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

The Philippines grants the US more access to bases amid concerns about China

The Philippines grants the US more access to bases amid concerns about China

Philippines, US agree to add four locations under EDCA Agreement comes about amid tensions in the South China Sea, over Taiwan EDCA allows US access to Philippine military bases MANILA, Feb. 2 (Reuters) – The Philippines has granted the United States expanded access to its military bases, its defense chiefs said on Thursday, amid mounting … Read more

Myanmar junta extends state of emergency on anniversary of coup marked by ‘silent protest’

Myanmar junta extends state of emergency on anniversary of coup marked by ‘silent protest’

Junta extends state of emergency, says elections must be held “The current situation is under unusual circumstances,” says acting president In some cities in Myanmar, streets are deserted for silent protests Protesters hold rallies in Thailand and the Philippines Feb.1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta has extended the country’s state of emergency for another six months, … 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

Biden wants to cut U.S. credit card fees and app fees

Biden wants to cut U.S. credit card fees and app fees

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (Reuters) – The White House unveiled new efforts on Wednesday to reduce late credit card charges and reduce the prices charged by Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Google parent Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) in charge for mobile app stores. The move is part of a larger policy to promote competition in consumer markets, officials … 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

UK teachers and civil servants join mass strike on ‘Walkout Wednesday’

UK teachers and civil servants join mass strike on ‘Walkout Wednesday’

Up to 500,000 people are expected to take part in the British strikes The government says large wage increases will fuel inflation Schools are closed, most trains are not running More strikes involving health workers will follow next week LONDON, Feb. 1 (Reuters) – Up to half a million British teachers, civil servants and machinists … Read more

India increases spending in final pre-election budget

India increases spending in final pre-election budget

NEW DELHI, Feb. 1 (Reuters) – The Indian government on Wednesday announced a budget of $550 billion for the next fiscal year starting April 1, setting out a plan for record investment while limiting the budget deficit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, which faces elections in key states this year and a national election in … Read more

“Hands off Africa,” Pope Francis tells the rich world

“Hands off Africa,” Pope Francis tells the rich world

Pope begins trip to DR Congo and South Sudan Francis to meet war victims in Congo Trip postponed from July due to Pope’s knee condition KINSHASA, Jan. 31 (Reuters) – Pope Francis denounced the “poison of greed” that is fueling conflict in Africa as he embarked on a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo … Read more

Russia continues campaign in Donetsk; Ukraine wants fighter jets

Russia continues campaign in Donetsk;  Ukraine wants fighter jets

City of Bakhmut under attack again – Ukrainian army Zelenskiy consults with top defense officials The US is preparing a $2.2 billion arms package for Ukraine KYIV, Feb. 1 (Reuters) – Russian forces are making increasing gains in their bid to seize territory in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk province, focusing on the town of Bakhmut north … Read more