Wounded, alone and destined for a Russian orphanage, a 12-year-old Ukrainian girl is recruited for Moscow’s information war

CNN — Before the start of Russia’s war against Ukraine, Kira Obedinsky was a cheerful and beloved 12-year-old girl. Now orphaned, injured and alone in a Russian-controlled hospital in eastern Ukraine, she has become an unwitting pawn in Moscow’s information war. Obedinsky’s mother died when she was a baby. His father Yevhen Obedinsky, a former … Read more

Macron versus Le Pen: the second round of the French presidential election explained

Paris CNN — It’s Macron against Le Pen, second round. The French presidential election will be a rematch of the 2017 contest, when far-right Marine Le Pen took on political newcomer Emmanuel Macron. Macron won this race by nearly two votes to one. But while the candidates remain the same, the 2022 race looks very … Read more

Highlights on David Beckham | CNN

CNN — Here’s a look into the life of retired professional footballer David Beckham. Date of Birth: May 2, 1975 Place of birth: London, England Birth name: David Robert Joseph Beckham Dad: David Edward “Ted” Beckham, an appliance repairman Mother: Sandra (West) Beckham, a hairdresser Marriage: Victoria (Adams) Beckham (July 4, 1999–present) Children: Harper, Cruz, … Read more

New York health officials are alerting the public to the spread of two new BA.2 subvariants in their state

CNN — New York State health officials are alerting the public to two new virus subvariants – offshoots of Omicron’s BA.2 virus – that are spreading faster in the central part of that state. The new branches of BA.2’s family tree are BA.2.12 and BA.2.12.1. They grow about 25% faster than BA.2, especially in the … Read more

Opinion: The ironic story of who actually cheated in their 2020 votes

Editor’s note: Nicole Hemmer is a Columbia University Research Associate on the Obama Presidency Oral History Project and author of “Messengers from the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics.” She co-hosts the “Past Present” and “This Day in Esoteric Political History” history podcasts and is a co-producer of the “Welcome To Your … Read more

Sinking of the Moskva: Ukrainian missile or accidental firing – what really happened to the Russian warship?

CNN — The Russian guided missile cruiser Moskva rests deep under the Black Sea this morning. Whether he is there as a victim of Ukrainian missiles, Russian incompetence, bad luck or some combination of the three is unclear. What is certain, however, is that the biggest warship loss in 40 years will raise troubling questions … Read more

Redistricting in Florida: Ron DeSantis takes Democrats out of the equation

A version of this story appeared in CNN’s What Matters newsletter. To receive it in your inbox, subscribe for free here. Washington CNN — It’s a funny time to be a Democrat in Florida. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has proposed an aggressive partisan shuffling of state congressional boundaries that will likely help his party win … Read more

Some Belarusians want to fight the Russians in Ukraine. They also hope to free their country from the grip of Putin

CNN — In a wooded area on the Polish side of the Polish-Ukrainian border, men dressed in crisp, clean camouflage are given tourniquets. They kneel on the muddy ground and begin to learn basic survival training. They call themselves the Pohonia Battalion, a group of less than 30 Belarusian exiles living mostly in Poland and … Read more

Bell County Tornado: “God is going to get us through this.” 165 mph tornado causes widespread devastation in Texas community

CNN — After a tornado with 165 mph winds tore through Bell County, Texas on Tuesday, JudyLynn Hughes began digging through what was left of her belongings. “We found my things everywhere. I always have a dress in a tree,” Hughes told CNN affiliate KWTX. Almost everything she owned was packed into storage units in … Read more

Philippines Storm Megi: Agaton death toll rises as hundreds of thousands are displaced

CNN — In the Philippines, the death toll from Tropical Storm Megi has risen to 76, while hundreds of thousands more are still displaced, the country’s authorities said on Wednesday. Many deaths occurred in landslides and flooding caused when the storm made landfall on Sunday, hitting the eastern and southern coasts of the Philippines with … Read more