Russia pushes to block 2nd city in eastern Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine– Russian forces are trying to block a city in eastern Ukraine, the region’s governor said Saturday, after their relentless assault on a nearby city forced Ukrainian troops to begin withdrawal after weeks of intense fighting. Russia also launched missile attacks on areas far from the heart of the eastern battles. Serhiy Haidai, governor … Read more

Morocco: 5 migrants dead in stampede in bid to enter Melilla

RABAT, Morocco — Five Africans seeking to cross into Spain were killed and scores of migrants and police were injured in what Moroccan authorities called a “stampede” of people surging across Morocco’s border fence with the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla on Friday. A total of 133 migrants breached the border between the Moroccan … Read more

Death toll from Afghanistan’s quake rises to 1,150 people

GAYAN, Afghanistan — The death toll from a devastating earthquake in Afghanistan continued to climb days after it turned brick and stone homes into rubble, killing 1,150 people and wounding scores more, according to the latest figures carried in state media on Friday. The country of 38 million people was already in the midst of … 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

77 years after battle’s end, Okinawa wants US base reduced

TOKYO — Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki is marking the 77th anniversary Thursday of the end of one of the harshest World War II battles fought on the southern islands by calling for further reduction of US military presence there amid growing fear of getting embroiled in regional tension. The southern island group was the site … Read more

4 people wounded by man on stabbing rampage in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand– A man wounded four people in a stabbing rampage Thursday in a New Zealand city before bystanders brought him to the ground, authorities said. Police District Commander Naila Hassan said the suspect in the Auckland attack was in custody. “This was an extremely fast-moving incident, where our police staff responded quickly, apprehended … Read more

Myanmar ministers join Southeast Asian defense meeting

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Myanmar’s defense minister, under sanctions from the United States, Britain and other countries for abuses committed by his country’s military, was welcomed Wednesday to an annual meeting with his counterparts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Gen. Mya Tun Oo wore his military uniform as he attended the ASEAN defense … Read more

‘Everything is on fire’: Ukraine region weathers bombardment

KYIV, Ukraine– Russian attacks laid down a curtain of fire Tuesday across areas of eastern Ukraine where pockets of resistance are denying Moscow full military control of the region, almost four months after the Kremlin unleashed its invasion. “Today everything that can burn is on fire,” Serhiy Haidai, the governor of Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region, … Read more

Israel praises Argentina grounding plane with Iranian crew

BUENOS AIRES — Israel praised Argentina on Thursday for holding a Venezuelan plane that included Iranian crew, saying the flight shows Tehran is trying to expand its influence in South America. Washington also made clear it is keeping close tabs on the investigation into the Boeing 747, which was loaded with automotive parts and raised … Read more