• Turkey Aug 15

    Turkey Evacuates Some Flooding Victims; Death Toll Hits 62

    The death toll in Turkey’s severe floods this week has climbed to at least 62 people Sunday.

  • Head Sep 7, 2019

    Russia and Ukraine Trade Prisoners, Each Fly 35 to Freedom

    Russia and Ukraine conducted a major prisoner exchange that freed 35 people detained in each country and flew them to the other, a deal that could help advance Russia-Ukraine relations and end five years of fighting in Ukraine’s east. The trade involved some of the highest-profile prisoners caught up in a bitter standoff between Ukraine and Russia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr...

  • president May 25, 2019

    UN Court: Russia Must Free 3 Detained Ukraine Ships, Sailors

    A U.N. maritime tribunal ruled Saturday that Russia must immediately release three Ukrainian naval vessels it captured in November and free the 24 sailors it detained. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea issued its order at its Hamburg headquarters following a hearing earlier this month. Russia stayed away from both the hearing and Saturday’s session. Ukraine’s new...

  • Donald Trump Dec 30, 2018

    Mixed Year for Putin as Tensions With West Grow

    It’s been a mixed year for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin may look like a winner after an abrupt U.S. decision to pull out of Syria. But Russia’s leader faces massive challenges in Syria and elsewhere, and he hasn’t moved an inch closer toward throwing off the Western sanctions that have emaciated Russia’s economy. The Russian military campaign in Syria...

  • guard Nov 30, 2018

    Ukraine Bars Entry to Russian Males, Upping Ante in Conflict

    Ukrainian officials on Friday upped the ante in the growing confrontation with Russia, announcing a travel ban for most Russian males and searching the home of an influential cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church. The long-simmering conflict bubbled over Sunday when Russian border guards rammed into and opened fired on three Ukrainian vessels near the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed...

  • Germany Nov 27, 2018

    Russia Starts Prosecuting Ukrainians After Sea Clash

    Russia on Tuesday began prosecuting the crew of Ukrainian navy vessels captured over the weekend in a confrontation off Crimea, putting some of the seamen on camera, where they confessed to intruding into Russian waters. Ukraine demanded that Russia stop using “psychological and physical pressure” on the sailors, as tensions between the two neighbors escalated. Ukraine’s top diplomat called the...

  • Associated Press Nov 26, 2018

    Ukraine Considers Martial Law After Russia Seizes Ships

    Tensions are rising between Ukraine and Russia again, four years after Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula. Russia opened fire on three Ukrainian ships and seized them on Nov. 25, claiming the vessels were trespassing on Russian territory though waters where the incident took place are shared.

  • Donald Trump Nov 27, 2018

    After Dispute With Russia, Ukraine to Impose Martial Law

    Ukraine’s parliament voted Monday to impose martial law in parts of the country to fight what its president called “growing aggression” from Moscow after a weekend naval confrontation off the disputed Crimean Peninsula in which Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian vessels amid renewed tensions between the neighbors. Western leaders and diplomats urged both sides to de-escalate the conflict,...

  • Donald Trump Nov 26, 2018

    Russia Fires on Ukrainian Vessels in Black Sea; 2 Wounded

    Russia’s coast guard opened fire on and seized three of Ukraine’s vessels Sunday, wounding two crew members, after a tense standoff in the Black Sea near the Crimean Peninsula, the Ukrainian navy said. Russia blamed Ukraine for provoking the incident, which sharply escalated tensions that have been growing between the two countries since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014,...

  • United States Nov 6, 2018

    Russian Jet Flies Dangerously Close to US Aircraft

    The Pentagon released footage of a Russian fighter jet it says flew dangerously close to a U.S. military reconnaissance plane.

  • United States Nov 5, 2018

    Pentagon: Russian Jet Flies Too Close to US Aircraft

    The Pentagon says that a Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. military reconnaissance plane in international airspace over the Black Sea on Monday. Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon says the Russian SU-27 made a high-speed pass directly in front of the U.S. EP-3 and came “very, very close” to the American aircraft. Pahon says the Russian jet then...

  • Donald Trump Aug 11, 2018

    Erdogan Warns Trump: Turkey Does Not Respond to Threats

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the U.S. on Saturday that his country does not respond to threats, a day after President Donald Trump sent the lira into freefall by announcing he would double the rate of import tariffs on Turkish metals, NBC News reported. The two governments have clashed over a range of issues including the Turkish detention of...

  • Donald Trump Apr 5, 2018

    Trump Sending National Guard Troops to Mexico Border, But They Won't Have Contact With Immigrants

    The Trump administration began outlining a plan Wednesday to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, but will likely not allow the troops to have physical contact with immigrants, according to three administration officials. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially announced the policy in a statement Wednesday afternoon, NBC News reported.

  • Donald Trump Apr 9, 2018

    Impatient for Wall, Trump Wants US Military to Secure Border

    Frustrated by slow action on a big campaign promise, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants to use the military to secure the U.S.-Mexico border until his promised border wall is built. Trump told reporters he’s been discussing the idea with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

  • Donald Trump Apr 3, 2018

    US Opens Door to Possible Trump-Putin White House Meeting

    The Trump administration opened the door to a potential White House meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, raising the possibility of an Oval Office welcome for Putin for the first time in more than a decade even as relations between the two powers have deteriorated. The Kremlin said Monday that Trump had invited the...

  • Donald Trump Mar 21, 2018

    Trump Congratulates Putin, Gets Backtalk From Republicans

    President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to congratulate him on his re-election, drawing bruising criticism from members of his own party, including a leading senator who scorned the election as a “sham.” Trump also said he and Putin might meet “in the not too distant future” to discuss the arms race and other matters. What they...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Putin Claims Crushing Victory in Russian Presidential Vote

    Russian President Vladimir Putin won a fourth presidential term with nearly 77 percent of the vote — his highest score ever and a massive mandate to pursue his nationalist, assertive policies for another six years in power. Near-final results released Monday showed that the other seven candidates were far behind Putin in Sunday’s voting. Observers reported widespread ballot stuffing and...

  • United States Apr 9, 2018

    Turkey Detains 4 ISIS Suspects in Probe of US Embassy Threat

    Turkey’s state-run media says Turkish police have detained four Islamic State suspects as part of an investigation into a possible attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. The U.S. Embassy was closed on Monday over an unspecified security threat. The Anadolu Agency said police detained four suspects on Monday — all of them Iraqi nationals. Two of them were detained...

  • Russia Mar 20, 2018

    Workers Comb Snowy Field for Clues to Russian Plane Crash

    Wading through knee-deep snow, hundreds of emergency workers searched a vast field near Moscow on Monday for remains of the 71 victims from the crash of a Russian airliner, and aviation experts began deciphering the jet’s two flight recorders. Investigators quickly ruled out a terrorist attack in Sunday’s crash of the An-148 regional jet bound for Orsk in the southern...

  • Governor Jan 14, 2018

    Plane Dangles off Cliff After Skidding off Runway in Turkey

    A commercial plane that skidded off a runway after landing in northern Turkey dangled precariously off a muddy cliff with its nose only a few feet from the sea. Some of the 168 people on board the Boeing 737-800 described it as a “miracle” that everyone was evacuated safely. Images show the aircraft on its belly and at an acute...

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