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National security officials to testify on Jan. 6 mistakes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal national security officials are set to testify in the second Senate hearing about what went wrong on Jan. 6, facing questions about missed intelligence and botched efforts to quickly gather National Guard troops that day as a violent mob laid siege to the U.S. Capitol. Senators are eager Wednesday to grill … Read more

US hits Russian officials with fresh sanctions over Navalny poisoning

Photograph: Handout/EPA The US has announced sanctions on seven Russian government officials and 13 Russian and European companies in response to the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, which a US intelligence assessment confirmed to be the work of the FSB. Related: US refuses to say whether crown prince one of 76 Saudis hit by … Read more

EU slaps sanctions on 4 Russia officials over Navalny arrest

The Daily Beast How ‘Putin’s Chef’ Prigozhin Is Now Targeting Europe Sergei Ilnitsky/APHe’s sent Wagner mercenaries to Ukraine, Syria, and Libya; faced U.S. indictments for assigning his “troll farm” to interfere in the 2016 presidential election; and even dispatched white supremacists and neo-Nazis to sow anti-Western sentiment in African nations. Now Yevgeny Prigozhin, the catering … Read more

U.S. sanctions Russian officials over Navalny poisoning and detention

The U.S. will sanction 7 senior Russian officials over the poisoning and jailing of opposition leader Alexey Navalny, according to senior Biden administration officials. Why it matters: The sanctions represent the first penalties the U.S. has imposed on Kremlin-linked officials since President Biden took office and pledged to confront Russian aggression and human rights abuses. … Read more

Biden raises human rights in call with Saudi king as intelligence officials to release report on Khashoggi killing

(Independent) President Joe Biden has spoken with King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia ahead of the release of a report from US intelligence officials that is expected to reveal that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved and likely ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. A White House report of their … Read more

Iranian officials should be charged over shooting down of Ukrainian plane, UN expert says

Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images Many high level Iranian officials should be charged for the shooting down of a Ukrainian commercial airliner in January 2020, a UN human rights expert has said, describing the killing of the 176 people aboard as a “profound and serious indictment” of the country’s civil and military authorities. Agnès Callamard, the … Read more

Security officials to answer for Jan. 6 failures at Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is set to hear from former U.S. Capitol security officials for the first time about the massive law enforcement failures on Jan. 6, the day a violent mob laid siege to the building and interrupted the presidential electoral count. Three of the four scheduled to testify Tuesday before two Senate committees … Read more

EU to hit more Russian officials with sanctions over Navalny

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers agreed Monday to impose new sanctions against Russian officials linked to the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and expressed concern that the government in Moscow appears to see the 27-nation bloc as an adversary. “We reached a political agreement to impose restrictive measures against those responsible for … Read more