More Russian oil going east squeezes Iranian crude sales to China

More Russian oil going east squeezes Iranian crude sales to China

Rise in Russian sales follows Western sanctions on Moscow About 20 tankers with Iranian oil anchored off Singapore Russia and Iran consult, but still compete for buyers Russian sales rise even as China’s COVID steps hit demand LONDON, May 19 (Reuters) – Iran’s crude exports to China have fallen sharply since the start of the … Read more

‘Hell’ in Ukraine’s Donbas as Russia piles on pressure, warns Zelenskiy

Donbas region is completely destroyed -Zelenskiy Group of Seven sends billions more to Ukraine US Senate approves $ 40 bln in further aid KYIV / SLATYNE, Ukraine, May 20 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s industrial Donbas region, the focus of recent Russian offensives, has been destroyed, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said as some of the world’s richest countries … Read more

EXCLUSIVE US aims to arm Ukraine with advanced anti-ship missiles to fight Russian blockade

The US Navy Arleigh-Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur launches a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile during Pacific Vanguard (PACVAN) quadrilateral exercises between Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea, and US Naval forces in the Philippine Sea May 26 , 2019. Picture taken May 26, 2019. US Navy / Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Toni Burton / … Read more

US warns North Korea could greet Biden with nuclear, missile tests

WASHINGTON / SEOUL, May 18 (Reuters) – US intelligence shows there could be a North Korean nuclear test, or a long-range missile test, or both, before, during or after President Joe Biden’s trip to South Korea and Japan starting this week , the US national security adviser Jake Sullivan, said on Wednesday. The White House … Read more

More Ukraine fighters surrendering in Mariupol, Russia says

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, taken to Russian-held towns Mariupol a win for Putin as Russian forces fall back elsewhere US reopens Kyiv embassy KYIV / MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 19 (Reuters) – Moscow said nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters had surrendered in Russian-held Mariupol as it shored up a key gain in the south, while the … Read more

How Turkey spoiled NATO’s historic moment with Finland, Sweden

Turkey caught NATO allies by surprise Finland, Sweden hoped for quick accession Turkey’s Cavusoglu meets US counterpart Blinken ISTANBUL / WASHINGTON / BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) – When Finland and Sweden signed they were thinking of making the historic decision joining NATO, the alliance expected a tough response from Moscow, not from one of its … Read more

Provoking EU, UK sets out new law to fix post-Brexit Northern Ireland trade

New law effectively overrides parts of EU deal Envisages green channels, tax and governance changes EU says will act if UK moves ahead with bill LONDON, May 17 (Reuters) – Britain set out steps on Tuesday to try to break the deadlock with the European Union on trade with Northern Ireland, lining up a new … Read more

Russia says nearly 700 more Mariupol fighters surrender

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, taken to Russian-held towns Mariupol a win for Putin as Russian forces fall back elsewhere Finland and Sweden formally apply to join NATO KYIV / MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 18 (Reuters) – Nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters surrendered at the Mariupol steelworks in the past 24 hours, Russia said on Wednesday, but … Read more

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields

Iraq persuaded Lukoil to halt sale to Sinopec – sources Baghdad concerned China becoming too dominant – sources Western firms are not happy with terms of Iraqi deals LONDON / BASRA, May 17 (Reuters) – Iraq’s oil ministry thwarted three prospective deals last year that would have handed Chinese firms more control over its oilfields … Read more

Some Ethiopians claim forced recruitment by Tigrayan forces

War in Ethiopia has killed thousands, uprooted millions Tigrayans tell of many arrests to force people into local army Elders, pregnant woman among those rounded up, residents say ‘He said my mother would be jailed,’ recounts one fighter ADDIS ABABA / NAIROBI, May 16 (Reuters) – Authorities in Ethiopia’s war-shattered Tigray region are forcing young … Read more