Russian soldier on trial in first Ukraine war-crimes case

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A 21-year-old Russian soldier went on trial Friday in Kyiv for the killing of an unarmed Ukrainian civilian, marking the first war crime prosecution of a member of the Russian military from 11 weeks of bloodshed in Ukraine. read more...

Lebanon voters hope to pull country back from brink

Lebanon is a country in crisis. The UN says about 80% of its people live in poverty. The capital, Beirut, still bears the scars of the devastating port explosion that killed more than 200 people in 2020. The mood is fragile, hurting, desperate. read more...

Detention of WNBA’s Griner in Moscow extended for 1 month

MOSCOW (AP) — The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner said Friday her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month. read more...

Could India cut its defence ties with Russia?

India's long-standing ties to Russia have come under the spotlight - especially in the defence sector - following the invasion of Ukraine. read more...

Biden looks to nudge ASEAN leaders to speak out on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is looking to nudge southeast Asian leaders to be more outspoken about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but the issue continues to be a delicate one for many members of the region’s 10-country alliance with deep ties to Moscow. read more...

Afghanistan pupils in fear after spate of Islamic State attacks

Milad is packing his rucksack for the first time since his school in the west of Kabul was attacked by extremists last month. The 15-year-old pupil wasn't hurt when the first bomb went off, but his father raced to the scene to try to find him, only to be killed in a second explosion. read more...

Slain Al Jazeera journalist laid to rest in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of mourners, some hoisting Palestinian flags and chanting “Palestine, Palestine,” on Friday attended the funeral in Jerusalem for veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who witnesses say was shot and killed by Israeli forces earlier this week while covering a military raid in the occupied West Bank. read more...

UAE’s long-ailing leader Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed dies at 73

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates’ long-ailing ruler, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, died Friday, the government announced in a brief statement. He was 73. read more...

Russia takes losses in failed river crossing, officials say

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia suffered heavy losses when Ukrainian forces destroyed the pontoon bridge enemy troops were using to try to cross a river in the east, Ukrainian and British officials said, another sign of Moscow’s struggle to win decisive victories and salvage a war gone awry. read more...

Finland Nato: Russia threatens to retaliate over membership move

Russia has said it will be forced to take "retaliatory steps" over its neighbour Finland's move to join Nato. read more...

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