Russian officials again try to link the Moscow concert attack with Ukraine despite Kyiv’s denials

TALLINN, Estonia — Russian authorities on Friday again tried to link the deadly attack on a Moscow concert hall to Ukraine, saying one of the detained suspects had photos on his phone depicting troops in camouflage uniforms with the Ukrainian flag. Ever since the March 22 mass shooting and fire at the Crocus City Hall … Read more

Gunbattle between Haitian police and gangs paralyzes area near National Palace

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Heavy gunfire erupted Monday in the downtown area of Haiti’s capital as police battled gang members near the National Palace for several hours. Local media reported that at least one policeman was shot after he and other officers were forced to flee an armored car that was later set on fire. Scores … Read more

Russian security agency says suspects detained in the Caucasus are linked to Moscow attack

MOSCOW — Russia’s top security agency said Monday it has broken up what it called a “terrorist cell” in southern Russia whose members had provided weapons and cash to suspected attackers of the Moscow concert hall. The Federal Security Service, or FSB, said that on Sunday it detained four suspected members of the cell in … Read more

Gunmen in Ecuador kill 8, injure 8 others in attack in coastal city of Guayaquil as violence surges

QUITO, Ecuador — Armed gunmen attacked a group of people in Ecuador ’s coastal city of Guayaquil killing eight people and injuring eight others, the Interior Ministry said, the latest in a string of violent incidents in the South American country. At around 7 p.m. local time on Saturday, armed men arrived in a vehicle … Read more

Israel acknowledges troops killed 2 Palestinians on a Gaza beach

JERUSALEM — Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians and wounded a third on Gaza’s beach, the military acknowledged Saturday, responding to a video that showed one man falling to the ground after walking in an open area and then a bulldozer pushing two bodies into the garbage-strewn sand. The military said troops opened fire after … Read more

Ambassadors lay flowers at site of Moscow concert hall massacre

MOSCOW — Foreign diplomats in Russia laid flowers on Saturday at the site of last week’s attack on a suburban Moscow concert hall that killed 144 people. Those in attendance included ambassadors from the United States, EU countries, Africa and Latin America. Russian state news agency RIA Novosti noted that the attendees included representatives of … Read more

The Moscow concert massacre was a major security blunder. What’s behind that failure?

Hours before gunmen last week carried out the bloodiest attack in two decades in Russia, authorities made an addition to a government register of extremist and terrorist groups: They included the international LGBTQ+ “movement.” That addition to the register followed a Russian Supreme Court court ruling last year that cracked down on gay and transgender … Read more

The death toll in the Moscow concert hall attack rises to 143, while 80 others remain hospitalized

MOSCOW — The death toll from last week’s Moscow concert hall attack rose to 143, Russian authorities said Wednesday. Around 80 other people wounded in the siege by gunmen remain hospitalized. The Friday night massacre in Crocus City Hall, a sprawling shopping and entertainment venue on the northwestern outskirts of Moscow, was the deadliest extremist … Read more

Moscow theater shooting fans flames of a disinformation war

TALLINN, Estonia — Flames were still leaping from the Moscow concert hall besieged by gunmen when Russian officials began suggesting who was really to blame. They presented no evidence, only aspersions and suspicion and counterfactual speculation, but in Russia’s eyes the culprit was clear: Ukraine. The allegations that Ukraine, now in its third year of … Read more

As Russia mourns concert hall attack, some families are still wondering if their members are alive

MOSCOW — Family and friends of those still missing after an attack that killed over 130 people at a suburban Moscow concert hall waited for news of their loved ones as Russia observed a day of national mourning on Sunday. Events at cultural institutions were cancelled, flags were lowered, and TV entertainment and ads were … Read more