U.S. Energy Secretary Duped Into Fake Interview With Russian Comedians

U.S. Energy Secretary Duped Into Fake Interview With Russian Comedians
Perry actually was talking with comedians known in Russia for targeting celebrities and politicians with audacious stunts, Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said in a written statement. These individuals are known for pranking high-level officials and celebrities, particularly those who are supportive of an agenda that is not in line with their governments. In this case, the energy security of Ukraine, Hynes said. Perry said the Trump administration opposes Nord Stream 2, a Russian project to bring natural gas

Russia sanctions: What you need to know

Russia sanctions: What you need to know
(CNN)President Donald Trump will soon decide whether to slap fresh sanctions on Russia, a decision that will be widely watched as a test of his proclaimed detachment from Russia's powerful elite.Here's what you need to know about Russian sanctions.Why are there so many sanctions against Russia?Ukraine: The United States and the European Union rolled out a rash of coordinated sanctions in 2014 over Russia's occupation, and then annexation, of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine. Certain Russian individuals were hit

France wildfires force evacuation of thousands

France wildfires force evacuation of thousands
(CNN)Parts of France's southern Cote d'Azur were evacuated late Tuesday and into Wednesday as forest fires burned swathes of land and threatened thousands of people, according to a statement from the Var police. As part of the over 100 operations launched since the outbreak of the fires, firefighting planes have been flying over the Bormes area since early Wednesday morning, dropping water bombs on the blazes.

The Democrats have a plan. Now can they sell it?

The Democrats have a plan. Now can they sell it?
(CNN)The plan is out and the verdict is in. Progressives are greeting the Democratic congressional leadership's new economic agenda with cautious optimism, choosing to highlight notes of common cause -- and mostly play down the now familiar divisions -- as the party begins a fresh play to rebrand itself ahead of the coming midterm election. But the question for national Democrats in this chaotic moment is less about policy -- an ongoing debate that both invigorates and threatens to

Are we about to reach peak emoji?

Are we about to reach peak emoji?
Funny boy with smile pillow instead a head; Shutterstock ID 682241353Image: Shutterstock / Elena ValebnayaIt had to happen: Emojis have gone so mainstream that Hollywood cant resist. When Shakespearean-trained actor Patrick Stewart is willing to voice an emoji in the shape of swirled poop in multimillion-dollar box office flick, things have gotten out of hand. As Stewart adds his talent to The Emoji Movie, its clear that emoji use is on the rise across the boardtheres even an emoji

House Science Committee Chair Says Climate Change Is A Good Thing

House Science Committee Chair Says Climate Change Is A Good Thing
Rather than buying into hysteria,Americans should be celebrating the plus sides of a changing climate, Smith argues in an op-ed published Tuesday in The Daily Signal, a news website published by the conservative Heritage Foundation. The benefits of a changing climate are often ignored and under-researched, Smith said. Our climate is too complex and the consequences of misguided policies too harsh to discount the positive effects of carbon enrichment. Smith goes as far as to make a case for

‘Despacito’ singers condemn use of song by Venezuelan government

‘Despacito’ singers condemn use of song by Venezuelan government
Caracas (CNN)Luis Fonsi, the singer behind the wildly popular song "Despacito," often applauds others who cover his big hit. But not this time. "My music is for all those who want to listen to it and enjoy it, (but it's) not to be used as propaganda that intends to manipulate the will of a people that's crying out for liberty and a better future," Fonsi wrote in a statement posted to his Instagram account.

Jason Chaffetz Still Obsessed With Hillary Clinton, Wants Chelsea To Testify

Jason Chaffetz Still Obsessed With Hillary Clinton, Wants Chelsea To Testify
Thats the latest logic from former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah),who argued Monday on Fox News that any investigation into President Donald Trumps son over campaign ties to Russia should also lead to an investigation into Hillary Clintons daughter. He did not explain what Hillary or Chelsea Clinton would be able to reveal about alleged contacts between the Trump campaign team and Russia. Chaffetz also claimed the Trumps need to actually get a lot of credit for openness and transparency.

Why is China reinforcing its border with North Korea?

Why is China reinforcing its border with North Korea?
(CNN)China is further fortifying its border with North Korea, new reports show, amid continued tensions on the peninsula and concerns over potential US military action against Pyongyang. In more hospitable months, the border city of Dandong plays host to hundreds of tourists coming to gawp at North Korea -- from boats on the Yalu River which separates the two countries, or through binoculars on a section of the Great Wall overlooking the international boundary. Below the tourists, trucks carrying

German schoolgirl who allegedly joined ISIS may be tried in Iraq

German schoolgirl who allegedly joined ISIS may be tried in Iraq
(CNN)A 16-year-old German girl who ran away from home in 2016 and allegedly joined ISIS has been found alive in Iraq, the German government confirmed Monday."From what we know, she is physically fine," Dresden prosecutor Lorenz Haase told CNN when asked about Wenzel's condition. "However we do not know how she is psychologically."Haase does not yet know if Wenzel will return to Germany and said she could be put on trial in Iraq."If she is proven to be a

Controversial Singaporean graphic novel wins ‘Oscars’ of comic world

Controversial Singaporean graphic novel wins ‘Oscars’ of comic world
Singapore (CNN)A graphic novel about the history of Singapore stirred controversy before its publication, with a senior official in the city-state once warning that it could "potentially undermine the authority of legitimacy of the government and its public institutions."Last Friday, Liew and his graphic novel "The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye" bagged three Eisner awards -- Best Writer/Artist, Best Publication Design and Best US Edition of International Material in Asia. The Eisner Awards are often regarded as the

New personal photographs from Princess Diana’s album have been released

New personal photographs from Princess Diana’s album have been released
Image: Tim Graham/Getty ImagesOn the eve of a new HBO documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, the Kensington Palace Twitter account has released three photos of Princess Diana. The images show the late Princess of Wales with her sons Prince Harry and Prince William. This August will mark 20 years since her death in a traffic collision. SEE ALSO: No royal wants to be king or queen says Prince Harry "The Duke and Prince Harry are pleased

The story behind Sarahah, the anonymous messaging app taking over the App Store

The story behind Sarahah, the anonymous messaging app taking over the App Store
Image: dustin drankoski/mashableThe App Store's most popular free app isn't what you think it is. SEE ALSO: Snapchat's latest update changes the app in a fundamental way It's called Sarahah, and in the past week, it's surged to the top of the App Store in regions like Australia, Ireland, the U.S, and the UK. Created by Saudi Arabian developer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq, the app is essentially a social network that lets you send and receive anonymous messages. Sarahah was

Doctor Who Christmas special: First look at Peter Capaldi’s final outing – BBC News

Doctor Who Christmas special: First look at Peter Capaldi’s final outing – BBC News
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Christmas episode is called Twice Upon A Time and features the return of Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts. Details of Peter Capaldi's final outing in Doctor Who have been revealed as the first trailer for the Christmas special was released online.The one-minute clip for the episode, titled Twice Upon A Time, sees Capaldi and the First Doctor team up.It features the return of Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, who had

Trump administration transfers foreign terror suspect to US for trial in federal court

Trump administration transfers foreign terror suspect to US for trial in federal court
(CNN)The Trump administration has transferred an Algerian terror suspect from Spain to the United States to be tried in federal court rather than at the Guantnamo Bay naval prison.In 2011, he was indicted in the United States and accused of conspiring with three others to recruit men to "wage violent jihad" in Europe and South Asia and of organizing a "violent jihad organization consisting of men and women from Europe and the US."

US commissions largest-ever warship: What does it mean for Asia?

US commissions largest-ever warship: What does it mean for Asia?
(CNN)The United States has just sent "a 100,000-ton message to the world," says US President Donald Trump.Military players in North AsiaWhile those new additions to the region may be making the recent headlines, the US has maintained a robust force at bases from Japan to Australia.Kadena Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa is home to the US Air Force's 18th Wing, billed as the largest combat-ready wing in the service. More than 50 F-15 Eagle fighters are