Russia struggles to replenish its troops in Ukraine

The prisoners of the St. Petersburg penal colony expected a visit from officials, thinking that it would be some kind of inspection. Instead, men in uniform arrived and offered them amnesty – if they agreed to fight alongside the Russian army in Ukraine. Over the next few days, around 10 left the prison, according to … Read more

Japan’s PM purges Cabinet after support for church ties plummets

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shuffled his cabinet on Wednesday in an apparent effort to steer his administration away from the Conservative Unification Church about his ties to slain leader Shinzo Abe and senior ruling party officials. The reshuffle, the second in just 10 months since Kishida took office, follows his July … Read more

Ukraine says 9 Russian fighter jets were destroyed in explosions in Crimea

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine said Wednesday that nine Russian warplanes were destroyed in a series of deadly explosions at an air base in Crimea that appeared to be the result of a Ukrainian attack, which would represent a important escalation of war. Russia has denied that any plane was damaged in Tuesday’s explosions – … Read more

Ukraine says 9 Russian fighter jets were destroyed in explosions in Crimea

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian Air Force said Wednesday that nine Russian warplanes were destroyed in a series of deadly explosions at an air base in Crimea, amid speculation that the blasts were the result of a Ukrainian attack which would represent a significant escalation of war. Russia has denied that a plane was … Read more

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

Taiwan warns Chinese drills show ambitions beyond island

PINGTUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan warned on Tuesday that Chinese military exercises are not only a rehearsal for an invasion of the self-governing island, but also reflect ambitions to control large swaths of the western Pacific, as Taipei has conducted its own drills to underscore its readiness to defend itself. Angered by US House Speaker … Read more

Taiwan warns Chinese drills show ambitions beyond island

PINGTUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan warned on Tuesday that Chinese military exercises are not only a rehearsal for an invasion of the self-governing island, but also reflect ambitions to control large swaths of the western Pacific, as Taipei has conducted its own drills to underscore its readiness to defend itself. Angered by US House Speaker … 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

Oil facility fire threatens Cuba’s fragile electricity system

HAVANA (AP) — A deadly fire at a large oil storage facility in western Cuba spread Monday, threatening to plunge the island into a deeper energy crisis by forcing authorities to shut down a key thermoelectric plant. Around dawn, flames engulfed a third tank that firefighters had tried to cool as they struggled to fight … Read more

China prolongs threatening military maneuvers around Taiwan

BEIJING (AP) — China said Monday it was extending threatening military exercises around Taiwan that have disrupted sea and air traffic and raised significant concerns about the potential for conflict in a region crucial to global trade. The announcement increases uncertainty in the crisis that has developed over the past week with Speaker of the … Read more