Early voting begins in some Georgia counties as Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker sprint to December 6 runoff

CNN — A week-long early voting period begins Saturday in select Georgia counties as Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker enter a week-and-a-half post-Thanksgiving sprint for their Dec. 6 election. Unlike the 2021 runoff, Senate control is not at stake, with Democrats having already won 50 seats and Vice President Kamala Harris … Read more

US provides Chevron limited authorization to pump oil in Venezuela after reaching humanitarian agreement

Washington CNN — The United States has granted Chevron limited permission to resume pumping oil from Venezuela following an announcement on Saturday that the Venezuelan government and opposition group have reached an agreement on humanitarian aid and will continue to negotiate a solution to the country’s chronic economic and political crisis, including a focus on … Read more

The mall where Black Friday refuses to die

Bloomington, Minnesota CNN Business — The rise of e-commerce in recent years has taken a toll on in-person shopping, knocking down once-popular brick-and-mortar stores and malls in the process. As a result, Black Friday, the traditional first day of the Christmas shopping season and a day once known for door-to-door deals and hordes of holiday … Read more

Nexperia and Elmos cases show how the US-China chip war is spilling over to Europe

hong kong CNN Business — Two European chip deals have run into trouble over their ties to China, a sign of concern spreading in the West about China’s potential control over critical infrastructure. Last week the new owner of Britain’s biggest chipmaker was ordered to reverse its takeover, just days after another chip factory sale … Read more

The Club Q shooting fits into an enduring US pattern of intimidating vulnerable groups where they congregate

Washington CNN — A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Race Deconstructed newsletter. To receive it in your inbox every week, subscribe for free here. Last weekend’s mass shooting at a beloved LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado was a nightmare. Late Saturday – the day before Transgender Remembrance Day – a 22-year-old entered … Read more

US blocks sugar imports from top Dominican producer over forced labor concerns

CNN — US authorities will block imports of sugar produced in the Dominican Republic by the company Central Romana, suspected of forced labor in its facilities. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will detain the company’s raw sugar and sugar products at all U.S. ports of entry beginning Wednesday, the agency said in a statement … Read more

Citgo 6: How the US government brought seven Americans home

CNN — On October 1, five of the so-called Citgo 6s were awakened early in their Venezuelan prison by a guard telling them to “dress properly”. The men put on their yellow prison suits – “We called it our ‘Minion’ suit,” Jose Pereira said – before the prison warden ordered them to change into civilian … Read more

US Iran envoy highlights CNN’s report on rapes of activists in detention

CNN — The top US diplomat for Iran pointed to CNN’s sexual violence investigation which uncovered sexual assaults on male and female activists, calling the reports “unspeakable”. Robert Malley, the US special envoy for Iran, said the regime would not succeed in its efforts to crush protests that have spread across the country over the … Read more

More than 100 migrants rescued from overloaded vessel before it hit sand bar in Florida Keys

CNN — More than 100 people were rescued from an overloaded boat early Monday before it hit a sandbar in the Florida Keys, according to the US Coast Guard and US Border Patrol. Another 18 Haitian migrants “who became trapped in dangerous ocean currents as they attempted to swim to shore” were also rescued by … Read more

Avijit Roy: Killers of US blogger escape from Bangladesh court on motorbikes

Two Islamist activists sentenced to death for the murder of an American blogger critical of religious extremism escaped Sunday from a crowded court in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-born engineer, was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in February 2015 as he was returning home with his wife from a book fair in Dhaka. … Read more