News Wire | August 1, 2022 Archive

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Tensions Flare on Kosovo-Serbian Border Amid Protests and Gunfire

By Valerie Hopkins | The New York Times

A dispute over license plates between the Balkan nations of Kosovo and Serbia, from whom Kosovo split 14 years ago, yielded protests and gunfire Sunday night, prompting fears that the violence could escalate as Western countries are focused on the war in Ukraine.

First Ship Carrying Ukrainian Grain Leaves the Port of Odesa

By Susie Blann & Suzan Fraser | Associated Press (free)

The first ship carrying Ukrainian grain set out from the port of Odesa on Monday under a deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey that is expected to release large stores of Ukrainian crops to foreign markets and ease a growing food crisis.

More from WPR: The Global Food System Was Already Unsustainable Before the War in Ukraine

Ukraine Seeks to Retake the South, Tying Down Russian Forces

Associated Press (free)

Even as Moscow’s war machine crawls across Ukraine’s east, trying to achieve the Kremlin’s goal of securing full control over the country’s industrial heartland, Ukrainian forces are scaling up attacks to reclaim territory in the Russian-occupied south.

The Fantasy of Brexit Britain Is Over

By Richard Seymour | The New York Times

The Boris Johnson era is over. But the turmoil has only just begun.

Pelosi Goes to Singapore, but Is Silent on Taiwan

By David E. Sanger & Vivian Wang | The New York Times

Speaker Nancy Pelosi began a fraught tour of Asia on Sunday that administration officials say they now expect will include a stop in Taiwan, despite China’s increasingly sharp warnings in recent days that a visit to the self-governing island would provoke a response, perhaps a military one.

More from WPR: Biden’s Taiwan ‘Gaffe’ Just Said the Quiet Part Out Loud

Blinken and Lavrov Discuss Griner in Their First Call of the War

By Michael Schwirtz, Michael Crowley & Richard Pérez-Peña | The New York Times

The top Russian and American diplomats spoke on Friday for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, to discuss a possible prisoner swap involving the American basketball star Brittney Griner. Although no breakthrough was reported, it marked a resumption of direct communication between Washington and Moscow.

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