Ukraine downed a Russian warplane near Bakhmut

Ukraine said its forces shot down a Russian warplane near Bakhmut, repelling several attempts by Kremlin forces to seize the eastern city, which has become a key prize in the wider war. Bakhmut, a small town in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region, has become a key battleground in Russia’s offensive against the country, with fighting there … Read more

Ukraine says the Bakhmut tactic gives it advantages elsewhere

Ukraine’s efforts to clear and evacuate Russian forces in the eastern city of Bakhmut will help it retake other areas of the country, a Ukrainian commander in the region said. “Our main task is to wear down the superior forces of the enemy and inflict heavy losses on them,” Ukrainian Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskiy wrote … Read more

“Succession” Season 4 Premiere Draws 2.3 Million Viewers, Show Record

Sunday night’s premiere of the fourth and final season of HBO’s “Succession” drew 2.3 million viewers across television and streaming platforms, a new series high, the network said. Sunday’s premiere episode was the highest ever for “Succession,” surpassing the 1.7 million viewers who watched the season three finale in 2021. It was also 62% higher … Read more

Netanyahu offers a compromise on reforming the judiciary

March 27, 2023 at 6:33 PM ET Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands in the Knesset in Jerusalem on March 27. Picture: marc israel sellem/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images The world’s progressive elite sees dictatorship in every conservative corner these days, and Israel’s proposed legal reform has been the latest target. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision on … Read more

Israel’s Netanyahu suspends judicial reform plan as protests intensify

TEL AVIV – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday suspended a controversial justice reform plan that has sharply divided the country. The move appeared to calm tensions after anti-government protests and strikes rocked the nation. Opposition leaders welcomed the announcement and said they were ready to negotiate, and the country’s largest union called off … Read more

Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, returns to China after a year’s break

Jack Ma, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. The company’s billionaire co-founder has returned to mainland China after spending about a year abroad, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Ma’s travels have come under close scrutiny as China’s leadership seeks to regain the confidence of entrepreneurs after years of regulations and Covid-19 pandemic measures have … Read more

Ukraine’s attack takes shape with big unknowns

After months of fresh arms deliveries from the West, Ukraine is poised to hit Russian offensive forces in the coming weeks – a high-risk campaign that will set the course of subsequent battles and possible peace negotiations. Ukraine’s operational plans are confidential, but some aspects of the future can be discerned by looking at the … Read more

San Francisco is fighting urban blight — and going after the Little Free Library

SAN FRANCISCO – Many of this city’s streets are clogged with homeless tents, drug users and illegal vendors. City inspectors recently went after the Little Free Library. “Remove trespasses from the public right-of-way,” ordered a city notice to Susan and Joe Meyers, unless they have applied within 30 days for a $1,402 “Minor Sidewalk Encroachment … Read more

Pentagon Woos Silicon Valley to Join Arms Makers

The Pentagon is looking to get Silicon Valley startups to fund and develop new weapons technology and more nimble suppliers as the United States tries to keep pace with China’s military advances. The push to tap private capital comes amid concerns that the concentration of the U.S. defense industry has led to a reliance on … Read more

Thousands of retirees can’t withdraw savings invested in companies controlled by indicted financier Greg Lindberg

Mark Zintel, a retiree who lives near Tampa, Fla., is furious that a $700,000 annuity he bought from an insurer has been frozen for nearly four years. He is one of tens of thousands of people whose money became inaccessible as self-described billionaire Greg Lindberg’s empire slowly collapsed. Many may never get some of their … Read more