Britain considers allowing foreign students to work longer hours -The Times

Jan 27 (Reuters) – The British government is looking at plans to allow foreign students to work longer hours to boost the economy by plugging vacancies, The Times reported on Thursday. Ministers are looking at ways to encourage British and overseas students to take more part-time jobs to deal with shortages in areas such as … 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

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

Two killed in knife attack on train in northern Germany

BROKSTEDT, Germany, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Two people were killed and several others injured when a 33-year-old stateless Palestinian man attacked them with a knife on Wednesday on a regional train travelling between Kiel and Hamburg in northern Germany, authorities said. Police in the state of Schlewsig-Holstein on the Danish border said the man, who … Read more

Ex-kickboxer Andrew Tate says Romanian prosecutors have no evidence against him

BUCHAREST, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Divisive internet personality Andrew Tate said on Wednesday there was no justice in Romania and that the case 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 in police custody since Dec. 29 … 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

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

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

‘Angry Birds’ maker Rovio gets sweetened $738 mln offer from Playtika

Jan 19 (Reuters) – Playtika Holding Corp (8II.F), on Thursday sweetened its offer for Finnish game maker Rovio (ROVIO.HE), best known for its “Angry Birds” franchise, to 683 million euros ($737.50 million), as a consolidation in the industry gathers pace. The offer values each share of Rovio at 9.05 euros, about 60% higher than the … Read more