Andrew Tate loses appeal against detention in Romania

Andrew Tate loses appeal against detention in Romania

CNN — Andrew Tate, the controversial former kickboxer turned social media influencer, and his brother Tristan have lost their appeal and will be held in Romania on charges of human trafficking and rape, CNN affiliate Antena 3 reported Wednesday. The brothers will remain in the custody of the Bucharest police until February 27, reported Antena … Read more

Russia advances in eastern Ukraine, attack on apartments kills civilians

Russia advances in eastern Ukraine, attack on apartments kills civilians

Russian strike destroys apartment building; 3 dead – officials Zelenskiy gives a gloomy assessment of the Russian offensive in the east Zelenskiy promises more anti-corruption measures New Russian offensive could begin on February 24 – Minister of Ukraine KYIV, Feb. 2 (Reuters) – Fighting on the frontlines in eastern Ukraine “has toughened” as Russian troops … Read more

How to get away from the cruise ship crowds

How to get away from the cruise ship crowds

Canadian Tammy Cecco was not a fan of cruising. “The thought of being on a ship with thousands of other people and not being able to get out,” she said, “I wanted to avoid.” That didn’t change when Cecco, a travel magazine publisher, boarded a surprise cruise her husband had booked to renew their vows … Read more

Belgian arms dealer clashes with minister about tanks for Ukraine

Belgian arms dealer clashes with minister about tanks for Ukraine

TOURNAI, Belgium, Feb. 1 (Reuters) – Freddy Versluys does not like to be called an arms dealer. But he does have a large warehouse full of used tanks for sale. In addition to dozens of German-made Leopard 1 tanks and other military vehicles in the chilly warehouse in eastern Belgium, Versluys emphasized that he is … Read more

Exclusive: EV maker Rivian cuts 6% of jobs amid price war – internal memo

Exclusive: EV maker Rivian cuts 6% of jobs amid price war – internal memo

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 1 (Reuters) – Rivian Automotive (RIVN.O) is laying off 6% of its workforce in a bid to cut costs as the EV maker, already struggling with declining cash reserves and a weak economy, braces itself for an industry-wide price war. The company is focusing its resources on ramping up vehicle production and … Read more

Russia is preparing for ‘maximum escalation’ in the war, Ukraine says

Russia is preparing for ‘maximum escalation’ in the war, Ukraine says

CNN — Russia is gearing up for a “maximum escalation” of the war in Ukraine, possibly as early as the next few weeks, a top Ukrainian national security official said. “These will be defining months in the war,” Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, told Sky News in an interview broadcast … Read more

Fighting Wagner is like a “zombie movie,” says the Ukrainian soldier

Fighting Wagner is like a “zombie movie,” says the Ukrainian soldier

Near Bakhmut, Ukraine CNN — Southwest of the city of Bakhmut, Ukrainian soldiers Andriy and Borisych live in a candlelit bunker carved into the frozen earth. For several weeks they have been confronting hundreds of fighters from the Russian private military contractor Wagner who have thrown themselves against the Ukrainian defenses. Disguised in a balaclava, … Read more

Andrew Tate awaits ruling on appeal against detention in Romania

Andrew Tate awaits ruling on appeal against detention in Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – Andrew Tate, the divisive influencer and former professional kickboxer detained in Romania on charges of organized crime and human trafficking, appeared before a court in Bucharest on Wednesday to appeal against a second extension of his term in office with 30 days. Detention. Tate, 36, a British-American citizen who has nearly … Read more

Erdogan says Turkey is positive about Finland’s NATO offer, not Sweden’s

Erdogan says Turkey is positive about Finland’s NATO offer, not Sweden’s

ANKARA, Feb. 1 (Reuters) – Turkey welcomes Finland’s application for NATO membership but does not support Sweden’s bid, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. “Our position on Finland is positive, but not positive on Sweden,” Erdogan said of their NATO applications in a speech to his AK party deputies in parliament. Sweden and Finland … Read more

The war’s longest battle exacts a high price in ‘heart of Ukraine’

The war’s longest battle exacts a high price in ‘heart of Ukraine’

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Visitors used to browse Bakhmut’s late 19th-century buildings, enjoy strolls in the rose-lined lakeside park and savor the sparkling wines produced in historic underground caves. At that time, this city in eastern Ukraine was a popular tourist destination. Not anymore. The longest battle of the Russian war has turned this city … Read more