Russia announces troop pullback from Ukraine’s Kharkiv area
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia’s Defense Ministry says it’s pulling back forces from two areas in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region where a Ukrainian counteroffensive has made significant advances in the past week. A Defense Ministry spokesman said the troops would be regrouped from the Balakliya and Izyum areas to the eastern Donetsk region. Izyum was a major base for Russian forces in the northeastern Kharkiv region. The spokesman said the move is being made “in order to achieve the stated goals of the special military operation to liberate Donbas.” Western defense officials and analysts say Ukrainian forces have punched through Russian front lines south of the country’s second-largest city, taking thousands of square miles of territory and threatening to cut off Russian supply lines.
Charles III formally proclaimed king as sons reconcile
LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have joined Prince William and his wife Kate, the Princess of Wales, at Windsor Castle to view the sea of floral tributes left by the public in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, the princes’ grandmother. The two princes and their wives took time to study the bouquets before waving to crowds of well-wishers who pressed against road barriers outside the gates of Windsor Castle on Saturday. All four shook hands and spoke with members of the public. It was the two couples’ first public appearance since the queen died on Thursday. Earlier Thursday, King Charles III was officially announced as Britain’s monarch in a ceremony steeped in ancient tradition and political symbolism.
Debating over debates: Campaign tradition faces skepticism
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With the fall campaign rapidly approaching, the time-honored tradition of debates as a forum for voters to evaluate candidates may be the latest casualty of the nation’s polarized political climate. For some Republicans, eschewing debates is a chance to sidestep a media structure some in the party deride as biased and align with Donald Trump, who has blasted presidential debates. Some Democrats have pointed to raucous GOP debates from the primary season as a reason to avoid tangling with their opponents. Veteran political consultant Terry Sullivan defends debates as “the one forum where candidates are forced into answering questions that they don’t want to answer.”
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