Explainer: Why is Turkey blocking Swedish and Finnish NATO membership?

Explainer: Why is Turkey blocking Swedish and Finnish NATO membership?

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 25 (Reuters) – Sweden’s and Finnish hopes of quickly joining NATO have hit an obstacle in the form of objections from Turkey, which has veto power over joining the military alliance. The three nations reached an agreement in Madrid last June on how to proceed, but Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said Sweden … Read more

North Korea closes capital due to respiratory illness

North Korea closes capital due to respiratory illness

SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Reuters) – Authorities in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang have ordered a five-day lockdown due to rising cases of an unspecified respiratory illness, the Russian embassy and Seoul-based NK News reported on Wednesday, citing a report from the government. The message, shared by the embassy on its Facebook page, said a … Read more

China offers Sri Lanka debt moratorium, IMF aid still questionable

China offers Sri Lanka debt moratorium, IMF aid still questionable

China offers debt service relief in 2022, 2023 Sri Lankan sources are unclear whether a Chinese letter will be enough for the IMF Broad agreement between IMF and China on Zambia could provide clues NEW DELHI/COLOMBO, Jan. 24 (Reuters) – The Export-Import Bank of China has offered Sri Lanka a two-year moratorium on its debt, … Read more

Indian university reports power outage ahead of Modi documentary screening

Indian university reports power outage ahead of Modi documentary screening

NEW DELHI, Jan. 24 (Reuters) – A top Indian university shut down power and internet on its campus on Tuesday for the student union to show a BBC documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi that India has dismissed as propaganda, broadcaster NDTV reported. . Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in the capital New Delhi had threatened … Read more

New Zealand’s Ardern takes an emotional farewell as prime minister on the last day

New Zealand’s Ardern takes an emotional farewell as prime minister on the last day

WELLINGTON, Jan. 24 (Reuters) – Jacinda Ardern gave an emotional farewell to her last day as prime minister on Tuesday, speaking of the kindness and empathy New Zealanders have shown her but saying she was ready to be a sister and a mother to be. Days after stunning the world by announcing she was “no … Read more

Finland says timeout is needed in talks with Turkey over NATO bid

Finland says timeout is needed in talks with Turkey over NATO bid

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

Russia’s military reforms respond to NATO expansion, Ukraine Chief of General Staff

Russia’s military reforms respond to NATO expansion, Ukraine Chief of General Staff

Reforms call for the creation of two additional military districts Army Corps is stationed near the border with Finland Armed forces will be reinforced in areas Moscow claims to annex 23 Jan. (Reuters) – Russia’s new military reforms come in response to possible NATO expansion and the use of Kiev by the “collective West” to … Read more

Ukraine promises major personnel changes as allies scramble for tanks

Ukraine promises major personnel changes as allies scramble for tanks

Zelenskiy promises changes amid corruption scandal Poland says plans to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine Germany alludes to approval of tank exports as Allies apply pressure KYIV, Jan. 24 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said personnel changes were being made at senior and lower levels following the most high-profile corruption allegations since the Russian … Read more

Zelenskiy marks turmoil over corruption allegations

Zelenskiy marks turmoil over corruption allegations

Zelenskiy says changes are coming in government, regions Corruption allegations are most high-profile of war Ex-minister of Economic Affairs praises government response Government party boss threatens officials with imprisonment KYIV, Jan. 23 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Monday changes would soon be announced in the government, regions and security forces after allegations … Read more

Erdogan to Sweden: Don’t expect Turkish support for NATO bid after protest in Stockholm

Erdogan to Sweden: Don’t expect Turkish support for NATO bid after protest in Stockholm

ANKARA, Jan. 23 (Reuters) – Sweden should not expect support from Turkey for its NATO membership after a protest near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm over the weekend included the burning of a copy of the Quran, President Tayyip Erdogan said Monday. Protests in Stockholm on Saturday against Turkey and Sweden’s bid to join the … Read more