Europe scrambles to deal with gas crisis

Leaders prepare for 'worst-case scenario' on fears of a total shut off Gasoline and diesel prices are displayed near a gas station in Rome, Italy, June 23, 2022. (PHOTO / XINHUA) Just one of five turbines is now whirring within the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, the chief artery that pumps...

Russia tells NASA space station pullout less imminent

This handout photograph taken on July 29, 2021 and released by the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos on July 30, 2021, shows the Russian Multipurpose Laboratory Module "Nauka" (Science) being docked next to the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft on the International Space Station (ISS). (OLEG NOVITSKY / RUSSIAN SPACE AGENCY ROSCOSMOS /...

Russia announces control of Lugansk

Smoke billows over an oil refinery outside Lysychansk on June 23, 2022. (ANATOLII STEPANOV / AFP) BEIJING - Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has informed President Vladimir Putin that the region of Lugansk has been "liberated", the Defense Ministry said Sunday. The region fell after Russian troops and the armed...

Russia takes full control of Severodonetsk

Smoke and dirt rise from the city of Severodonetsk in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas on June 17, 2022. (ARIS MESSINIS / AFP) BEIJING - The Russian military on Saturday announced full control of Severodonetsk, the administrative center of the Ukraine-controlled part of the eastern Lugansk region. With the...

Russian PM authorizes Russia’s withdrawal from UNWTO

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin speaks during a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union's intergovernmental council in Yerevan, on Oct 9, 2020. (PHOTO / AFP) MOSCOW - Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed an order on Friday authorizing the country's withdrawal from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). UNWTO members voted...

Putin discusses Ukraine, food security with Macron, Scholz

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulates military and civilian personnel and veterans of the Border Guards Service on Border Guard's Day, at Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, outside Moscow on May 28, 2022. (MIKHAIL METZEL / SPUTNIK / AFP) MOSCOW / KIEV - Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation with French...

Situation in Kharkiv tense as Russian forces regroup

This May 23, 2022 photo shows a view of a shelled section of the Barabashovo market in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine. (BERNAT ARMANGUE / AP) KYIV/ MOSCOW – The situation in Ukraine's eastern Kharkiv region is tense, following the regrouping of Russian forces, the government-run Ukrinform news agency reported Monday, citing...

Russia, Ukraine say peace talks on hold

An aerial view taken on April 12, 2022, shows the city of Mariupol, during Russia's special military operation on Ukraine. (ANDREY BORODULIN / AFP) MOSCOW/KYIV - Russian and Ukrainian officials said on Tuesday that negotiations on a solution to the current crisis have been suspended as the process is mired...