Western allies differ over jets for Ukraine as Russia claims gains

Biden says “no” when asked about F-16s for Ukraine Zelenskiy says Moscow seeks ‘big revenge’ Russian administrator claims foothold in Vuhledar Kyiv could recapture ground when Western weapons arrive – group KYIV, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s defense minister is expected in Paris on Tuesday to meet President Emmanuel Macron amid a debate among Kyiv’s … Read more

Ukraine calls for faster weapons supplies as Russia presses eastern offensive

Three killed in Russian strikes on Kherson – governor Russian forces again shell Vuhledar in the east Zelenskiy calls on allies to speed up arms deliveries Zelenskiy presses Macron to ban Russia from the Paris Games KYIV, Ukraine, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Russian missile strikes killed three people in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson … Read more

UK PM Sunak sacks party chairman Zahawi over tax affairs

Zahawi found not to have been open about tax probe Independent adviser finds serious breaches of code Investigation into Deputy PM ongoing Scandal damages PM Sunak’s attempted reset LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sacked Conservative Party chair Nadhim Zahawi on Sunday after an investigation found he committed a serious breach … Read more

Ukraine says fighting fierce after tank pledges, seeks more arms

Fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine – Ukrainian officials Ukraine says it needs more weapons, calls for sanctions Western allies agreed this week to provide tanks Russia says US president holds key to ending fighting KYIV, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Ukraine on Friday battled Russian troops trying to pierce its lines in the east and northeast … Read more

Tanks for Ukraine in sight as holdout Germany says new minister to decide

New German defense minister announced as Boris Pistorius Berlin holding up tanks from other European allies Death toll in Dnipro rises to 44 DNIPRO, Ukraine/KYIV, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Ukraine came a step closer on Tuesday to winning the fleet of modern battle tanks it hopes could turn the course of the war against Russia, … Read more

Brazil’s crowdfunded insurrection leaves paper trail for police

BRASILIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) – With a Brazil flag draped around his neck and his feet propped up on a dark wooden table, Samuel Faria leaned back in the Brazilian Senate president’s ceremonial chair which he had just commanded and surveyed the chaos on the lawn outside. “It’s kicking off out there,” he said, watching … Read more

Iran executes British-Iranian accused of spying

Alireza Akbari was a former Iranian deputy defense minister Arrested in 2019, he was accused of spying for Britain UK’s Sunak calls it ‘a callous and cowardly act’ Britain had said Iran must not follow through with the sentence DUBAI/LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Iran has executed a British-Iranian national who once served as its … Read more

US strongly committed to Japan’s defense, Biden tells Kishida, hails military boost

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden told Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday that the United States remained strongly committed to its alliance with Japan and praised Tokyo’s “historic” defense reforms. Kishida is in Washington on the last stop in a tour of the G7 industrial powers and has been seeking … Read more

China retaliates against South Korea’s COVID curbs, says outbreaks past peaks

China embassy decrees “discriminatory” S.Korea border rules Some cities say peak of COVID infections was last month Chinese state media criticizes Pfizer over Paxlovid price BEIJING, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Beijing retaliated on Tuesday against South Korea’s COVID-19 curbs on travelers from China, while state media further downplayed the severity of the outbreak in the … Read more

Fierce fighting in Ukraine’s Soledar leaves battlefield strewn with corpses – Zelenskiy

Zelenskiy says no walls left standing in Soledar Wagner Group sending waves of fighters, Ukraine says Fight for cavernous salt mining tunnels beneath town KYIV/SIVERSK, Ukraine, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Russia has stepped up a powerful assault on Soledar in eastern Ukraine, officials in Kyiv said, forcing Ukrainian troops to repel waves of attacks led … Read more