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

The EU wants to send more people back to Africa, the Middle East, Asia

The EU wants to send more people back to Africa, the Middle East, Asia

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 26 (Reuters) – European Union migration ministers are meeting on Thursday to discuss visa restrictions and better coordination within the bloc to help more people without asylum in Europe return to their home countries, including Iraq. Three years after the 27-nation EU agreed to limit visa requirements for countries deemed uncooperative in taking … Read more

Strong US economic growth expected in fourth quarter, outlook deteriorates

Strong US economic growth expected in fourth quarter, outlook deteriorates

GDP is expected to grow by 2.6% in the fourth quarter Strong consumer spending seen; contributions from other sectors Weekly jobless claims are expected to increase slightly WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (Reuters) – The US economy is likely to have maintained strong growth rates in the fourth quarter as consumers pushed up spending on goods, but … Read more

Thousands gather for ‘Invasion Day’ protests on Australia Day holiday

Thousands gather for ‘Invasion Day’ protests on Australia Day holiday

SYDNEY, Jan. 26 (Reuters) – Thousands of Australians celebrated the country’s National Day celebrations on Thursday with demonstrations in support of Indigenous people, many of whom describe the anniversary of the day a British fleet entered Sydney harbor as ” Invasion Day”. In Sydney, the capital of New South Wales – Australia’s most populous state … Read more

Former kickboxer Andrew Tate says Romanian prosecutors have no evidence against him

Former kickboxer Andrew Tate says Romanian prosecutors have no evidence against him

BUCHAREST, January 25 (Reuters) – Divisive internet personality Andrew Tate said on Wednesday that there was no justice in Romania and that the 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 held in police custody since December … Read more

India police detain students gathered to watch BBC documentary on Modi

India police detain students gathered to watch BBC documentary on Modi

NEW DELHI, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Students were detained by Delhi police on Wednesday as they gathered to watch a recent BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which India has denounced as propaganda and streaming and sharing it on social media. media blocked. This follows similar disruptions, some of which turned violent, at rallies … 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

Taylor Swift concert fiasco sparks U.S. Senate whims for Ticketmaster

Taylor Swift concert fiasco sparks U.S. Senate whims for Ticketmaster

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (Reuters) – US senators on Tuesday criticized Live Nation Entertainment’s lack of transparency and inability to block bot purchases of tickets at a hearing following a major fiasco involving ticket sales for Taylor Swift’s upcoming concert tour . Ticketmaster, a subsidiary of Live Nation Entertainment Inc (LYV.N), which has been unpopular with … 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