Crowds flock to London to see queen's coffin procession
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin is set to leave Buckingham Palace for the last time as it is taken, amid somber pageantry, on a horse-drawn gun carriage past crowds of mourners to the Houses of Parliament, where the late monarch will lie in state for four days. Crowds began massing early Wednesday along the flag-lined Mall outside the palace for the procession from the monarch’s official London residence to the historic Westminster Hall at Parliament. People are standing behind metal barriers or sitting on folding chairs, umbrellas at the ready, takeout coffees in hand under gray skies hours before the coffin is scheduled to leave the landmark palace at 2:22 p.m. (1322 GMT). Hasty Russian retreat leaves a devastated Ukrainian village
HRAKOVE, Ukraine (AP) — There’s not much left of this small village outside of Ukraine's second-largest city. Its houses and shops lie in ruins. Its school is a bombed-out hull. The church is scarred by rockets and shells. But the golden dome above its blasted belfry still gleams in the fading autumn light. Only about 30 people remain. About 1,000 lived here when Russian troops trolled across the border in February and occupied it. Those forces suddenly abandoned it around Sept. 9 as Ukrainian troops advanced in a lightning-swift counteroffensive. That blitz could be a turning point. But it could also lead to a new and dangerous escalation in the war. Ukraine's Zelenskyy visits recently retaken, devastated city
IZIUM, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has visited the recently retaken city of Izium. During his visit he greeted soldiers and thanked them for their efforts in retaking the area, as the Ukrainian flag was raised in front of the burned-out city hall building. Russian forces left the war-scarred city last week as Ukraine pressed forward in a sweeping counteroffensive that has reclaimed vast swaths of territory in the country’s northeastern Kharkiv region in a matter of days. On the northern outskirts of Izium, the remains of Russian tanks and vehicles lie shattered along the road. Zelenskyy said that while the view was “shocking," it was what he expected after similar scenes in other areas that has been under Russian occuption. Close New Hampshire Senate primary tests direction of GOP CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Republican contest for Senate in New Hampshire remains a tight race between conservative Donald Bolduc and