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

NATO to welcome Nordic members as Ukraine pushes back Russian forces

Finland expected to announce bid to join NATO Ukraine halts major route for Russian gas to Europe Russia imposes sanctions on Gazprom units in Europe, US Ukrainian forces seek to cut Russian battlefield supply lines KYIV / BRUSSELS, May 12 (Reuters) – Finland is expected to announce on Thursday its intention to join NATO with … Read more

Al Jazeera journalist killed during Israeli raid in West Bank

Deadly shooting occurred during Israeli raid Israel says troops exchanged fire with Palestinians Israeli defense chief says unclear who killed reporter JENIN, West Bank, May 11 (Reuters) – A prominent Palestinian-American Al Jazeera reporter was shot dead during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, and Israel said it was launching an … Read more

The underground networks of Russians helping Ukrainian refugees

TBILISI, May 11 (Reuters) – Ukrainian refugees who reluctantly find themselves under Moscow’s rule are receiving help from an unlikely quarter: networks of Russian volunteers helping those displaced by the war to leave Russia. When Bogdan Goncharov, his wife and 7-year-old daughter fled the shelling in their hometown of Mariupol in mid-March, they ended up … Read more

Ukraine pushes Russian forces back, restricts gas flow to Europe

Ukraine redirecting Russia gas to Europe Ukraine counter-offensive could shift war’s momentum Ukrainian forces seeking to cut off Russian supply lines Kremlin says up to Kherson residents to decide if they want to join Russia Mariupol steelworks under bombardment again KYIV / VILHIVKA, Ukraine, May 11 (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces reported battlefield gains on Wednesday … Read more

Russian diplomats spurned in Europe’s capitals

WARSAW / VILNIUS, May 11 (Reuters) – Russian diplomat Sergiy Andreev was feeling unwelcome on the streets of Warsaw even before protesters doused him with red liquid thrown in his face at short range this week. Soon after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Andreev, who is Moscow’s ambassador in Poland, found the embassy … Read more

Exclusive: Germany prepares crisis plan for abrupt end to Russian gas

BERLIN, May 9 (Reuters) – German officials are quietly preparing for any sudden halt in Russian gas supplies with an emergency package that could include taking control of critical firms, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The preparations being led by the Ministry of Economic Affairs show the heightened state of alert about … Read more

A rival sits out Lebanon’s election. Now Hezbollah could fill the void

Saad al-Hariri, former PM, withdraws from politics His move leaves Lebanon’s Sunni vote fragmented Many people expected not to vote amid economic meltdown That could play into Iran-backed Hezbollah’s hands TRIPOLI, Lebanon, May 9 (Reuters) – The stakes are high in Lebanon’s election. The heavily armed Hezbollah movement has seen one of its main rivals … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Biden sidelined global energy partners with record emergency oil release

LONDON, May 9 (Reuters) – The United States announced a record-sized release of emergency crude oil reserves in March without consulting partners in the International Energy Agency, leaving them scrambling to match with releases of their own, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Unilateral action by Washington to address global supply or price … Read more