May 7, 2015

Ruble conquering east Ukraine

As a wobbly cease-fire keeps eastern Ukraine’s warring factions apart, Russia’s ruble is conquering new territory across the breakaway republics. In Donetsk, the conflict zone’s biggest city, supermarkets have opened ruble-only checkout counters to serve the fighters in camouflage lining up along pensioners. Bus ...

Houthi rebels take Aden neighborhood, occupy palace

May 7, 2015

Houthi rebels take Aden neighborhood, occupy palace

Yemen’s Shiite rebels and their allies consolidated their hold in another part of the southern port city of Aden on Wednesday after heavy fighting with militiamen loyal to the exiled government and capturing the area’s presidential palace, officials said. The latest advance by the ...

Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia, calls for pause in Yemen war

May 7, 2015

Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia, calls for pause in Yemen war

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to secure a pause in Yemen’s war as he arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday for meeting with top officials, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that already has neighboring ...

Ukraine cease-fire teeters; five government soldiers killed

May 7, 2015

Ukraine cease-fire teeters; five government soldiers killed

Five Ukrainian government troops battling separatist forces in the east have been killed in one of the worst single days of bloodshed since a cease-fire was declared in February, military officials said Wednesday. Army spokesman Andriy Lysenko said four soldiers died when their armored ...

Family, politics shape Putin's view of WWII anniversary

May 6, 2015

Family, politics shape Putin's view of WWII anniversary

Russian President Vladimir Putin grew up with tales of how his father battled the Nazis as a Red Army soldier and his mother lived through the punishing siege of Leningrad. The stories of suffering and survival were similar to those of millions of others ...

Poland recalls dark side of WWII victory

May 6, 2015

Poland recalls dark side of WWII victory

Poland on Thursday marks 70 years since the end of World War II, with an emphasis on the dark side of history: that victory over Nazi Germany triggered 45 years of Soviet domination. The anniversary comes as relations between the Kremlin and the West ...

Hezbollah battles Nusra Front, captures Syrian village on Lebanon border

May 6, 2015

Hezbollah battles Nusra Front, captures Syrian village on Lebanon border

Hezbollah fighters captured a Syrian village Tuesday near the border with Lebanon after intense fighting with Islamic militants, the group’s television station said, while an activist said battles are concentrating near a strategic Syrian hill. The battles come amid reports in Lebanon that Hezbollah ...

Saudis ponder cease-fire but pound Yemen's airports

May 5, 2015

Saudis ponder cease-fire but pound Yemen's airports

Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes targeted several airports Monday across Yemen even as the kingdom’s foreign minister said officials were considering a cease-fire to allow aid into the Arab world’s poorest country. In the southern city of Aden, more than 150 airstrikes hit the city’s airport, ...