Ukraine’s long-awaited southern counteroffensive begins with a bang in Crimea – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article KYIV — Blasts that rocked a Russian military airfield in forcibly annexed Crimea signal the start of Ukraine’s counteroffensive in the south and a critical new phase of the war that could shape its ultimate outcome, two Ukrainian officials told POLITICO. The series of explosions Tuesday sent huge … Read more

Live updates: China’s ambassador to Australia addresses the National Press Club

Australia stopped recognizing Taiwan as a sovereign state when it established formal diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1972. This was because Australia “acknowledged” Beijing’s “one-china” policy that only one government in the world could represent China, which is Beijing. This can also be seen in the public information released by DFAT. Diplomatic rhetoric is often … Read more

Amid global alarm, Ukraine, Russia trade blame for nuclear plant attacks

Kyiv warns of Chornobyl-style disaster unless area secured Both sides say in favor of visits by nuclear inspectors UN’s Guterres says any attack on a nuclear plant is ‘suicidal’ Two Ukrainian grain ships leave ports, 12 since last week KYIV, Aug 8 (Reuters) – International alarm over the weekend shelling of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex … Read more

Putin Ban on Banks Leaving Russia Might Be ‘Cover’ for Business to Stay

Vladimir Putin’s ban on foreign investors and banks from leaving Russia amid the war with Ukraine will effectively provide cover for foreign businesses to continue to operate in Russia, experts say. “Putin has drawn a line around the massive plans of foreign energy giants to exit the Russian market,” National Energy Institute Deputy Director General … Read more

Chinese and Taiwanese warships eye each other as drills due to end

Chinese and Taiwanese ships circle in high seas “cat and mouse” Four days of Chinese drills due to end at midday China warns US not to create greater crisis TAIPEI, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Chinese and Taiwanese warships played high-seas “cat and mouse” on Sunday, hours before the scheduled end of four days of unprecedented … Read more

Things To Do: Los Lobos, Heights Theater, August 10, 2022

Los Lobos’ latest Grammy-winning album, Native Sons, features some classics. They’re songs we hope to hear when the band performs at Heights Theater August 10. Steve Berlin is the band’s saxophonist, a multi-instrumentalist and producer who understands the essence of a good song. There should be a timelessness to it and that’s the aesthetic Los … Read more

3 more ships with grain depart Ukraine ports under UN deal

The cargo ship Razoni crosses the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. The first cargo ship to leave Ukraine since the Russian invasion was anchored at an inspection area in the Black Sea off the coast of Istanbul Wednesday morning, awaiting an inspection, before moving on to Lebanon. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) Khalil … Read more

The Art of Prophecy Brings Martial War Artists to Their Knees

Ling Taishi, my beloved murders momma.Image: Penguin Random House As legendary war artist Ling Taishi watches the teenaged prophesied hero of her nation, Wen Jian, perform in an over-decorated gladiatorial arena, she quickly realizes that the boy is the worst of all possible outcomes. A deluded, over-indulged, under-trained teenage dirtbag. So much for being the … Read more

Ukraine under pressure in east as NATO chief says Russia must not win

Russia pushes forward on the eastern front Ukraine says it was forced to give some ground But it says it recaptured two villages Moscow says it has inflicted heavy losses NATO chief says Russia must not win KYIV, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Thursday it had been forced to cede some territory in … Read more

Taiwan decries China’s ‘illegitimate, irresponsible’ live-fire military drills

Chinese military exercises, involving live-fire, begin Suspected drones fly over outlying Taiwanese islands Taiwan says several government websites hacked China says it’s an internal affair TAIPEI, Aug 4 (Reuters) – China launched unprecedented live-fire military drills in six areas that ring Taiwan on Thursday, a day after a visit by US House of Representatives Speaker … Read more