Russia faces stall in Ukraine; Finland favors joining NATO

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Almost three months after Russia shocked the world by invading Ukraine, its military faced a bogged-down war, the prospect of a bigger NATO and a defending country invigorated by its win in a hugely popular pan-European music Sunday competition. Top NATO diplomats, including US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, gathered Sunday … Read more

Pro-choice advocates protest nationwide after Supreme Court Roe v. Wade draft leak

Protesters gathered in New York, Washington, DC and other US cities Saturday to march for legal protections of abortion and to protest the potential end of Roe v. Wade. The “Bans Off Our Bodies” event, organized by a coalition of groups including Planned Parenthood and the Women’s March on the National Mall in DC, is … Read more

Finland’s leaders call for NATO membership ‘without delay’

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland’s leaders said Thursday they’re in favor of rapidly applying for NATO membership, paving the way for a historic expansion of the alliance that could deal a serious blow to Russia as its military struggles with its war in Ukraine. The annoucement by President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin means … Read more

Ukraine shuts off Russian pipeline amid talk of annexation

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine shut down a pipeline Wednesday that carries Russian natural gas to homes and industries in Western Europe, while a Kremlin-installed official in a southern region seized by Russian troops said the area will ask Moscow to annex it. The immediate effect of the energy cutoff is likely to be limited, … Read more

Live Updates | Britain Pledges to Defend Sweden; Deal Signed | World News

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Britain has pledged to defend Sweden if the country came under attack, with Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Magdalena Andersson signing a security assurance deal outside Stockholm on Wednesday. Sweden and neighboring Finland are pondering whether to join NATO following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Johnson is later expected to … Read more

Ukrainians stop Russian gas at one hub, make gains in east

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine stopped the flow of Russian natural gas on Wednesday through a hub that feeds European homes and stoves, while Kyiv’s military claimed it made some gains in grinding battles near a key northeastern city. In 11 weeks, the war has played out on battlefields in Ukrainian towns and cities but … Read more

Live updates | Pipeline operator stops gas in 1 Ukraine hub

Ukraine’s natural gas pipeline operator has stopped Russian shipments through a key hub in the east of the country. Wednesday’s move was the first time natural gas supply has been affected by the war that began in February. It may force Russia to shift flows of its gas through territory controlled by Ukraine to reach … Read more

Russia pummels vital port of Odesa, targeting supply lines

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Russia pummeled the vital port of Odesa, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday, in an apparent effort to disrupt supply lines and Western weapons shipments critical to Kyiv’s defense. Ukraine’s ability to stymie a larger, better-armed Russian military has surprised many who had anticipated a much quicker end to the conflict. With the … Read more

Russia marks WWII victory overshadowed by Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday sought to cast Moscow’s military action in Ukraine as a forced response to Western policies and a necessary move to ward off a potential aggression. Speaking at a military parade on Red Square marking the World War II victory over the Nazis, Putin drew parallels between … Read more

Putin to mark Victory Day as Russia presses Ukraine assault

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pushed forward Monday in their assault on Ukraine, seeking to capture the crucial southern port city of Mariupol as Moscow prepared to celebrate its national Victory Day holiday. Determined to show a success in a war now in its 11th week, Russian troops have targeted a sprawling seaside steel … Read more