Half of Russia’s Black Sea fleet’s fighter jets out of action, Western official says

LONDON, Aug. 19 (Reuters) – Blasts at Saky Air Force Base in the annexed Crimean peninsula earlier this month knocked out more than half of Russia’s Black Sea fighter jets, a Western official said Friday. The air base near Novofedorivka on the west coast of the peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, suffered … Read more

Low water levels on the Danube reveal sunken German warships from World War II

PRAHOVO, Serbia, Aug. 19 (Reuters) – Europe’s worst drought in years has pushed the mighty Danube River to one of its lowest levels in nearly a century, sinking the hulls of dozens of explosive-laden German warships during World War II near the Serbian river port city of Prahovo. The ships were among the hundreds sunk … Read more

Russian Jews Head to Israel as Kremlin Targets Emigration Group

Emigration to Israel from Russia has increased in 2022 Russia wants to close branch of Jewish Agency in Moscow First court hearing in case expected on Friday TEL AVIV, Aug. 18 (Reuters) – In the hours after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Ilya Fomintsev, a 43-year-old oncologist and director of a medical charity, took to … Read more

Many feared deaths, including prominent cleric, after Kabul . mosque bomb attack

At least 10 people, including a prominent cleric, were killed in a bomb attack on a mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul during evening prayers on Wednesday, an eyewitness and police said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, the last to hit the country in the year since the Taliban seized … Read more

NATO says it is ready to step up forces if tensions between Serbia and Kosovo escalate

BRUSSELS, Aug. 17 (Reuters) – NATO will increase its peacekeeping force in Kosovo if tensions with neighboring Serbia escalate, the alliance’s leader said Wednesday, on the eve of EU-facilitated talks between the Western Balkans’ alienated neighbors. “We now have an important mission, a military presence in Kosovo of nearly 4,000 troops,” Jens Stoltenberg told a … Read more

Germany, Israel Condemn Palestinian President’s Holocaust Remarks

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attend a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Aug. 16, 2022. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Outrage At Abbas Claims Israel Guilty Of ’50 Holocausts’ German Chancellor, Israeli Prime Minister Lead Conviction In response, Abbas calls Holocaust ‘most heinous crime’ Germany … Read more

China sends troops to Russia for exercise ‘Vostok’

Members of the Chinese team operate with their Type 96A tank during the Tank Biathlon competition at the International Army Games 2022 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Russia, August 16, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, Aug. 17 (Reuters) – Chinese troops will travel to Russia to participate in … Read more

Explosions cause ammunition depot in Crimea in suspected Ukrainian attack

Explosions and fires ripped through an ammunition depot in Russia-annexed Crimea in the second suspected Ukrainian attack on the peninsula in just over a week, forcing more than 3,000 people to be evacuated. Russia accused the explosions in the village of Mayskoye of an “act of sabotage”, without naming the perpetrators. Separately, the Russian business … Read more

Ammunition depot explodes in northern Crimea – TASS cites local authorities

MOSCOW, Aug. 16 (Reuters) – An ammunition depot exploded in northern Crimea, Russia’s TASS news agency reported Tuesday, citing the administration of the village of Mayskoye. The Russian Defense Ministry said there were no “serious” casualties in the Mayskoye explosion, state news agency RIA reported. Earlier on Tuesday, RIA also reported a fire at a … Read more

Ukraine calls on world to ‘show strength’ after shelling near nuclear power plant

Zelenskiy wants new sanctions against Russian nuclear sector Ukraine and Russia blame shelling near factory IAEA has warned of factory disasters unless fighting stops Kiev, Aug. 16 (Reuters) – Ukraine called for new sanctions against Russia, highlighting the risks and consequences of a catastrophe at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, where new shelling nearby has … Read more