Tag: Associated Press

  • Hungary’s parliament approves Finland’s bid to join NATO

    Hungary’s parliament approves Finland’s bid to join NATO

    Budapest – Hungary’s parliament on Monday approved Finland’s bid to join NATO, ending months of delays and bringing the Nordic country one step closer to becoming a full member of the Western military alliance. The measure, which passed by 182 votes to six, came after Hungary’s government had frustrated NATO and European Union allies for […]

  • NATO seal, saunas and health tax: Finland in the world press

    NATO seal, saunas and health tax: Finland in the world press

    The article noted that members of the Turkish parliament’s foreign affairs committee voted in favor of Finland’s proposal a week after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country was moving forward with ratification. It added that Finland’s application could be ratified in Turkey’s plenary session as early as next week. “From the beginning of […]

  • After Covid, huge demand in the US for flights to Europe

    After Covid, huge demand in the US for flights to Europe

    LONDON, England: Despite rising airfares, a potential global economic recession and risks of shutdowns at some European airports due to labor disputes, Americans’ online searches for flights to Europe have surged. American airlines are therefore increasing the transatlantic capacity to monetize Americans’ demand for travel to Europe. Amid rising interest rates, high inflation, mass layoffs […]

  • Hungarian delegation meets Swedish and Finnish legislators to negotiate ratification of NATO membership

    Hungarian delegation meets Swedish and Finnish legislators to negotiate ratification of NATO membership

    prime minister Viktor Orbán has accused the Swedish and Finnish governments of spreading “blatant lies” about Hungary, prompting questions among lawmakers in his party about whether the offers will be accepted. However, Orban confirmed that Hungary will send a parliamentary delegation to Sweden and Finland to seek clarification on matters before the ratification can be […]

  • Donors pledge $1.2 billion in Yemen aid, far short of UN target

    Donors pledge $1.2 billion in Yemen aid, far short of UN target

    The United Nations collected $1.2 billion in humanitarian aid for Yemen, but the amount is far short of a $4.3 billion goal the United Nations set to help the war-torn country. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a global donor conference in Geneva on Monday that the US would provide $444 million in humanitarian […]

  • NATO chief sees ‘some signs’ China may support Russia’s war

    NATO chief sees ‘some signs’ China may support Russia’s war

    Warsaw, Poland – NATO’s chief said on Wednesday that the military alliance has seen “some signs” that China may be planning to support Russia in its war in Ukraine, and he strongly urged Beijing to refrain from what would be a violation of international law. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also told The Associated Press […]

  • Finland makes it clear that it is not waiting for Sweden to join NATO

    Finland makes it clear that it is not waiting for Sweden to join NATO

    foreign minister Pekka Haavisto (Green) told Turkey informed YLE last weekend that Finland has fulfilled the conditions it set for supporting the membership application, but further negotiations are needed with Sweden. President Sauli Niinistö stated In Sweden’s national radio company, Sveriges Radio, that if Turkey ratifies Finland but not Sweden as a member of the […]

  • Blinken calls for NATO expansion during the visit to Turkey

    Blinken calls for NATO expansion during the visit to Turkey

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a visit to Ankara on Monday that the Biden administration supports the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey. He also expressed confidence that both Sweden and Finland will soon join the NATO alliance. The US Congress must approve the $20 billion sale of F-16s, which includes […]

  • Blinken supports NATO expansion, fighter jet sales in Turkey visit

    Blinken supports NATO expansion, fighter jet sales in Turkey visit

    US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Biden administration supports the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey, and expressed confidence that both Sweden and Finland will soon join the NATO alliance, as he visited Ankara for talks with Turkish leaders on the Monday. The US Congress must approve the $20 billion sale of […]

  • Haavisto: Finland and Sweden continue their journey to NATO

    Haavisto: Finland and Sweden continue their journey to NATO

    Last week, Turkey broke off tripartite talks on Finland’s and Sweden’s membership applications in response to the burning of a Koran outside its embassy in Stockholm. Rasmus Paluda, a Danish-Swedish far-right decision-maker. Helsingin sanomat newspaper was revealed Last week, the decision-maker received support for his protest Chang Fricka Swedish journalist who has collaborated with an […]

  • Spotify announces plans to lay off 6% of workforce

    Spotify announces plans to lay off 6% of workforce

    Spotify CEO Daniel Ek announced Monday that the company plans to lay off about 6% of its workforce, or roughly 600 employees. The cuts are a result of financial challenges, according to Ek. The Swedish media streaming giant is one of the largest providers of its kind. Founded in 2006 by Ek and Martin Lorentzon, […]

  • Turkey cancels Sweden’s defense minister’s planned visit to Ankara

    Turkey cancels Sweden’s defense minister’s planned visit to Ankara

    Turkey has canceled the Swedish defense minister’s planned visit to Ankara because the Nordic country gave permission to protesters to hold an anti-Turkey demonstration outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm. Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said there was “no sense” in Sweden’s Defense Minister Pål Jonson’s trip on January 27 because Sweden has taken no […]

  • Funeral is held for Greece’s former King Constantine

    Funeral is held for Greece’s former King Constantine

    European royalty from Britain to Spain have gathered in Athens for the funeral of Greece’s last monarch, Constantine the Second. Among the royals in attendance is Britain’s Princess Anne, daughter of the late Queen Elizabeth II and cousin of Constantine through her father, the late Prince Philip. King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain, as […]

  • Thousands protest in Germany against coal mine expansion

    Thousands protest in Germany against coal mine expansion

    ERKELENZ, Germany – Thousands of people demonstrated in the rain Saturday to protest the clearing and demolition of a village in western Germany to make way for the expansion of a coal mine. There was a scuffle with the police when some protesters tried to reach the edge of the mine and the village itself. […]

  • The South Korean government must investigate Danish adoption cases

    The South Korean government must investigate Danish adoption cases

    Terrible reportsMøller went on to say that adoption agencies and orphanages in Korea had not shied away from grotesque practices to make money from adoptions. He said some children were stolen from markets, while others were temporarily placed in orphanages, where the biological parents were falsely informed that their children had died. Møller and his […]

  • Official: Bulgaria and Romania outside Schengen, Croatia is included

    Croatia has received approval to join Schengen from January 1, 2023, Croatian officials said, quoted by Reuters. However, Bulgaria and Romania remain outside the Schengen area, it became known from a statement by EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson.” The final step is complete! The Council’s decision has been adopted – it is now officially […]

  • Russian army says it has seized east Ukraine villages near Bakhmut

    Russian army says it has seized east Ukraine villages near Bakhmut

    Russia said Wednesday it had seized east Ukrainian settlements near the embattled town of Bakhmut that Moscow has been trying to capture since this summer. This comes hours after the EU announced it will set up a specialised court backed by the UN to investigate potential Russian war crimes committed in Ukraine. Read our live […]

  • NATO strengthens defense throughout Europe

    NATO strengthens defense throughout Europe

    NATO foreign ministers are to meet for two days in Romania’s capital Bucharest from Tuesday to pledge their continued support to Ukraine against Russia’s invasion. At a press conference on Monday, after a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg asked the alliance to increase its support in the region. “Investing […]

  • NATO will discuss strengthening defenses across Europe

    NATO will discuss strengthening defenses across Europe

    NATO foreign ministers are to meet for two days in the Romanian capital Bucharest, starting on Tuesday, to pledge their continued support to Ukraine against Russia’s invasion. At a press conference on Monday, after a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg asked the alliance to increase its support in the […]

  • EU seeks special court for Russian crimes against Ukraine

    EU seeks special court for Russian crimes against Ukraine

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday called for a special court to prosecute Russian crimes against Ukraine. Von der Leyen proposed a UN-backed court “to investigate and prosecute Russia’s crimes of aggression.” She also said that Russia and Russian oligarchs must pay for the costs of rebuilding Ukraine from the damage done […]

  • US: Russian attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure will not divide the West

    US: Russian attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure will not divide the West

    The United States said on Wednesday that Russia’s weeks-long campaign targeting attacks on Ukraine’s vital heating, electricity and water infrastructure would not diminish the West’s resolve to support Kyiv in its nine-month fight against Moscow’s invasion. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a news conference after a two-day NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania, that […]

  • US: Russian attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure will not divide the West

    US: Russian attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure will not divide the West

    The United States said on Wednesday that Russia’s weeks-long campaign targeting attacks on Ukraine’s vital heating, electricity and water infrastructure would not diminish the West’s resolve to support Kyiv in its nine-month fight against Moscow’s invasion. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a news conference after a two-day NATO summit in Bucharest, Romania, that […]

  • “Putin ally” is apparently trolling the Western media

    “Putin ally” is apparently trolling the Western media

    Western stores took ?access? by Yevgeny Prigozhin at face value Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin apparently trolled the domestic media by declaring that he meddled in the US election and would continue to do so, while recommending a comedy film about the “Russian troll farm” that US Democrats insist helped Donald Trump to be elected president […]

  • Russia stops participation in UN agreement that allows Ukraine to export grain

    Russia stops participation in UN agreement that allows Ukraine to export grain

    Moscow has suspended implementation of a UN-brokered grain export deal that has allowed more than 9 million tonnes of grain to be exported from Ukraine, helping to ease the global food crisis and lower prices. The Russian Defense Ministry said it would no longer guarantee the safety of cargo ships participating in the UN-led initiative, […]

  • Australian coach Gustavsson defends the record after poor results

    CANBERRA, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) — Australia women’s soccer team head coach Tony Gustavsson has defended his record on the job ahead of the 2023 home World Cup. Gustavsson said the team worked hard to achieve the three goals he was given when he was appointed head coach of the Matildas in September 2020. The Matildas […]

  • Three share the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    Three share the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    The Royal Academy of Sciences announced on Wednesday that three researchers won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for “the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry.” The award and its $900,000 prize went equally to Carolyn Bertozzi and Barry Sharpless of the United States and Morten Meldal of Denmark. For Sharpless, it is his second […]

  • Three scientists win Physics Nobel for quantum information research

    Three scientists win Physics Nobel for quantum information research

    The Royal Academy of Sciences announced on Tuesday that three scientists won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for “pioneering quantum information science. The academy said Alain Aspect of France, John Clauser of the US and Anton Zeilinger of Austria each performed “groundbreaking experiments using entangled quantum states, where two particles behave as a single […]

  • EU chief: New gas pipeline Greece-Bulgaria “means freedom”

    EU chief: New gas pipeline Greece-Bulgaria “means freedom”

    SOFIA, Bulgaria: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, chair of the European Union’s executive arm, was in Sofia, Bulgaria on October 1 to witness the opening of a natural gas link between Bulgaria and Greece. Von der Leyen said the importance of the new pipeline was as an example of the EU’s determination to […]

  • American prisoners begged for death on brutal journey from Ukraine

    American prisoners begged for death on brutal journey from Ukraine

    TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Even after three months of captivity that included threats of execution, physical torture, solitary confinement and food deprivation, it was the journey to freedom that nearly broke Alex Drueke, a U.S. military veteran who was released last week along with nine other prisoners who went to help Ukraine fight Russian invaders. His […]

  • Separatists in Iran kill up to 19, including guard chief

    Separatists in Iran kill up to 19, including guard chief

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Iranian state-linked media reported late Friday that up to 19 people, including a paramilitary Revolutionary Guard commander, had been killed in an attack by armed separatists on a police base in the eastern city of Zahedan. It was not immediately clear whether the attack, which took place earlier in the […]

  • Russia plans annexation ceremony as Ukrainian allies brace for sanctions

    Russia plans annexation ceremony as Ukrainian allies brace for sanctions

    The Kremlin said Russia will hold a ceremony on Friday to officially incorporate four areas of Ukraine into Russia, a process Ukraine and its allies have dismissed as illegal while promising retaliation in the form of new sanctions. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday that the ceremony will include Russian President Vladimir Putin […]

  • Swedish leader tackles crime, energy fears on the campaign trail

    Swedish leader tackles crime, energy fears on the campaign trail

    NORRTALJE, Sweden – Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson was on the campaign trail Sunday, a week before Sweden’s national election, to address fears over gang violence and rising electricity bills. Andersson traveled by bus to communities near Stockholm to try to calm the voters. The Sept. 11 election comes amid a sense of increasing insecurity, with […]

  • Finland, Sweden Offer NATO an edge as rivalry heats up in the north

    Finland, Sweden Offer NATO an edge as rivalry heats up in the north

    Washington – The first surprise, for the Finnish conscripts and officers taking part in a military exercise in the Arctic this spring organized by NATO: the sudden roar of a US Navy helicopter attack force that landed in a field right next to the Finns’ well-hidden command post. The second surprise: Finnish Signal Corps communications […]

  • Russian authorities: Putin’s ally daughter killed by car bomb

    Russian authorities: Putin’s ally daughter killed by car bomb

    Russian authorities said Sunday that a car bomb killed the adult daughter of Alexander Dugin, a national political theorist and staunch supporter of President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Daria Dugina, a 29-year-old television commentator who also supported Moscow’s offensive, was killed on Saturday when the Toyota Land Cruiser she was driving exploded as she […]

  • Turkey says three grain ships will leave Ukraine on Friday

    Turkey says three grain ships will leave Ukraine on Friday

    Plans are in place for three more grain ships to leave Ukraine on Friday, Turkey said, following the departure of the Sierra Leone-registered Razoni on Monday. France has taken in 100,000 Ukrainian refugees since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began more than five months ago, authorities said Thursday. Read about today’s events as they unfolded. All […]

  • European leaders sign energy deal to reduce need for Russian gas

    European leaders sign energy deal to reduce need for Russian gas

    ROME, Italy: This week, the leaders of Italy, France and the EU signed agreements with their counterparts in Algeria, Azerbaijan and the United Arab Emirates to buy natural gas, due to fears of a disruption in Russian supplies. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi visited Algeria’s capital, Algiers, where President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said a $4 billion […]

  • Ukraine: Russian shelling kills 2 in Kharkiv

    Ukraine: Russian shelling kills 2 in Kharkiv

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that Moscow wants to seize territory in southern Ukraine beyond the eastern Donbas region as the United States and its allies committed more military aid to Ukraine. Russia failed in the early stages of its five-month offensive to topple the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy or capture […]

  • Russia’s Lavrov: Moscow wants more territory than Donbas

    Russia’s Lavrov: Moscow wants more territory than Donbas

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow wants to conquer territory in southern Ukraine beyond the eastern Donbas region, where Ukrainian forces are currently fighting for control. Russia failed in the early stages of its five-month offensive to overthrow the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky or to capture the capital, Kyiv, […]

  • Putin is open to Ukraine’s grain deal, wants Russian sanctions lifted

    Putin is open to Ukraine’s grain deal, wants Russian sanctions lifted

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia is ready to facilitate Ukrainian grain shipments from ports along the Black Sea, but that he wants Western countries to lift their sanctions on Russian grain exports. Putin spoke in Iran after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a proposed plan to resume Ukrainian […]

  • Anthrax found in dead cattle in the nature park in Croatia

    Anthrax found in dead cattle in the nature park in Croatia

    ZAGREB, Croatia: Croatian authorities have said that anthrax has been diagnosed in dozens of cattle found dead in a natural park southeast of the Croatian capital Zagreb. The Ministry of Agriculture said that the authorities tested the animal bodies after reports that certain cattle had developed neurological symptoms before they died. Officials said measures were […]

  • German climate activists strive to create friction with blockades

    German climate activists strive to create friction with blockades

    BERLIN – “It’s completely crazy to stay on the road with super glue”, admits Lina Schinkoethe. And yet the 19-year-old recently ended up in prison for doing just that, in protest of what she believes is the German government’s failure to act against climate change. Schinkoethe is part of a group called the Rebellion of […]

  • The EU removes the last obstacle to Croatia’s adoption of the euro currency

    The EU removes the last obstacle to Croatia’s adoption of the euro currency

    BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Union (EU) has removed the last obstacles for Croatia to adopt the euro currency, the first expansion of the currency bloc in almost a decade. EU finance ministers approved three related laws enabling Croatia to become the 20th member of the eurozone on 1 January. Lithuania was the last country to […]

  • Ex-Iranian official imprisoned in Sweden for executions

    Ex-Iranian official imprisoned in Sweden for executions

    The Stockholm District Court on Thursday sentenced a former Iranian official to life in prison for war crimes and the murder of political prisoners during the war between Iran and Iraq in the 1980s. At the time of the killings, Hamid Noury ​​was a 27-year-old assistant to the deputy prosecutor at the Gohardasht prison in […]

  • Iran arrests third outspoken filmmaker in escalating crackdown

    Iran arrests third outspoken filmmaker in escalating crackdown

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Iran has arrested an internationally renowned filmmaker, several newspapers reported on Tuesday, the third Iranian director to be locked up in less than a week as the government escalates a crackdown on the country’s famous cinema industry. The arrest of award-winning director Jafar Panahi and greater pressure on filmmakers follows […]

  • Germany’s legislators approve of NATO expansion

    Germany’s legislators approve of NATO expansion

    Legislators in Germany voted by an overwhelming majority on Friday to approve Finland’s and Sweden’s membership in NATO, and Poland’s lower house also moved ratification forward. NATO allies who met in Madrid last week signed the accession protocols for the two countries to join the alliance. The move must now be ratified by the governments […]

  • Sweden prosecutes 18-year-old in March school attack

    Sweden prosecutes 18-year-old in March school attack

    Swedish prosecutors announced on Wednesday that they were prosecuting an 18-year-old man for two cases of murder in connection with an attack on a high school in March. Authorities say the man armed with a knife and an ax killed two teachers at Malmö Latin School. The man was a student at the school, which […]

  • NATO signs accession protocol for Finland, Sweden

    NATO signs accession protocol for Finland, Sweden

    NATO members on Tuesday will sign the accession protocols for Finland and Sweden to join the military alliance. Both countries submitted their applications in May, which broke long-standing non-aligned positions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Once the Accession Protocols have been signed, each of NATO’s 30 member states must ratify them according to […]

  • NATO signs accession protocol for Finland, Sweden

    NATO signs accession protocol for Finland, Sweden

    On Tuesday, NATO members signed the accession protocols for Finland and Sweden to join the military alliance. Both countries submitted their applications in May, which broke long-standing non-aligned positions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “This is a good day for Finland and Sweden, and a good day for NATO. With 32 nations around […]

  • NATO leaders have pledged their support for Ukraine

    The leaders of seven NATO countries have promised to support Sweden’s and Finland’s accession to the alliance and to provide more heavy weapons to Ukraine, the Associated Press reported. They expressed their support after an informal meeting in the official residence of the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague, arranged by Rutte and […]

  • Latest developments in Ukraine: 9 June

    Latest developments in Ukraine: 9 June

    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flash point Ukraine. Recent developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT. 01:30: The body of French journalist Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff, who was killed in Ukraine, has been repatriated, reports Agence France-Presse. The loved ones of the French journalist Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff, who was killed […]

  • Swedish, American troops exercise on the re-militarized Baltic Sea island

    Swedish, American troops exercise on the re-militarized Baltic Sea island

    Visby, Sweden – Having to defend Gotland against a foreign invasion was such a far-fetched notion for Swedish decision-makers at the beginning of the century that they demilitarized the Baltic Sea. Now the Swedish Armed Forces is back, and they are practicing together with American troops not only how to defend the island with a […]

  • Stevie Nicks – Fleetwood Mac, the drugs and the big comeback

    Stevie Nicks – Fleetwood Mac, the drugs and the big comeback

    The year is 1977. A 29-year-old woman is sitting on a pillow on the floor of a large house in Hollywood. She has long rye blonde hair with bangs and is wearing a long black dress and gold jewelry. In front of her is a camera set up and a journalist from the Australian program […]

  • Latest developments in Ukraine: 1 June

    Latest developments in Ukraine: 1 June

    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flash point Ukraine. The latest developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT. 01:30: Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that its forces were conducting exercises with about 1,000 soldiers in Ivanovo province, a city northeast of Moscow, Reuters reported, citing the Interfax […]

  • Reuters: Turkey’s decision unlikely ahead of NATO summit

    Reuters: Turkey’s decision unlikely ahead of NATO summit

    Negotiations between the Finnish, Swedish and Turkish authorities to resolve Turkey’s objections to NATO’s accession to the two Nordic countries are unlikely to be completed before next month’s NATO summit. report news agency Reuters. Negotiations, which began on Wednesday and ended on Friday, have made little progress and no date has yet been agreed for […]

  • US General: Sweden and Finland do not need more American forces

    Sweden and Finland’s desire to join NATO will not require the deployment of additional ground forces on their territory, a US general nominated for the post of European Command told the US Senators yesterday, the Associated Press reported, quoted by BTA. However, Christopher Cavoli pointed out that military exercises and rotations of American troops are […]

  • Zelenskyy says that only the way for talks is direct with Putin

    Zelenskyy says that only the way for talks is direct with Putin

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Wednesday that he would be open to negotiations with Russia, but only direct talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a video link to the World Economic Forum, Zelenskyy said there was a potential to find a diplomatic way out of the conflict if Putin “understands reality.” Zelenskyy added […]

  • NATO seekers arm terrorists – Turkey

    NATO seekers arm terrorists – Turkey

    President Erdogan wants Sweden and Finland to strike at the Kurds before he will support their NATO application Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Sweden of arming Kurdish militias, which Turkey considers terrorists. Reports in the Turkish media indicate that Swedish weapons have been used against Turkish troops and that Ankara is seeking a […]

  • Ukraine demands faster arms deliveries

    Ukraine demands faster arms deliveries

    Pentagon – Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Tuesday called on other governments to send more weapons faster to help Ukraine’s fight against Russian forces. FIL – Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is sitting at EU headquarters in Brussels on May 16, 2022. On Tuesday, he called on other governments to send weapons to help […]

  • Latest developments in Ukraine: 24 May

    Latest developments in Ukraine: 24 May

    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flash point Ukraine. Recent developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT: 01:00: As Ukraine celebrates three months since the start of the Russian invasion, residents of the capital Kyiv have celebrated those who have gone astray since the beginning of the conflict, […]

  • Latest developments in Ukraine: 23 May

    Latest developments in Ukraine: 23 May

    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flash point Ukraine. Recent developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT: 02:00: Russian citizens can express their dissatisfaction with the way the war against Ukraine is going, the British Ministry of Defense predicted on Monday, based on the number of casualties suffered […]

  • Latest developments in Ukraine: 21 May

    Latest developments in Ukraine: 21 May

    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flash point Ukraine. Recent developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT: 02:02: IN his latest assessment of the war in Ukraine, Institute for the Study of War, an American think tank, says that Russian forces are digging around Kharkiv and can prepare […]

  • Latest developments in Ukraine: 20 May

    Latest developments in Ukraine: 20 May

    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flash point Ukraine. Recent developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT: 05:38: CNN reports that Vadim Shishimarin, 21, the Russian soldier charged with war crimes in Ukraine, was in court in Kyiv on Friday. During the third day of interrogation, his lawyer […]

  • Russia is stepping up attacks in eastern Ukraine

    Russia is stepping up attacks in eastern Ukraine

    Russia intensified its offensive against eastern Ukraine on Friday, using artillery, rocket-propelled grenades and aircraft to strike the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, destroying residential buildings and killing a number of civilians, according to Ukrainian civilian and military officials. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described conditions in the Donbas region, which includes Luhansk and Donetsk, as “hell” […]

  • NATO-seeking terrorists arm Turkey

    NATO-seeking terrorists arm Turkey

    President Erdogan wants Sweden and Finland to defeat the Kurds before he will support their NATO application Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Sweden of arming Kurdish militias, which Turkey considers terrorists. Reports in the Turkish media indicate that Swedish weapons have been used against Turkish troops and that Ankara is seeking a major […]

  • Russia: 959 Ukrainian troops surrender in Mariupol

    Russia: 959 Ukrainian troops surrender in Mariupol

    Russia’s defense minister said on Wednesday that 959 Ukrainian troops had surrendered this week at the last stronghold in the besieged port city of Mariupol. A ministry spokesman told reporters that the number included 694 who had capitulated in the past 24 hours. Ukrainian officials have not confirmed the figures. Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Anna […]

  • China In Eurasia Briefing: Why The Ukraine War Matters For Asia

    China In Eurasia Briefing: Why The Ukraine War Matters For Asia

    Welcome back to the China In Eurasia briefing, an RFE/RL newsletter tracking China’s resurgent influence from Eastern Europe to Central Asia. I’m RFE/RL correspondent Reid Standish and here’s what I’m following right now. Why The Ukraine War Matters For Asia The ripple effects of the Ukraine war are spreading across the world and already hitting […]

  • Russia on the way to control Mariupol

    Russia on the way to control Mariupol

    The fall of the Ukrainian port of Mariupol to Russia seemed imminent on Tuesday as Ukraine moved to abandon the city’s vast steelworks, and hundreds of Kyiv warriors held there surrendered to Russian forces in an agreement reached by the warring parties. The conquest of Mariupol, a pre-war city of 430,000 people along the north […]

  • Ukraine is working to evacuate the last Mariupol troops

    Ukraine is working to evacuate the last Mariupol troops

    The Ukrainian military worked on Tuesday to evacuate its remaining fighter jets from the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, where three months of Russian bombing have left the besieged port city in ruins. Ukrainian officials said more than 260 soldiers were evacuated on Monday. Fifty-three seriously injured fighters were taken to a hospital in Novoazovsk, east […]

  • Ukraine evacuates some fighter jets from Mariupol’s steelworks

    Ukraine evacuates some fighter jets from Mariupol’s steelworks

    More than 260 Ukrainian fighter jets were evacuated from the Azovstal steelworks in the besieged port city of Mariupol on Monday, Ukrainian officials said. Fifty-three seriously injured fighters were taken to a hospital in Novoazovsk, east of Mariupol, said Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar. Novoazovsk is under the control of Russian troops and Russian-backed separatists. […]

  • Ukraine says its troops are winning in the Kharkiv region

    Ukraine says its troops are winning in the Kharkiv region

    Ukraine said on Monday that its forces had repulsed Russian troops in the Kharkiv region in a counter-offensive that allowed the Ukrainians to reach the Russian border. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense posted a video showing what it said was its troops at the border, in which a soldier told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy: “We […]

  • Ukraine says troops are winning in Kharkiv

    Ukraine says troops are winning in Kharkiv

    Ukraine said on Monday that its forces had repulsed Russian troops in the Kharkiv region in a counter-offensive that allowed the Ukrainians to reach the Russian border. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense posted a video showing what it said was its troops at the border, in which a soldier told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy: “We […]

  • Latest developments in Ukraine: 16 May

    Latest developments in Ukraine: 16 May

    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flash point Ukraine. Recent developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT: 12:45: CNN reports that in areas of Ukraine that Russia has occupied, e.g.educators are intimidated and threatened to change its curriculum “to adapt to pro-Russian rhetoric.” Some information in this report […]

  • Finland formally announces NATO membership offer

    Finland formally announces NATO membership offer

    Finland formally announced on Sunday that it intends to apply for membership in the Western NATO military alliance, and ignores Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warning that the measure would “negatively affect” peaceful relations between neighboring countries. President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced the application for NATO membership at the Presidential Palace in […]

  • Latest developments in Ukraine: 15 May

    Latest developments in Ukraine: 15 May

    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flash point Ukraine. Recent developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT: 02:04: In his latest intelligence update, Britain’s defense minister says Russia’s attack on the Donbas has “lost momentum”. “Despite small-scale initial progress, Russia has failed to achieve significant territorial gains,” the […]

  • Finland formally announces that it is seeking NATO membership

    Finland formally announces that it is seeking NATO membership

    Finland has formally announced its intention to apply for NATO membership. President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced the move on Sunday at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. “This is a historic day,” Niinisto said. “A new era begins.” Finland’s announcement that it is seeking membership of the Western military alliance with 30 […]

  • Putin warns that Finland joins NATO would be a mistake

    Putin warns that Finland joins NATO would be a mistake

    Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Finnish counterpart that it would be a “mistake” for Finland to join NATO, according to a statement from the Kremlin. The two leaders spoke by telephone on Saturday when US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell led a delegation of Republican senators on a visit to Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr […]

  • Latest developments in Ukraine: 14 May

    Latest developments in Ukraine: 14 May

    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flash point Ukraine. Recent developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT: 02:05: The latest intelligence update from Britain’s defense minister focuses on Ukraine’s Kherson region. The Russian-imposed leaders in the region say they will ask Russia to include the region in the […]

  • Latest developments in Ukraine: 13 May

    Latest developments in Ukraine: 13 May

    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flash point Ukraine. Recent developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT: 02:04: The latest intelligence update from the British Ministry of Defense says that Russia is trying to get a breakthrough against Slovenian and Kramatorsk. Its goal is to isolate Ukrainian forces […]

  • US Senator delays $ 40 billion aid package to Ukraine

    US Senator delays $ 40 billion aid package to Ukraine

    US Senator Rand Paul on Thursday blocked a vote on a $ 40 billion aid package to Ukraine, which is slowing down US efforts to quickly provide more aid to Ukraine as it fights a Russian invasion. “We can not save Ukraine by judging the US economy,” Paul said. A unanimous vote in the Senate […]

  • Who is the Swedish doctor facing execution in Iran

    Who is the Swedish doctor facing execution in Iran

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Vida Mehrania tries to save her husband’s life. Iran is scheduled to kill him within nine days – by May 21. For Iran, 50-year-old Ahmad Reza Jalali is a spy for Israel. To his colleagues, he is a respected doctor specializing in emergency medicine, a very demanding field. To Mehrunnia, […]

  • Finland’s leaders support joining NATO

    Finland’s leaders support joining NATO

    On Thursday, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin expressed their approval to join NATO, a move that would complete a major political shift for the country in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defense alliance,” they […]

  • Latest developments in Ukraine: 11 May

    Latest developments in Ukraine: 11 May

    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flash point Ukraine. Recent developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT: 12:10: The war in Ukraine has taken a heavy toll on civilians as families separate. In this video that was released on Facebook, a Ukrainian mother was reunited with her police […]

  • Recent developments in Ukraine: 5 May

    Recent developments in Ukraine: 5 May

    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flash point Ukraine. Recent developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT: 01:16: Britain’s defense minister said on Thursday that with forces in Belarus conducting regular military exercises, Russia is likely to “inflate the threat to Ukraine” from Belarus in order to retain […]

  • Iran must execute Swedish-Iranian citizens by 21 May

    Iran must execute Swedish-Iranian citizens by 21 May

    Iran will later this month execute a Swedish-Iranian citizen whom they have imprisoned since 2016 and been convicted of spying for Israel, media reported. Iran’s semi-official news agency ISNA released a report on Wednesday in which Iranian officials stated that Tehran will carry out the death penalty against Ahmad Reza Jalali by May 21. Jalali, […]

  • Civilians attempt evacuation from Ukraine’s besieged Mariupol

    Civilians attempt evacuation from Ukraine’s besieged Mariupol

    Ukrainian authorities attempted further evacuations from Mariupol on Monday, following an initial operation to remove around 100 civilians from the besieged Azovstal steel plant. Meanwhile, in Brussels, EU energy ministers held emergency talks as the bloc considers a phasing out of Russian oil imports. Read about the day’s events as they unfolded on our liveblog. […]

  • Latest developments in Ukraine: 2 May

    Latest developments in Ukraine: 2 May

    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flash point Ukraine. Recent developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All times EDT: 01:45: Ukrainian officials said they expect more civilians to be able to evacuate from the besieged city of Mariupol on Monday. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video message late on […]

  • The Pentagon criticizes Russia for war crimes in Ukraine

    The Pentagon criticizes Russia for war crimes in Ukraine

    The Pentagon on Friday blew up the conduct of Russian troops in Ukraine: “It is very clear that Russian forces have committed war crimes,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters at a daily briefing. “There is no doubt about it.” He cited the bombing of hospitals and “pregnant women killed” and called it “brutality of […]

  • American citizen killed, British aid workers captured in Ukraine

    American citizen killed, British aid workers captured in Ukraine

    A US citizen and former US Marine was killed while fighting alongside Ukrainian forces as Russia launched new attacks in eastern Ukraine. Willy Joseph Cancel, 22, worked for a private military construction company when he was killed on Monday, and is the first known American citizen to die during the fighting in Ukraine. Cancel signed […]

  • Biden is seeking $ 33 billion in new Ukraine aid

    Biden is seeking $ 33 billion in new Ukraine aid

    US President Joe Biden on Thursday asked Congress to approve $ 33 billion in additional aid to Ukraine to help the country resist invading Russian forces over the next five months, and Parliament passed overwhelming legislation aimed at speeding up military aid to Ukraine. . “Investing in Ukraine’s freedom … is a small price to […]

  • Biden wants $ 33 billion in new Ukraine aid

    Biden wants $ 33 billion in new Ukraine aid

    US President Joe Biden on Thursday asked Congress to approve another $ 33 billion in support of Ukraine to help the country fight Russia’s destructive invasion during the next five months of the war. Just before Biden described the plan in a televised speech, the White House said the new spending would include more than […]

  • The UN chief in Ukraine supports the investigation of war crimes

    The UN chief in Ukraine supports the investigation of war crimes

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday that in war, “the highest price paid by civilians”, when he visited places outside the Ukrainian capital ahead of talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The areas that Guterres toured included Borodianka and Irpin, as well as Bucha, where the bodies of civilians were found after Russian forces withdrew […]

  • Ukraine is hosting UN chief Guterres, urging Russian oil embargo

    Ukraine is hosting UN chief Guterres, urging Russian oil embargo

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will host UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for talks on Thursday, while Ukraine calls for an embargo on Russia’s energy supply and US President Joe Biden is preparing a proposal for military, economic and humanitarian aid. Guterres arrived in Ukraine with the intention of working to “expand humanitarian aid and secure the […]

  • Russia says the Black Sea flagship is seriously damaged

    Russia says the Black Sea flagship is seriously damaged

    Russia said on Thursday that the flagship of its Black Sea Fleet had been seriously damaged and that all crews were evacuated after what Russia said was an explosion and what Ukrainian officials said was a missile attack. Russian state media quoted the country’s defense minister as blaming a fire that detonated ammunition aboard the […]

  • 2 teachers killed at Swedish high school, student arrested

    2 teachers killed at Swedish high school, student arrested

    STOCKHOLM (AP) – Two teachers were killed by a student at a high school in southern Sweden, the police stated on Tuesday. The 18-year-old student was arrested at the scene on Monday in Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city. The victims were two women in their 50s, police say. The suspect was not previously known to […]

  • Russia is no longer a member of the Council of Europe

    Russia is no longer a member of the Council of Europe

    Russia is no longer part of the Council of Europe, the continent’s leading human rights monitoring organization, following its invasion of Ukraine. On Tuesday, Russia announced that it would leave, and on Wednesday, the 47 countries’ COE made it official. Following the decision, members of the COE went outside the organization’s headquarters in Strasbourg and […]

  • Russia is appealing against FIFA, UEFA’s ban from football competition

    Russia is appealing against FIFA, UEFA’s ban from football competition

    The Russian Football Federation (RFU) has appealed against FIFA and UEFA’s bans on their football teams. The governing body of football suspended Russia from competition on February 28 after the country’s invasion of Ukraine. “RFU will demand the restoration of all Russian men’s and women’s national teams in all types of football in the tournaments […]

  • Latest developments in Ukraine: 25 February

    Latest developments in Ukraine: 25 February

    For full coverage of the crisis in Ukraine, visit Flash point Ukraine. Recent developments in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, all the time EST: 01:22: Inside a bomb shelter in Kiev, Ukraine: People hide in a bomb shelter in Kiev, Ukraine, in early February 25, 2022. 01:05: Thousands of Indian nationals are trapped in […]

  • The war returns to Europe when the long-awaited Russian invasion begins

    The war returns to Europe when the long-awaited Russian invasion begins

    When the UN Security Council held an emergency session late at night in an attempt to avert war, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a military operation in eastern Ukraine early on Thursday, saying he was responding to threats from Ukraine and warning other countries. not to intervene. He added in the televised […]

  • Human rights China won the Winter Olympics.  Almost.

    Human rights China won the Winter Olympics. Almost.

    ZHANGJIAKOU, China – When triple Olympian Gus Kenworthy made the remarkable, perhaps even brave, decision to speak out against the “atrocities of human rights” while still in China at the Winter Games, the self-proclaimed “loud and disgusting” British skier also proved that other athletes, if they had chosen, might as well have used their Olympic […]