo, we are constantly working to achieve our goals, first and foremost the release of all our hostages and achieving a complete victory over Hamas,”…

Kirby calls Israeli troop movement in southern Gaza ‘rest and refit,’ not withdrawal

White House national security communications adviser John Kirby said Sunday that reports have indicated to him that the Israeli troop movement in southern Gaza amounts more to a “rest and refit” than a full withdrawal of troops, as some reports have indicated. “The indications that we’ve been getting from them this morning is, this is really largely rest and refit for troops that have been on the ground…

Intel Chair Turner on Iran threat: Americans in the area remain in danger

House Intelligence Chair Mike Turner (R-Ohio) on Sunday said Americans in the Middle East remain in danger amid escalating tensions following Israel’s alleged airstrike on an Iranian embassy last week. Fears over Iran targeting U.S. interests in the region were renewed last week after an airstrike on the Iranian consulate building next to Tehran’s embassy in Damascus, Syria killed two senior members and five officers,…

Kirby says US looking to hold in-person meeting with Israel in ‘next week or so’

White House national security communications adviser John Kirby said on Sunday that the United States is looking to set an in-person meeting in the “next week or so” after a virtual meeting this past week. The meeting comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled an initial plan for an Israeli delegation to travel to the U.S. to meet with counterparts about the operation in…

José Andrés: Israel committing ‘war against humanity’

Celebrity chef and humanitarian José Andrés argued Israel is committing a “war against humanity itself,” after an Israeli drone strike last week killed seven aid workers with his charity group, World Central Kitchen. “This is not anymore about the seven men and women of World Central Kitchen that perished on this unfortunate event. This is happening for way too long. It’s been six months of…

Greta Thunberg arrested at climate protest in The Hague

Climate activist Greta Thunberg was arrested at a climate protest in The Hague, Netherlands Saturday. Thunberg was one of the dozens of people who police detained when in the process of removing protestors who were obstructing part of a road in The Hague, The Associated Press reported. She was spotted flashing a sign for victory when in a bus that police employed to transport protestors…

Hostage’s body recovered from Gaza: IDF

The body of a hostage held in Gaza has been recovered, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Saturday. “The body of hostage Elad Katzir was rescued by security forces overnight from Khan Yunis and returned to Israeli territory,” the IDF said in a post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. Katzir was taken on Oct. 7, the same day Iran-backed Palestinian militant group Hamas…

Former defense security predicts Iran will launch retaliatory attack

Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday he thinks Iran will retaliate for a recent airstrike by Israel on an Iranian Embassy compound in Syria, but on a limited scale. “They are going to act,” Esper said on CNN’s “The Source” with anchor Kaitlan Collins. “They’re gonna feel the need to uphold their dignity, to maintain credibility with their proxies throughout the region and to…

Israeli military steps after aid workers’ deaths ‘important,’ but ‘systemic change’ needed: WCK

World Central Kitchen (WCK) said the Israeli military’s recent steps are important but called for “systemic change” after seven of the nonprofit’s workers were killed earlier this week. WCK said the IDF is taking “important steps” for acknowledging its “responsibility and fatal errors” as well as taking “disciplinary action” for those responsible for the Monday attack. A preliminary investigation carried out by the Israeli Joint…

Iran executions reach 8-year high in 2023, with more than half for drug-related crimes: Report

Iran executed 853 people in 2023 – the highest number on record since 2015, according to a new report in Amnesty International. The surge in executions comes as Iran continues what Amnesty calls Iran’s “war on drugs.” In 2023, more than half – 481 – of the total executions were for drug-related offenses. The mass deployment of the death penalty comes after Iranian President Ebrahim…

US fumes at Israel over difficulty in getting relief to Gaza

The strike that killed a group of aid workers in Gaza puts in stark relief the difficulties the U.S. faces in delivering relief to an intensifying humanitarian crisis, especially as it follows the cutoff of American funding to the main UN Palestinian agency. The Biden administration has shown no sign it’s considering conditioning military aid to Israel as a consequence. But Democrats — including the president — are increasingly…

Palestinian-American doctor walks out of White House meeting over handling of Gaza war

Thaer Ahmad, a Palestinian American doctor, said he walked out of a meeting at the White House Tuesday evening over President Biden’s handling of war in Gaza. Ahmad, an emergency medicine physician who worked in Gaza in January, said he showed up to a stakeholder meeting at the White House, which was set up in place of a Ramadan celebration. Attendees insisted that there shouldn’t…

World Central Kitchen releases the names of employees killed in Gaza

World Central Kitchen (WCK), the non-profit organization that has delivered food to civilians in Gaza, released the names of its seven employees who were killed by Israeli airstrikes Monday. “These are the heroes of WCK. These 7 beautiful souls were killed by the IDF in a strike as they were returning from a full day’s mission,” Erin Gore, the organization’s CEO said in a statement….

José Andrés admonishes Israel for ‘indiscriminate killing’ after aid workers’ deaths

Celebrity chef José Andrés criticized Israel for its “indiscriminate killing” after seven of his charity’s employees were killed delivering aid to civilians in Gaza. “The Israeli government needs to stop this indiscriminate killing. It needs to stop restricting humanitarian aid, stop killing civilians and aid workers, and stop using food as a weapon,” Andrés posted on X, formerly Twitter. Andrés is the founder of World…

US considers major new weapons sale to Israel

The Biden administration is mulling a major new arms sale to Israel amid calls to stop sending weapons to the ally as civilian casualties in Gaza mount, The Hill confirmed Monday.  The U.S. government is considering selling Israel up to 50 new F-15 fighter jets, 30 AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles, as well as Joint Direct Attack Munition kits, equipment that can alter dumb bombs…

Jerusalem hospital says Netanyahu recovering from hernia surgery

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is recovering from a “successful” hernia surgery on Monday, according to the Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem. The surgery went “as expected and successfully,” and the prime minister was “awake and talking to his family,”  Alon Pikarsky, the hospital’s director of general surgery, said in a video statement Monday morning. Netanyahu, 74, was placed under full anesthesia and his duties…

Johnson says Ukraine aid will come up ‘right after’ recess and will include some ‘innovations’

Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) said on Sunday that he expects to move a package that includes aid for Ukraine when the House returns from recess and expects the package to include “some important innovations.” In an interview on “Sunday Night in America With Trey Gowdy,” Johnson stressed the difficult position he’s in, with a historically narrow House majority, but said that he was working throughout…

Pope Francis makes appeal for peace in Gaza in Easter message

Pope Francis made a strong appeal for a cease-fire in Gaza and the “prompt” release of all Israel hostages during his traditional Easter message “to the city and the world” on Sunday. The address came after Francis presided over Mass in the morning and made several loops around the piazza, greeting some of the tens of thousands of people that the Vatican estimated to be…