Turkey cancels Swedish minister’s visit as planned protests stoke tension

Turkey cancels Swedish minister’s visit as planned protests stoke tension

ISTANBUL/STOCKHOLM, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Saturday that a planned visit for next week by his Swedish counterpart to Ankara had been canceled after Swedish authorities allowed protests to take place. Stockholm. Protests planned in Stockholm later on Saturday were aimed at Turkey’s and Sweden’s efforts to join NATO, … Read more

Sections of the Balkan River become a floating dump

Sections of the Balkan River become a floating dump

VISEGRAD, Bosnia and Herzegovina (AP) — Tons of trash dumped in poorly regulated river dumps or directly into waterways that run through three countries end up piling up behind a trash barrier in the Drina River in Bosnia and Herzegovina. eastern Bosnia, during the wet weather of winter and early spring. This week, the barrier … Read more

German caution over Ukrainian weapons rooted in political culture

German caution over Ukrainian weapons rooted in political culture

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has become one of Ukraine’s main arms suppliers in the 11 months since the Russian invasion, but Chancellor Olaf Scholz has also earned a reputation for being reluctant to take each new step, generating impatience among the allies. Berlin’s perceived slowness, most recently on the Leopard 2 main battle tanks that … Read more

Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

Live Updates: Russia’s War in Ukraine

A Spanish army Leopard 2 tank fires during the final phase of a military exercise in Latvia on September 29, 2022 (Ints Kalnins/Reuters/FILE_ Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Andriy Melnyk expressed frustration that Germany has not yet decided whether or not to send its Leopard tanks to Ukraine.. Speaking to CNN’s Isa Soares on Friday, Melnyk … Read more

US designates Russian mercenary force Wagner as a criminal organization | Conflict News

US designates Russian mercenary force Wagner as a criminal organization |  Conflict News

The United States has designated the Russian mercenary group Wagner as a “transnational criminal organization”, pressuring the private military which has recruited tens of thousands of Russian prisoners to fight in Ukraine. White House national security spokesman John Kirby said on Friday that Wagner, controlled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman close to Russian President Vladimir … Read more

Kremlin silent on missile systems seen on Moscow rooftops | Conflict News

Kremlin silent on missile systems seen on Moscow rooftops |  Conflict News

Images on social media appear to show Pantsir-S1 mobile anti-aircraft systems installed in locations around Moscow. The Kremlin declined to say whether Russia was preparing to defend itself against possible attacks after images of missile defense systems on several Moscow rooftops circulated on social media. Images on social media appeared to show a Pantsir-S1 mobile … Read more

Feds seized nearly $700 million from FTX founder Bankman-Fried

Feds seized nearly 0 million from FTX founder Bankman-Fried

Jan 20 (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors seized nearly $700 million in assets from FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried in January, much of it in the form of Robinhood stock, according to a court filing on Friday. Bankman-Fried, who was accused of stealing billions of dollars from FTX clients to pay debts incurred by his crypto-focused hedge … Read more

Chris Hipkins set to replace Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand Prime Minister

Chris Hipkins set to replace Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand Prime Minister

WELLINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Chris Hipkins, who has played a significant role in New Zealand’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is set to replace Jacinda Ardern as prime minister after emerging on Saturday as the sole candidate for the leadership of the ruling Labor Party. Hipkins, 44, is expected to be confirmed as the … Read more

Mapping the Battle for Ukraine Bakhmut | Russia–Ukraine War

Mapping the Battle for Ukraine Bakhmut |  Russia–Ukraine War

The frontline town of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine has been at the center of intense fighting for months. The battles have grown fiercer this week, but Ukrainian forces appear to be holding their own against the Russians, who recently claimed to have captured the nearby salt-mining town of Soledar – a victory Kyiv denies. If … Read more

Strikes in France: Workers pull out in mass protests against plans to raise retirement age

Strikes in France: Workers pull out in mass protests against plans to raise retirement age

Paris/London CNN — Strikes disrupted rail services, flights, schools and businesses in France on Thursday as more than a million people protested government plans to raise the retirement age for most workers. Demonstrations in major French cities, including Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Nantes and Nice, have brought many stationary transport services. The Eiffel Tower was closed … Read more