EXCLUSIVE US aims to arm Ukraine with advanced anti-ship missiles to fight Russian blockade

The US Navy Arleigh-Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur launches a Harpoon surface-to-surface missile during Pacific Vanguard (PACVAN) quadrilateral exercises between Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea, and US Naval forces in the Philippine Sea May 26 , 2019. Picture taken May 26, 2019. US Navy / Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Toni Burton / … Read more

US warns North Korea could greet Biden with nuclear, missile tests

WASHINGTON / SEOUL, May 18 (Reuters) – US intelligence shows there could be a North Korean nuclear test, or a long-range missile test, or both, before, during or after President Joe Biden’s trip to South Korea and Japan starting this week , the US national security adviser Jake Sullivan, said on Wednesday. The White House … Read more

How Turkey spoiled NATO’s historic moment with Finland, Sweden

Turkey caught NATO allies by surprise Finland, Sweden hoped for quick accession Turkey’s Cavusoglu meets US counterpart Blinken ISTANBUL / WASHINGTON / BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) – When Finland and Sweden signaled they were thinking of making the historic decision joining NATO, the alliance expected a tough response from Moscow, not from one of its … Read more

‘Huge’ pressure for Shanghai to stay COVID-free as lockdown end nears

Shanghai health authorities warn of risks of COVID rebound Some migrant workers looking to leave Shanghai Goldman cuts China GDP forecast, warns of further slip E-commerce giant JD.com says consumers losing confidence SHANGHAI / BEIJING, May 18 (Reuters) – Health authorities in Shanghai faced “huge” pressure to keep China’s most populous city free of COVID-19 … Read more

Russia says nearly 700 more Mariupol fighters surrender

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, taken to Russian-held towns Mariupol a win for Putin as Russian forces fall back elsewhere Finland and Sweden formally apply to join NATO KYIV / MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 18 (Reuters) – Nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters surrendered at the Mariupol steelworks in the past 24 hours, Russia said on Wednesday, but … Read more

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields

Iraq persuaded Lukoil to halt sale to Sinopec – sources Baghdad concerned China becoming too dominant – sources Western firms not happy with terms of Iraqi deals LONDON / BASRA, May 17 (Reuters) – Iraq’s oil ministry thwarted three prospective deals last year that would have handed Chinese firms more control over its oilfields and … Read more

Mariupol siege appears over as Ukrainian defenders emerge from ruins

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, bussed to Russian-held towns ‘Defenders of Mariupol are heroes of our time’- Ukraine military Finland, Sweden set to file NATO applications MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 17 (Reuters) – More than 250 Ukrainian fighters surrendered to Russian forces at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol after weeks of desperate resistance, bringing an end to … Read more

Shanghai hits prized ‘zero COVID’ status but lockdown lingers

Shanghai goes three days with no new community infections Only a few signs of a gradual re-opening Amcham warns COVID controls hamper foreign investment SHANGHAI / BEIJING, May 17 (Reuters) – Shanghai achieved its long-awaited milestone of three consecutive days with no new COVID-19 cases outside quarantine zones on Tuesday but most residents will have … Read more

Shanghai targets June COVID lockdown exit as China economy slumps

Shanghai aims for return to normal from June 1 City’s residents frustrated with shifting schedules China’s retail sales, industrial output plunge in April SHANGHAI / BEIJING, May 16 (Reuters) – Shanghai set out plans on Monday for the end of a painful COVID-19 lockdown that has lasted more than six weeks, heavily bruising China’s economy, … Read more

Ukraine counter-attacks Russian forces in the east

NATO chief says Russian offensive is not going to plan Russia’s Donbas campaign has lost momentum – British military Finland confirms bid for NATO membership RUSKA LOZOVA, Ukraine, May 16 (Reuters) – Ukraine counter-attacked Russian forces on the eastern front on Monday with fighting reported near its second-largest city of Kharkiv, after Western military agencies … Read more