The US and Russia have exchanged jailed US basketball star Brittney Griner for notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout, held in an American prison for 12 years. “She’s safe, she’s on a plane, she’s on her way home,” US President Joe Biden said at the White House Thursday morning alongside Griner’s wife, Cherelle. “After months of being unjustly detained in Russia, held under intolerable circumstances, Brittney will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones, and she should have been there all along.” Biden acknowledged that Griner’s release was occurring while Whelan remained imprisoned, saying that Whelan’s family “have to have such mixed emotions today.”
The President of Peru, Pedro Castillo was impeached on Wednesday by the country’s Congress after he attempted to dissolve the opposition-dominated legislative body. He failed to dissolve the nation’s Congress hours before it was scheduled to commence its third round of impeachment proceedings against him, since he was sworn into office on July 28, 2021.
Nancy Pelosi, the first female speaker of the House of Representatives in the United States of America (USA) has said that she would step down as the Democrats Party’s leader in Congress. She also said she would remain in Congress but will not re-run for the position of Speaker of the House after several American news outlets forecasted that Republicans won the majority in last week’s midterm election, therefore, now making Democrats the minority in Congress.
Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter has restored the Twitter account of a former president of the United States of America (USA), Donald Trump, following a poll conducted by Musk on Twitter asking the users of the platform, if Trump’s account should be restored. The poll had over 15 million votes with 51.8 percent in favor while 48.2 percent were against the restoration of Trump’s Twitter account.
The crypto exchange company, FTX announced it was investigating and moving funds into offline storage after a series of “unauthorized transactions”. According to reports, more than $700 million in cryptocurrency vanished from the wallet of the defunct cryptocurrency firm. Soon after, the company via its official Telegram channel announced it was hacked and also advised users not to install any updates and delete all FTX apps.