Israel attacks Gaza as the conflict flares up after clashes in the West Bank

Israel attacks Gaza as the conflict flares up after clashes in the West Bank

Rockets from Gaza caused alarm in Israeli communities Cross-border fire followed Israeli incursion into the West Bank Israeli raid killed at least nine Palestinians Violence in the West Bank has exploded in the past year JERUSALEM/GAZA, Jan. 27 (Reuters) – Israeli fighter jets hit the Gaza Strip on Friday night in retaliation for two rockets … Read more

Japan tightens Russian sanctions after deadly missile attacks in Ukraine

Japan tightens Russian sanctions after deadly missile attacks in Ukraine

TOKYO, Jan. 27 (Reuters) – Japan on Friday tightened sanctions against Russia following the latest wave of missile strikes in Ukraine, adding goods to a list of export bans and freezing the assets of Russian officials and entities. The decision comes after Russia launched missile strikes into Ukraine that killed at least 11 people on … Read more

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

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

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

SYDNEY, Jan. 26 (Reuters) – Thousands of Australians celebrated the country’s National Day celebrations on Thursday with demonstrations in support of Indigenous people, many of whom describe the anniversary of the day a British fleet entered Sydney harbor as ” Invasion Day”. In Sydney, the capital of New South Wales – Australia’s most populous state … Read more

Strong US economic growth expected in fourth quarter, outlook deteriorates

Strong US economic growth expected in fourth quarter, outlook deteriorates

GDP is expected to grow by 2.6% in the fourth quarter Strong consumer spending seen; contributions from other sectors Weekly jobless claims are expected to increase slightly WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (Reuters) – The US economy is likely to have maintained strong growth rates in the fourth quarter as consumers pushed up spending on goods, but … Read more

Former kickboxer Andrew Tate says Romanian prosecutors have no evidence against him

Former kickboxer Andrew Tate says Romanian prosecutors have no evidence against him

BUCHAREST, January 25 (Reuters) – Divisive internet personality Andrew Tate said on Wednesday that there was no justice in Romania and that the file against him in a criminal investigation for alleged human trafficking and rape was empty. Tate, his brother Tristan and two Romanian female suspects have been held in police custody since December … Read more

North Korea closes capital due to respiratory illness

North Korea closes capital due to respiratory illness

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Reuters) – Authorities in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang have ordered a five-day lockdown due to rising cases of an unspecified respiratory illness, the Russian embassy and Seoul-based NK News reported on Wednesday, citing a report from the government. The message, shared by the embassy on its Facebook page, said a … Read more

Rebellious Indian students hold more screenings of BBC documentary about Modi

Rebellious Indian students hold more screenings of BBC documentary about Modi

NEW DELHI, Jan. 25 (Reuters) – Indian students said they would again show a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the government has dismissed as propaganda after a campus screening was disrupted by a power cut and harassment by opponents on Tuesday. The Students’ Federation of India (SFI) plans to screen the documentary … 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