U.S. Supreme Court leans toward Alabama in voting rights fight

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court’s conservative justices on Tuesday appeared sympathetic toward Alabama in the state’s defense of a Republican-drawn electoral map faulted by judges for diluting the clout of Black voters in a major case that could further undermine a landmark federal voting rights law. In spirited oral arguments lasting … Read more

UK warns Russia of consequences for any nuclear weapon use

BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Britain’s foreign minister James Cleverly on Tuesday said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s sequence of strategic errors must stop and that any use of nuclear weapons would lead to consequences. Putin has escalated its seven-month war in Ukraine with a military mobilization and warnings of nuclear weapons use. read more … Read more

Kremlin dismisses UK media report on Russian nuclear test

This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine. MOSCOW, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Tuesday that it did not want to take part in “nuclear rhetoric” spread by the West after a media report that Russia was preparing to demonstrate its willingness to … Read more

Will Russia use nuclear weapons? Putin’s warnings explained

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin, who rules the world’s biggest nuclear power, has repeatedly cautioned the West that any attack on Russia could provoke a nuclear response. Will Putin use nuclear weapons, how many such weapons does he command and how might the United States and the US-led NATO military alliance respond? … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to ban on gun ‘bump stocks’

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court, which expanded gun rights in a major decision in June, on Monday declined to hear a challenge to a federal ban on devices called “bump stocks” that enable semi-automatic weapons to fire like a machine gun – a firearms control measure prompted by a 2017 Las … Read more

Ukraine has made ‘breakthroughs’ in Kherson region, Russian-installed official says

Oct 3 (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces have made some breakthroughs in the southern Kherson region and taken control of some settlements, a Russian-installed official said on Monday. “It’s tense, let’s put it that way,” Vladimir Saldo, the Russian-installed head of Ukraine’s Kherson region, said on state television. “Where the Kakhovka (reservoir) is, there is a … Read more

Two Putin allies ridicule Russia’s war machine in public

Chechen leader Kadyrov scolds top generals Prigozhin: top brass should fight on front Russian state television subdued LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The withdrawal of Russian forces from a strategically important town in eastern Ukraine has prompted two powerful allies of President Vladimir Putin to do something rare in modern Russia: publicly ridiculous the war … Read more

Weighty U.S. Supreme Court term dawns with environmental and race cases

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court’s nine justices are poised on Monday to open a new nine-month term packed with major cases including disputes centered on race that give members of its conservative majority fresh opportunities to flex their muscles, with an environmental case up first. The top US judicial body annually … Read more

U.S. and Turkish officials discuss Ukraine and NATO in unannounced meeting

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – US national security adviser Jake Sullivan met with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s chief adviser Ibrahim Kalin in Istanbul on Sunday and discussed “progress on NATO accession for Finland and Sweden”, the White House said in a statement. The two, whose meeting was unannounced to the media beforehand, also discussed Turkey’s … Read more

Trump staffers not returning White House records, National Archives says

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump’s administration has not turned over all presidential records and the National Archives will consult with the Justice Department on whether to move to get them back, the agency has told Congress. A congressional panel on Sept. 13 sought an urgent review by the National Archives and … Read more