Trump says he shouldn’t be held in contempt

Former US President Donald Trump does not have any documents subpoenaed by the New York attorney general’s office as part of its civil investigation into the Trump Organization’s finances and shouldn’t be held in contempt, he told a state court. “After conducting a diligent search and review, Respondent’s counsel determined that Respondent was not in … Read more

Russian billionaire: Putin’s war in Ukraine ‘insane’

Oleg Tinkov, the billionaire founder of a big Russian digital bank, has blasted Russia’s “insane war” in Ukraine and urged the West to help President Vladimir Putin find an off-ramp to “stop this massacre.” Russia’s brutal assault on its neighbor began nearly two months ago. Thousands of Ukrainian civilians have been killed and wounded, and … Read more

Ukraine: Details of Russia’s takeover of Chornobyl

CHORNOBYL, UKRAINE — Here in the dirt of one of the world’s most radioactive places, Russian soldiers dug trenches. Ukrainian officials worry they were, in effect, digging their own graves. Thousands of tanks and troops rumbled into the forested Chornobyl exclusion zone in the earliest hours of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, churning up … Read more

Egyptian woman sentenced to 3 years in TikTok ‘human trafficking’ case

CAIRO — An Egyptian court has sentenced a woman to three years in prison after her retrial conviction for human trafficking in a case that involved girls dancing in videos on TikTok. Haneen Hossam, a social media influencer, was arrested in 2020. Her case was seen by critics as part of a crackdown on self … Read more

Girl, 15, stabbed to death at Calif. high school

STOCKTON, CA. — A 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death Monday on a high school campus in an apparently random attack, authorities said. The girl was stabbed several times at about 11 am at Stagg High School in Stockton in California’s Central Valley and died at a hospital, Stockton Unified School District Superintendent John Ramirez … Read more

Ukraine: Putin gives honorary title to brigade accused of war crimes

A brigade accused of committing war crimes in the Ukrainian town of Bucha has been awarded an honorary title by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Troops in the 64th Separate Guards Motor Rifle Brigade were named by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense as war criminals earlier this month, after mass graves containing murdered civilians were discovered … Read more

Ukraine news: Long-feared Russian offensive in east begins

KYIV, UKRAINE — Russia ratcheted up its battle for control of Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland, intensifying assaults on cities and towns along a front hundreds of miles long in what officials on both sides described as a new phase of the war. After a Russian push to the capital failed to overrun the city, the … Read more

French election: EU fraud agency investigating Marine Le Pen

PARIS — Paris prosecutors are studying a report by the European Union’s fraud agency accusing French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen and other members of her nationalist party of misusing public funds while serving in the European Parliament. The report was disclosed by French investigative news site Mediapart just days before Le Pen faces … Read more

Sweden riots: Criminal gangs targeting police

HELSINKI — Swedish police said Monday that the riots that have shaken several cities and towns in the Nordic country are extremely serious crimes against society and suspect some protesters are linked to criminal gangs that intentionally target police. Sweden, a nation of 10 million, has seen unrest, scuffles, arson and violence since Thursday that … Read more

Russian teacher rejected Kremlin propaganda, then paid the price

LONDON — Days after Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, Andrei Shestakov opened a set of files in a WhatsApp group chat for history teachers like himself in his town in east Russia. The files — which Reuters reviewed and contain dozens of pages of documents and presentations as well as video links — are … Read more