What to expect January 6 hearings day 5:

CNN — Thursday’s hearing before the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection turns the panel’s focus toward how former President Donald Trump tried to use the Justice Department to bolster his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Three top officials who led the Justice Department in the final days of the … Read more

Monkeypox outbreak: South Korea, Singapore confirm first cases

Singapore CNN — Singapore has reported the first confirmed case of monkeypox in Southeast Asia during this year’s outbreak – while another confirmed case has been found in South Korea. The case in Singapore involves a British man who was in the city-state between June 15 and 17. He tested positive for monkeypox on Monday … Read more

Microsoft says Russia has stepped up cyber espionage against the US and Ukraine allies

Washington CNN — Russian intelligence agencies have increased their efforts to hack US and allied government computer networks to gather intelligence since the war in Ukraine began, Microsoft said in new findings published Wednesday. American organizations were the top target of the Russian hacking attempts outside of Ukraine, according to Microsoft, but the alleged Russian … Read more

Bannon and DOJ don’t want to talk politics or January 6 specifics at contempt trial

CNN — Longtime Trump political adviser Steve Bannon wants to block prosecutors from exploring the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol before the jury at his criminal contempt trial next month. At the same time, prosecutors are trying to prevent Bannon from turning his trial into a “circus atmosphere,” they said Friday. Bannon’s … Read more

‘Jamal Khashoggi Way’ sign unveiled in front of Saudi embassy in Washington, DC

CNN — A portion of a Washington, DC, street will memorialize murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, with a sign in his honor unveiled Wednesday in front of the Saudi embassy in the city. The unveiling of “Jamal Khashoggi Way,” a stretch of New Hampshire Avenue between Virginia Avenue NW and F Street NW, comes … Read more

Takeaways from Monday’s January 6 hearing

CNN  —  The House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol detailed Monday how those around then-President Donald Trump told him he lost the 2020 election – but he refused to listen, turning instead to his attorney Rudy Giuliani to embrace false claims that the election was stolen. The hearing Monday … Read more

Larry Nassar abuse case: Olympic gymnasts Biles, Raisman and Maroney are among dozens seeking $1 billion from the FBI over botched investigation

CNN — Attorneys for more than 90 women and girls who were sexually abused by disgraced former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar submitted claims for over $1 billion to the FBI, saying investigators could have ended Nassar’s predation and protected other victims had they not mishandled the case. The claimants include Olympic gymnasts Simone … Read more

China and Cambodia break ground on Ream Naval Base in show of ‘iron-clad’ relations

CNN — Officials from China and Cambodia broke ground on a controversial, Chinese-funded upgrade of a naval base in southern Cambodia on Wednesday, with Beijing’s envoy in the country calling military cooperation part of the countries’ “iron-clad partnership.” The launch of the project at the Ream Naval Base, which Cambodian officials said will use grant … Read more

Trump campaign told fake electors in Georgia to use ‘complete secrecy and discretion,’ email reveals

CNN — The Trump campaign directed a group of Georgia Republicans to meet in secret and obscure their objectives in an email obtained by federal prosecutors as part of their recent investigation into Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the election in several swing states. The email is part of the intensifying Justice Department investigation focused … Read more

While China makes Pacific islands tour, US Coast Guard is already on patrol

CNN — The China’s foreign minister began a Pacific islands tour to promote economic and security cooperation with Beijing, the smallest of the US government’s armed services was already on the scene, reinforcing Washington’s longstanding commitment to the region. Reacting to a request from the Solomon Islands, the first stop in Chinese Foreign Minister Wang … Read more