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Despite dashed hopes, some in Ukrainian city Kherson refuse to leave

A view shows a house destroyed during the months of Russian occupation in the village of Posad-Pokrovske, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, northwest of the city of Kherson, Ukraine January 27, 2023.

Kherson, Ukraine Reuters Vladyslav Antoniuk felt euphoric three months ago when he returned to his home city Kherson, the day Ukrainian troops rolled back in and jubilant residents waved blue and yellow flags in the main square to celebrate. The recapture of the only regional capital Russia had seized during its invasion was the biggest […]

Putin demands all-Russia war effort as he declares martial law in occupied Ukraine

Kazakhstan Vladimir Putin

London, UKReuters Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he was introducing martial law in four Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine that Moscow claimed last month as its own territory but is struggling to defend from Ukrainian advances. In televised remarks to members of his Security Council, Putin boosted the security powers of all Russia’s regional […]

Justice elusive decades after martial law, say Filipino victims

Philippines Manila 50th anniversary of martial law1

Manila, Philippines AP Survivors of torture and other atrocities under Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos on Wednesday marked his martial law declaration 50 years ago by pressing their demand for justice and apology from his son – now the country’s President in a stunning reversal of fortunes for the once reviled family. Activists held street protests, […]

Dozens of Congo’s rebels lay down weapons in the east

DRC North Kivu rebels surrender

Kitshanga, Democratic Republic of CongoReuters Dozens of militia fighters in the Democratic Republic of Congo have laid down their weapons and surrendered, the first to do so since President Felix Tshisekedi announced martial law to tackle worsening security in two eastern provinces. Around 140 men from various local armed groups sang and clapped as they […]