Fighting intensifies in east Ukraine, Kyiv seeks more weapons

Fighting intensifies in east Ukraine – Ukrainian officials Ukraine says it needs more weapons, calls for sanctions Western allies agreed this week to provide tanks Russia says U.S. president holds key to ending fighting KYIV, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Russia has stepped up attempts to break through Ukraine’s defences with heavy fighting in the north … Read more

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

STOCKHOLM, Jan 26 (Reuters) – European Union migration ministers meet on Thursday to discuss visa restrictions and better coordination inside the bloc to be able to send more people with no right to asylum in Europe back to their home countries including Iraq. Three years after the 27-nation EU agreed to restrict visas for countries … Read more

Google makes changes to Android in India after antitrust setbacks

Google makes changes to how Android promoted in India Move comes after India antitrust body rulings, court setbacks India key market for Android Google says will continue to appeal Android order NEW DELHI, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Google said on Wednesday it will allow device makers in India to license its individual apps for pre-installation … Read more

Belarus leader says he has been asked to seal a non-aggression pact with Ukraine

Jan 24 (Reuters) – Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday that he had been asked to conclude a non-aggression pact with Ukraine, the Belta state news agency reported, citing comments that suggested he saw Kyiv as a potential threat. Lukashenko, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, disclosed the alleged offer to a … Read more

Exclusive: WHO investigating links between cough syrup deaths, considers advice for parents

Jan 24 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating whether there is any connection between manufacturers whose 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, the WHO is … Read more

Finland says time-out needed in talks with Turkey over NATO bid

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

It’s ‘now or never’ to stop Japan’s shrinking population, PM says

Jan 23 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime minister Fumio Kishida pledged on Monday to take urgent steps to tackle the country’s declining birth rate, saying it was “now or never” for one of the world’s oldest societies. Japan has in recent years been trying to encourage its people to have more children with promises of cash … Read more

Boris Johnson visits Kyiv, pledges help

KYIV, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Kyiv on a surprise trip on Sunday, meeting President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and pledging that Britain would “stick by Ukraine as long as it takes”. Johnson, who left office in September in the wake of a series of scandals, was prime minister when Russia … Read more

Putin ally says West’s deliveries of new weapons to Kyiv will lead to global catastrophe

Jan 22 (Reuters) – A close ally of President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that deliveries of offensive weapons to Kyiv that threaten Russia’s territories will lead to a global catastrophe and make arguments against using weapons of mass destruction untenable. Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the Duma – Russia’s lower house of parliament – warned … Read more

China’s video game makers come in from the cold as crackdown eases

HONG KONG, Jan 20 (Reuters) – China’s end to a sweeping crackdown on its video games market is expected to breathe life back into the battered industry this year, but remaining restrictions on some content and economic headwinds will limit the extent of the recovery. Beijing’s tough curbs in 2021 laid waste to the once-booming … Read more