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FILE PHOTO: An Ukrainian soldier looks out from a tank, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in the frontline city of Lyman, Donetsk region

Russia abandons key bastion; Putin ally suggests a nuclear response


Russia said on Saturday its troops had abandoned the key bastion of Lyman in occupied eastern Ukraine, a stinging defeat that prompted a close ally of President Vladimir Putin to call for the possible use of low-grade nuclear weapons. The announcement came just a day after Putin proclaimed the annexation… Read


Ukraine reclaims full control of logistics hub from Russia


Ukraine on Sunday claimed full control of the eastern logistics hub of Lyman, its most significant battlefield gain from Russia in weeks, providing a potential staging post for further attacks to the east while heaping further pressure on the Kremlin. The stinging setback for Russian President Vladimir Putin was delivered… Read


Russia to annex more of Ukraine on Friday at the Kremlin


Russia planned to annex more of Ukraine on Friday in an escalation of the seven-month war that was expected to isolate the Kremlin further, draw more international punishment and bring Ukraine extra military, political and economic support. The annexation — and planned celebratory concerts and rallies in Moscow and the… Read


Strong U.S. dollar an unstoppable force endangering other currencies


The dazzling rise of the U.S. dollar, which has hit one record after another, is raising fears of a currency crash of a severity not seen since the 1997 Asian financial crisis reverberated around the world. The Federal Reserve's rapid, steep interest rate increases and the relative health of the… Read


17-year-old boy arrested for forcibly kissing school girl


Police in Iwamizawa, Hokkaido, have arrested a 17-year-old high school boy for forcibly kissing a junior high school girl at the entrance to her apartment. According to local media, the incident occurred at around 5 p.m. on Sept 21. The girl was quoted by police as saying that when she… Read


U.S. Marine arrested over assault in Okinawan bar


Police in Uruma, Okinawa Prefecture, have arrested a 28-year-old U.S. Marine staff sergeant on suspicion of assault after he was involved in a bar dispute with another customer. According to police, the incident occurred at around 5:10 a.m. on Friday. Local media reported that the suspect, who is stationed at… Read


Defense minister, Okinawa governor at odds over U.S. base relocation plan


Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada and Okinawa Gov Denny Tamaki on Wednesday failed to make concessions on a plan to relocate a key U.S. base within the island prefecture. During their first talks since Hamada became defense minister in August, Tamaki urged the central government to scrap the plan to move… Read


Japan revises law to speed identification of anonymous cyberbullies


Japan enforced Saturday a revised law that simplifies legal procedures to identify cyberbullies, accelerating efforts to relieve victims on social media and online forums more swiftly. In many previous cases, such victims needed to primarily sue two parties -- the operator of social media and the internet provider -- in… Read


Europe investigates 'attacks' on Russian gas pipelines to Europe


Europe was investigating on Tuesday what Germany and Denmark said were attacks which had caused major leaks into the Baltic Sea from two Russian pipelines at the centre of an energy standoff. But it remained far from clear who might be behind the leaks that were first reported on Monday… Read


Russian annexation of Ukraine territory expected within days


Moscow was poised on Wednesday to annex a swath of Ukraine, releasing what it called vote tallies showing support in four partially occupied provinces to join Russia, after what Kyiv and the West denounced as illegal sham referendums held at gunpoint. On Moscow's Red Square, a tribune with giant video… Read

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