Large explosions rock a Russian military air base in Crimea

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Powerful explosions rocked a Russian air base in Crimea and sent towering clouds of smoke across the landscape on Tuesday in what could mark an escalation in the war in Ukraine. At least one person was killed and several others were injured, authorities said. The Russian Defense Ministry denied that the … Read more

Why Hamas stayed out of the latest Gaza conflict

A ceasefire between Israel and the PIJ on Gaza that went into effect Sunday at 11:30 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. ET) appeared to be holding nearly 24 hours later. The conflict led to the death of at least 44 militants and civilians in Gaza, according to information from the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Fifteen … Read more

Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of attacks on nuclear power plants

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia and Ukraine on Monday traded accusations that each side is bombing Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine. Russia claimed Ukrainian shelling caused a power surge and fire and forced personnel to reduce power at two reactors, while Ukraine blamed Russian troops for stockpiling weapons there. Nuclear experts have … Read more

Israel, Islamic Jihad Say Gaza Ceasefire Agreement Reached

Announcing the truce, a brief statement from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office thanked Egypt for its mediation efforts, but warned that if it were breached, “the State of Israel reserves the right to react strongly”. The announcement, which followed shortly after that of Islamic Jihad, came about 50 hours into the escalation, when Israel launched … Read more

War front shifts as grain leaves Ukraine; plant shot

Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) — Four other vessels carrying agricultural products cargo blocked by war in Ukraine received permission to leave the country’s Black Sea coast on Sunday as analysts warned that Russia was moving troops and equipment towards southern port cities to avoid a Ukrainian counteroffensive. Ukraine and Russia have also accused each other of … Read more

First fighter, several children killed as Israel bombs Gaza | Israelo-Palestinian conflict

A senior commander of a Palestinian armed group and several children were killed in the Gaza Strip when Israeli planes bombarded the besieged enclave for a second day. In a statement on Sunday, Islamic Jihad confirmed that Khaled Mansour, its commander in the southern Gaza Strip, was killed in an Israeli raid on Saturday. Mansour … Read more

Israel and Gaza exchange fire after deadly strikes

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli airstrikes leveled homes in Gaza on Saturday and rocket barrages on southern Israel persisted, raising fears of an escalation in a conflict that has killed at least 15 people in the coastal strip. The fighting began with Israel’s killing of a senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad … Read more

Israeli strikes on Gaza leave 10 dead, including a senior militant

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel unleashed a wave of airstrikes on Gaza on Friday, killing at least 10 people, including a senior militant, according to Palestinian officials. Israel said it targeted the Islamic Jihad militant group in response to an “imminent threat” following the recent arrest of another high-ranking militant. Hours later, Palestinian … Read more

3 more grain ships leave Ukrainian ports under UN deal

ISTANBUL (AP) — Three more ships carrying thousands of tons of corn left Ukrainian ports on Friday and traveled through mined waters to inspect their delayed cargo, a sign that an international grain export deal has since been suspended. Russia invaded Ukraine progressed slowly. But major obstacles lie ahead getting food to the countries that … Read more

Israeli airstrikes kill senior Islamic Jihad official

Islamic Jihad said in a statement that one of its top leaders, Tayseer Al Jabari, was killed in an Israeli strike. He was commander of the Quds Brigade, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, the group said, and a member of its military council. The Palestinian Health Ministry said at least 10 people had been … Read more