Ex-Manchester United star Ryan Giggs starts assault trial

LONDON (AP) — Former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs, adored by fans throughout a 24-year career, has a more sinister side to his character, prosecutors said Monday as he went on trial on charges of assault and use of coercive behavior against an ex-girlfriend. Prosecutor Peter Wright told the jury at Minshull Street Crown Court … Read more

Drought conditions hit 60% of European Union and UK land

The findings were based on data from a 10-day period near the end of July. The monitor said 45% of land was now covered by “warnings,” which means there is a deficit of moisture in the soil, while 15% is under the more severe level of “alert,” where vegetation is stressed. The data coincided with … Read more

Russian weapons in Ukraine ‘powered’ by Western parts: Report | Russia-Ukraine war News

More than 450 foreign-made components have been found in Russian weapons recovered in Ukraine, evidence that Moscow acquired critical technology from companies in the United States, Europe and Asia in the years before the invasion, according to a new report. Since the start of the war five months ago, the Ukrainian military has captured or … Read more

Woman injured by polar bear on Norway’s Svalbard Islands

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A polar bear attacked a campsite Monday in Norway’s remote Arctic Svalbard Islands, injuring a French tourist, authorities said, adding that the wounds weren’t life-threatening. The bear was later killed. The woman, who was not identified, was part of a tour group of 25 people camping at Sveasletta, in the central part … Read more

Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia: UN chief condemns ‘suicidal’ shelling around nuclear plant

“Any attack on nuclear power plants is a suicidal thing,” Guterres told reporters Monday in Tokyo. “I hope that these attacks will end,” he said, and called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to be given access to the plant. The Zaporizhzhia plant occupies an extensive site on the river Dnipro. It has continued … Read more

Amnesty regrets ‘distress’ caused by report on Ukrainian military, but stands by findings

The human rights watchdog published a press release last week accusing Ukrainian forces of putting civilians in harm’s way by setting up military bases in residential areas, including schools and hospitals and launching attacks from populated civilian areas. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky lashed out at the group’s report, arguing that it tried to “shift the … Read more

Unexploded WWII bomb revealed in Italy’s dried-up Po River

Military experts defused and carried out a controlled explosion on Sunday of the 450-kilogram (1,000-pound) bomb, which was discovered on July 25 near the northern village of Borgo Virgilio, close to the city of Mantua. “The bomb was found by fishermen on the bank of the River Po due to a decrease in water levels … Read more

One year after Afghanistan, spy agencies pivot toward China

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a recent closed-door meeting with leaders of the agency’s counterterrorism center, the CIA’s No. 2 official made clear that fighting al-Qaida and other extremist groups would remain a priority — but that the agency’s money and resources would be increasingly shifted to focusing on China. The CIA drone attack that killed … Read more

Amnesty regrets ‘distress and anger’ caused by Ukraine report | Russia-Ukraine war News

A controversial report alleging Ukraine military violations of international law caused the head of Amnesty Ukraine to resign in protest. Amnesty International said it “deeply regrets the distress and anger” caused after it alleged Ukrainian forces were flouting international law by exposing civilians to Russian fire. The rights group said “we fully stand by our … Read more

Shift in war’s front seen as grain leaves Ukraine; plant hit

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Four more ships carrying agricultural cargo held up by the war in Ukraine received authorization Sunday to leave the country’s Black Sea coast as analysts warned that Russia was moving troops and equipment in the direction of the southern port cities to stave off a Ukrainian counteroffensive. Ukraine and Russia also … Read more