Rare earths, Ukraine top agenda on French President Macron’s historic visit to Mongolia

Access to rare earth minerals and Russia’s war against Ukraine topped the agenda on French President Emmanuel Macron’s historic visit to Mongolia France’s President Emmanuel Macron, right, speaks with U.S. President Joe Biden after a family photo session of leaders of the G7 and invited countries during the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Hiroshima, western Japan, … Read more

Zelenskyy says ‘Bakhmut is only in our hearts’ after Russia claims controls of Ukrainian city

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday that Bakhmut was “only in our hearts,” hours after Russia’s defense ministry reported that forces of the Wagner private army, with the support of Russian troops, had seized the city in eastern Ukraine. Speaking alongside U.S. President Joe Biden at the Group of Seven summit in … Read more

G7 urges China to press Russia to end war in Ukraine, respect Taiwan’s status, fair trade rules

HIROSHIMA, Japan — HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — The Group of Seven wealthy democracies united Saturday in urging China to pressure its strategic partner Russia to end its war on Ukraine. In a joint statement issued Saturday, the G7 leaders emphasized they did not want to harm China and were seeking “constructive and stable relations” with … Read more

Putin tells Red Square parade ‘real war’ unleashed on Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday told his country’s Victory Day parade on Moscow’s Red Square that “a real war” has been unleashed against Russia by the West’s “untamed ambitions,” shortly after the Kremlin’s forces rained cruise missiles on Ukrainian targets. “Today civilization is once again at a decisive turning point,” Putin said at Moscow’s … Read more

Putin visits Russian troops in occupied Ukraine

The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited headquarters of the Russian troops fighting in Ukraine KYIV, Ukraine — Russian President Vladimir Putin visited headquarters of the Russian troops fighting in Ukraine early Tuesday, his second trip to the Russian-held territories there since March. A video released by the Kremlin and broadcast by Russian … Read more

MA Air National Guardsman Eyed as Classified Doc Leaker: Sources – NBC Chicago

The person whom federal investigators suspect leaked classified documents about Ukraine’s war effort is a member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, sources tell NBC News. He has been identified as Jack Teixeira, 21, two law enforcement officials told NBC News, saying an arrest was imminent. The New York Times first reported that Teixiera was … Read more

US turns to new ways to punish Russian oligarchs for the war

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has begun an aggressive new push to inflict pain on Russia’s economy and specifically its oligarchs with the intent of thwarting the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine. From the Treasury Department to the Justice Department, U.S. officials will focus on efforts to legally liquidate the property of Russian oligarchs, expand financial penalties … Read more

Germany cautious over Nord Stream pipeline attack reports

BERLIN — Germany’s defense minister voiced caution Wednesday over media reports that a pro-Ukraine group was involved in blowing up the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea last year. German daily newspaper Die Zeit and public broadcasters ARD and SWR reported Tuesday that investigators were able to largely reconstruct how the pipelines from … Read more

Scholz warns of ‘consequences’ if China sends arms to Russia

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says there would be “consequences” if China sends weapons to Russia for Moscow’s war in Ukraine, but he’s fairly optimistic that Beijing will refrain from doing so BERLIN — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says there would be “consequences” if China sent weapons to Russia for Moscow’s war in Ukraine, but he’s … Read more

CIA chief: China has some doubt on ability to invade Taiwan

WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence shows that China’s President Xi Jinping has instructed his country’s military to “be ready by 2027″ to invade Taiwan though he may be currently harboring doubts about his ability to do so given Russia’s experience in its war with Ukraine, CIA Director William Burns said. Burns, in a television interview that … Read more