Russia releases US Marine vet in surprise prisoner exchange

WASHINGTON (AP) – Russia and the United States have carried out an unexpected prisoner exchange in a time of high tensions, trading on Wednesday a Marine veteran jailed by Moscow for a convicted Russian drug trafficker serving a long prison sentence in America. The deal involving Trevor Reedan American imprisoned for nearly three years, would … Read more

Russia cuts off gas to 2 NATO nations in bid to divide West

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) – Russia cut off natural gas to NATO members Poland and Bulgaria on Wednesday and threatened to do the same to other countries, using its most essential exports in what was seen as a bid to punish and divide the West over its support for Ukraine. The move, condemned by European leaders … Read more

Business Highlights: Gas ‘blackmail,’ Meta’s profit

___ Musk’s Twitter ambitions to collide with Europe’s tech rules LONDON (AP) – A hands-off approach to moderating content at Elon Musk’s Twitter could clash with ambitious new laws in Europe meant to protect users from disinformation, hate speech and other harmful material. European Union officials and digital campaigners have been quick to say that … Read more

EU nations accuse Russia of using natural gas as ‘blackmail’

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Polish and Bulgarian leaders accused Moscow of using natural gas to blackmail their countries after Russia’s state-controlled energy company stopped supplying them with gas Wednesday. European Union leaders echoed those comments and were holding an emergency meeting on the Russian move. The gas cutoff to Poland and Bulgaria came after Russian … Read more

Russia releases US Marine vet as part of prisoner exchange

WASHINGTON (AP) – Russia and the United States have carried out an unexpected prisoner exchange in a time of high tensions, trading a Marine veteran jailed by Moscow for a convicted Russian drug trafficker serving a long prison sentence in America. The deal announced by both countries involving Trevor Reed, an American imprisoned for nearly … Read more

Chinese drone giant DJI suspends business in Russia, Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war News

DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer, has announced it is temporarily halting operations in Russia and Ukraine, in a rare example of a Chinese firm suspending business in response to the war in Ukraine. “DJI is internally reassessing compliance requirements in various jurisdictions,” the Shenzhen-headquartered firm said in a statement on Wednesday. “Pending the current … Read more

Putin gets what he didn’t want: Ukraine army closer to West

WASHINGTON (AP) – The longer Ukraine’s army fends off the invading Russians, the more it absorbs the advantages of Western weapons and training – exactly the transformation President Vladimir Putin wanted to prevent by invading in the first place. The list of arms flowing to Ukraine is long and growing longer. It includes new American … Read more

2022 French election: Polling agencies project reelection for Macron

PARIS (AP) – French President Emmanuel Macron comfortably won a second term Sunday, triggering relief among allies that the nuclear-armed power will not abruptly shift course in the midst of the war in Ukraine from the European Union and NATO efforts to punish and contain Russia’s military expansionism. The second five-year term for the 44-year-old … Read more

2022 French election: Voters pick between Macron and Le Pen

PARIS (AP) – French polling agencies are projecting that centrist President Emmanuel Macron will win France’s presidential runoff Sunday, beating far-right rival Marine Le Pen in a tight race that was overshadowed by the war in Ukraine and saw a surge in French support for extremist ideas. If the projections are borne out by official … Read more

Ukraine leader pushes for more arms; US officials to visit

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine’s leader petitioned for more powerful Western weapons as he prepared to meet with top US officials in the war-torn country’s capital Sunday and Russian forces concentrated their attacks on the east, including trying to dislodge the last Ukrainian troops holding out in the battered port city of Mariupol. President Volodymyr … Read more