Puzzling outbreak of liver disease in kids spreads to EU, US

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LONDON (AP) — Health officials say they have detected more cases of a mysterious liver disease in children that was first identified in Britain, with new infections spreading to Europe and the US last week, British officials reported 74 cases of hepatitis, or liver inflammation, found in children since January. The usual factors that cause … Read more

UK plan to fly asylum-seekers to Rwanda draws outrage

UK plan to fly asylum-seekers to Rwanda draws outrage

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Conservative government has struck a deal with Rwanda to send some asylum-seekers thousands of miles away to the East African country, a move that opposition politicians and refugee groups condemned as inhumane, unworkable and a waste of public money. Home Secretary Priti Patel visited the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on Thursday to … Read more

Austria’s Nehammer says he visited Putin to look at him in the eyes and confront him

Austria's Nehammer says he visited Putin to look at him in the eyes and confront him

In this file photo, a Ukrainian service member carries an American-made Javelin missile system in a trench position north of Kyiv, on March 13. (Gleb Garanich/Reuters) The Pentagon is convening a meeting of its top weapons makers Wednesday to discuss the industry’s capacity to support Ukraine in a protracted war with Russia, according to an … Read more

Putin ally Viktor Medvedchuk detained in “special operation,” Zelensky says

Viktor Medvedchuk, a pro-Russian Ukrainian politician and oligarch sits in a chair with his hands cuffed after a "special operation." was carried out in Ukraine on April 12.

Rep. Victoria Spartz, the first Ukrainian-born member of Congress speaks with other members prior to the start of President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on March 1. (J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/AP/Getty Images) Rep. Victoria Spartz, the first Ukrainian-born member of Congress, is urging the State Department to send its diplomats back into Ukraine. Spartz, … Read more

Mayor: More than 10,000 civilians dead in Ukraine port city

Mayor: More than 10,000 civilians dead in Ukraine port city

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Corpses are now “carpeted through the streets” of Mariupol after Russian troops killed more than 10,000 civilians over the past six weeks in their unsuccessful fight to capture the strategic southern port, the mayor said, while Western powers warned Tuesday of an ongoing buildup for a suspected Russian assault in Ukraine’s … Read more

Russian forces left bombs, death and destruction around Kyiv. Now a massive demining operation is underway

Russian forces left bombs, death and destruction around Kyiv.  Now a massive demining operation is underway

“Fire,” he shouts, before bracing and pressing the trigger. A fraction of a second later, an ear-ringing bang pierces through the otherwise silent countryside. This is the sixth controlled explosion 34-year-old Opanasenko and his demining unit have carried out since Russia withdrew its forces from the Kyiv region earlier this month. Today, they blew up … Read more

French election: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen on track to advance to runoff, data shows

French election: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen on track to advance to runoff, data shows

Macron, France’s current president, appears poised to take 28.6% of the votes from the first round of the election on Sunday, putting him in first place, according to an analysis conducted by pollster Ifop-Fiducal for French broadcasters TF1 and LCI. Le Pen, a long-time standard-bearer for the French far-right, is on track to come in … Read more

Ukrainian defenders dig in as Russia lines up more firepower

Ukrainian defenders dig in as Russia lines up more firepower

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces dug in while Russia lined up more firepower Sunday and tapped a decorated general to take centralized control of the war ahead of a potentially decisive showdown in eastern Ukraine that could start within days. Experts said the next phase of the battle may begin with a full-scale offensive. … Read more

Ukraine digs in to fight Russia’s looming eastern offensive

Ukraine digs in to fight Russia's looming eastern offensive

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces dug in while Russia lined up more firepower Sunday and tapped a decorated general as war commander ahead of a potentially decisive showdown in eastern Ukraine that experts said could start within days with a full-scale offensive. The outcome of that confrontation could determine the course of the war, … Read more

Putin appoints new commander for Ukraine

In this pool photo taken on Thursday, March 17, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, poses with Col. Gen. Alexander Dvornikov during an awarding ceremony in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia.

In this pool photo taken on Thursday, March 17, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, poses with Col. Gen. Alexander Dvornikov during an awarding ceremony in Moscow’s Kremlin, Russia. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool/AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed a new general to direct the war in Ukraine as his military shifts plans after a failure … Read more