Japan tightens sanctions against Russia after deadly missile strikes in Ukraine

Japan tightens sanctions against Russia after deadly missile strikes in Ukraine

TOKYO, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Japan on Friday tightened sanctions against Russia following its latest wave of missile attacks in Ukraine, adding goods to an export ban list and freezing the assets of Russian officials and entities. The decision comes after Russia launched missile attacks in Ukraine, killing at least 11 people on Thursday, following … Read more

Explanation: Why is Turkey blocking Sweden and Finland from joining NATO?

Explanation: Why is Turkey blocking Sweden and Finland from joining NATO?

STOCKHOLM, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Swedish and Finnish hopes of early NATO membership have hit a snag in the form of objections from Turkey, which holds a veto over membership. military alliance. The three nations reached an agreement on how to proceed in Madrid last June, but Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said Sweden, in … Read more

Thousands gather for ‘Invasion Day’ protests on Australia’s public holiday

Thousands gather for ‘Invasion Day’ protests on Australia’s public holiday

SYDNEY, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Thousands of Australians marked the country’s National Day celebrations on Thursday with rallies in support of Indigenous people, many of which mark the anniversary of the day a British fleet sailed into port of Sydney as “the day of the invasion”. In Sydney, the capital of New South Wales – … Read more

New Zealand’s Ardern bids emotional farewell on final day as Prime Minister

New Zealand’s Ardern bids emotional farewell on final day as Prime Minister

WELLINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Jacinda Ardern said a moving farewell on Tuesday on her last day as prime minister, speaking of the kindness and empathy shown to her by New Zealanders, but said she was ready to be a sister and a mother. Days after stunning the world when she announced she had ‘nothing … Read more

Finland says time out needed in NATO bid talks with Turkey

Finland says time out needed in NATO bid talks with Turkey

HELSINKI, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Finland’s foreign minister said on Tuesday a delay of a few weeks was needed in talks between Finland and Sweden and Turkey over their bid to join the NATO military alliance. NATO. Turkey’s president said on Monday that Sweden should not expect his country’s support after a protest near the … Read more

Ukraine pledges to radically change personnel as allies jostle for tanks

Ukraine pledges to radically change personnel as allies jostle for tanks

Zelenskiy promises changes in corruption scandal Poland announces its intention to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine Germany hints at tank export approval as allies push KYIV, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said personnel changes were underway at top and bottom levels, following the most high-profile corruption allegations since Russia’s invasion that threaten … Read more

Erdogan in Sweden: Don’t expect Turkish backing for NATO bid after Stockholm protest

Erdogan in Sweden: Don’t expect Turkish backing for NATO bid after Stockholm protest

ANKARA, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Sweden is unlikely to expect Turkey to back its NATO membership after a protest near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm at the weekend, including the burning of a copy of the Koran, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Protests in Stockholm on Saturday against Turkey and Sweden’s membership of the … Read more

EU agrees to new Iran sanctions, won’t call guards ‘terrorists’ just yet

EU agrees to new Iran sanctions, won’t call guards ‘terrorists’ just yet

BRUSSELS, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The European Union on Monday introduced new sanctions against Iran for a “brutal” crackdown on protests, but the bloc’s diplomacy chief said the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) of the country could not be listed as a terrorist group without a court ruling. Relations between the 27 EU countries and Tehran soured … Read more

South Africa defends planned military exercises with Russia and China

South Africa defends planned military exercises with Russia and China

Russian Lavrov visits for talks with key African ally Then we will head to Eswatini, Botswana and Angola South Africa’s Pandora says navy drills are ‘natural’ President Ramaphosa considers South Africa a neutral party PRETORIA, Jan 23 (Reuters) – South Africa’s foreign minister on Monday deflected criticism of planned joint military drills with Russia and … Read more

Germany signals change of veto on Leopard tanks for Ukraine

Germany signals change of veto on Leopard tanks for Ukraine

PARIS/LVIV, Ukraine, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Germany would not object to Poland sending its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, the German foreign minister said, signaling a possible breakthrough for the Ukraine as it tries to strengthen its forces. of a new expected Russian offensive. Eleven months after Russia invaded its southern neighbor, the fighting is … Read more