European mayors duped into calls with fake Kyiv mayor

BERLIN — The mayor of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv warned Saturday that an imposter is posing as him and communicating with other officials, including three European mayors who were duped into believing they were having a video call with the real Vitali Klitschko. “Several mayors in Europe have been contacted by a fake mayor … Read more

Suwalki Gap: NATO concern Russia may take strategic land in Poland and Lithuania

With all eyes on Ukraine, there’s a new potential flashpoint in Europe – a tiny strip of land and a nightmare for NATO that could lead to global war. It’s an idyllic, narrow stretch of land – just 80km wide – made up of gentle, undulating hills, flowing rivers and lush forests in the heart … Read more

Swimming world championships 2022: Anita Alvarez fainted, drowning, star banned by FINA

The swimmer who passed out and needed to be rescued at the world championships has been handed some bad news. A war of words has erupted at the swimming world championships after artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez was banned from competition. The 25-year-old was dramatically rescued from the bottom of the pool in Budapest after fainting. … Read more

Ukraine President Encourages Glastonbury Festival-Goers to Defend Freedom

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the Glastonbury music festival in Somerset, England, on Friday, June 24, in a video that was played before The Libertines’ set. In the video, Zelensky calls Glastonbury “the greatest concentration of freedom these days” and encourages the crowd to “spread the truth about Russia’s war.” According to social media posts, … Read more

Auschwitz Museum says it’s a target of Russian propaganda

WARSAW, Poland — The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum alleged Friday that it was the target of “primitive” propaganda spread by Russian state agencies on social media. The museum said that social media posts falsely claim to show anti-Russian stickers placed around the memorial at the former site of the Auschwitz death camp site in southern Poland, an … Read more

UN chief warns of ‘catastrophe’ from global food shortage

BERLIN — The head of the United Nations warned Friday that the world faces “catastrophe” because of the growing shortage of food around the globe. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the war in Ukraine has added to the disruptions caused by climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and inequality to produce an “unprecedented global hunger crisis” … Read more

European Union makes Ukraine a candidate for EU membership

BRUSSELS — The European Union agreed Thursday to put Ukraine on a path toward EU membership, acting with uncharacteristic speed and unity to pull the embattled country further away from Russia’s influence and bind it more closely to the West. Meeting at a summit in Brussels, leaders of the EU’s 27 nations mustered the required … Read more

Russians advance on war’s front line in eastern Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine– The Russian military extended its grip on territory in eastern Ukraine as it seeks to cut supply lines and encircle frontline Ukrainian forces, while the Ukrainian military announced Thursday the arrival of powerful US multiple-launch rocket systems it hopes will offer a battlefield advantage. Ukrainian forces withdrew from some areas near the city … Read more

Sanctioned Russian oligarch yacht in Dubai as pressure grows

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A sleek $156 million superyacht belonging to a sanctioned Russian oligarch and parliamentarian is now docked in Dubai, the latest reminder of how the skyscraper-studded sheikhdom has become a haven for Russian money amid Moscow’s war on Ukraine. The 98-meter (324-foot) Madame Gu, which has a helicopter pad, gym, beach … Read more