This week in photos: Destruction continues, U.S. to leverage Russia-Ukraine bloc against China as the war wages on
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration is aiming to lead the international bloc opposed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine into a broader coalition to counter what it sees as a more serious, long-term threat to global order from China.
How Orlando’s Mills 50 district turned into thriving Asian American community
After the Vietnam war ended, hundreds of Vietnamese came to Central Florida through the catholic charities refugee program and found a new home near Mills Avenue and Colonial Drive, an area known today as the Mills 50 District.
Photos from overseas: Russia pounds Ukraine, targeting supply of Western arms
Russian forces pounded targets across Ukraine, taking aim at supply lines for foreign weapons in the west and intensifying an offensive in the east, as the European Union moved Wednesday to further punish Moscow for the war with a proposed ban on oil imports.
'Constantly depressing': Ukrainian town watches war close in
Russia Ukraine War Local residents stand in line to receive drinking water at a distribution centre in Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, April 25, 2022. Toretsk residents have had no access to water for more than two months because of the war. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka) (Evgeniy Maloletka)TORETSK, Ukraine — (AP) — War has again drawn near to Toretsk in eastern Ukraine. As people walked away with bottles, they passed monuments to World War I and World War II. “They will come to some kind of an agreement.”___Follow the AP's coverage of the war at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraineCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
'Constantly depressing': Ukrainian town watches war close in
War has again drawn near to Toretsk in eastern Ukraine. “Anything that is happening, any noise, if our neighbors bang the door, a metal door, you are shocked,” said resident Andriy Cheromushkin. Half of the more than 32,000 residents have fled.news.yahoo.com
Pictures from Ukraine: A look at what’s going on overseas as the war continues
Russia’s Defense Ministry promised Friday to ramp up missile attacks on the Ukrainian capital in response to Ukraine’s alleged aggression on Russian territory, an ominous warning that followed Moscow’s stinging symbolic loss of its navy’s flagship in the Black Sea.
China rejects Philippine's claims its coastguard broke international law
Wang Wenbin, spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry, defends Beijing's "sovereign rights" after the Philippine Coast Guard accused its Chinese counterpart of breaking international law. The Philippines claims that the Chinese coastguard steered one of its ships within metres of a Filipino patrol boat in the disputed South China Sea, risking collision with four Filipino ships.news.yahoo.com
West says Russia attacked nuke plant, Russia blames Ukraine
UN Russia-Ukraine-War IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi, on screen, addresses the UN Security Council, Friday, March 4, 2022. The U.N. Security Council has scheduled an emergency open meeting on the attack on Ukraine's largest nuclear power plant. He said the IAEA was informed a few days ago by Russia that its forces were moving to take control of the plant. And he again blamed “Ukrainian nationalists” for the incident at the plant and accused the West of attempting “to blow it into a global scandal.”Ukraine’s U.N. He said the Russian ambassador may not be properly informed by his government.wftv.com
South Florida Addiction Treatment Facility Operators Convicted in $112 Million Addiction Treatment Fraud Scheme
The defendants then shuffled a core group of patients between Compass Detox and WAR to fraudulently bill for as much as possible. Compass Detox patients were given a so-called “Comfort Drink” to sedate them, and to keep them coming back. “These health care fraudsters, driven by greed, sought to cheat their way to riches by billing tens of millions of dollars from various health care programs. Jonathan Markovich was convicted of eight counts of health care fraud and Daniel Markovich was convicted of two counts of health care fraud. They each face a maximum of 20 years for the health care fraud and wire fraud conspiracy count, 10 years for each substantive count of health care fraud and paying and receiving kickbacks, and five years for the kickbacks conspiracy.justice.gov
EXPLAINER: Why Ethiopia's war crisis is deepening by the day
The United States says it’s sending a special envoy to Ethiopia as the fast-moving conflict in the Tigray region has spread into neighboring regions and Ethiopia’s government calls on all able citizens to stop the resurgent Tigray forces “once and for all.”washingtonpost.com
UN urges Israel to halt building of settlements immediately
The United Nations is accusing Israel of flagrantly violating international law by expanding settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, saying settlements are illegal and urging the country’s new government to halt their enlargement immediatelywashingtonpost.com
Kuwait's ruler, 91, undergoes surgery as prince empowered
DUBAI Kuwait's 91-year-old ruler underwent a surgery that required the oil-rich nation's crown prince to be temporarily empowered to serve in his place, according to a ministerial decree seen Sunday. Kuwait has yet to elaborate what required Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah to seek a previously unannounced medical treatment on Saturday. However, Sheikh Sabah's sudden surgery could inspire a renewed power struggle within Kuwait's ruling family. The state-run KUNA news agency had described Sheikh Sabah's hospitalization Saturday as medical checks, citing a statement from the country's royal court. Sheikh Sabah, a widely beloved ruler in this OPEC-member nation, took power in 2006 just nine days into the rule of the ailing Sheikh Saad Al Abdullah Al Sabah.
AP source: Mets to host Yankees on 20th anniversary of 9/11
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws during a simulated game at a baseball workout at Citi Field, Sunday, July 5, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK The New York Mets will host the crosstown Yankees on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 next season, according to a person familiar with the decision. The clubs will play at Citi Field in a game sure to be full of emotions for the city that's also reported over 18,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths this year. I cant imagine how powerful and how emotional of an event that could be," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. It'll be a homecoming of sorts for former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was hired as Phillies manager over the offseason.
Families of Syria detainees hope for news amid US sanctions
But activists have begun circulating more detailed photos again online after the U.S. imposed its new sanctions, named the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, after the photographer. The sanctions bar anyone around the world from doing business with Assads government or officials, and among its provisions it demands Syria release detainees and allow inspections of its prisons. Between 30 to 50 prisoners died every day at the facility where he was held, known as Branch 15, he said. Alshogres testimony about Lebanese prisoners still alive further fueled their families demands for information. Ali Aboudehn, who spent years imprisoned in Syria and now heads the Association of Lebanese Prisoners in Syrian Jails, said his group and other activists have documented 622 Lebanese prisoners held in Syria.
French court OKs end to Rwanda genocide investigation
PARIS The Paris appeals court on Friday upheld a decision to end a years-long investigation into the plane crash that sparked Rwandas 1994 genocide, citing lack of sufficient evidence. Lawyers for the families can further appeal the ruling to Frances highest court, the Court of Cassation. The 1994 plane crash killed Rwandas then-President Juvenal Habyarimana, an ethnic Hutu. The plane had a French crew, and Rwanda has long accused France of complicity in the genocide, which France denies. Fridays ruling came as one of the most wanted fugitives in Rwandas genocide, who was arrested in May outside Paris, is awaiting a decision on extradition.
With 3 more victories, Biden pulls further away from Sanders
Turnout in Florida’s Democratic primary surpassed the 1.7 million who cast ballots four years ago. In Florida, Latinos made up roughly 20% of Democratic primary voters, and they largely sided with Biden. That has left the Democratic primary calendar empty until March 29, when Puerto Rico is scheduled to go to the polls. “The Democratic Party rightly berates the GOP for ignoring scientists’ warnings about climate change," David Sirota tweeted. But he went for Biden because he thought Sanders’ progressive views might turn off some Democratic voters.
4/7: Democratic race heats up as New York primary nears; War keeps Palestinian parkour team from championships
The race for the Democratic presidential nomination tightened after the Wisconsin primary; Barry Petersen spent some time with the team that has lived through three wars, but still find joy in jumping and competing.cbsnews.com
John Kerry: "War" is "wrong terminology" for anti-ISIS campaign
John Kerry: "War" is "wrong terminology" for anti-ISIS campaign Secretary of State John Kerry says Americans shouldn't have "war fever" over President Obama's announcement of an expanded campaign against Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria.cbsnews.com