Russia promises retaliation after Ukrainian drones hit a Russian tanker in 2nd sea attack in a day

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Moscow promised retaliation Saturday after Ukrainian drones hit a Russian tanker in the Black Sea near Crimea late Friday, the second sea attack involving drones in one day. Ukraine struck a major Russian port earlier on Friday. Moscow strongly condemned what it sees as a Ukrainian “terrorist attack” on a civilian … Read more

Kremlin officials rush to ditch BMWs for Ladas after Putin pushes home-built cars

Russia’s Soviet-era car brand unveils Its latest release in Moscow on Aug 3rd – the Moskvich 6, a five-door compact hatchback – Getty Images Officials in Russia have begun swapping their BMWs and Mercedes for Ladas and other Russian cars after Vladimir Putin said they should support domestic manufacturing. Within hours of Mr Putin’s edict, … Read more

Russian officials rush to ditch BMWs for Ladas after Vladimir Putin pushes home-built cars

Last year, the Kremlin brought the Moskvich brand back after a 20-year gap as it tried to ramp up Russian car production to beat Western sanctions imposed after its invasion of Ukraine, but the rejuvenation of the Soviet marque received less-than-gushing reviews from industry experts, who pointed out that its cars were almost identical to … Read more

Russia’s Medvedev suggests Ukrainian ports will be hit again

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday suggested Moscow would launch more strikes against Ukrainian ports in response to Kyiv’s attacks on Russian ships in the Black Sea, and threatened to hand Ukraine “an ecological catastrophe”. Medvedev, who is deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, a body chaired by … Read more

Israel arrests 2 settlers after deadly rampage on a village left one Palestinian dead

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police said Saturday that they arrested two Israeli settlers after they stormed a Palestinian village in the West Bank in a rampage that left one Palestinian dead. Armed settlers entered Burqa, a herding village east of the city of Ramallah, late Friday, shooting and killing 19-year-old Qusai Matan, Palestinian health officials … Read more

Iran boosts navy with missiles, drones as US offers guards for Gulf ships

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran has equipped its Revolutionary Guards’ navy with drones and 1,000-km (600-mile) range missiles, Iranian news agencies reported on Saturday, as the U.S. offers to put guards on commercial ships going through the Gulf’s Strait of Hormuz. “Various types of drones … and several hundred cruise and ballistic missiles with a range … Read more

Erdoğan expects Putin’s visit this month, but no date yet

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Türkiye this month, but the date has not yet been determined. Source: Erdoğan in an interview with Anadolu Quote: “The date is unclear, but the [Turkish] foreign minister and the intelligence head are holding talks. Within the framework of these talks, I … Read more

Niger’s junta isn’t backing down, and a regional force prepares to intervene. Here’s what to expect

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Regional mediation efforts to reverse the coup in Niger and restore its democracy collapsed as soon as they started. Tensions have escalated as the Sunday deadline nears for possible military intervention by other West African countries. As its meeting ended Friday in neighboring Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, the region’s defense chiefs finalized … Read more

Syria’s main al-Qaida-linked group denies it was behind the killing of an Islamic State leader

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s main insurgent al-Qaida-linked group denied it was behind the killing of the Islamic State group’s leader in the country’s northwest saying it would have otherwise claimed responsibility. The security arm of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, or HTS, made the announcement Friday night, a day after IS blamed the Syrian insurgent group for … Read more