NYC: Russian Orthodox cathedral splashed with red paint

CNN — A Russian Orthodox cathedral in New York appears to have been defaced with red paint, following a similar incident in which the Russian consulate was vandalized with red spray paint. The two vandalism incidents come after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the beginning stages of annexation of parts of Ukraine. An eyewitness told … Read more

At least 25 deaths in Puerto Rico may be linked to Hurricane Fiona, island health department says

CNN — Less than two weeks after Hurricane Fiona barreled through Puerto Rico, the island’s health department says at least 25 deaths may be linked to the storm. Fiona hit the US territory as a Category 1 storm on September 18, dropping record rainfall, unleashing mudslides, flooding neighborhoods and leaving most of the island without … Read more

DOJ asks court to speed up appeal of special master review in Mar-a-Lago case

CNN — The Justice Department has asked a federal appeallate court to speed up its schedule for weighing the department’s appeal of a judge’s order requiring a special master to review classified documents from Mar-a-Lago. In the expedition request filed to the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, the DOJ proposed a briefing … Read more

Led by Hong Kong, Asian stocks on track to suffer worst month since Covid began

hong kong CNN Business — Asian markets are careening toward their worst month since the Covid pandemic began, hit by a mighty US dollar and rising global recession fears. The MSCI Asia ex-Japan Index — which captures 10 major markets across Asia, excluding Japan — has fallen 12.8% so far this month, on track to … Read more

Kabul, Afghanistan: At least 23 dead after suicide bomb blast at Kaaj educational center

Kabul, Afghanistan CNN — A suicide bomb attack on an education center in Kabul has killed at least 23 people, most of whom are believed to be young women, in the latest sign of the deteriorating security situation in the Afghan capital. The explosion took place on Friday at the Kaaj education center, in a … Read more

At least 19 dead after suicide bomb blast at educational center in Kabul

Kabul, Afghanistan CNN — A suicide bomb attack on an education center in Kabul has killed at least 19 people, most of whom are believed to be young women, in the latest sign of the deteriorating security situation in the Afghan capital. The explosion took place at the Kaaj education center, in a efficiently Hazara … Read more

Trump won’t have to back up claims about FBI planting evidence in court after judge rejects part of special master’s plan

CNN — Former President Donald Trump got another boost in his bid to challenge the FBI search of his Florida home, with US District Judge Aileen Cannon reshaping the plan put forward by the special master she appointed to review the materials seized at Mar-a-Lago last month . Cannon nixed several aspects of the plan … Read more

Student loan forgiveness: Biden administration kicks off student loan debt forgiveness process

CNN — The Biden administration on Thursday is kicking off its efforts toward forgiving student loan debt, sending updates on the process via email before the window to apply opens next month. In August, President Joe Biden announced his decision to cancel up to $10,000 in student loan debt for individuals making less than $125,000 … Read more

IG identifies ‘concerns’ with Defense Department phone messaging apps in probe of missing January 6 texts

CNN — The Defense Department’s inspector general said in a letter to Congress this week that his office has identified “concerns” with the department’s use of phone messaging apps that were related to calls for an investigation into the department’s failure to preserve texts from January 6, 2021. Acting Inspector General Sean O’Donnell told Senate … Read more

Jackson, Mississippi, water crisis prompts NAACP requests civil rights probe

CNN — The calls to quickly fix Jackson, Mississippi’s water system are growing louder, with the US Justice Department and NAACP demanding not just answers from the state and its capital city, but solutions. Days after the NAACP wrote Gov. Tate Reeves directly, the civil rights organization submitted a 25-page complaint to the US Environmental … Read more