Nation & world

  1. Russian court rules against critic of Putin


    MOSCOW — A Moscow court ruled that Alexei Navalny, the prominent Russian opposition figure and main critic of President Vladimir Putin, had libeled a ruling-party politician and fined him about $8,400 on Tuesday. The ruling may lead to the reinstatement of a suspended sentence from a previous conviction, landing …

  2. Abbas renews threat to dissolve Palestinian Authority if peace talks fail


    JERUSALEM — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued a renewed warning on Tuesday that if the U.S.-sponsored Middle East peace talks fail, he may dissolve the authority and hand sole responsibility for the West Bank back to Israel.

  3. American middle class is no longer the world's richest, analysis says


    The U.S. middle class, long the single most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction.

  4. Army general reprimanded for mishandling sex-assault case


    The sexual misconduct complaints piled up on the desk of Maj. Gen. Michael Harrison, the commander of U.S. Army forces in Japan. A colonel on his staff had been accused of having an affair with a subordinate, of drunken and inappropriate behavior with other women at a military club and, lastly, of sexual assault.

    Maj. Gen. Michael Harrison got a top job at the Pentagon, but now intends to retire, his lawyer says.
  5. U.S. promises more aid for Ukraine, announces military exercises in Eastern Europe


    KIEV, Ukraine — Vice President Joe Biden pledged additional U.S. aid Tuesday to help the government here, as the Pentagon announced that it would respond to Russia's involvement in Ukraine by sending about 600 U.S. troops to conduct exercises and training in Poland and the three Baltic states.

    Pro-Russia militia carry a casket bearing one of three pro-Russia militiamen killed Sunday in a shooting by unknown gunmen at a checkpoint in Alexandrovska village, Ukraine.