Explainer: Why is Turkey blocking Swedish and Finnish NATO membership?

Explainer: Why is Turkey blocking Swedish and Finnish NATO membership?

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

The EU wants to send more people back to Africa, the Middle East, Asia

The EU wants to send more people back to Africa, the Middle East, Asia

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 26 (Reuters) – European Union migration ministers are meeting on Thursday to discuss visa restrictions and better coordination within the bloc to help more people without asylum in Europe return to their home countries, including Iraq. Three years after the 27-nation EU agreed to limit visa requirements for countries deemed uncooperative in taking … Read more

China offers Sri Lanka debt moratorium, IMF aid still questionable

China offers Sri Lanka debt moratorium, IMF aid still questionable

China offers debt service relief in 2022, 2023 Sri Lankan sources are unclear whether a Chinese letter will be enough for the IMF Broad agreement between IMF and China on Zambia could provide clues NEW DELHI/COLOMBO, Jan. 24 (Reuters) – The Export-Import Bank of China has offered Sri Lanka a two-year moratorium on its debt, … Read more

Finland says timeout is needed in talks with Turkey over NATO bid

Finland says timeout is needed in talks with Turkey over NATO bid

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

Exclusive: WHO investigates link between cough syrup deaths, considers advice for parents

Exclusive: WHO investigates link between cough syrup deaths, considers advice for parents

Jan 24 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating whether there is a link between manufacturers of contaminated cough syrups it has linked to the deaths of more than 300 children in three countries, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. Citing “unacceptable levels” of toxins in the products, WHO is seeking … Read more

Russia’s military reforms respond to NATO expansion, Ukraine Chief of General Staff

Russia’s military reforms respond to NATO expansion, Ukraine Chief of General Staff

Reforms call for the creation of two additional military districts Army Corps is stationed near the border with Finland Armed forces will be reinforced in areas Moscow claims to annex 23 Jan. (Reuters) – Russia’s new military reforms come in response to possible NATO expansion and the use of Kiev by the “collective West” to … Read more

Ukraine promises major personnel changes as allies scramble for tanks

Ukraine promises major personnel changes as allies scramble for tanks

Zelenskiy promises changes amid corruption scandal Poland says plans to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine Germany alludes to approval of tank exports as Allies apply pressure KYIV, Jan. 24 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said personnel changes were being made at senior and lower levels following the most high-profile corruption allegations since the Russian … Read more

Zelenskiy marks turmoil over corruption allegations

Zelenskiy marks turmoil over corruption allegations

Zelenskiy says changes are coming in government, regions Corruption allegations are most high-profile of war Ex-minister of Economic Affairs praises government response Government party boss threatens officials with imprisonment KYIV, Jan. 23 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Monday changes would soon be announced in the government, regions and security forces after allegations … Read more

WHO urges ‘immediate action’ after cough syrup deaths

WHO urges ‘immediate action’ after cough syrup deaths

LONDON, Jan. 23 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization has called for “immediate and coordinated action” to protect children from contaminated medicines following a spate of child deaths from cough syrups last year. In 2022, more than 300 children – mainly under age 5 – in The Gambia, Indonesia and Uzbekistan died from acute kidney … Read more

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

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

ANKARA, Jan. 23 (Reuters) – Sweden should not expect support from Turkey for its NATO membership after a protest near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm over the weekend included the burning of a copy of the Quran, President Tayyip Erdogan said Monday. Protests in Stockholm on Saturday against Turkey and Sweden’s bid to join the … Read more