Jon Batiste to sing for Macron at Biden’s 1st state dinner

Musician Jon Batiste is on tap to perform at President Joe Biden’s first White House state dinner on Thursday, highlighting long-standing ties between the United States and France and honoring President Emmanuel Macron.

Iran’s leader praises state militia

Iran’s supreme leader has praised the Basij militia involved in the violent state crackdown on people protesting the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

Kherson shells killed 32 since liberation

Russian forces who were forced to retreat from Kherson have been shelling the Ukrainian region, killing dozens.

Kyiv promotes grain plan for vulnerable

Ukraine has announced an initiative to export grain to countries whose usual supplies have been halted by the war.

Ukraine works to restore water, power after Russian strikes

Ukrainian authorities endeavored Saturday to restore electricity and water services after recent pummeling by Russian military strikes that vastly damaged infrastructure, with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy saying millions have seen their power restored since blackouts swept the war-battered country days earlier.

Biden eases Venezuela sanctions as opposition talks resume

The Biden administration on Saturday eased some oil sanctions on Venezuela in an effort to support newly restarted negotiations between President Nicolás Maduro’s government and its opposition.

Pakistan’s ex-PM Khan says his party to quit all assemblies

Pakistan’s former premier Imran Khan said Saturday his party was quitting the country’s regional and national assemblies, as he made his first public appearance since being wounded in a gun attack earlier this month.