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5 Years After MH17 Was Shot Down, Murder Charges

3 Russians, one Ukrainian are named

(Newser) - MH17 was downed over the Ukraine on July 17, 2014, while en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Now, the first criminal charges in the case. The BBC reports international arrest warrants have been issued for Igor Girkin, Sergey Dubinskiy, and Oleg Pulatov of Russia and Leonid Kharchenko of the... More »

Ukraine President Gets Sworn In, Calls Snap Election

Comedian says his first priority will be peace in the east

(Newser) - After a landslide win in Ukraine's presidential election, Volodymyr Zelenskiy was sworn in Monday—and immediately called a snap parliamentary election. Zelenskiy, a comedian who played a president on TV, dissolved parliament and called the election because the legislature is still dominated by lawmakers loyal to his predecessor, Petro... More »

Cookie Heiress Bragged of Her Wealth. Then She Made It Worse

Verena Bahlsen says she erred with remarks on Bahlsen's forced labor during Nazi era

(Newser) - "Oblivious," "arrogant," and "aloof" is how a cookie company heiress is being painted this week after comments on how her company used Nazi-era forced labor. The BBC reports 25-year-old Verena Bahlsen of the Bahlsen company joked about how rich she is at a marketing meeting... More »

Giuliani: I'm Not Going to Ukraine, It's a Setup

Trip is off for Trump's personal lawyer, who wanted to push Biden, Mueller probes there

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani's trip to Ukraine is off—at least for now. President Trump's personal lawyer, who said he'd planned to head to Kyiv to push the government there on two investigations that could help his boss's chances at reelection, announced Friday night he was canceling his... More »

Giuliani Wants Ukraine to Investigate Democrats

Trump's lawyer plans a trip to Kiev

(Newser) - President Trump's personal lawyer says he is urging Ukraine to open investigations that could benefit Trump politically in the United States. Rudy Giuliani used Twitter on Friday to explain his rationale for planning a trip to Kiev to push for two investigations, the AP reports. One is the origin... More »

Connecticut Just Had a Bizarre Political Challenge

2 sparring officials in Bridgeport agree to drug tests after exchanging insults

(Newser) - No surprise: The comments section on a political story online turned personal and nasty. Bigger surprise: The two combatants accusing each other of being on drugs were two local officials in Bridgeport, Conn.—City Councilman Ernie Newton and Board of Education member Maria Pereira, reports the Connecticut Post . And... More »

Comedian Appears to Win Election in Landslide

Exit polls suggest Volodymyr Zelenskiy just won

(Newser) - A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV appeared headed for a landslide victory in Ukraine's real-life presidential election Sunday, the AP reports. Exit-poll results released after voting stations closed showed sitcom star Volodymyr Zelenskiy receiving an extraordinary 73.2%—or nearly three out... More »

London Cops Open Fire on Car Outside Embassy

A suspect in his 40s is detained and taken to hospital

(Newser) - British police fired shots Saturday at a car outside the Ukrainian Embassy in London after it rammed other cars parked in front of the embassy. London's Metropolitan Police say firearms and stun guns were used to stop and detain a suspect who drove a vehicle at a police car... More »

Comedian Who Plays the Prez on TV Leads National Election

Volodymyr Zelenskiy says 'a great victory' lies ahead

(Newser) - A comedian with no political experience was leading in Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday, an exit poll and minimal early results said, but far short of the absolute majority needed to win outright in the first round, the AP reports. The poll said Volodymyr Zelenskiy garnered the most votes,... More »

Captured Assassin Opens Up: 'It Was Revenge'

Oleg Smorodinov sheds light on Russia's motives

(Newser) - Oleg Smorodinov may not appear the elite Russian killer. But the 51-year-old with a crooked boxer's face admits to murdering a man at the behest of two mysterious Russians who paid him with a Mercedes van—and, surprisingly, he's willing to talk to the New York Times . "... More »

Ukraine Bars Russian Men Between 16 and 60

It's the latest escalation of tensions between the neighbors

(Newser) - Ukrainian officials have barred Russian males between the ages of 16 and 60 from traveling to the country in the latest escalation of tensions between the neighbors. Petro Tsygykal, chief of the Ukrainian Border Guard Service, announced at a security meeting on Friday that all Russian males between 16 and... More »

Ukraine President Dons Fatigues, Brings in Martial Law

Putin accuses him of provoking naval incident

(Newser) - Ukraine's president donned combat fatigues to implement martial law in much of the country on Wednesday, a move Russia denounced as a cynical political trick as both sides ratcheted up tensions after a weekend standoff in the Black Sea . Each side blamed the other for the bellicose turn of... More »

Ukraine Declares Martial Law After Russia Confrontation

Kremlin warns move could lead to escalation

(Newser) - The Kremlin has warned that martial law that is to go into effect in parts of Ukraine on Wednesday might lead to an escalation in the rebel-held east. Ukraine late on Monday adopted a bill that introduces martial law in several regions, including those bordering the separatist-held areas, the AP... More »

Russia Refuses to Free Captured Ukraine Ships

Ukraine may introduce martial law

(Newser) - NATO ambassadors and a Ukrainian envoy are due to hold emergency talks Monday amid an escalating crisis that has brought Ukraine and Russia close to war. The Ukrainian Navy says Russia's coast guard seized three of its vessels Sunday after a standoff near the Crimean Peninsula. Ukraine's president,... More »

NATO Urges Calm After Russia Attacks Ukraine at Sea

Each side blames the other for incident that injures 2

(Newser) - Russia's coast guard opened fire on and seized three of Ukraine's vessels Sunday, wounding two crew members, after a tense standoff in the Black Sea near the Crimean Peninsula, the Ukrainian navy says. Russia blamed Ukraine for provoking the incident, which sharply escalated tensions that have been growing... More »

Manafort Cuts a Deal With Prosecutors

The former Trump campaign chair will avoid a second trial

(Newser) - Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has cut a "cooperation agreement" with prosecutors and intends to plead guilty to charges related to his Ukrainian consulting work, the AP reports. The deal allows Manafort to avoid a second trial that had been scheduled to start next week in Washington. Manafort... More »

The World's Biggest Digital Heist Is Ongoing

The Carbanak gang continues, even after a major arrest

(Newser) - A typhoon was winding down in Taipei on July 10, 2016, but two men braved the rain to make a surprise withdrawal from First Commercial Bank: stacks of bills that the ATM spat out without either man touching a button. They were two of 15 "mules" stealing the equivalent... More »

Journalist Reveals How His Death Was Faked

It involved pig's blood, bullet-riddled shirt

(Newser) - How does a Russian journalist fake his own murder in Ukraine? Pig's blood and a make-up artist. That's what Arkady Babchenko said Thursday in an interview from Kiev cited by Reuters . Babchenko, whose wife found him in their apartment building, said he was even taught how to fall... More »

Murdered Journalist Shows Up at News Conference Alive

Arkady Babchenko's death was faked

(Newser) - On Wednesday morning, the AP referred to it as a "brazen killing." Hours later, it reported a shocker: that Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who was reportedly shot dead in Kiev on Tuesday, is actually alive. He showed up at a news conference in Ukraine. The initial reports into... More »

Journalist Who Criticized Kremlin Shot Dead

Arkady Babchenko's wife found him at their apartment building

(Newser) - A Russian journalist was shot and killed in the Ukrainian capital Tuesday, and the national police said he apparently was targeted because of his work, the AP reports. Ukrainian police said Arkady Babchenko's wife found him bleeding at their apartment building in Kiev and called an ambulance, but Babchenko... More »

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