‘Catastrophic consequences’: US warns Russia over nuclear weapons

The United States has warned of “catastrophic consequences” if Moscow were to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, after Russia’s foreign minister said regions holding widely-criticised referendums would get full protection if annexed by Moscow. Votes in four eastern Ukrainian regions, aimed at annexing territory Russia has taken by force mostly since its invasion in February, … Read more

Canada sends troops to help clear Hurricane Fiona’s devastation

Hurricane Fiona left hundreds of thousands without power in eastern Canada, as officials try to assess the damage. The Canadian military has been mobilised after Hurricane Fiona left hundreds of thousands of people in Atlantic Canada without power and officials try to assess the scope of the devastation. After surging north from the Caribbean, Fiona … Read more

Russia’s Lavrov vows ‘full protection’ for any annexed territory

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says regions of Ukraine where widely-criticised referendums are being held will be under Moscow’s “full protection” if they are annexed, raising the prospect of the use of nuclear weapons if Kyiv tries to retake those territories. Lavrov’s comments at a news conference in New York City on Saturday came as … Read more

Trump and QAnon: The cult and the conspiracy

From: The Listening Post Donald Trump re-emerges with a political message laden with conspiracies – even an endorsement of the shady QAnon movement. After being forced off mainstream social media, QAnon followers fled to the outer reaches of the internet and, since then, QAnon’s gamification of reality has morphed into more pragmatic goals – like … Read more

Elijah McClain died due to sedative, police restraint: Autopsy

A Black man died after a police encounter in the US state of Colorado in 2019 because he was injected with a powerful sedative after being forcibly restrained, according to an amended autopsy report publicly released on Friday. Despite the finding, the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old massage therapist, was still listed as undetermined, … Read more

Bermuda braces for Fiona as Biden pledges support for Puerto Rico

Residents of Bermuda have boarded up their windows and stocked up on supplies as Hurricane Fiona moves closer to the territory after leaving a trail of destruction across the Caribbean over the past several days. As of Thursday afternoon, Fiona had maximum sustained winds of 125km per hour (78 miles per hour) and was about … Read more

N Korea denies sending weapons to Russia, tells US to ‘shut up’

Pyongyang denies US claims of weapons sales to Russia amid war in Ukraine, condemns Washington’s ‘reckless remarks’. North Korea says it has never supplied weapons to Russia and has no plans to do so, condemning US claims of arms transfers for the Ukraine war as an attempt at “tarnishing” the country’s image. In a statement … Read more

Canada: Coroner launching inquests into stabbing spree deaths

Two public inquests will be held in relation to fatal attacks in Saskatchewan that sent shock waves across the country. The chief coroner in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan has announced plans to hold two public inquests into a stabbing spree earlier this month that left 12 people dead, including the alleged attacker, and injured … Read more

Former US police officer gets 3 years in George Floyd killing

A former police officer in the United States who pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd has been sentenced to three years in prison. Judge Peter Cahill accepted a plea agreement for Thomas Lane on Wednesday, saying he would sentence Lane below the guidelines … Read more

China says will do all it can for peaceful Taiwan ‘reunification’

Beijing says the self-ruled island is part of China and has been increasingly assertive over its claim. Beijing says it is willing to make the utmost effort to strive for peaceful “reunification” with self-ruled Taiwan, after staging major military manoeuvres around the island in recent weeks. While China claims Taiwan as its territory, the island’s … Read more