National Newswatch

Putin calls nuclear weapons a tool of deterrence in Ukraine

Dec 7 2022 — — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hailed the annexation of Ukrainian territories as a major achievement and said his country’s nuclear weapons serve as a tool of deterrence in the war that the Kremlin calls a “special military operation.” Speaking with members of the presidential Human Rights Council, Putin described the land gains as “a […]

Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock wins Georgia runoff against Herschel Walker

Dec 7 2022 — — Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock defeated Republican challenger Herschel Walker in a Georgia runoff election Tuesday, ensuring Democrats an outright majority in the Senate for the rest of U.S. President Joe Biden’s current term and capping an underwhelming midterm cycle for the GOP in the last major vote of the year. With Warnock’s second runoff victory […]

Jury finds Trump Organization guilty of tax fraud scheme

Dec 6 2022 — — A criminal court jury in New York on Tuesday found the Trump Organization guilty of all charges in a sweeping, 15-year tax fraud scheme that prosecutors said was orchestrated by top executives at the company. Jurors deliberated for just over a day before returning the guilty verdicts on a total of 17 counts, including scheme […]

Trump faces peril in docs probe after decades of scrutiny

Dec 5 2022 — — As a businessman and president, Donald Trump faced a litany of lawsuits and criminal investigations yet emerged from the legal scrutiny time and again with his public and political standing largely intact. But he’s perhaps never confronted a probe as perilous as the Mar-a-Lago investigation, an inquiry focused on the potential mishandling of top-secret documents. […]

War and Sanctions Threaten to Thrust Russia’s Economy Back in Time

Dec 5 2022 — — KALUGA, Russia— Valery Volodin, a welder at a sprawling Volkswagen plant in western Russia, relaxed for most of the summer at his dacha, or weekend house, planting his garden and looking after his children. Mr. Volodin, 41, had little choice: The car factory closed down in March, joining more than 1,000 multinational companies that had […]

Warnock, Walker: Starkly different choices for Black voters

Dec 5 2022 — — Raphael Warnock is the first Black U.S. senator from Georgia, having broken the color barrier for one of the original 13 states with a special election victory in January 2021, almost 245 years after the nation’s founding. Now he hopes to add another distinction by winning a full six-year term in a Tuesday runoff. Standing […]

Trump rebuked for call to suspend Constitution over election

Dec 4 2022 — — Former President Donald Trump faced rebuke Sunday from officials in both parties after calling for the “termination” of parts of the Constitution over his lie that the 2020 election was stolen. Trump, who announced last month that he is running again for president, made the claim over the weekend on his Truth Social media platform. […]

Snowden receives Russian passport, takes citizenship oath

Dec 2 2022 — — Former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who fled prosecution after revealing highly classified surveillance programs, has received a Russian passport and taken the citizenship oath, Russian news agencies quoted his lawyer as saying Friday. Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena was reported as saying that Snowden got the passport and took the oath on Thursday, about three months […]

Ye suspended from Twitter after swastika post

Dec 2 2022 — — After making antisemitic comments and praising Hitler on Thursday, the rapper Ye has been suspended from Twitter. The account for Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, read as “account suspended” early Friday. Twitter owner Elon Musk said it would be suspended after a post on Ye’s account Thursday night showed an image that appeared to […]

Racism backlash erupts as William and Kate visit Boston

Dec 1 2022 — — Prince William’s office said “racism has no place in our society” as he sought to prevent the backlash over his godmother’s treatment of a Black advocate for survivors of domestic abuse from overshadowing his trip to the United States. Lady Susan Hussey, 83, resigned Wednesday as an honorary member of the royal household after the […]

Obama heads to Ga. as Warnock seeks big early vote advantage

Dec 1 2022 — — Georgia voters have cast more than 1 million ballots ahead of the Dec. 6 U.S. Senate runoff between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker, with Warnock looking to juice an apparent Democratic head start in early voting with a visit Thursday from Barack Obama. The former president will campaign with Warnock on […]

Ukraine says atrocities uncovered as Russian troops withdraw could amount to genocide

Nov 29 2022 — — As the Ukrainian army liberates territory from Russian occupation, authorities say they are finding evidence of atrocities and crimes against humanity that could amount to genocide. Oleg Nikolenko, the spokesman for Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, said the findings point to the need for a special tribunal. But Ukraine’s allies, including Canada, question the proposal. Nikolenko […]

University students sent home as China tries to end protests

Nov 29 2022 — — Chinese universities sent students home and police fanned out in Beijing and Shanghai to prevent more protests Tuesday after crowds angered by severe anti-virus restrictions called for leader Xi Jinping to resign in the biggest show of public dissent in decades. Authorities have eased some controls after demonstrations in at least eight mainland cities and […]

Pence calls on Trump to apologize for dinner with antisemite

Nov 28 2022 — — Former Vice President Mike Pence on Monday said Donald Trump “demonstrated profoundly poor judgment” and called on him to apologize after the former president had dinner last week with a Holocaust-denying white nationalist and the rapper formerly known as Kanye West days after launching his third campaign for the White House. “President Trump was wrong […]

Protests over China’s COVID controls spread across country

Nov 27 2022 — — Protests against China’s pervasive anti-virus controls that have confined millions of people to their homes spread to Shanghai and other cities after complaints they might have worsened the death toll in an apartment fire in the northwest. Shanghai police used pepper spray against about 300 protesters, according to a witness. They gathered Saturday night to […]