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Turkey says West failed to share details of security threat

Turkey for a second day on Friday railed against a group of Western countries that temporarily shut their consulates in Istanbul, accusing them of failing to share information on the security threat that led to the closures and of aiming to cause harm to Turkey.

What you need to know about the Chinese spy balloon floating over the US

The US Defense Department said Thursday it’s monitoring a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon floating over the western state of Montana, underscoring mutual suspicion between the world’s two largest economies just as top diplomats prepare to hold talks in Beijing. Here’s everything we know so far.

Putin promises victory in Ukraine as forces strike key city

As his military pressed its eastern campaign with missile strikes on a key Ukrainian military hub, President Vladimir Putin used a speech in the city formerly known as Stalingrad on Thursday to invoke the Soviets’ defeat of the Nazis in a decisive World War II battle and vow that Russia would be victorious again.

Israeli settler population in West Bank surpasses 500,000

Israel’s West Bank settler population now makes up more than half a million people, a prosettler group said Thursday, crossing a major threshold. Settler leaders predicted even faster population growth under Israel’s new ultranationalist government.

A US ambassador finds himself on hostile ground in Hungary

David Pressman, a gay human rights lawyer, knew he was in for a rough time even before he arrived in Hungary with his husband and two children to take up a new job in September as the United States’ ambassador to Europe’s self-declared citadel of traditional Christian values and friend of the Kremlin.

Israel’s right-wing government pushes home demolitions as violence surges

On Saturday night, Israel’s new, far-right minister of national security, Itamar Ben-Gvir, called for the immediate sealing of the family home of a Palestinian gunman who, a day earlier, had killed seven people in east Jerusalem before being shot dead by police.

Putin invokes Stalingrad battle as justifying Ukraine fight, warns Germany

Referring to Germany's recent decision to supply advanced Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine, Russian president Vladimir Putin warned that "a modern war with Russia will be quite different for them.”

EU officials visit Kyiv as Russia strikes civilian target

The scene of devastation in the eastern Donetsk provincial city of Kramatorsk, where emergency workers spent the night searching for survivors after the missile hit late Wednesday, served as a grim reminder of the war’s toll almost a year after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.