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US and South Korea expand joint military drill

US and South Korean defense chiefs have agreed to expand their joint military exercise planned for later this year, setting the stage to deploy more of Washington’s strategic weapons on the peninsula amid increased saber-rattling in Pyongyang. The drill, likely to be called Ulchi Freedom Shield, will be integrated with …

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Dozens dead in US flood

Devastating rains that swept through the heart of the US Appalachian region have caused record flooding in eastern Kentucky, killing at least 25 people and leaving many more potential victims missing. The death toll has risen repeatedly since Kentuckians woke up to catastrophic flooding in the early morning hours of …

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China conducts military exercises amid tensions with US

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has launched military exercises off the coast of Fujian Province, just across the strait between the mainland and Taiwan. Live-fire drills were publicly announced amid rising tensions with Washington over the self-governing island’s status. The drills were scheduled to be held from 8am to 9pm …

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Elite battalion of Zelensky destroyed – Russia

Russia’s armed forces destroyed an ‘elite assault battalion’ of the Ukrainian president and dozens of fighters from the notorious Kraken neo-Nazi formation, Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday. Providing an update on the progress of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine, Konashenkov said that on July 28, …

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Zelensky and US to blame for ‘bloodbath’ in Donbass – Russia

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky is personally responsible, along with the United States, for the fatal shelling of a detention facility in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed on Saturday. According to the ministry’s statement, a missile strike using US-made HIMARS multiple rocket launchers on a prison near …

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Russia slams Norwegian diplomat for xenophobia

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has condemned a Norwegian consul for a “hateful” tirade after a video emerged showing her arguing with the staff at a Russian hotel. “The Russian Foreign Ministry is now considering options on how to respond to this outrageous act of hatred, nationalism and xenophobia,” spokeswoman Maria Zakharova …

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Russia makes prisoner swap proposal to US – CNN

Moscow wants Vadim Krasikov, a Russian national convicted of murder in Germany last year, to be included in a potential prisoner exchange with the US, CNN reported on Friday, citing multiple people familiar with the matter. The channel reported earlier that the US was willing to swap Viktor Bout, who …

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Gazprom halts gas supply to Baltic nation

Russian gas giant Gazprom said on Saturday that it has stopped deliveries to Latvia due to “violations of the terms of gas extraction.” This week, Aigars Kalvitis, chairman of gas company Latvijas Gaze, told the media that his country continued to buy Russian natural gas even after refusing to comply …

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