West African leaders plan peacekeeping force to counter ‘coup belt’ reputation

West African leaders said on Sunday they would establish a regional peacekeeping force to intervene in member states to help restore security and
constitutional order in a region that has witnessed several coups in the past two years.

FBI director raises national security concerns about TikTok

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray is raising national security concerns about TikTok, warning Friday that control of the popular video sharing app is in the hands of a Chinese government “that doesn’t share our values.”

Prince William meets U.S. President Biden at Boston’s waterfront

Prince William greeted U.S. President Joe Biden at the waterfront in Boston on Friday, part of a multi-day visit by British royals to the United States to highlight efforts to address global environmental challenges.

Russia rejects Ukraine talks condition

The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin is open to talks but the pre-condition of Russia withdrawing its troops from Ukraine is not acceptable.

Snowden gets a Russian passport

Edward Snowden, who fled prosecution after revealing classified US programs, has reportedly taken the Russian citizenship oath and been given a passport.

Ukraine to ban Russia-affiliated churches

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says churches “affiliated with Russia” will be banned.

Russian shelling cuts off power again

Russian shelling cut off power in the recently liberated Ukrainian city of Kherson on Thursday, just days after it was restored amid Moscow’s ongoing drive to destroy key civilian infrastructure as freezing weather sets in.