Russia bombs Ukrainian cities amid Kremlin-organized votes

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities on Saturday as Kremlin-orchestrated votes were held in occupied areas to create a pretext for their annexation by Moscow, while hundreds of people were arrested in Russia for trying to protest a mobilization order that commits more troops to the fight in Ukraine. … Read more

Dissident: “Iranian women are furious” over the death of the headscarf

NEW YORK (AP) — Tears come quickly to Masih Alinejad as she discusses the messages she has received in recent days from women in Iran protesting against their government after a young woman died in police custody for violating the country’s strict religious dress code. They speak of the risks, possibly deadly, of confronting government … Read more

Russians hit Ukraine as Kremlin-organized votes continue

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities on Saturday as Kremlin-orchestrated votes continued in occupied parts of Ukraine to pave the way for their annexation by Moscow. Zaporizhzhia Governor Oleksandr Starukh said the Russians targeted infrastructure in the Dnieper River city and one of the missiles hit a building, killing … Read more

Russian men join exodus, fearful of being called up to fight in Ukraine

ISTANBUL (AP) — Military-aged men fled Russia in droves on Friday, filling planes and causing traffic jams at border crossings to avoid arrest to fight in Ukraine after the Kremlin partially mobilized military. Queues stretching 10 kilometers (6 miles) formed on a road leading to the southern border with Georgia, according to Yandex Maps, a … Read more

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

US: Security Council must tell Russia to stop nuclear threats

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called on every member of the UN Security Council to “send a clear message” to Russia to end its nuclear threats in the war in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier this week that his nuclear-armed country will “certainly use all means at … 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

Puerto Ricans desperate for water after Fiona rampage

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico (AP) — More than half a million people in Puerto Rico were left without water service three days after Hurricane Fiona hit U.S. territory, and many spent hours in lines waiting on Wednesday to fill jugs from tanker trucks while others scooped up water. mountain runoff. Sweat poured down people’s faces in … 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