Some Ethiopians claim forced recruitment by Tigrayan forces

War in Ethiopia has killed thousands, uprooted millions Tigrayans tell of many arrests to force people into local army Elders, pregnant woman among those rounded up, residents say ‘He said my mother would be jailed,’ recounts one fighter ADDIS ABABA / NAIROBI, May 16 (Reuters) – Authorities in Ethiopia’s war-shattered Tigray region are forcing young … Read more

US hails ‘new era’ with ASEAN as summit commits to raise level of ties

WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden said on Friday a first summit in Washington with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) marked the launch of a “new era” in the relationship between the United States and the 10-nation bloc. In a joint 28-point “vision statement” after a two-day meeting, … Read more

UAE’s newly elected ruler sees Iran, Islamists as threat to Gulf safe haven

De facto ruler elected president after brother’s death MbZ forged new axis with Israel against Iran, Islamists Perhaps the Gulf’s ‘savviest’ ruler, Obama wrote DUBAI, May 14 (Reuters) – United Arab Emirates strongman Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who was formally elected president on Saturday, led a realignment of the Middle East that created a … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Top EU official backs multi-trillion plan to rebuild Ukraine

Rebuilding Ukraine will cost trillions of euros – top EU banks EIB chief Hoyer calls for Marshall-style Plan for Ukraine Urges West and its banks to underwrite Ukraine finances BRUSSELS, May 11 (Reuters) – A top European official has backed a multi-trillion-euro “Marshall” -style plan to rebuild Ukraine, pledging the firepower of the EU lending … Read more

N.Korea reports first COVID-19 outbreak, orders lockdown in “gravest emergency”

North Korea declares ‘gravest national emergency’ Potential for ‘unprecedented crisis’ for Kim Jong Un – expert Isolated state has declined int’l offer of vaccine No North Korean civilians are believed to have been vaccinated SEOUL, May 12 (Reuters) – North Korea confirmed its first COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, calling it the “gravest national emergency” and … Read more

Russian fighting destroys, damages nearly 400 hospitals, medical centers, Zelenskiy says

400 hospitals, meidcal centers destroyed, damaged – Zelenskiy ‘Heavy bloody fighting’ in Mariupol – Ukrainian soldier Mariupol evacuation attempt on Friday ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, May 6 (Reuters) – Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has devastated hundreds of hospitals and other medical institutions and left doctors without drugs to tackle cancer or the ability to perform surgery, President … Read more

Russia unleashes rockets after Mariupol ceasefire, EU eyes oil sanctions

Russian rockets pound parts of eastern and southern Ukraine Western powers pledge heavier weapons to boost Ukraine defenses ‘This is Ukraine’s finest hour,’ UK’s Johnson says, echoing Churchill ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, May 3 (Reuters) – Russia launched an assault on the encircled Azovstal steel works in Mariupol, Ukraine’s last redoubt in the port city, after a … Read more

Ukraine spars with Russia over talks, says Moscow not succeeding in east

Ukraine says Russia’s ‘playbook for murder’ endangers talks Russia says dropping sanctions key to peace talks Russia preparing for new offensives in east, Ukraine says KYIV, April 30 (Reuters) – Ukraine and Russia traded accusations over shaky talks to end a war now in its third month as Russia pounded areas in the east of … Read more

New surrender deadline in Mariupol as West promises Ukraine more arms

Russia tells Ukrainians at Mariupol plant to lay down arms US, Britain, Canada, France and Germany promise more help US plans new military aid package in next few days-sources KYIV / KHARKIV, April 20 (Reuters) – Russia gave Ukrainian fighters still holding out in Mariupol a fresh ultimatum to surrender on Wednesday as it pushed … Read more

Russia tells Ukrainian troops in Mariupol to lay down arms from 0300 GMT

Fighters who surrender in Mariupol will be spared – Moscow Russia says Ukraine’s urban port has been cleared There were explosions in Kyiv in the north and Lviv in the west Ukraine says situation in Mariupol “very difficult” April 17 (Reuters) – Russia says Ukrainian forces fighting in the siege of the city of Mariupol … Read more