US: Security Council must tell Russia to stop nuke threats
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is calling on every U.N. Security Council member to “send a clear message” to Russia that it must stop its nuclear threats in its war in Ukraine. Blinken addressed a council session Thursday about the conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier this week that his nuclear-armed country will “certainly use all means available to us” if its territory is threatened and to defend the country and its people. At the council meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov devoted his speech to repeating his country’s frequent claims that Kyiv has long oppressed Russian speakers in Ukraine’s east.
No letup in fighting as missile strikes keep hitting Ukraine
ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Russian and Ukrainian forces have exchanged missile and artillery barrages. The fighting on Thursday indicated that neither side is ready to concede any ground despite recent military setbacks for Moscow and the toll on the invaded country after almost seven months of war. The exchange of fire came hours after the two sides made a major prisoner swap and the day after Russian President Vladimir Putin called up reserve troops to supplement his forces. The Kremlin’s spokesman says the mobilization is needed because Russia is “de facto facing all of NATO” in Ukraine. Another senior Kremlin official repeated Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons if Russian territory is attacked.
Trump docs probe: Court lifts hold on Mar-a-Lago records
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court is allowing the Justice Department to resume its use of classified records seized from Donald Trump’s Florida estate in its ongoing criminal investigation. The ruling Wednesday clears the way for investigators to continue scrutinizing the documents as they evaluate whether to bring criminal charges over the storage of top-secret government records at Mar-a-Lago. The appeals court note that Trump presented no evidence that he had declassified the records. Trump claimed in a Fox News Interview Wednesday that “If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify” material just by saying “It’s declassified” and “even by thinking about it.”
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