UAE strongman Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed named new president

MbZ becomes president at a time of tension with US I have led a Middle East realignment, forging ties with Israel UAE has also deepened ties with Russia and China Economic development a priority driving foreign policy DUBAI, May 14 (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates’ de facto leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan was … Read more

Ukraine seeks evacuation of wounded fighters as war rages on

Ukraine in ‘complex talks’ on evacuating wounded fighters Finnish leader tells Putin his country plans to join NATO Ukraine deputy PM says war ‘entering new, long phase’ Hundreds of Russian war dead brought to rail yard G7 nations vow more military and economic aid for Ukraine KYIV, May 14 (Reuters) – Very complex talks are … Read more

North Korea’s Kim says COVID ‘great turmoil’, 21 new deaths reported

Reports 21 new deaths among people with fevers for Friday About 280,810 people being treated with symptoms -KCNA Kim offers to donate medical supplies Outbreak could deepen an already dire food situation SEOUL, May 14 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Saturday that the spread of COVID-19 had thrust his country … Read more

India bans wheat exports as heatwave hurts crop, domestic prices soar

A combine deposits harvested wheat in a tractor trolley at a field on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, March 16, 2022. REUTERS/Amit Dave Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Ban could push global wheat prices to new peaks India was aiming to export 10 mln T wheat prior to the ban Heatwave … Read more

Erdogan says Turkey not supportive of Finland, Sweden joining NATO

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan holds a news conference during the NATO summit at the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 14, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Pool/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register ANKARA, May 13 (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday it was not possible for NATO-member Turkey to support plans … Read more

Bitcoin set for record losing streak after ‘stablecoin’ collapse

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG/LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) – Cryptocurrencies nursed large losses on Friday, with bitcoin just above $30,000 and set for a record losing streak after the collapse of TerraUSD, a so-called stablecoin, rippled through cryptocurrency markets. Crypto assets have also been swept up in broad selling of risky investments on worries about high inflation and … Read more

Ukraine forces thwart Russian armoured column crossing river

Ukraine says it set Russian supply ship in Black Sea on fire Relatives of Mariupol fighters plead for rescue Finland wants security after Russian invasion of Ukraine Sweden expected to follow in bid to join NATO KHARKIV, Ukraine, May 13 (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces destroyed a pontoon bridge and parts of Russian armored column as … Read more

N.Korea reports first COVID-19 death as fever spreads ‘explosively’

SEOUL, May 13 (Reuters) – At least one person confirmed to have COVID-19 has died in North Korea and hundreds of thousands have shown fever symptoms, state media said on Friday, offering hints at the potentially dire scale of country’s first confirmed outbreak of the pandemic. The data represents an unprecedented admission of an “explosive” … Read more

N.Korea reports first COVID outbreak, orders lockdown in “gravest emergency”

North Korea declares ‘gravest national emergency’ Potential for ‘unprecedented crisis’ for Kim Jong Un – expert Isolated state has declined offers of vaccine No North Korean civilians are believed vaccinated SEOUL, May 12 (Reuters) – North Korea reported its first COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, calling it the “gravest national emergency” and ordering a national lockdown, … Read more

Finland must apply for NATO membership “without delay”, Finnish leaders say

HELSINKI, May 12 (Reuters) – Finland must apply to join the NATO military alliance “without delay”, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Thursday, a major policy shift triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Finland, which shares a 1,300 km (810 mile) border and a difficult past with Russia, has gradually … Read more