The war in Ukraine is no stranger to drones, but the kamikaze drone strike on the Russian city of Rostov last week marked the beginning of a whole chapter in drone warfare. A small ramshackle Ukrainian drone with a tiny warhead flew across the heavily defended front line and smashed into an oil refinery in Russia on June 22, causing a large fire. Given how cheap it is to make a drone, and its successful evasion of Russian air defenses, Russian officials might soon have to worry about defending oil facilities, supply depots, and military installations deep in Russian territory . Long-range kamikaze drones are a new threat to Russia. Most observers of the conflict in Ukraine are familiar with the Switchblade drones provided by the U.S., but these have a relatively short range and require operators to direct it onto a target. Kamikaze drones like the one used in the Rostov attack can go hundreds of miles without the need for an operator, and are small enough to slip by much of … [Read more...] about Putin Should Be Very Worried About Ukraine’s New Kamikaze Drone
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic has decided to reverse plans to halt mining in a key black coal region to help the country safeguard its power supply amid high demand and the energy crunch prompted by the Russia's war in Ukraine. Finance Minister Zbynek Stanjura said Thursday that the state-owned OKD company will extend its mining activities in north-eastern Czech Republic until at least the end of next year, with an analysis to be made on a possible further extension until 2025. The original plans called for mining to be halted there this year, but “demand for black coal is enormous,” Stanjura said. Some other European Union countries are turning back to coal as a replacement for reduced deliveries of Russian natural gas, threatening climate goals in Europe. Russia has trimmed gas flows to EU countries like Germany, Italy and Austria on top of its gas cutoffs to France, Poland, Bulgaria and others. OKD's chief executive, Roman Sikora, said the Czech company was planning to … [Read more...] about Czech Republic to extend coal mining amid high demand
WASHINGTON — For more than two decades, American presidents have invested high hopes in a deepening U.S. relationship with India, the world’s largest democracy — as they almost invariably mention. And at first glance, India looks like a natural U.S. ally, not only an electoral democracy but a rapidly growing economy that fears the expanding power of China. Last year, President Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in Washington and declared a “global strategic partnership” — not quite a formal alliance, but the next best thing. Politics Essential Politics: The one word that best describes California How did California become the most populous, diverse, economically dynamic and confounding state in the union? A new book takes a stab at examining that question. Then Russia invaded Ukraine, and suddenly all those promises of partnership began to appear shaky. Advertisement Biden helped organize an international coalition to … [Read more...] about India has become a U.S. partner in countering China — a limited partner, that is
The U.S. military’s presence in Europe is about to get a whole lot bigger as fears grow over an unhinged Vladimir Putin . President Joe Biden announced the news at a NATO summit in Madrid on Wednesday, pointing the finger directly at the Russian leader who has repeatedly claimed NATO expansion is to blame for his bloody onslaught against Ukraine. “In a moment where Putin has shattered peace in Europe and attacked the very, very tenets of the rule-based order of the United States and our allies—we’re stepping up,” Biden said. The U.S. military will now have permanent headquarters for the U.S. 5th Army Corps in Poland; will deploy an additional rotational combat brigade to Romania; “enhance” rotational deployments to the Baltics (where there will be a “persistent, heel-to-toe presence in the region”); deploy two more Navy destroyers to Spain; and two additional F-35 squadrons to the United Kingdom, according to the White House. The news is not expected to go over well … [Read more...] about U.S. Takes Aim at Putin With Military Boost in Europe
close Video Fox News Flash top headlines for June 29 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. NEW You can now listen to Fox News articles! Chinese leader Xi Jinping arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday ahead of the 25th anniversary of the British handover and after a two-year transformation bringing the city more tightly under Communist Party control. It is Xi’s first trip outside of mainland China in nearly 2 ½ years. Supporters waving Chinese and Hong Kong flags chanted "Welcome, welcome! Warm welcome!" as Xi’s train pulled into the train station. Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, were welcomed by city leader Carrie Lam as they alighted the train. Xi waved at supporters who welcomed him on the platform, and later greeted John Lee, the city’s incoming leader, and Leung Chun-ying, a former chief executive of the city, along with other officials. "I’m very happy to be in Hong Kong," Xi said in a speech … [Read more...] about Xi arrives in Hong Kong for 25th anniversary of handover
17 Community Corner The news comes just one day after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged President Joe Biden to work with Congress on passing the proposal. Dylan Siwicki , Patch Staff Posted | Updated Replies MICHIGAN — President Joe Biden proposed a three-month federal gas tax holiday Wednesday that would dent historically high gas prices in Michigan by 18.4 cents per gallon, providing some immediate relief at the pumps. The news comes just one day after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged President Joe Biden on Tuesday to work with Congress in an effort to temporarily pause the federal gas tax. Nationally, Americans were paying an average of $4.96 a gallon for gas Wednesday, according to AAA. In Michigan, the average price was $5.13 a gallon Wednesday. The move could be more psychological than effective in an economy battered by the highest inflation in 40 years , saving motorists a couple of … [Read more...] about Biden’s Federal Gas Tax Holiday: Would It Help Or Hurt Michigan?