EU backs Ukraine’s membership bid to ‘live the European dream’

Ukraine EU candidate signals major shift in European geopolitics Putin seeks to play down EU issue Battle for Sievierodonetsk grinds on Russian media says two Americans caught fighting for Ukraine BRUSSELS/KYIV, Ukraine, June 17 (Reuters) – The European Union gave its blessing on Friday for Ukraine and its neighbor Moldova to become candidates to join … Read more

Protests against India’s new military recruitment system turn violent

LUCKNOW, India, June 16 (Reuters) – Police in northern India fired shots in the air on Thursday to push back stone-throwing crowds and authorities shut off mobile internet in at least one district to forestl further chaos, as protests widened against a new military recruitment system. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government this week announced an … Read more

WTO strikes global trade deals after ‘roller coaster’ talks

Deals reached on food, health and fishing Formerly defiant India joins consensus Package seen increasing credibility of WTO GENEVA, June 17 (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization agreed on the first change to global trading rules in years on Friday as well as a deal to increase the supply of COVID-19 vaccines in a series … Read more

European leaders visit Ukraine, dangling hope of EU membership

Zelenskiy thanks EU leaders for solidarity visit Leaders tour ruined town of Irpin Fighting rages in Sievierodonetsk and southern Ukraine KYIV/IRPIN, Ukraine, June 16 (Reuters) – The leaders of Germany, France and Italy, all criticized in the past by Kyiv for support viewed as too cautious, visited Ukraine on Thursday and offered the hope of … Read more

France’s Macron says up to Ukraine to decide on potential territorial concessions

PARIS, June 16 (Reuters) – Ukraine alone should decide whether or not to accept any territorial concessions towards Russia in view of ending the war, French President Emmanuel Macron told TF1 television in an interview as he visited Kyiv. “This is up to Ukraine to decide,” Macron said when asked what concessions, including on its … Read more

Netherlands says Russian spy caught seeking war crimes court internship

Russian agent accused of posing as intern to infiltrate court ICC is investigating allegations of war crimes in Ukraine False Brazilian ID included tastes for trance music, bean stew AMSTERDAM, June 16 (Reuters) – The Dutch intelligence service said on Thursday it had uncovered a Russian military agent attempting to use a false identity to … Read more

Taiwan shows off latest home-made armored vehicle

JIJI, Taiwan, June 16 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s military showed off its latest domestically produced armored vehicle on Thursday, the CM-34 Clouded Leopard, at a remote manufacturing site in the mountains of the central part of the island. Taiwan has been keen to demonstrate its resolve to defend itself should China, which claims the democratically governed … Read more

White nationalists accused of planning riot are danced out of Idaho jail

June 13 (Reuters) – Thirty-one members of white nationalist group Patriot Front, arrested in Idaho over the weekend on suspicion of plotting to violently disrupt an LGBTQ pride event, were released from jail on bond and will make their initial court appearances in the coming weeks, a court official said on Monday. The men, arrested … Read more

Protesters rally against gun violence in Washington, across the US

WASHINGTON, June 11 (Reuters) – Thousands of demonstrators descended on Washington and across the United States on Saturday, calling on lawmakers to pass legislation aimed at curbing gun violence following last month’s massacre at a Texas elementary school. March for Our Lives (MFOL), the gun safety group founded by student survivors of the 2018 massacre … Read more

As US Capitol attack hearings open, Republican says Trump ‘lit the flame’

WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – The chairman of the congressional panel probing the deadly 2021 US Capitol attack by Donald Trump’s supporters on Thursday opened the hearings into the causes of the violence by accusing the former president of being at the center of a conspiracy to wart democracy. After almost a year of investigation, … Read more