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Hungary and Sweden agree on defense deal ahead of final vote on Sweden’s NATO accession

The prime ministers of Hungary and Sweden concluded a defense industry agreement on Friday that will expand Budapest’s fleet of Swedish-built fighter jets, paving the way for Hungary’s likely ratification of Sweden’s long-delayed NATO bid.

US imposes major new sanctions on Russia, targeting finance and defense

The United States on Friday unleashed its most extensive package of sanctions on Russia since the invasion of Ukraine two years ago, targeting Russia’s financial sector and military-industrial complex in a broad effort to degrade the Kremlin’s war machine.

Rescuers search for 14 people missing after apartment block fire in eastern Spain. 4 confirmed dead

Firefighters and army experts are calculating the risks of entering a residential block that was destroyed by fire in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia, killing four people and leaving 14 missing.

Navalny’s mother says authorities are ‘blackmailing’ her over son’s remains

Lyudmila Navalnaya, Navalny’s mother, said she had been “secretly” taken to a morgue Wednesday night, “where they showed me Alexei.” She was shown a medical report on Navalny’s death that said he died of natural causes, according to the Navalny team’s spokesperson, Kira Yarmysh.

Houthi rebel attack sets cargo ship ablaze, forces Israel to intercept another attack near Eilat

The attack Thursday in the Gulf of Aden saw two missiles fired at a Palau-flagged cargo ship named Islander, the US military’s Central Command said.

Russia’s forces turn their focus on Ukraine’s northeast in what may be an ambitious new push

Russian forces are probing Ukrainian defenses for weak points in the country’s northeast, an official said Thursday, an area where analysts believe the Kremlin seeks to build on its recent success in taking a key city by mounting an ambitious four-pronged offensive to break through the front line.

Mideast cease-fire efforts gain steam as US envoy visits. Mediators report ‘encouraging’ signs.

The new signs of progress came ahead of an expected summit this weekend in Paris, where mediators plan to present a new proposal.

Bosnia’s dysfunction snarls efforts to curb Russia’s reach in the Balkans

The project, backed by both the United States and the European Union but blocked by the ethnic feuds that have long hobbled Bosnia, aims to break Russia’s stranglehold on gas supplies to a fragile nation tugged between East and West.