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

Gaza death toll rises amid cease-fire talks

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Israeli aircraft pummeled targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, driving up the Palestinian death toll, and militants fired repeated rounds of rockets that reached deep into Israel, even as reports emerged that the sides were seeking a cease-fire deal. While Egyptian officials worked on an agreement, another seven … 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

Blinken: China should not hold global concerns ‘hostage’

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Saturday that China should not hold hostage talks on important global matters such as the climate crisis, after Beijing cut off contacts with Washington in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier this week. Blinken spoke in an online news … 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 (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

Taiwan says China’s military drills appear to simulate an attack

BEIJING (AP) – Taiwan said Saturday that China’s military drills appear to simulate an attack on the self-ruled island, after multiple Chinese warships and aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei. that infuriated Beijing. Taiwan’s armed forces issued an alert, dispatched air and naval … Read more

Israel and Gaza militants exchange fire after deadly strikes

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Israeli jets pounded militant targets in Gaza on Saturday and rocket barrages into southern Israel persisted, raising fears of an escalation after a wave of Israeli airstrikes on the coastal enclave killed at least 12 people, including a senior militant and a 5-year-old girl. The fighting began with Israel’s … 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