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John Bacon


Arlington, VA, United States

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Recent articles by John:

'Wild fantasies': Russian fighter mocks Kremlin war claims as Ukrainians advance. Live updates

The leader of the mercenary Wagner Group dismissed claims by the Russian Defense Ministry that its troops killed more than 1,500 Ukrainian troops. → Read More

'More alarming every hour': Russians admit Ukraine gains. Is counteroffensive underway? Live updates

The Ukrainian army claimed to be gaining ground Monday along a wide front in the Bakhmut area, the "epicenter" of hostilities. Live updates. → Read More

Scrambled F-16s, a sonic boom and plane crash mystery in Virginia: What we know

A sonic boom startled residents across Washington and parts of Maryland and Virginia as fighters pursued an unresponsive plane on Sunday. → Read More

'Harshest punishment' vowed in India train crash; electronic system blamed: June 4 recap

An error in India's electronic signaling system was blamed for one of the world's deadliest train crashes in decades. → Read More

China denies 'bullying,' accuses US of provocations in Taiwan: Updates

Chinese officials dismissed accusations of bullying made by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and said the U.S. is fueling Taiwan separatist activities. → Read More

Zelenskyy lobbies for NATO, EU membership at 47-nation summit: Ukraine live updates

Zelenskyy said all countries that border Russia should be granted full membership in the European Union and NATO. Updates. → Read More

Ukraine won't win war, Hungarian leader says; US reporter's arrest extended 3 months: Updates

Ukraine has 'no chance to win this war,' Hungarian leader Viktor Orban said. Hungary is a NATO member but keeps close ties with Russia. Live updates → Read More

Russian mercenary leader wants Kremlin generals he once mocked to hold Bakhmut: Live Ukraine updates

Confusion over the status of Bakhmut intensified when Wagner founder Yevgeny Prigozhin said his mercenary forces will leave the city by month's end. → Read More

Russians reject Russian claims of gains near Bakhmut: Ukraine live updates

The leader of Russian mercenary troops and a popular pro-Kremlin blogger both rejected Russian Defense Ministry claims of gains in the crucial battle. → Read More

Did Russia destroy a US Patriot missile defense system? 'Impossible': Live updates

"Do not worry about the fate of the Patriot," a Ukrainian official said, calling Russia's claim it destroyed the missile defense system "propaganda." → Read More

Teachers, 'dynamite lady' among victims of New Mexico teen's deadly shooting spree: Updates

The teen gunman in Farmington, New Mexico, was armed with at least three weapons including an “AR-style rifle" during the assault Monday. → Read More

Russia says US vet was killed in Bakhmut; Ukraine thwarts missile attack on Kyiv: Live updates

Russia says a former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier from Boise, Idaho, has been killed in Bakhmut. Live Ukraine updates. → Read More

'We'd lose a lot of people': Ukraine offensive on hold, awaiting promised weapons. Live updates

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said a planned offensive could redraw front lines that have remained little changed for months. Updates. → Read More

Russia blames US for alleged drone attack on Kremlin, considers retribution: Live Ukraine updates

The US is to blame for what Russia claims was an assassination attempt targeting Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ukraine updates. → Read More

Live updates on 7 bodies found in Oklahoma: Investigators still mum on killer, details

Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice said no details surrounding the killings at an Oklahoma home will be released until after autopsies are completed. → Read More

Ukraine hits Crimea depot as nation gears up for spring offensive: Updates

A suspected Ukraine drone strike at a Crimean oil depot in Russian-occupied Sevastopol was a prelude to a much-anticipated spring offensive. Updates. → Read More

'Zero leads' on Texas shooting suspect; reward increased to $80K; witness describes killings: Updates

The manhunt was expanding Sunday for the suspect in a shooting at a Cleveland, Texas, home that left 5 dead and a community in fear and mourning. → Read More

Mother of Mexico shooting survivor says Americans traveled for surgery; abduction probe continues

Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed that the U.S. Justice Department would be "relentless in pursuing justice" on behalf of the Americans. → Read More

Turkey rocked by 6.3 magnitude quake 2 weeks after temblors killed more than 41,000: Live updates

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake rocked Turkey’s Hatay province Monday, two weeks after the region was devastated by quakes that killed more than 41,000. → Read More

Earthquake death toll over 20,000; Turkey evacuates thousands; UN aid reaches Syria: Live updates

The international effort to provide food and shelter to victims of the earthquake that rocked Turkey and Syria intensified Thursday. Live updates. → Read More