Russian Missile Strike in Odesa Kills 17

Early morning Russian missile strikes in Ukraine’s Odesa region Friday killed at least 17 people. Dozens of people were injured in the strikes. At least one of the targeted sites was a residential building. Russia’s defense ministry said Thursday it had retreated from Ukraine’s Snake Island, which had become a symbol of Ukrainian resistance since … Read more

WNBA Star Griner’s Court Case to Begin in Russia

The trial of professional women’s basketball player Brittney Griner is set to begin Friday in a Russian courtroom. The WNBA star has been detained in Russia for more than four months and is facing 10 years in prison on drug smuggling charges. At the time of her arrest in February, customs officials say the Olympic … Read more

Indonesia Leader Targets Food Crisis During Russia-Ukraine Peace Mission

Indonesia’s president ended a trip to Ukraine and Russia saying he hoped for progress reintegrating global food and fertilizer supply lines disrupted by the conflict, and he offered to be a diplomatic bridge between the two nations. President Joko Widodo, who is the G-20 president this year, was speaking at a news conference alongside his … Read more

Mattis: Putin Goes to Bed at Night ‘Fearful’

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA —  Former U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday lobbed insults at Russian President Vladimir Putin and slammed his invasion of Ukraine as “incompetent” and “foolish.” At a speech in Seoul, Mattis compared Putin to the kind of paranoid characters created by Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. “Putin is a creature straight out … Read more

Explainer: Why Indonesia’s Leader is Visiting Kyiv, Moscow

JAKARTA, INDONESIA —  Indonesian President Joko Widodo, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Group of 20 leading rich and developing nations, is visiting Ukraine and Russia for meetings with the leaders of the two warring nations after attending the Group of Seven summit in Germany. Widodo has sought to maintain a neutral position … Read more

Turkey Blocks Access to VOA Turkish Language Content

Turkey’s media regulator blocked access Thursday to the Turkish language services of Voice of America and Deutsche Welle after the international public broadcasters did not apply for licenses the regulator had requested. In February, the Radio and Television Supreme Council, known as RTUK, gave three international broadcasters, including Voice of America’s Turkish Service, short notice … Read more

Erdogan Warns Turkey May Still Block Nordic NATO Drive

MADRID —  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday told Sweden and Finland that he could still block their drives to join NATO if they fail to implement a new accession deal with Ankara. Erdogan issued his blunt warning at the end of a NATO summit at which the U.S.-led alliance formally invited the Nordic … Read more

NATO Ends Summit with Strengthened Posture Against Russia, China

Madrid —  NATO leaders concluded their three-day meeting in Madrid Thursday with the Western security alliance strengthening its defense against Russian aggression, warning of global challenges posed by China and inviting neutral countries Finland and Sweden into the group. U.S. President Joe Biden described the summit as “historic.” “The last time NATO drafted a new … Read more

Report: Only 15% of World Enjoys Free Expression of Information

A Britain-based group says its latest study of worldwide free expression rights shows only 15% of the global population lives where people can receive or share information freely. In its 2022 Global Expression Report, Article19, an international human rights organization, said that in authoritarian nations such as China, Myanmar and Russia, and in democracies such … Read more