Human rights in Russia have 'significantly' worsened since Ukraine war began, UN-backed expert says
An expert commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body says in her first report on Russia that the rights situation in the country has “significantly deteriorated” since President Vladimir Putin launched his war against Ukraine last February.
'No risk' that NATO member Romania will be dragged into war, senior alliance official says
NATO Deputy-General Secretary Mircea Geoana says there is “no risk” that alliance member Romania will be dragged into a war following the recent discovery of drone fragments on its territory near the border with war-torn Ukraine.
War sanctions against Russia highlight growing divisions among the Group of 20 countries
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is facing growing skepticism from some leading rich and developing nations as the residual impact of sanctions against Russia is deepening divisions among the Group of 20 countries.
Legionnaires' disease outbreak in southeast Poland on decline with only 1 new case reported
Just one new case of Legionnaires’ disease has been reported in southeast Poland in an area close to the Ukraine border, an indication the spread of the disease has been curbed following chlorine disinfection of the water system.
The US sent cluster munitions to Ukraine but activists still seek to bolster a treaty banning them
Backers of an international agreement that bans cluster munitions are striving to prevent erosion in support for it after what one leading human rights group calls an “unconscionable” U.S. decision to ship such weapons to Ukraine for its fight against Russia.
White House says Putin and Kim Jong Un traded letters as Russia looks for munitions from North Korea
The United States, the United Kingdom, South Korea and Japan are urging North Korea to halt arms negotiations with Russia following revelations Russian and North Korean talks on a weapons sale are advancing.
Sweden, Finland and Switzerland are considering security links with US National Guard, general says
Switzerland, Finland and Sweden are considering joining the U.S. National Guard’s security partnership program in a further expansion of U.S. military ties across Europe after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Russia arrests a hard-line nationalist who accused Putin of weakness in Ukraine
A prominent Russian hard-line nationalist who accused President Vladimir Putin of weakness in Ukraine has been arrested on charges of extremism, a signal the Kremlin has toughened its approach with hawkish critics after last month’s abortive rebellion by the Wagner mercenary company.
German leader confident that a surging far-right party will shrink again before the next election
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed optimism that support for a far-right party that’s been surging in the polls lately will shrink to previous levels again by the time of the next national election in 2025.
Top EU lawmaker says firewall against German far right stands, but willing to work with Meloni
The leader of the conservative bloc in the European Parliament says his party will not cooperate with the far-right Alternative for Germany but is willing to work with Italy’s far-right premier to curb migration.
Ukraine and the environment will top the agenda when Biden meets with UK politicians and royalty
A dash of pomp and a dose of politics are on the agenda during President Joe Biden's stopover visit to the U.K. He's due to discuss the environment with King Charles III and the war in Ukraine with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
NATO unity will be tested at upcoming summit. Ukraine's possible entry may be the biggest challenge
With no end in sight to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, NATO leaders are gathering in Lithuania this week for their annual summit at a time when the world's biggest security alliance is facing new tests of its unity.
Armed rebellion by Wagner chief Prigozhin underscores erosion of Russian legal system
Russia’s rebellious mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin walked free from prosecution for his June 24 armed mutiny, and it’s still unclear if anyone will face any charges in the brief uprising against the military or for the deaths of the soldiers killed in it.
Haley says Trump did 'too little' about China threats, warns of global conflict if Ukraine falls
Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley is criticizing former President Donald Trump for being too friendly to China during his time in office while also warning that weak support for Ukraine would “only encourage” China to invade Taiwan.
Amid infighting among Putin's lieutenants, head of mercenary force appears to take a step too far
For months, the head of the Wagner private military contractor bombarded Russia’s top military leaders with expletive-ridden insults in a rift that has weakened the country’s forces amid the war in Ukraine.
NATO wants to fight climate change. Its chief tells AP the trick is to make armies green but strong
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the organization faces a series of challenges as it tries to tackle climate change while ensuring that its member nations still have effective fighting forces.
US sending $325 million package of military aid to Ukraine
The State Department says the U.S. will deliver a new package of military aid to Ukraine, that totals up to $325 million, and will include a wide range of rockets, missiles and other munitions aimed at bolstering the counteroffensive against Russia that is in its early stages.
White House says Iran is helping Russia build a drone factory east of Moscow for the war in Ukraine
The White House says it has intelligence indicating Iran is providing Russia with materials to build a drone manufacturing plant east of Moscow as the Kremlin looks to lock in a steady supply of weaponry for its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Plan to return decommissioned Leopard 2 tanks to Germany wins backing of Swiss executive branch
Switzerland’s executive branch has thrown its weight behind a proposal to decommission 25 out-of-service Leopard 2 battle tanks that Germany’s government wants returned to the German manufacturer to help Berlin plug gaps in its arsenal after it shipped weapons to Ukraine.
US Navy commander: No real change in Russian military's conduct toward Western warships in east Med
A U.S. Navy commander says there is “no significant change” in the conduct of Russian aircraft and warships toward Western naval and air assets in the eastern Mediterranean as Moscow’s war in Ukraine grinds on.
Japan's Kishida says G7 facing historic moment as finance leaders wrap up talks on global economy
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says the world is facing a “historic turning point” as the country prepares to host the annual summit of the Group of Seven advanced economies next week in Hiroshima.
US, Spain collaboration on migration looms large as Biden, Sánchez hold talks at White House
President Joe Biden and Spain's Pedro Sánchez are set to hold talks as their countries are collaborating along with Canada to establish migration hubs in Latin America where asylum seekers fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries can go to apply for protection.
Biden to visit Japan, Australia for meetings with allies
President Joe Biden will visit Japan and Australia next month to huddle with allies on their continued response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as well as ways to confront China’s assertive economic and military moves in the Indo-Pacific region.