Putin heads to Tehran for talks with leaders of Iran, Turkey

Putin is seeking to bolster ties with Tehran, a fellow target of severe US sanctions and a potential military and trade partner TEHRAN: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Iran starting Tuesday is intended to deepen ties with regional heavyweights as part of Moscow’s challenge to grinding the United States and Europe amid its campaign … Read more

Russia slips into historic default as sanctions muddy next steps

Russia defaulted on its external sovereign bonds for the first time in a century, the culmination of ever-tougher Western sanctions that shut down payment routes to overseas creditors. For months, Russia had found paths around the penalties imposed after the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine. But at the end of the day on Sunday, the grace … Read more

‘From Russia with love’: A ally Putin’s gold and plays favorites in Sudan

In a gold-rich area 200 miles north of the Sudanese capital, a mysterious foreign operator dominates the business. Locals call it “the Russian Company” — a tightly guarded plant that processes mounds of dusty ore into bars of semi-refined gold. “The Russians pay the best,” said Ammar al-Amir, a miner and community leader in al-Ibediyya, … Read more

putin: How the world is paying for Putin’s war in Ukraine

In early March, as the US and its allies unleashed a wave of sanctions on Russia, US President Joe Biden stood in the White House and said they wanted to deal a “powerful blow to Putin’s war machine.” But as the war in Ukraine approaches its 100th day, that machine is still very much operational. … Read more

putin: Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks his biggest ally in Ukraine war is time

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine settles into a grinding war of attrition, one question more than any other will likely decide the outcome: On whose side is time? Much of what unfolds will be determined by unpredictable battlefield dynamics, especially as Russian forces attempt a dash for territory in eastern Ukraine before heavy gunfire from … Read more

A Russian plane crashed into a house. Death was parceled out randomly.

It was Yulia Hrebnyeva’s fastidiousness that saved the lives of her family. First, she sent her husband outside to fix the lock on the door of their house. Then she brought her children down to the basement, insisting that they help her tidy the space where they had been sleeping every night to avoid the … Read more

ukraine: Russian wins in eastern Ukraine spark debate over course of war

Russian troops are making steady progress in Ukraine’s east on the back of more-concentrated artillery and air power, now controlling almost all of the Luhansk region and threatening to encircle thousands of Ukraine’s most experienced troops. That is sparking fears that Russia could be poised for bigger breakthrough, and leading to a panicked calls from … Read more

Explained in 10 points: How Russia-Ukraine conflict unfolded in last 3 months

NEW DELHI: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has entered its fourth month today with Kremlin preparing for a long conflict to achieve its goals In the last three months, Ukraine has managed to put up a stiff resistance — with Western help — to push back the offensive, which is now largely restricted to the eastern … Read more

Indian democracy is global public good; if that cracks, it’s going to cause problem for planet: Rahul Gandhi in UK | India News

NEW DELHI: In an attack on the NDA government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi warned that democracy in India is a global public good and a central anchor for the planet, and if it cracks, it will cause a problem for the planet, claiming that there are two different designs of governance at work in India, … Read more

Ukraine mounts effort to rescue last fighters at steel mill

Efforts were underway Tuesday to rescue the last of the defenders inside the Azovstal steel plant in the ruined city of Mariupol after Ukrainian officials said the fighters had “completed their mission” and there was no way to free the plant by military means. The Ukrainian military avoided using the term “surrender” to describe the … Read more