March 24, 2020

US to cut $1B to Afghanistan to prod leaders, move peace process forward

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks(WASHINGTON) -- After weeks of political in-fighting have paralyzed the Afghan government and frozen the peace process between it and the Taliban, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise trip to the country Monday to prod its leaders to end their dispute and form a government. But after departing Kabul and meeting Taliban leaders in Doha, Qatar, the top U.S. diplomat announced that his efforts failed to bring together rival Afghan leaders and that..
March 23, 2020

Trial of Paul Whelan, ex-Marine held in Russia, begins

Marilyn Nieves/iStock(MOSCOW) The trial of Paul Whelan, the former United States Marine held on espionage charges in Russia, formally opened on Monday, more than a year after he was first seized by Russian security services. Whelan, a security director for the American auto parts manufacturer BorgWarner, was detained in his hotel room close to Red Square by agents of Russia’s domestic intelligence agency, the FSB, in late December 2018. Russia has never publicly elaborated on the accusations ag..
March 23, 2020

‘In a crisis’: Pompeo makes surprise trip to Afghanistan to prod leaders, push peace process forward

Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks(WASHINGTON) -- After weeks of political in-fighting have paralyzed the Afghan government and frozen the peace process between it and the Taliban, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise trip to the country Monday to prod its leaders to end their dispute and form a government. That peace process was initiated by the U.S. and Taliban signing an agreement on Feb. 29, but nearly one month later, the militant group have increased their violent attacks..
March 21, 2020

Why is Russia reporting so few COVID-19 cases? Some say it’s a cover-up

iStock(NEW YORK) -- As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the world, there are growing questions in Russia about the official number of cases that have been declared. According to the count released by its health ministry, Russia currently has only 253 confirmed cases of the virus. That is vastly lower than in other major countries in Western Europe, where there are already thousands of cases. What really makes Russia an outlier, however, is the number of tests it is carrying ou..