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

US CDC is still looking at the potential risk of stroke from Pfizer’s COVID bivalent injection

US CDC is still looking at the potential risk of stroke from Pfizer’s COVID bivalent injection

26 Jan. (Reuters) – New data from a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) database shows a possible link to stroke risk for older adults taking an updated Pfizer (PFE.N)/BioNTech (22UAy.DE) COVID-19 received a booster shot, but the signal is weaker than what the agency flagged earlier in January, health officials said Thursday. … 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

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

Exclusive: Binance Moved $346M For Seized Crypto Exchange Bitzlato, Data Show

Exclusive: Binance Moved 6M For Seized Crypto Exchange Bitzlato, Data Show

LONDON, Jan. 24 (Reuters) – Crypto giant Binance processed nearly $346 million in bitcoin for the Bitzlato digital currency exchange, whose founder was arrested by US authorities last week for allegedly running a “money laundering machine”, according to blockchain data seen by Reuters. The Justice Department said on Jan. 18 that it charged Bitzlato’s co-founder … 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

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