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Ukraine’s top general asked to reduce public profile – FT

Ukraine’s top military commander, General Valery Zaluzhny, has been told to tone down his public persona after rumors of tensions between him and President Vladimir Zelensky, the Financial Times reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The report stated that the chatter about a possible conflict has “swirled …

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Xi asked Biden to prevent Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan – WaPo

Chinese President Xi Jinping asked US President Joe Biden to prevent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from visiting Taiwan earlier this month, the Washington Post reported on Saturday. Although Biden insisted that Pelosi was entitled to travel as she wished, his officials were reportedly concerned about antagonizing China. Xi and Biden …

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US asked Russia to reconsider mercenaries’ status – Moscow

The United States has requested the recognition by Russia of American fighters captured during the Ukraine conflict as combatants, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Friday. “There was a certain signal from the American side, mainly focused on the fact that these individuals should be considered combatants under …

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UK police & parliament asked to ditch ‘gendered’ language – media

UK police have been ordered to use “gender-neutral” forms of address rather than calling people “sir” or “ma’am,” according to training materials distributed to officers seen by the Daily Mail on Sunday. Titled “How to Be LGBT+ Friendly”, the materials urge cops to “avoid making assumptions about a person’s sexual …

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US explains why it asked Russia not to make its security response public

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has revealed a list of diplomatic requests sent to his counterpart in Moscow in response to Russia’s security proposals, describing the paper as a “serious diplomatic path forward, should Russia choose it” during a Wednesday press conference. However, while he restated several of Washington’s …

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WhatsApp helps US govt spy on users, no questions asked

WhatsApp was ordered by a US government agency to spy on several foreign nationals, even though the agency had no evidence the users had committed a crime or even knew their names. A recently unsealed search warrant from November 2021 shows that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had ordered …

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