Russia warns of Cuba, Venezuela deployment if tensions mount

MOSCOW — Russia on Thursday sharply raised the stakes in a showdown with the West over Ukraine, with a top diplomat saying he wouldn’t exclude a Russian military deployment to Cuba and Venezuela if tensions with the United States mount. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who led the Russian delegation in Monday’s talks with the … Read more

EXPLAINER: How Europe is trying to deal with its gas crisis

FRANKFURT – Europe’s natural gas crisis isn’t letting up. Reserves are low. Prices are high. Utility customers are facing expensive bills. Major Russian supplier Gazprom isn’t selling gas like it used to. It all raises the question: How exactly is Europe, which imports most of its energy, going to make it through the winter without … Read more

Abortion grows as priority issue for Democrats: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON – With Roe v. Wade facing its strongest threat in decades, a new poll finds Democrats increasingly view protecting abortion rights as a high priority for the government. Thirteen percent of Democrats mentioned abortion or reproductive rights as one of the issues they want the federal government to address in 2022, according to a … Read more

After 16 years in Guantanamo, will Hambali get a fair trial?

Medan, Indonesia – Nasir Abbas, a former member of the Indonesian hardline group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) describes fellow recruit Encep Nurjaman as “typically Javanese”. Nurjaman, who is better known by his nom de guerre Hambali as well as by the alias Riduan Isamuddin, was “polite”, “soft” and “proper”, Abbas told Al Jazeera, remembering the time … Read more

US imposes sanctions on North Korean and Russian individuals tied to North Korea’s missile programs

“Today’s actions, part of the United States’ ongoing efforts to counter (North Korea’s) weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, target its continued use of overseas representatives to illegally procure goods for weapons,” Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson said in a statement. North Korea’s “latest missile … Read more

Feds working to prevent supply-chain shortages with trucker vaccine mandate coming Saturday

OTTAWA — Canada’s international trade minister says the federal government is working to make sure supply chains are secure when a trucker vaccine mandate comes into effect. Evan Solomon asked Mary Ng on CTV’s Power Play Wednesday if Canadians should expect goods supply shortages Saturday when that mandate comes into effect. “No, not all,” Ng … Read more

Full list of Tories calling for Boris Johnson to resign

Below is the full list of Tory MPs who have called on Mr Johnson to stand down so far:  1. Douglas Ross, Leader of the Scottish Tories “I said, yesterday, if the Prime Minister attended this gathering, event in Downing Street on May 20 2020, he could not continue as Prime Minister so, regretfully, I … Read more

Houston fire and police staff still have the lowest COVID-19 vaccine compliance rates among city employees, records show | Houston Public Media

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks at a Texas Division of Emergency Management free COVID-19 testing site at Minute Maid Park Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Houston. Houston police and fire department staff are still among the least compliant with Mayor Sylvester Turner’s vaccine order, months after the mayor required the city’s 21,000 city employees to … Read more

US military links prolific hacking group to Iranian intelligence

It’s the first time, according to a command spokesperson, that the US government has explicitly connected Iran’s intelligence ministry with a prolific espionage group known as MuddyWater that has in recent years tried to siphon data from telecom firms and other organizations across the Middle East. It’s part of a regular effort by Cyber Command … Read more

‘Succession’ actor Brian Cox congratulates Edward Rogers for ousting former CEO

Actor Brian Cox has recorded a video message for Rogers Communications chair Edward Rogers, congratulating him on his “real-life Succession” following a months-long discussion on the leadership of the company. In the message, Cox, who plays ruthless media mogul Logan Roy, compares the Rogers battle to the acclaimed HBO comedy-drama. The 19-second video clip was … Read more