Russia signs deal to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus

Russia and Belarus signed a deal formalizing the deployment of Moscow's tactical nuclear weapons on the territory of its ally, although control of the weapons remains in the Kremlin. Officials framed Thursday's step as driven by hostility from the West.

Ready for a digital euro? At 25, European Central Bank preps for future of money

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde says a digital currency from the central bank will help make Europe independent of outside payment services companies like Mastercard and Apple Pay.

Bodies of 18 Afghan migrants who died while being smuggled into Bulgaria returned to Kabul

The bodies were discovered in February below a load of lumber in the back of a truck left on a highway not far from the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. A Taliban spokesman in Kabul blamed the "cruel banking restrictions" imposed after the Taliban takeover of August 2021 for the delayed return of the bodies.

On Beijing visit, Russian prime minister says pressure from West is strengthening ties with China

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin met with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing as Russia is increasingly turning to China for diplomatic and economic support amid growing isolation over its invasion of Ukraine.

China presses Dutch minister for access to chipmaking tech blocked on security grounds

China's foreign minister has pressed his Dutch counterpart for access to advanced chipmaking technology that has been blocked on security grounds and warned against allowing what he said were unfounded fears of Beijing to spoil relations.

UN: World is failing to protect millions of civilians caught in conflicts

From Ukraine and Sudan to Africa's Sahel and the Mideast, civilians are scrambling to evade missiles and explosives and to find food and medicine.

South Africa under more scrutiny over Russian ship as ruling ANC says it would 'welcome' Putin

The South African government has come under growing pressure after it declined to release cargo documents relating to the visit by a Russian ship that the United States alleges collected a consignment of weapons for Moscow.

Boss of Wagner mercenaries says Ukraine war has backfired, warns of Russian revolution

Fresh off his victory in Bakhmut, the Russian mercenary boss Yevgeniy Prigozhin told an interviewer that Russia’s war had strengthened Ukraine’s military and could spur violent unrest against Russia’s elite.

Ukraine foreign minister urges African nations to ditch neutrality in Russia war

Many African countries have refused to take sides in the European conflict, with several abstaining from votes at the United Nations General Assembly condemning Russia's invasion.

Czech government approves $2.7-billion plan to acquire 246 armored vehicles from Sweden

The Czech government has approved a Defense Ministry plan to acquire 246 armored combat vehicles from Sweden in a deal worth $2.7 billion as part of a massive modernization of the military amid the Russian war in Ukraine.

Russian sailors offered limited option to qualify for Paris Olympics

The World Sailing governing body says races next April at a French Riviera resort are the "targeted opportunity" for Russia and Belarus to return to international sailing as neutral athletes during the war in Ukraine.

Putin's central bank is also on the battlefield in Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin has increasingly put Russia's economy on a war footing since his invasion of Ukraine. The central bank is also being enlisted for the fight under a decorated military officer installed as a deputy governor.

Japan to provide 100 military vehicles to Ukraine

In a ceremony at the Defense Ministry at which two half-ton trucks were on display, Japanese Vice Defense Minister Toshiro Ino handed a document to Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Korsunsky listing the three types of vehicles included in the donation.

Russia's Wagner boss says more than 20,000 of his fighters died in Bakhmut battle

The head of the Russian private army Wagner says his force lost more than 20,000 men in the battle for Bakhmut. The death toll is higher than the official estimate of the 15,000 Soviet troops killed in the Afghanistan war that ran between 1979-89.

Plan to return decommissioned Leopard 2 tanks to Germany wins backing of Swiss executive branch

Switzerland's executive branch said it backs a proposal to decommission 25 out-of-service Leopard 2 battle tanks and send them to Germany on condition that they would be returned to the manufacturer and not go to Ukraine. The tanks would help Berlin plug gaps in its arsenal after it shipped weapons to Ukraine.

Russian fighter jet intercepts US bombers on first day of European deployment

A Russian fighter jet intercepted two B-1B Lancers from Texas over the Baltic Sea on Tuesday as the bombers began a deployment in the European theater.

US aircraft carrier arrives in NATO-member Norway

The nuclear-powered ship USS Gerald R. Ford entered the Oslo fjord escorted by an armed escort boat.

Half of US public approves of Washington's arms deliveries to Ukraine in war's 2nd year

The survey finds American support for Washington's backing of Ukraine has ebbed slightly since the war began 15 months ago. But U.S. public support for Ukraine's defense remains strong.