Russian men join exodus, fearing call-up to fight in Ukraine

ISTANBUL — Military-aged men fled Russia in droves Friday, filling planes and causing traffic jams at border crossings to avoid being rounded up to fight in Ukraine following the Kremlin’s partial military mobilization. Queues stretching for 10 kilometers (6 miles) formed on a road leading to the southern border with Georgia, according to Yandex Maps, … Read more

Increase in Venezuelan migration is felt across the US

EAGLE PASS, Texas — It cost Nerio two months and everything he had to get from Venezuela to the US, traveling mainly by foot and watching as exhausted fellow migrants were assaulted or left behind to die. Like an increasing number of Venezuelans, Nerio undertook a dangerous journey that included traveling through Panama’s notorious jungle, … Read more

Ukraine combs mass burial site, says signs of torture found

IZIUM, Ukraine — Ukrainian authorities unearthed bodies, some they said bore hallmarks of torture, from a mass burial site Friday in an area recently recaptured from Russian forces. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy cited the site as an example of “what the Russian occupation has led to.” Digging in the rain, workers hauled body after body out … Read more

Over 100 of King Charles’ personal staffers told they could lose their jobs: report

So much for getting the royal treatment. More than 100 staff members who’ve been serving King Charles III at his Clarence House residence in London — some of them for decades — could be laid off now that the new monarch and his wife, Camilla, the Queen Consort, are expected to move to Buckingham Palace. … Read more

‘The emperor has no clothes’: Why China’s reputation for economic management is coming undone

As governments in the US and Europe mishandled one calamity after another — from the 2008 financial crisis to botched efforts to contain COVID-19 — even champions of liberal democracy looked on with envy as China’s policy makers navigated the same troubled waters with apparent ease. But the cracks of China’s governing model are beginning … Read more

How Europe’s Energy Crisis Could Play Out

The energy crunch in Europe escalated into a full-blown crisis this past week after Vladimir Putin cut off the pipeline that supplies a third of the natural gas that Russia sends to Europe. Natural-gas prices soared 30% at one point, and Goldman Sachs analysts projected that Europeans will see their monthly energy bills triple this … Read more

Russia announces troop pullback from Ukraine’s Kharkiv area

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia’s Defense Ministry said Saturday that it is pulling back forces from two areas in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region where a Ukrainian counteroffensive has made significant advances in the past week. Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said the troops would be regrouped from the Balakliya and Izyum areas to the Donetsk region. Izyum … Read more

Cancer claims 4-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Lance Mackey, one of mushing’s most colorful and accomplished champions who also suffered from health and drug issues, has died. The four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race winner died Wednesday from cancer, his father and kennel announced on Facebook. He was 52. Officials with the world’s most famous sled dog race said … Read more

US: Russia to buy rockets, artillery shells from North Korea

WASHINGTON — The Russian Ministry of Defense is in the process of purchasing millions of rockets and artillery shells from North Korea for its ongoing fight in Ukraine, according to a newly downgraded US intelligence finding. A US official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the intelligence determination, said Monday that the … Read more

Israeli army: ‘High probability’ soldier killed reporter

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military on Monday announced the long-awaited results of its investigation into the deadly shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, saying there was a “high probability” an Israeli soldier had mistakenly killed her during a raid in the occupied West Bank last May. It was the closest that Israel has … Read more