Sex, lies and video cams: Andrew Tate turned women into slaves, prosecutors say

BUCHAREST, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The woman from Moldova thought it was love. Internet celebrity Andrew Tate had offered her a new life. They’d even discussed marriage. He asked for only one thing: absolute loyalty. “You must understand that once you are mine, you will be mine forever,” Tate told her on Feb. 4 last … Read more

Belgian arms trader tangles with minister over tanks for Ukraine

TOURNAI, Belgium, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Freddy Versluys does not like to be called an arms dealer. But he does have a big warehouse full of second-hand tanks for sale. Standing next to dozens of German-made Leopard 1 tanks and other military vehicles in the chilly warehouse in eastern Belgium, Versluys stressed he is the … Read more

Samsung’s newest Galaxy S smartphones a test of brand power in weak market

SEOUL, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) unveiled its latest premium smartphones on Wednesday, in a test of its brand power as the market for mobiles undergoes unprecedented contraction. The Galaxy S23 smartphone series has better cameras and faster chips than its predecessor, but analysts said early sales would face weak demand as consumers … Read more

Ukraine raids home of billionaire in war-time anti-corruption crackdown

Security services make sweeping raids before EU summit Homes of billionaire, former interior minster searched New U.S. weapons would nearly double Ukraine’s range Ukrainian soldier says fighting Russian forces in Bakhmut KYIV, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Security services searched the home of one of Ukraine’s most prominent billionaires on Wednesday, moving against a figure once … Read more

Turkey’s push into Iraq risks deeper conflict

SARARO, Iraq, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Looming over the deserted village of Sararo in northern Iraq, three Turkish military outposts break the skyline, part of an incursion that forced the residents to flee last year after days of shelling. The outposts are just some of the dozens of new military bases Turkey has established on … Read more

Biden says no F-16s for Ukraine as Russia claims gains

Russian administrator claims foothold in Vuhledar Kyiv says Russian gains come at huge cost Think-tank says delay in Western arms halted Ukraine’s advance KYIV, Ukraine/WASHINGTON Jan 30 (Reuters) – The United States will not provide the F-16 fighter jets that Ukraine has sought in its fight against Russia, President Joe Biden said on Monday, as … Read more

Britain’s Boris Johnson says Putin threatened him with missile strike

LONDON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened him with a missile strike during a phone call in the run up to the invasion of Ukraine, a charge denied by Moscow. Johnson, speaking to the BBC for a documentary, said the Russian leader had asked … Read more

Odds ‘very high’ of U.S. military conflict with China, top Republican says

WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – A top Republican in the U.S. Congress said on Sunday the odds of conflict with China over Taiwan “are very high,” after a U.S. general caused consternation with a memo that warned the United States would fight China in the next two years. In a memo dated Feb. 1 but … Read more

Ukraine says repels attack around Blahodatne while Russia’s Wagner claims control

Jan 29 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s military said on Sunday its forces repelled an attack in the area of Blahodatne in the eastern part of the Donetsk region, while Russia’s Wagner private military group said it took control of the village. “Units of Ukraine’s Defence Forces repelled the attacks of the occupiers in the areas of … Read more

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