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

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

Ukraine gets a cold shoulder over rapid accession to the EU – POLITICO

Ukraine gets a cold shoulder over rapid accession to the EU – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Top EU leaders are traveling to Ukraine this week, but they won’t promise the war-torn country can join the bloc any time soon. Brussels is expected to pour cold water on Ukraine’s hopes of joining the EU soon at a two-day summit in Kiev, … 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

“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

Two years later, Myanmar coup takes ‘catastrophic toll’

Two years later, Myanmar coup takes ‘catastrophic toll’

Jan 31 (Reuters) – Two years after the military coup in Myanmar, a young factory worker turned resistance fighter mourns the loss of his leg in combat. A former diplomat has not seen his family for four years. A beauty queen adjusts to a new life in wintry Canada. And an exiled teacher dreams of … Read more

The US is blocking exports to Iranian companies producing drones for Russia

The US is blocking exports to Iranian companies producing drones for Russia

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday imposed new trade restrictions on seven Iranian entities for producing drones that Russia has used to attack Ukraine, the US Commerce Department said. The companies and other organizations have been added to a U.S. export control list for those engaged in activities contrary to U.S. … Read more

Turkey’s advance in Iraq brings with it a deeper conflict

Turkey’s advance in Iraq brings with it a deeper conflict

SARARO, Iraq, Jan. 31. (Reuters) – Three Turkish military outposts, towering over the abandoned village of Sararo in northern Iraq, pierce the skyline, part of a raid that forced residents to flee after days of shelling last year. The outposts are just a few of dozens of new military bases Turkey has established on Iraqi … Read more