International Briefs

Russian attack on a Ukrainian village kills 3, officials say

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities say a Russian attack has hit a grocery store and a pharmacy in a Ukrainian village close to the border with Russia, killing three people. Officials Another strike with guided aerial bombs destroyed a hospital in Vovchansk, also near the border in the Kharkiv region. With the front line barely budging in recent months, Moscow’s army has kept parts of eastern and southern Ukraine under relentless bombardment. The NATO secretary general says the lack of artillery shells and air defenses is leaving Ukraine at the mercy of Russian attacks.

Israel threatens to strike Iran directly if Iran launches attack from its territory

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Foreign Minister has threatened that his country’s forces would strike Iran directly if the Islamic Republic launched an attack from its territory against Israel. Wednesday’s remarks come after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated a promise to retaliate against Israel over the attack on its consulate in Damascus earlier this month. Tehran holds Israel responsible for the strike that leveled the building, killing 12 people. Israel has not acknowledged its involvement. The strike killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guard members, four Syrians and a Hezbollah militia member.

France is proposing to allow terminally ill patients to take lethal medication

PARIS (AP) — France’s government has presented a bill to allow adults with terminal cancer or other end-of-life illness to take lethal medication. Polls show growing public demand in France for legal options for aid in dying. Many French people have traveled to neighboring countries to seek such medication. Under the new proposal, doctors would need to confirm that the patient has a grave and incurable illness, is suffering from intolerable and untreatable pain, and is seeking lethal medication of their own free will. Those with severe psychiatric conditions and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease won’t be eligible.

Israeli airstrike in Gaza kills 3 sons and 4 grandchildren of top Hamas leader

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli aircraft have killed three sons of Hamas’ top political leader in the Gaza Strip. The strikes went after high-stakes targets at a time when Israel is holding delicate cease-fire negotiations with the militant group. Hamas said four of the leader’s grandchildren were also killed. Ismail Haniyeh’s sons are among the highest-profile figures to be killed in the war so far. Israel said they were Hamas operatives. Haniyeh accused Israel of acting in “the spirit of revenge and murder.”


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