Ukraine combs mass burial site, says signs of torture found
IZIUM, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities are unearthing bodies from a mass burial site in an area recently recaptured from Russian forces. They say some bore hallmarks of torture. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy cited the site as an example of “what the Russian occupation has led to.” Workers hauled body after body out of the sandy soil Friday. They worked in a pine forest near Izium that police said contained 445 graves. Ukrainian forces got access to the site after recapturing the northeastern city and much of the wider Kharkiv region in a counteroffensive that suddenly shifted the momentum in the nearly seven-month war. A prosecutor said some of the bodies pulled from the sandy soil had their hands tied behind their backs and ropes around their necks.
Veteran judge named special master in Trump documents search
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has appointed a veteran New York jurist to serve as an independent arbiter in the criminal investigation into the presence of classified documents at Donald Trump’s Florida home. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has also refused to permit the Justice Department to resume its use of the highly sensitive records seized in an FBI search last month. Cannon on Thursday empowered the newly named special master, Raymond Dearie, to review all the documents taken in the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago and set a November deadline for his work. The sharply worded order from Cannon sets the stage for a challenge to a federal appeals court.
Trump openly embraces, amplifies QAnon conspiracy theories
Donald Trump is increasingly embracing and endorsing the QAnon conspiracy theory, even as the number of frightening real-world events linked to the movement rises. Using his Truth Social platform, Trump this week reposted an image of himself overlaid with the words “the Storm is Coming.” In QAnon lore, the storm refers to Trump’s final victory, when his opponents supposedly will be tried and possibly executed. It’s among dozens of recent Q-related posts from the Republican former president, who also ended a rally with a QAnon song. Experts who study QAnon say Trump may be trying to rally his most stalwart supporters as investigations into his conduct escalate.
Queue for queen’s coffin ‘paused’ as wait hits 14 hours