Russia-backed rebels take over factories, mines in Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian-backed rebels are taking over scores of factories and mines in eastern Ukraine, many of them belonging to a tycoon whose foundation has been the largest provider of humanitarian aid to a war-battered population.

  • Written by NATALIYA VASILYEVA , Associated Press

UN panel alleges war crimes in last year's battle for Aleppo

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. panel said Wednesday the evacuation of eastern Aleppo, after months of siege and aerial bombing by Russian and Syrian forces, was one of many war crimes committed by those fighting for control of Syria's largest city.

  • Written by DOMINIQUE SOGUEL , Associated Press

Supreme Court revives challenge by black voters in Virginia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court gave new life Wednesday to a challenge by African-Americans in Virginia who say lawmakers packed some legislative districts with black voters to make other districts whiter and more Republican.

  • Written by MARK SHERMAN , Associated Press