One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot towards China

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a recent closed-door meeting with leaders of the agency’s counterterrorism center, the CIA’s No. 2 officials made it clear that fighting al-Qaida and other extremist groups would remain a priority — but that the agency’s money and resources would be increasingly shifted to focusing on China. The CIA drone attack that … Read more

Shift in war’s front seen as grain leaves Ukraine; plant hit

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Four more ships carrying agricultural cargo were held up by the war in Ukraine received authorization Sunday to leave the country’s Black Sea coast as analysts warned that Russia was moving troops and equipment in the direction of the southern port cities to stave off a Ukrainian counteroffensive. Ukraine and Russia … Read more

Ukraine grain shipments offer hope, not fix to food crisis

BEIRUT (AP) – A ship bringing corn to Lebanon’s northern port of Tripoli normally would not cause a stir. But it’s getting attention because of where it came from: Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa. The Razoni, loaded with more than 26,000 tons of corn for chicken feed, is emerging from the edges of a … Read more

Russian forces began assault on two eastern Ukrainian cities

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian forces began an assault Saturday on two key cities in the eastern Donetsk region and kept up rocket and shelling attacks on other Ukrainian cities, including one close to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Ukraine’s military and local officials said. Both cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka have been considered key targets … Read more

Russian forces began assault on two eastern Ukrainian cities

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces began an assault Saturday on two key cities in the eastern Donetsk region and kept up rocket and shelling attacks on other Ukrainian cities, including one close to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Ukraine’s military and local officials said. . Both cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka have been considered … Read more

3 more ships with grain depart Ukraine ports under UN deal

ISTANBUL (AP) – Three more ships carrying thousands of tons of corn left Ukrainian ports Friday and traveled through mined waters towards inspection of their delayed cargo, a sign that an international deal to export grain held up since Russia invaded Ukraine was slowly progressing. But major hurdles lie ahead to get food to the … Read more

Timeline: Week 23 of Russia’s war in Ukraine Russia-Ukraine war News

Al Jazeera looks at the main events that marked the 23rd week of the war in Ukraine: July 27 In Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk province, Russian forces focus on attacking Siversk and Bakhmut. Ukrainian general staff reported unsuccessful Russian attempts to attack Verkhnokamyanske, east of Siversk. The general staff also said Ukrainian forces repelled Russian efforts … Read more

Turkey’s Erdogan to meet Putin in Russia: What to expect | Russia-Ukraine war News

Istanbul, Turkey – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet his Russian counterpart on Friday in Sochi, after brokering a grain shipment deal between Moscow and Kyiv and as a new Turkish military intervention in Syria remains a possibility. The summit with Vladimir Putin comes in the same week that a ship carrying Ukrainian grain … Read more

Senate backs Finland, Sweden for NATO 95-1, rebooking Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) – US Senators delivered overwhelming bipartisan approval to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden Wednesday, calling expansion of the Western defensive bloc a “slam-dunk” for US national security and a day of reckoning for Russian President Vladimir Putin over his invasion. of Ukraine. Wednesday’s 95-1 vote — for the candidacy of two Western … Read more

Inspectors OK 1st Ukrainian grain ship but no sign yet of more

ISTANBUL (AP) – The first grain ship to leave Ukraine and cross the Black Sea under a wartime deal passed inspection Wednesday in Istanbul and headed to Lebanon. Ukraine said 17 other vessels were “loaded and waiting for permission to leave,” but there was no word yet on when they could depart. A joint civilian … Read more