Ukrainian forces take up new positions as Putin hails Luhansk victory

Ukrainians shift to holding line from Bakhmut to Sloviansk Luhansk battle was one of Europe’s biggest in generations Putin congratulates troops on victory KYIV, July 4 (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces were taking up new defensive lines in the eastern part of the country on Monday, preparing for the next phase in the war as President … Read more

New York bans guns in many public places after Supreme Court ruling

NEW YORK, July 1 (Reuters) – New York state passed a law on Friday banning guns from many public places, including Times Square, and requiring gun-license applicants to prove their shooting proficiency and submit their social media accounts for review by government officials . The law, passed in an emergency legislative session, was forced by … Read more

Missiles kill 17 near Odesa after Ukraine retakes Snake Island

Russia calls Snake Island exit a ‘gesture of goodwill’ Donbas situation more precarious for Ukraine Russian missiles hit apartments, resort near port of Odessa KYIV, July 1 (Reuters) – Russian missiles hit an apartment building and a resort near Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa early on Friday, killing at least 17 people and wounding … Read more

Suspected truck driver in Texas migrant deaths was on meth, lawmaker says

53 migrants died in US border smuggling attempt Suspected driver charged with human trafficking offense Driver had meth in his system, lawmaker and US official say SAN ANTONIO, June 30 (Reuters) – The suspected driver of a truck packed with dozens of migrants who died in blazing heat during a Texas smuggling attempt was allegedly … Read more

Russia abandons Snake Island in strategic victory for Ukraine

KYIV, June 30 (Reuters) – Russian forces abandoned the strategic Black Sea outpost of Snake Island on Thursday, in a major victory for Ukraine that could loosen a Russian grain export blockade threatening to worsen global hunger. Russia’s defense ministry said it had decided to withdraw from the outcrop as a “gesture of goodwill” that … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court expands state power over Native American tribes

WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court on Wednesday dramatically increased the power of states over Native American tribes and undercut its own 2020 ruling that had expanded tribal authority in Oklahoma, handing a victory to Republican officials in that state. In a 5-4 decision authored by conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the court … Read more

NATO backs military aid for ‘heroic’ Ukraine, Russia steps up attacks

NATO brands Russia most ‘significant and direct threat’ Ukraine lauds ‘difficult but essential decisions’ by NATO Putin: Russia will respond to NATO moves in Finland, Sweden Russian missile attacks intensify across Ukraine MADRID/KYIV, June 29 (Reuters) – NATO on Wednesday branded Russia the biggest “direct threat” to Western security after its invasion of Ukraine and … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court allows Louisiana electoral map faulted for racial bias

WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a Republican-drawn map of Louisiana’s six US House of Representatives districts that had been blocked by a judge who found that it likely discriminates against Black voters, a setback for Democrats as they try to retain control of Congress in November’s elections. The justices … Read more

At least 13 killed in Russian missile strike on shopping mall, Ukraine says

Ukrainian officials say shopping mall hit by missiles President Zelenskiy condemns attack Russia has denied targeting civilians in Ukraine KREMENCHUK, Ukraine, June 27 (Reuters) – Two Russian missiles slammed into a crowded shopping center in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk on Monday, killing at least 13 people and wounding 50, the regional governor said. … Read more

Large U.S. law firms mostly quiet on abortion ruling, are walking a ‘tightrope’

June 26 (Reuters) – The largest US law firms did not take a public stance following the US Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade on Friday, diverging from the approach of some major companies that have made statements on the closely watched abortion case. The high court’s 6-3 Dobbs decision upheld a Republican-backed Mississippi … Read more