Saudi crown prince pays first visit to Turkey since Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler will on Wednesday take another step out of his international isolation by paying his first visit to Turkey since the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate. The talks in Ankara between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan come one month before … Read more

France’s eye in the sky: Tracking Russian vessels in the Baltic

The cluster of dots on the Atlantique 2’s screens may seem like a confusing mess to the untrained eye, but not to the crew of the French naval surveillance aircraft tasked with telling a friend from foe in the Baltic Sea. “Another tarantula,” says an operator as the Russian corvette of the Tarantul class becomes … Read more

EU leaders back Ukraine membership bid in trip to war-torn Kyiv

The European Union’s most powerful leaders on Thursday embraced Ukraine’s bid to be accepted as a candidate for EU membership, in a powerful symbol of support in Kyiv’s battle against Russia’s invasion. The European Commission will meet Friday to give its official opinion on Ukraine’s formal bid for EU candidacy, which must be approved by … Read more

US Fed announces biggest interest rate hike since 1994

The Federal Reserve was caught off guard by the speed of US price increases, which have arisen at the fastest pace in more than 40 years The Federal Reserve announced the most aggressive interest rate increase in nearly 30 years, raising the benchmark borrowing rate by 0.75 percentage points on Wednesday as it battles against … Read more

West pledges more arms for Ukraine, as Russia and China renew ties

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin urges allies not to “lose steam” on sending weapons to Ukraine as Kyiv pleads desperately for heavier arms to hold back Russia’s invasion. SOUNDBITE US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urged European allies to step up arms shipments to Ukraine on Wednesday, as Russia and China renewed their mutual support … Read more

WHO to assess if monkeypox an international health emergency

Initial symptoms of monkeypox include a high fever, swollen lymph nodes and a blistery chickenpox-like rash The World Health Organization said Tuesday it would hold an emergency meeting next week to determine whether to classify the global monkeypox outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern. “For that reason I have decided to agree … Read more

UK sets up EU battle with N.Ireland changes

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss called the proposed measures a ‘reasonable, practical solution’ to the problems in Northern Ireland The UK government on Monday introduced legislation to rip up post-Brexit trading rules for Northern Ireland, despite the possibility that it could spark a trade war with the EU. London says it still prefers a negotiated outcome … Read more

Human remains found in Amazon search for journalist, expert

A Federal Police expert examines a boat seized by the task force searching for journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, in Atalaia do Norte in Brazil’s Amazonas state, on June 11, 2022 Human remains have been found in the search for a British journalist and Brazilian indigenous expert who disappeared deep in the … Read more

China vows ‘fight to the end’ to stop Taiwan independence

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin listens to China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe at the ministerial roundtable luncheon at the Shangri-La Dialogue summit on Saturday China will “fight to the very end” to stop Taiwanese independence, the country’s defense minister vowed Sunday, stoking already soaring tensions with the United States over the island. It was the … Read more

China vows ‘fight to the end’ to stop Taiwan independence

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin listens to China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe at the ministerial roundtable luncheon at the Shangri-La Dialogue summit on Saturday China will “fight to the very end” to stop Taiwanese independence, the country’s defense minister vowed Sunday, stoking already soaring tensions with the United States over the island. It was the … Read more