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Ukraine-Russia war hits 2-year mark with Kyiv desperate for more U.S. support and fearing abandonment
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Ukraine-Russia war hits 2-year mark with Kyiv desperate for more U.S. support and fearing abandonment

Lviv, Ukraine — The mood in Ukraine is about as gloomy as it has been since Russia launched its full-scale invasion two years ago, on Feb. 24, 2022. Ukrainian troops are desperate for ammunition, and many feel they've been forgotten about by their global allies. Saturday's two-year landmark will come right on the heels of one of the toughest losses Ukraine has suffered during the war. The fall of the city of Avdiivka, while symbolic more than strategic, came after months of relentless bombardment and enormous losses on both sides.Ukrainian troops were overwhelmed, outgunned, and, one commander said, outnumbered seven to one. A Ukrainian serviceman arrives severely wounded to an evacuation point after being removed from Avdiivka following Russian force's seizure of the lon...
State Department circumvents Congress, approves $106 million sale of tank ammo to Israel
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State Department circumvents Congress, approves $106 million sale of tank ammo to Israel

Going around Congress, the Biden administration said Saturday it has approved the emergency sale to Israel of nearly 14,000 rounds of tank ammunition worth more than $106 million as Israel intensifies its military operations in the southern Gaza Strip.The move comes as President Biden's request for a nearly $106 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and other national security is languishing in Congress, caught up in a debate over U.S. immigration policy and border security. Some Democratic lawmakers have spoken of making the proposed $14.3 billion in American assistance to its Mideast ally contingent on concrete steps by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to reduce civilian casualties in Gaza during the war with Hamas.The State Department said it had notified Congres...
UN Security Council due to vote to close Sudan political mission
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UN Security Council due to vote to close Sudan political mission

Families escaping Ardamata in West Darfur cross into Adre, Chad, after a wave of ethnic violence, November 7, 2023. Survivors recounted executions and looting in Ardamata, which they said were carried out by RSF and allied Arab militias. REUTERS/El Tayeb Siddig/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsUNITED NATIONS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Friday to end a political mission in war-torn Sudan, diplomats said, after the country's acting foreign minister requested the move earlier this month and described the mission's performance as "disappointing."A war erupted on April 15 between the Sudanese army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces after weeks of rising tension between the two sides over a plan to integrate forces as part of a transition from ...
Biden honors troops’ sacrifice on Memorial Day
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Biden honors troops’ sacrifice on Memorial Day

President Joe Biden honored U.S. troops who died fighting for their country, marking Memorial Day with the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, and he is making remarks to pay tribute to the fallen.We're here to "once again stand amid the rows and rows of stones that bear witness to the brave women and men who served and sacrificed for our freedom and for our future, those who died" Mr. Biden said, "so that our nation might live."Memorial Day falls close to the date of the death of the president's son, Beau Biden. "Tomorrow marks eight years since we lost our son, Beau, Mr. Biden said, adding that his life was not taken on the battlefield, but by cancer. He said the sense of the loss of his son is "particularly sharp" on Memorial Day, but at the same t...
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Biden hosts EU leader for talks amid dispute over electric vehicle tax credits

Washington — President Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met Friday to try to complete a plan that the White House hopes will turn the page on a spat between the U.S. and European Union over electric vehicle tax credits.In a joint statement after the meeting, Mr. Biden and von der Leyen said they agreed to open negotiations between the U.S. and the EU on a deal that could boost the use of European minerals critical in the production of electric vehicle batteries that are eligible for U.S. tax credits through Mr. Biden's roughly $375 billion clean energy law that passed last year, according to White House officials.Mr. Biden at the start of the meeting said he and von der Leyen would discuss "driving new investments to create clean energy industries and jo...
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Biden and Germany’s Scholz huddle on Ukraine war at White House

Washington — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Western allies would support Ukraine for "as long as it takes" as he visited the White House on Friday for a private meeting with President Biden.The two leaders huddled as the war enters a difficult next phase, with fresh concerns about softening political resolve behind maintaining billions of dollars in military assistance for Kyiv."This is a very, very important year because of the dangerous threat to peace that comes from Russia invading Ukraine," Scholz said. Both leaders said they would continue working "in lockstep," and Mr. Biden thanked Scholz for helping to "maintain the pressure" on Russian President Vladimir Putin.China wasn't mentioned during their brief public remarks in the Oval Offi...
Ukraine war, threatening nuclear disaster and highlighting U.N.’s divisions, taking center stage at General Assembly
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Ukraine war, threatening nuclear disaster and highlighting U.N.’s divisions, taking center stage at General Assembly

United Nations — United Nations officials had hoped that this year's General Assembly in New York — the first annual gathering held by the nearly 200 nations of the global body since the coronavirus pandemic struck — would take a broad focus on the many crises facing humanity right now. But with the war in Ukraine threatening to add a nuclear disaster to that long list, it's hard to imagine the UNGA having much attention to spare on the other burning issues.After two years of video and hybrid meetings, the World Series of diplomacy returns to New York this week: Representatives from 193 governments gathered in the iconic General Assembly Hall, including more heads of state than ever before, according to the White House.  This year they meet as the ongoing war in Ukraine presents Eu...
Gaming

EA And DICE’s Battlefield Series Of Games Is Now 20 Years Old

Screenshot: Saving Private RyanOn September 10, 2002, publishers Electronic Arts and a relatively unknown developed called DICE released a multiplayer shooter called Battlefield 1942. In the 20 years since everyone involved has been on one hell of a ride.The game, which not only featured infantry but also allowed players to control vehicles, was notable for its scale and variety; I avoid pretty much every other online shooter—I’m talking Call of Duty and Counter-Strike, which are infantry-only—like the plague, but have always played Battlefield because I love the way it lets me spawn in as a sniper, get killed then figure, you know what, I’ll drive a tank next, and maybe pilot a fighter after that. battlefield 1942 introIn the 20 years since, the series has changed a lot. Playercounts have...
Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant partly goes offline amid fighting
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Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant partly goes offline amid fighting

The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Saturday that the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine was disconnected to its last external power line but was still able to run electricity through a reserve line amid sustained shelling in the area.International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi said in a statement that the agency's experts, who arrived at Zaporizhzhia on Thursday, were told by senior Ukrainian staff that the fourth and last operational line was down. The three others were lost earlier during the conflict.But the IAEA experts learned that the reserve line linking the facility to a nearby thermal power plant was delivering the electricity the plant generates to the external grid, the statement said. The same reserve line can also pro...
22 killed in Independence Day attack in Ukraine, Zelenskyy says
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22 killed in Independence Day attack in Ukraine, Zelenskyy says

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russian forces launched a rocket attack on a Ukrainian train station on Wednesday, the embattled country's Independence Day, killing 22 people. Zelenskyy had warned for days that Moscow might attempt "something particularly cruel" this week. The lethal attack took place in Chaplyne, a town of about 3,500 people in the central Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukrainian news agencies quoted Zelenskyy as telling the U.N. Security Council via video. The president's office also reported that an 11-year-old child was killed by rocket fire earlier in the day in the settlement. "Chaplyne is our pain today," Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address to the nation. At one point, Zelenskyy put the number of wounded at about 50. The deputy head of Zelenskyy's office ...