Tag Archives: War and unrest

Era ends as Raul Castro steps down as Communist Party chief

HAVANA — Raul Castro said he is stepping down as Cuban Communist Party leader, leaving the island without a Castro guiding affairs for the first time in more than six decades and handing control of the party to a younger generation. The 89-year-old Castro made the announcement in a speech Friday at the opening of […]

Raul Castro, long a sidekick, finally the face of his nation

For most of his life, Raul Castro played second-string to his brother Fidel — first as a guerrilla commander, later as a senior figure in their socialist government By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press April 16, 2021, 10:15 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article HAVANA — For most of his […]

Australia to withdraw last 80 troops from Afghanistan

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia will complete its troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in September in line with the United States and other allies By ROD McGUIRK Associated Press April 15, 2021, 9:30 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article CANBERRA, Australia — Australia would complete its troop withdrawal from […]

Ukraine’s leader requests a talk with Putin, gets no answer

Ukraine’s leader has ask to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the Russian troop build-up along the Russian-Ukrainian border and the rising tensions in eastern Ukraine By YURAS KARMANAU Associated Press April 12, 2021, 8:04 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s leader has asked […]

Syrian on trial in Germany for killing man, injuring another

A Syrian man has gone on trial accused of killing a German man and seriously injuring another in an attack last year that prosecutors said was motivated by Islamic extremist ideology ByThe Associated Press April 12, 2021, 2:19 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BERLIN — A Syrian man […]

Kyrgyzstan approves constitution boosting president’s power

Kyrgyzstan’s national elections commission says voters have overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that substantially increases the president’s powers ByThe Associated Press April 11, 2021, 4:14 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MOSCOW — Kyrgyzstan’s national elections commission says voters have overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that substantially increases the […]

The leaders of Ukraine, Turkey stress territorial integrity

The presidents of Ukraine and Turkey are stressing the importance of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the de-escalation of tensions in eastern Ukraine and security in the Black Sea By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY Associated Press April 10, 2021, 7:23 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article ISTANBUL — The presidents of Ukraine and […]

EXPLAINER: What is behind the latest unrest in N Ireland?

LONDON — Young people have hurled bricks, fireworks and gasoline bombs at police and set hijacked cars and a bus on fire during a week of violence on the streets of Northern Ireland. Police responded with rubber bullets and water cannons. The streets were calmer Friday night, as community leaders appealed for calm after the […]

Kremlin says it fears full-scale fighting in Ukraine’s east

MOSCOW — The Kremlin said Friday it fears a resumption of full-scale fighting in eastern Ukraine and could take steps to protect Russian civilians there, a stark warning that comes amid a Russian troop build-up along the border. The statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, reflected the Kremlin’s determination to prevent Ukraine […]

Ukraine’s president visits conflict area as tensions rise

Ukraine’s president is visiting the area of conflict in his country’s east amid an escalation of tensions that has raised fears of a resumption of large-scale hostilities ByThe Associated Press April 8, 2021, 1:47 PM • 2 min read KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s president on Thursday visited the area of conflict in his country’s east […]