‘I mean Ukraine’: Former U.S. president George Bush calls Iraq invasion ‘unjustified’

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – Former US President George W. Bush mistakenly described the invasion of Iraq as “brutal” and “unjustified” before correcting himself to say he meant to refer to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Bush made the comments in a speech during an event in Dallas on Wednesday, while he was criticizing Russia’s political … Read more

More Ukraine fighters surrender in Mariupol, Russia says

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, taken to Russian-held towns US reopens Kyiv embassy Ukraine says saboteurs targeted Russian armored train KYIV/MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 19 (Reuters) – Moscow said nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters had surrendered in Russian-held Mariupol as it shored up a key gain in the south, while the United States became the latest Western … Read more

U.S. accuses casino tycoon Wynn of acting as Chinese agent

WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – The US Justice Department on Tuesday sued Steve Wynn, the former CEO of Wynn Resorts (WYNN.O), to compel him to register as an agent of China and accused him of lobbying then-President Donald Trump at Beijing’s behavior in 2017. Wynn’s lawyers denied the allegations, saying he had never acted as … Read more

Finland, Sweden apply to join NATO, face Turkish objections

Application submitted at NATO headquarters Move seen redrawing geopolitical map of Europe Non-aligned for decades, Ukraine war caused policy upheaval Countries seeking to resolve Turkish objections to NATO bids BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) – Finland and Sweden formally applied to join the NATO alliance on Wednesday at allied headquarters, a decision spurred by Russia’s invasion … Read more

Fears for Mariupol defenders after surrender to Russia

Service members of Ukrainian forces who have surrendered after weeks holed up at Azovstal steel works are seen inside a bus, which arrived under escort of the pro-Russian military at a detention facility in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict in the settlement of Olenivka in the Donetsk Region, Ukraine May 17, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko Register … Read more

China Eastern crash probe eyes intentional action – sources

WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – Investigators looking into the crash of a China Eastern Airlines (600115.SS) jet are examining whether it was due to intentional action on the flight deck, with no evidence found of a technical malfunction, two people briefed on the matter said. The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that flight data … Read more

Ukrainian defenders emerge from Mariupol ruins to uncertain fate as siege ends

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, bussed to Russian-held towns ‘Defenders of Mariupol are heroes of our time’- Ukraine military Finland, Sweden set to file NATO applications Macron pledges more arms to Kyiv MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 17 (Reuters) – More than 250 Ukrainian fighters surrendered to Russian forces at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol after weeks of … Read more

North Korea mobilises army, steps up tracing amid COVID wave

SEOUL, May 17 (Reuters) – North Korea has mobilized its military to distribute COVID medications and deployed more than 10,000 health workers to help trace potential patients as it fights a sweeping coronavirus wave, state media KCNA said on Tuesday. The isolated country is grappling with its first acknowledged COVID-19 outbreak, which it confirmed last … Read more

Golden arches to go dark in Russia as McDonald’s exits after 30 years

May 16 (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N) on Monday became one of the biggest global names to exit Russia, laying out plans to sell all its restaurants after operating for more than 30 years in the country following its invasion of Ukraine. The world’s largest burger chain, which owns about 84% more its nearly 850 … Read more

Ukraine claims battlefield successes in northeast as Russians fall back

Ukraine says its forces have pushed through to Russian border Russia warns of consequences over Finland, Sweden NATO move NATO chief says Russian offensive not going to plan Situation still tough in south RUSKA LOZOVA, Ukraine/KYIV, May 16 (Reuters) – Ukrainian troops counter-attacking against Russian forces in the country’s northeast have pushed them back from … Read more