Russians quit army over Ukraine

May 14, 2015

Russians quit army over Ukraine

by Maria Tsvetkova

Some Russian soldiers are quitting the army because of the conflict in Ukraine, several soldiers and human rights activists have told Reuters. Their accounts call into question the Kremlin’s continued assertions that no Russian soldiers have been sent to Ukraine, and that any Russians ...

Japan, Philippines hold historic naval drills

May 12, 2015

Japan, Philippines hold historic naval drills

Two Japanese destroyers and one of the Philippines’ newest warships began historic naval exercises in the flash point South China Sea on Tuesday, showcasing a deepening alliance aimed at countering a rising China. The daylong war games, the first bilateral naval exercises between the ...

Airstrikes prompt tens of thousands to flee Yemen rebel heartland

May 11, 2015

Airstrikes prompt tens of thousands to flee Yemen rebel heartland

Aid agencies said 70,000 people, including 28,000 children, were fleeing the rebel stronghold of Saada in northwest Yemen as it was pounded by increasingly fierce airstrikes on Sunday. The 17 aid groups, including Oxfam, Islamic Relief and Save the Children, condemned the “growing intensity” ...

Weapons inspectors find traces of undeclared sarin and VX in Syria

May 9, 2015

Weapons inspectors find traces of undeclared sarin and VX in Syria

International inspectors have found traces of sarin and VX nerve agent at a military research site in Syria that had not been declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog, diplomatic sources said on Friday. Samples taken by experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition ...

American flyovers commemorate end of World War II in Europe

May 9, 2015

American flyovers commemorate end of World War II in Europe

Old soldiers squinted up at a brilliant blue sky Friday, remembering battles fought and comrades lost, as the United States marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day with a spectacular flyover of iconic World War II aircraft. Several thousand spectators converged on Washington’s National ...

Europe marks end of WWII under shadow of new threats

May 9, 2015

Europe marks end of WWII under shadow of new threats

Europe on Friday marked 70 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany with somber ceremonies overshadowed by modern threats such as the war in Ukraine and Islamic extremism. The Victory Day commemorations in Europe were muted compared with Moscow’s planned display of its military ...

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 ...