Russia’s Putin to make first foreign trips since launching Ukraine war

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a BRICS+ meeting during the BRICS summit via a video link in the Moscow region, Russia June 24, 2022. Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Kremlin via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin will visit two small former Soviet states in central Asia this … Read more

Exclusive: Inside the hangar at the center of the $1 billion Airbus-Qatar jet dispute

DOHA, June 22 (Reuters) – Two high-tech Airbus A350 jets sit idle with their windows taped and engines covered in a floodlit hangar in the Gulf, hobbled by an international legal dispute between European industrial giant Airbus (AIR.PA) and Qatar’s national carrier. From a distance, the plans might seem like any other long-haul jetliners crowding … Read more

Biden defends meeting with Saudi prince, says talks part of broader meeting

WASHINGTON, June 17 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden said on Friday he was not traveling to Saudi Arabia’s explicitly to meet de facto leader Mohammed bin Salman during a trip next month and said he was seeing the Saudi crown prince as part of a broader “international meeting.” Biden’s plans to see the crown … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Disney/Pixar’s ‘Lightyear,’ with same-sex couple, will not play in 14 countries; China in question

LOS ANGELES, June 13 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) has been unable to obtain permission to show its new Pixar movie “Lightyear” in 14 Middle Eastern and Asian countries, a source said on Monday, and the animated film appeared unlikely to open in China, the world’s largest movie market. A “Lightyear” producer told Reuters … Read more

Seven bodies found at scene of helicopter crash in Italy

ROME, June 11 (Reuters) – Rescuers have found the bodies of seven people killed in a helicopter crash in Italy, local authorities said on Saturday, two days after the aircraft disappeared from radar screens. The helicopter had taken off on Thursday from Lucca in Tuscany and was heading towards the northern city of Treviso when … Read more

‘Top Gun’ heirs sue Paramount over ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

June 6 (Reuters) – The family of the author whose article inspired the 1986 Tom Cruise movie “Top Gun” on Monday sued Paramount Pictures for copyright infringement over this year’s blockbuster sequel “Top Gun: Maverick.” According to a complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court, the Paramount Global (PARA.O) unit failed to reacquire the rights … Read more

OPEC+ brings forward oil output rises as Biden’s Saudi visit looms

The logo of the Organization of the Petroleoum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is seen at OPEC’s headquarters in Vienna, Austria June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register OPEC brings forward oil output rises to July-Aug from July-Sept Faster output rises may compensate for lower Russian production US diplomats … Read more

‘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

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

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