Britney Spears is asking fans to respect her privacy after ‘joke calls’ prompted a health check

Britney Spears is asking fans to respect her privacy after ‘joke calls’ prompted a health check

CNN — Britney Spears has asked her fans to respect her privacy after saying earlier this week that “prank calls” prompted a police welfare check. The singer posted a message on Twitter on Thursday in which she addressed the police visit, saying “I love and adore my fans, but this time it went a little … Read more

Turkey says Sweden was complicit in burning Quran amid tensions over NATO membership bid

Turkey says Sweden was complicit in burning Quran amid tensions over NATO membership bid

CNN — The Swedish government was complicit in the burning of the Quran during a protest in Stockholm last weekend, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu reportedly said Thursday. Rising tensions between the two countries come as Sweden relies on Turkey to support its bid for membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military alliance, … Read more

Reality show ‘Squid Game’: Three people received medical treatment during filming

Reality show ‘Squid Game’: Three people received medical treatment during filming

CNN — Three people received medical treatment while filming for a real-life “Squid Game” show, Netflix has confirmed, but the streaming giant denied anyone was “seriously injured.” Netflix announced last year that it was launching “Squid Game: The Challenge” as a reality competition series based on the hit drama — a fictional South Korean series … Read more

Wagner group: US introduces new sanctions against Russian mercenary group

Wagner group: US introduces new sanctions against Russian mercenary group

CNN — The US Treasury Department on Thursday designated the Wagner Group, a Russian private mercenary organization heavily involved in the war in Ukraine, as a major transnational criminal organization, imposing a slew of sanctions on a transnational network that supports it. The U.S. State Department simultaneously announced a number of sanctions designed to “target … Read more

FBI has seized website used by notorious ransomware gang

FBI has seized website used by notorious ransomware gang

CNN — The FBI has seized a website that a notorious ransomware gang, which has extorted more than $100 million from victim organizations, used to disgrace its victims, according to a post on the website. The dark web website of the so-called Hive ransomware group carried a message on Thursday that it had been taken … Read more

Israeli troops kill nine in Jenin clash with Palestinian gunmen, deadliest day in West Bank in more than a year

Israeli troops kill nine in Jenin clash with Palestinian gunmen, deadliest day in West Bank in more than a year

CNN — Israeli forces killed nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, and wounded several others during a raid on the restive West Bank town and refugee camp of Jenin on Thursday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. The death toll makes Thursday the deadliest day for Palestinians in the West Bank in more than a year, … Read more

Burkina Faso: France recalls ambassador and withdraws troops

Burkina Faso: France recalls ambassador and withdraws troops

CNN — France will withdraw its armed forces from Burkina Faso within a month, the French Foreign Ministry reported to CNN on Wednesday. Following a formal request from the government of Burkina Faso to do so, the French military mission will end one month after receiving that written request, the ministry said. Since 2018, the … Read more

From China to Japan, deadly cold grips East Asia. Experts say it’s the “new normal.”

From China to Japan, deadly cold grips East Asia.  Experts say it’s the “new normal.”

Hong-Kong CNN — A deadly cold snap gripping East Asia has claimed the lives of at least four people in Japan after freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall during the Lunar New Year holiday caused travel chaos, with climate experts warning that such extremes weather conditions had become the “new normal”. Japanese officials said all four … Read more

Iceberg about the size of London breaks off in Antarctica

Iceberg about the size of London breaks off in Antarctica

CNN — An iceberg the size of Greater London broke off the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica on Sunday, according to the British Antarctic Survey. Scientists first discovered significant cracks in the ice shelf a decade ago, but there have been two major breaks in the past two years. The BAS Halley Research Station is … Read more

Lance Kerwin, ‘Salem’s Lot’ actor, dies at age 62

Lance Kerwin, ‘Salem’s Lot’ actor, dies at age 62

CNN — Lance Kerwin, an actor best known for his role in the TV miniseries “Salem’s Lot” and other notable series in the 1970s, has passed away, his talent agent John Boitano tells CNN. He was 62. No information was provided about his cause of death. Kerwin started his career with appearances on several TV … Read more