US Offers Prisoner Swap To Russia

Freedom appeared a little closer Thursday to several detainees after the United States offered a prisoner swap to Russia: Viktor Bout, a notorious Russian arms dealer, for Brittney Griner, the American basketball star, and Paul Whelan, a former Marine.

Sri Lanka PM Orders Military To Restore Order

Christians and other Sri Lankans facing shortages faced uncertainty Wednesday as the prime minister of Sri Lanka ordered the military to “do whatever is necessary to restore order” after protesters stormed his office.

Japan’s Ex-PM Shinzo Abe Dies After Being Shot

Japan plunged into mourning and political turmoil Friday as its former prime minister and longest-serving leader, Shinzo Abe, died after being shot while campaigning for a parliamentary election.

Putin humiliated as Israel turns on ‘ally’ Russia to strike major energy deal with EU

The EU and Israel are set to sign a natural gas export deal today that will help to decrease Europe’s reliance on Russia. The bloc is heavily dependent on Russian oil and gas exports, relying on Moscow for about 40 percent of its energy imports in 2021. According to Israel’s Energy Ministry, a deal with the EU will for the first time allow “significant” exports of Israeli gas to Europe.

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