McConnell gets win on Trump in NATO vote
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) clinched a victory on Wednesday when the Senate — including 48 of the chamber’s 50 Republicans — voted overwhelmingly to admit Finland and Sweden to NATO. The resolution, which cleared the chamber in a bipartisan 95-1 vote, was a top priority for the Republican leader, who wanted to send a signal…news.yahoo.com
President's Office confirms that North Macedonia has donated Su-25 jets to Ukraine
EUROPEAN PRAVDA - SATURDAY, 6 AUGUST 2022, 17:39 Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to the Head of the President's Office of Ukraine, confirmed on Saturday that North Macedonia has transferred four Su-25 attack aircraft to Ukraine.news.yahoo.com
UN experts: Malian military and 'white' soldiers killed 33
U.N. experts say in a new report that Malian armed forces allegedly carried out an operation with “white-skinned soldiers” near the border with Mauritania in March, shooting and burning at least 33 civilians in one of several operations where the country’s ruling military appeared to work closely with likely Russian mercenarieswashingtonpost.com
Barr calls Jan. 6 subpoenas "significant," says nominating Trump would be "really bad" for GOP
Former Attorney General Bill Barr says recent federal grand jury subpoenas in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot suggest that prosecutors are "taking a hard look" at high-ranking Trump allies and the former president himself. He also said he thinks it would be "really bad for the party" if Trump were the 2024 Republican nominee. Barr spoke with CBS News' Catherine Herridge in an exclusive interview Friday.news.yahoo.com
Zelenskyy: 28 billion hryvnias worth of Russian assets have been confiscated
IRYNA BALACHUK - FRIDAY, 5 AUGUST 2022, 23:01 Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Photo by the Office of the President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine, reported that as of 5 August, Ukraine has confiscated 28 billion hryvnias worth of Russian assets, and the work is continuing.news.yahoo.com
Social media provides flood of images of death and carnage from Ukraine war – and contributes to weaker journalism standards
A soldier's body lies next to a destroyed Russian truck on the outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 25, 2022. AP Photo/Vadim GhirdaPhotos of civilians killed or injured in the Russia-Ukraine war are widespread, particularly online, both on social media and in professional news media. Editors have always published images of dead or suffering people during times of crisis, like wars and natural disasters. But the current crisis has delivered many more of these images, more widely published onlinnews.yahoo.com
How Russia’s Ukraine War Is Stoking Tension in Kosovo
Three decades after the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia, the ethnic hostilities that ignited the conflict linger on. Kosovo declared its independence from former Yugoslav republic Serbia in 2008, but Serbia refuses to let it go. There was a flare-up in the dispute in mid-2022 that raised fears of violence on the European Union’s southeastern frontier before the situation was defused. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine added a new dimension to the standoff, with Serbia coming under pressure from the EU towashingtonpost.com
To this retired commander, the ISS was the last good bond between the U.S. and Russia
Retired Air Force colonel and NASA astronaut Terry Virts commanded the ISS in 2014 and 2015, but says he wouldn't want to partner with Russia in space until it leaves Ukraine and pays for the damage.npr.org
Senate backs Finland, Sweden for NATO 95-1, rebuking Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Senators delivered overwhelming bipartisan approval to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden Wednesday, calling expansion of the Western defensive bloc a “slam-dunk” for U.S.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Ex-Putin adviser Chubais reported to be in European hospital
Anatoly Chubais, who resigned as a high-ranking adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin and left Russia shortly after the invasion of Ukraine, was reported to be in intensive care in a European hospital on Sunday for a neurological disorder. Ksenia Sobchak, a Russian television personality and family friend of Chubais, said on Telegram that she had spoken with his wife, Avdotya, and that he was suffering from Guillain-Barre syndrome.news.yahoo.com
France skirts over Khashoggi killing amid Saudi prince visit
France’s presidency has focused on global warming, the war in Ukraine and the Iran nuclear deal in relaying details about the controversial dinner in Paris between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Isolation complication? US finds it's hard to shun Russia
The Biden administration likes to say Russia has become isolated internationally because of its invasion of Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin has been meeting with world leaders, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country is a NATO member. Meanwhile, his top diplomat, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, is jetting around the world, smiling, shaking hands and posing for photos with foreign leaders — including some friends of the U.S.news.yahoo.com
Scholz: Germany's increased coal, oil use will be temporary
Chancellor Olaf Scholz says Germany’s decision to reactivate coal and oil-fired power plants to relieve energy shortages because of the war in Ukraine is only temporary and his government remains committed to doing “everything” to combat the climate crisis.
The AP Interview: Spanish PM says NATO summit to show unity
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says the NATO summit in Madrid this week aims to showcase the Western allies' united front in defense of democratic values in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while providing a platform to increase the bloc’s deterrence capabilities.
Oil industry says Granholm meeting sends 'positive signal'
Groups representing the oil industry and refiners say a meeting with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm was productive and should send a signal to markets that the United States is committed to long-term investments in the oil and refining industry.