Pro-Western retired general Pavel wins Czech presidential election

Pavel wins in an overwhelming vote over ex-prime minister Babis Pavel gives clear support to Ukraine, West Promises to end the divisions of Babis, the incumbent Zeman Turnout in the presidential election was record high PRAGUE, January 28 (Reuters) – Former army chief and senior NATO official Petr Pavel won presidential elections in the Czech … Read more

Exclusive: Top US Treasury official warns UAE and Turkey about sanctions evasion

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (Reuters) – The US Treasury’s top sanctions official will travel to Turkey and the Middle East next week to warn countries and companies that they could lose access to the US market if they do business with entities which are subject to US restrictions such as Washington. cracks down on Russian attempts … Read more

Ukraine calls on Hungarian envoy for ‘unacceptable’ comments by Orbán

Jan 27 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s foreign ministry will summon the Hungarian ambassador to complain about “completely unacceptable” comments Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban made about Ukraine, Kiev said on Friday. The announcement marks a new low in ties between the two neighbours. Hungary has repeatedly criticized the European Union’s sanctions against Russia, saying they have … Read more

War in Ukraine: Fighting in the East and North escalates after tank pledges

Ukraine says it needs more weapons, calls for sanctions Western allies this week agreed to supply tanks Russia says US president holds key to ending fighting NEAR VUHLEDAR, Ukraine, Jan. 27 (Reuters) – Ukraine on Friday battled Russian forces attempting to breach its lines in the east and northeast, and artillery bombardments increased after Western … Read more

Japan tightens Russian sanctions after deadly missile attacks in Ukraine

TOKYO, Jan. 27 (Reuters) – Japan on Friday tightened sanctions against Russia following the latest spate of missile attacks 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

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?

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

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

Strong clan loyalty, locals, helped mafia boss Messina Denaro stay hidden

Mafia’s last godfather enjoyed unusually strong loyalty The Omerta code of silence also helped the boss stay hidden ‘Last godfather’ Messina Denaro lived near his mother PALERMO, Italy, January 25 (Reuters) – When Salvatore Catalano discovered that mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro lived just a short walk from his home in the western Sicilian town … Read more

Germany approves sending heavy battle tanks to Ukraine, a source says

Poland submits a request to Germany to supply tanks to Kiev The US can drop its opposition to supplying Abrams tanks Governors of five Ukrainian regions among officials removed Kiev: Zelenskiy’s actions respond to public calls for justice Ukraine says spring offensive could be decisive KYIV/BERLIN, Jan. 24 (Reuters) – Germany has decided to send … Read more