Finland and Sweden have applied to join NATO and are facing Turkish objections

The request was submitted to NATO headquarters A move was seen redrawing the geopolitical map of Europe The Ukraine war, due to decades of non-alignment, has caused turmoil in politics Countries seeking to resolve Turkish objections to NATO bids BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Finland and Sweden formally applied to join NATO on Wednesday at the allies’ … Read more

Ukrainian defenders emerge from the ruins of Mariupol to an unknown fate as the siege ends

Ukrainian soldiers, many of whom were wounded, took buses to Russian-controlled towns “The defenders of Mariupol are the heroes of our time” – Ukrainian Army Finland and Sweden prepare to submit NATO requests Macron pledges more weapons to Kyiv MARIPOL, Ukraine, May 17 (Reuters) – More than 250 Ukrainian fighters have surrendered to Russian forces … Read more

Stocks rebound and Treasury yields rise on stronger data

Empty prices are displayed in the stock price panels of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) after the Tokyo Stock Exchange temporarily suspended all trading due to system problems in Tokyo, Japan, October 1, 2020. REUTERS / Issei Kato / Files Register now to get free unlimited access to Register NEW YORK (Reuters) – A … Read more

Johnny Depp’s lawyers challenge Amber Heard over abuse allegations

(Reuters) – Lawyers for actor Johnny Depp began questioning Amber Heard in a couple’s defamation trial on Monday, challenging the “Aquaman” star’s allegations that she was physically assaulted before and during their short marriage. Depp’s lawyers provided photos of Heard appearing in public on red carpets and the “James Corden Show” shortly after the times … Read more

Stock markets struggle as worries grow about the economy

LONDON (Reuters) – European shares fell on Monday and Wall Street headed for a lower open, as investor sentiment struggled to recover from last week’s heavy selling amid fears of slowing economic growth. Global stocks hit an 18-month low last week, as investors worried that higher interest rates to counter high inflation would hurt the … Read more

California regulator refuses to build desalination plant despite historic drought

COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA, May 12 (Reuters) – California regulators on Thursday rejected the construction of a $1.4 billion desalination plant on environmental grounds, marking a setback for Governor Gavin Newsom, who backed the project as a partial solution to the state’s ongoing drought. The California Coastal Commission voted 11-0 to reject the Poseidon Water proposal, … Read more

Vote in Lebanon deals a blow to Hezbollah allies in preliminary results

Some of Hezbollah’s oldest allies are losing seats Most not yet clear, final results expected on Monday Lebanese forces allied with Saudi Arabia are gaining ground Sources said that Arslan, who is allied with Hezbollah, lost his seat in front of the newcomer BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iran-backed Hezbollah was dealt a blow in Lebanon’s parliamentary … Read more

Former Somali leader Mahmoud wins presidency to face war and drought

Representatives choose Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud for the post of president Voting takes place behind the barricades because of the conflict Former education advocate Mahmoud, 66, is facing an Islamic war MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Former Somali leader Hassan Sheikh Mohamud won the presidency again in a vote of parliamentarians on Sunday in an airport hangar protected … Read more

The suspect in a racist shooting in Buffalo was arrested for a mental health check last year

Buffalo, NY, May 15 (Reuters) – A white teen who killed 10 people in a racist attack on a New York grocery store in a black neighborhood was arrested and underwent a mental health evaluation a year ago, but has been released. Almost a day later, authorities said on Sunday. The suspect, 18-year-old Payton Gendron, … Read more

The newly elected ruler of the UAE sees Iran and Islamists as a threat to safe havens in the Gulf

The de facto ruler was elected president after the death of his brother Bin Zayed formed a new axis with Israel against Iran and the Islamists Obama writes that Gulf ruler may be ‘smarter’ DUBAI (Reuters) – Emirati strongman Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who was formally elected president on Saturday, has led a realignment … Read more