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Russia accuses Ukraine of attempted Crimea ‘incursions’

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Russia has accused Ukraine of trying to carry out armed incursions into Crimea – the territory annexed by Russia in 2014 after an unrecognised referendum. The FSB intelligence agency said two attempted incursions had taken place over the weekend and a Russian soldier and an FSB employee had been killed. ...

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Libyan forces say they have captured Isis base in Sirte

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Libyan forces battling to oust Islamic State from Sirte say they have made significant advances, gaining control of a large convention centre previously used as a base by the jihadi group. “Our forces have complete control of the whole of the Ouagadougou [convention] complex – they even advanced some distance ...

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Republican security experts rail against Trump in open letter

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An open letter signed by 50 Republican national security experts has warned that nominee Donald Trump “would be the most reckless president” in US history. The group, which includes the former CIA director Michael Hayden, said Mr Trump “lacks the character, values and experience” to be president. Many of the ...

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Japan’s Emperor Akihito hints at wish to abdicate

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Japan’s Emperor Akihito has strongly indicated he wants to step down, saying he fears his age will make it difficult to fulfil his duties. The revered 82-year-old emperor’s comments came in only his second-ever televised address to the public. Emperor Akihito did not explicitly say he wanted to abdicate as ...

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