The Latest: 2 Philippine tourist spots partially reopen

MANILA, Philippines — Two of the most popular Philippine tourist destinations, including the Boracay beach, have partially reopened with only a fraction of their usual crowds showing up given continuing coronavirus restrictions. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Friday that 35 local tourists, including seven from Manila, came on the first day of the reopening of … Read more

Missiles strike near US consulate in north Iraq; no injuries

BAGHDAD — As many as 12 missiles struck Iraq’s northern city of Irbil on Sunday near the US consulate, Iraqi security officials said. A US defense official said missiles had been launched at the city from neighboring Iran. No injuries were reported. Officials in Iraq and the US gave different accounts of the strike and … Read more

Russia strikes near Ukraine’s capital; mosque reported hit

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pounding the port city of Mariupol shelled a mosque sheltering more than 80 people, including children, the Ukrainian government said Saturday as fighting also rage on the outskirts of the capital, Kyiv. There was no immediate word of casualties from the shelling of the mosque. Mariupol has seen some … Read more

Blinken: Russia continues to be engaged on Iran nuclear deal efforts

OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Pool/Getty Images CNN — Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday said that Moscow remains engaged in the effort to salvage the Iran nuclear deal, despite a recent demand by the Russian foreign minister for written guarantees that imposed sanctions for its invasion of Ukraine will not impact its future dealings with Tehran . … Read more

Live updates: Ukraine says Russian general killed

The latest developments on the Russia-Ukraine war: LVIV, Russia — A Russian general was killed in the fighting around Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, which Russian forces have been trying to seize since the invasion began, the Ukrainian military intelligence agency said. It identified him as Maj. Gen. Vitaly Gerasimov, 45, and said he had fought … Read more

In major shift for Europe, Germany to spend $113B on defense

BRUSSELS (AP) — Germany announced Sunday it was committing 100 billion euros ($113 billion) to a special armed forces fund and would keep its defense spending above 2% of GDP from now on. It was one of the most significant shifts in European security policy in decades, brought on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The … Read more