Biden says U.S. is “all in on Africa’s future”

Biden says U.S. is “all in on Africa’s future” – CBS News Watch CBS News President Biden on Wednesday announced a series of economic and investment initiatives in a speech at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. The goal is to expand free trade opportunities across the continent, while also countering Russia and China’s influence. Michelle Gavin, … Read more

Seven charged in Russian smuggling ring involving New Hampshire and New Jersey residents

Washington — A Russian man living in New Hampshire allegedly used his Merrimack home as a “transshipment point” to smuggle American-made military-grade equipment into Russia, part of a coordinated effort to evade U.S. export laws, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.  Alexey Brayman is one of seven defendants charged in a 16-count indictment, accused of participating an international … Read more

Brittney Griner plays basketball for first time since leaving Russian prison

As WNBA star Brittney Griner recovers at a military base in San Antonio, Texas, her agent says she played basketball for the first time since her release from a Russian prison. Griner hit the court at Fort Sam in Houston, where she is undergoing medical evaluations and spending time with family. Her first move was … Read more

Brittney Griner returns to basketball court as U.S. works to secure Paul Whelan’s release

Brittney Griner returns to basketball court as U.S. works to secure Paul Whelan’s release – CBS News Watch CBS News WNBA star Brittney Griner returned to the basketball court for the first time after being freed from a Russian prison. The Biden administration is still working to secure the release of Paul Whelan from Russia. … Read more

White House continues to defend Griner-for-Bout prisoner swap, despite criticism

White House continues to defend Griner-for-Bout prisoner swap, despite criticism – CBS News Watch CBS News WNBA star Brittney Griner is still under medical supervision in Texas, but played basketball for the first time since being released from a Russian prison. The Biden administration is defending the deal that brought her home in exchange for … Read more

A few bad apples or a whole rotten barrel? Brussels wrestles with corruption scandal – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. As Belgian police launched a second wave of raids on the European Parliament, a stunned Brussels elite has started to grapple with an uncomfortable question at the heart of the Qatar bribery investigation: Just how deep does the rot go? So far, police inquiries … Read more

Putin cancels year-end address for first time in a decade – POLITICO

Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t hold his traditional year-end press conference for the first time in at least a decade as Russian troops continue to lose ground in Ukraine. “As for the annual news conference, yes, there won’t be one before the New Year,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, adding that the president … Read more