Dems switch strategy on voting bill as Biden pushes action

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are trying to force a public showdown over their sweeping elections legislation, aiming to launch debate on a key party priority even though there’s no assurance the bill will come to a vote. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer outlined the plan in a memo obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, on the … Read more

Nigeria ends its Twitter ban after seven months

Nigeria suspended Twitter after it removed a post from the president that threatened to punish regional secessionists. Nigeria will lift a ban on Twitter from midnight (23:00 GMT) onward after the social media platform pledged to open a local office, among other agreements made with authorities in the West African country, a senior government official said … Read more

‘Power of the Dog,’ ‘House of Gucci’ top SAG nominations

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated by the US Screen Actors Guild for his role in Jane Campion’s gothic Western ‘The Power of the Dog’ Jane Campion’s gothic Western “The Power of the Dog” and campy true-crime drama “House of Gucci” on Wednesday jointly topped the nominations from Hollywood’s Screen Actors Guild — usually a … Read more

NATO, Russia in a standoff after talks in Brussels

Press play to listen to this article NATO allies and Russia ended nearly four hours of security talks on Wednesday in a standoff, with the West flatly rejecting Moscow’s demands for no further expansion of alliance membership and the withdrawal of NATO forces from Eastern Europe. “We can discuss many issues but we cannot discuss … Read more

NATO and Russia lay out stark differences on Ukraine crisis

Russia is demanding a cast-iron guarantee that NATO will not expand further towards its territory The NATO allies warned Russia on Wednesday that they would not compromise on the alliance’s right to defend its eastern members to avoid further conflict in Ukraine, but invited Moscow to further talks on calming security concerns. Speaking after talks … Read more

Inflation watch: US consumer prices see sharpest surge since 1982

Consumers in the United States could be forgiven for feeling as if they are stuck in an unpleasant time warp, with the latest government figures showing that inflation last month surged at its fastest annual rate in 40 years. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures price changes in a basket of goods and services, … Read more