Russia, U.S. keep door open to Ukraine diplomacy, but big gaps remain

Moscow says US response ignores its main concerns ‘Serious’ dialogue still possible on some topics Ukraine expects diplomacy to continue for next two weeks China calls for calm on all sides MOSCOW/WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday it was clear the United States was not willing to address its main security concerns … Read more

U.S., China confer on Ukraine, urge de-escalation and calm

BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (Reuters) – China told the United States on Thursday it wants all parties involved in Ukraine to remain calm and avoid mounting tensions, while Washington emphasized de-escalation and warned of the security and economic risks of Ukraine. Russian aggression. “We call on all parties to remain calm and not do anything that … Read more

Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Breyer to retire, letting Biden pick successor

Democrats plan speedy confirmation of Breyer successor Breyer, 83, has served since 1994, authoring key rulings WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Liberal US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire, lawmakers said on Wednesday, giving President Joe Biden the opportunity to fulfill a campaign promised to nominate the first Black woman to the nation’s … Read more

One body found, 38 still missing from capsized migrant boat off Florida

MIAMI, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Rescue teams have recovered one body, but hopes have dimmed for 38 others lost at sea over the weekend to a capsized boat off the coast of Florida during a an incident treated as an ill-fated attempt at human smuggling, the US Coast Guard said. said Wednesday. The search and … Read more

U.N. chief tells Security Council: Afghanistan ‘hanging by thread’

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 26 (Reuters) – Afghanistan is “hanging by a thread,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday, calling on countries to approve all transactions needed to deliver humanitarian aid. activities in the Taliban-ruled state. He also called for the suspension of any rules or conditions limiting “life-saving” relief operations … Read more

Germany offers Ukraine helmets, Kyiv’s Klitschko ‘speechless’

BERLIN, Jan. 26 (Reuters) – Germany will supply 5,000 military helmets to Ukraine to help defend against a possible Russian invasion, it said Wednesday – an offer Kiev mayor and former world champion boxer Vitali Klitschko dismissed as “a joke” that left him “speechless”. Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said Berlin, which has been increasingly criticized … Read more

Russia says “destructive” sanctions wouldn’t hurt Putin personally

Kremlin: Personal sanctions on Putin would not harm him Russia keeps up pressure with land and sea exercises Ukraine says Moscow is trying to sow panic Four-way talks on east Ukraine start in Paris MOSCOW/PARIS, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Russia warned on Wednesday that imposing sanctions on President Vladimir Putin personally would not hurt him … Read more

Burkina Faso crowd celebrates West Africa’s latest coup

President Roch Kabore ousted by soldiers on Monday Coup condemned by international powers but some at home glad Many want end to poverty and violence fueled by Islamists OUAGADOUGOU, Jan 25 (Reuters) – More than 1,000 people gathered in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou on Tuesday in support of a military coup that a day earlier … Read more

Kremlin eyes U.S. actions over Ukraine with great concern

MOSCOW, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday it was watching with great concern after the United States put 8,500 troops on alert to be ready to deploy to Europe in case of an escalation in the Ukraine crisis. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov accused Washington of fueling tensions over Ukraine – repeating Moscow’s line … Read more

UK police investigating alleged lockdown breaches at PM’s residence

Johnson attended birthday gathering in lockdown Police will investigate alleged lockdown breaches Government’s own internal inquiry to continue LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – British police will investigate alleged lockdown breaches at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street residence after receiving evidence from an internal government probe into a series of gatherings. Johnson, who in 2019 … Read more