Occupied Ukraine holds Kremlin-organized vote on joining Russia

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Kremlin-orchestrated referendum began Friday in occupied parts of Ukraine that sought to integrate them into Russia, with some officials carrying ballots into buildings accompanied by armed police. Kyiv and the West condemned it as a rigged election whose outcome was predetermined by Moscow. In a dark reminder of the brutality … Read more

Regions of Ukraine held by Moscow in ‘fictitious’ vote to join Russia

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Voting began Friday in Ukrainian regions held by Moscow on referendums to become part of Russia, Russian-backed officials said. The referendums orchestrated by the Kremlinwhich have been widely denounced by Ukraine and the West as impostures without any legal force, are seen as a step towards the annexation of the territories … Read more

Officials: Fugitive in Navy corruption case tried to visit Russia

SAN DIEGO (AP) — From escaped two weeks agoofficials say the fugitive Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed ‘Fat Leonard’ – who orchestrated one of the US Navy’s biggest corruption scandals – has been crossing countries to find a place where he could practically become untouchable for the American authorities. It almost worked. After cutting an ankle … Read more

Trump’s legal woes mount without presidential protection

WASHINGTON (AP) – Stark repudiation by federal judges he named. Large scope fraud allegations by the New York Attorney General. It’s been a week of growing legal troubles for Donald Trump, laid bare the challenges keep piling up because the former president operates without the protections offered by the White House. The bravado that has … Read more

Indiana abortion clinics reopen after judge blocks ban

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — After an Indiana judge blocked enforcement of the state’s abortion ban on Thursday, phones began ringing at abortion clinics across Indiana, who are preparing to resume the procedure a week after the ban came into force. “People are learning that abortion is legal again, and people are ready to get the health … Read more

Tears and hugs for Russians called up to fight in Ukraine

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Russia stepped up its military and political campaign Thursday to capture Ukrainian territory, mustering Russian army reservists to fight, plotting votes on annexation of occupied areas and launching new deadly attacks . One day after President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization to reinforce its troops in Ukraine, dramatic scenes of … Read more

Ukrainian Zelensky sets out his arguments against Russia at the UN

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Ukraine’s president made a detailed case against Russia’s invasion at the United Nations and demanded punishment from world leaders in a speech delivered just hours after Moscow made a extraordinary announcement that it would mobilize reservists for the war effort. Buoyed by a counter-offensive that recaptured swathes of territory seized by … Read more

Khmer Rouge tribunal ends its work after 16 years, 3 judgments

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The international tribunal convened in Cambodia to try the Khmer Rouge for their brutal 1970s rule ended Thursday after spending $337 million and 16 years to convict just three men of crimes after the regime caused the death of an estimated 1.7 million people. In its last session, the UN-assisted … Read more

House passes election law overhaul in response to Jan. 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed legislation to revise rules for certifying presidential election results as lawmakers ramp up their response to the January 6, 2021, uprising and Donald Trump’s failed attempt to stay in power. The bill, which is akin to bipartisan legislation progresses in the Senatewould revise an obscure law from the … Read more

Putin orders partial military call, sparking protests

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a partial mobilization of reservists, taking a risky and deeply unpopular step that follows humiliating setbacks for his troops nearly seven months after invading Ukraine. Russia’s first such call since World War II has heightened tensions with Western supporters of Ukraine, who have called … Read more