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China, North Korea cast shadow over Biden Asia mission

- The Washington Times

President Biden will attempt to project harmony and unity of purpose among Indo-Pacific democracies and underscore America’s security commitment to Asia during a six-day visit to South Korea and Japan this week, amid criticism from a wary China and concerns that North Korea may try to derail the trip with a nuclear test.

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Belarusians join war seeking to free Ukraine and themselves

- Associated Press

One is a restaurateur who fled Belarus when he learned he was about to be arrested for criticizing President Alexander Lukashenko. Another was given the choice of either denouncing fellow opposition activists or being jailed. And one is certain his brother was killed by the country's security forces.

Fate of 2,500 Ukrainian POWs from steel plant stirs concern

- Associated Press

With Russia claiming to have taken prisoner nearly 2,500 Ukrainian fighters from the besieged Mariupol steel plant, concerns grew about their fate as a Moscow-backed separatist leader vowed they would face tribunals.

Russia: It's time to stop aid from Turkey to Syrian rebels

- Associated Press

Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador says he sees no reason to continue humanitarian aid deliveries from Turkey to rebel-held northwest Syria, accusing the West and the United Nations of insufficient efforts to deliver aid from Damascus and failing to finance "early recovery projects" to improve life for millions of Syrians.

Parris Island wages battles, not war, against climate change

- Associated Press

Rising seas are encroaching on one of America's most storied military installations, where thousands of recruits are molded into Marines each year amid the salt marshes of South Carolina's Lowcountry region.

Poles need EU funds as they help Ukrainians, ambassador says

- Associated Press

Ukraine's ambassador to neighboring Poland says his nation is grateful for the welcome that Poles have given to millions of Ukrainian refugees, but he hopes the European Union will soon release billions of euros to Poland so that the assistance does not come "at the cost of the Polish people."

Artillery leading the fight in Ukraine

- The Washington Times

As Russian forces struggle to gain any traction in the fighting so far, the Pentagon has provided Kyiv with 90 top-of-the-line 155mm M777 howitzers to aid in the fight and is running hundreds of Ukrainian troops through special training classes to get them up to speed on the systems.