Top US lawmaker opposes potential F-16 sale to Turkey

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The Biden administration has told Congress it is preparing a potential $20 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, prompting an immediate objection from a senior US lawmaker who has long opposed the deal. The State Department sent the informal notice … Read more

Russia’s latest war against Ukraine: Moscow and Kyiv fight over control of Soledar

Jan 14 (Reuters) – Russia said on Friday its forces had taken control of Soledar in eastern Ukraine, in what would be a rare success for Moscow after months of battlefield setbacks, but Kyiv said its troops were still fighting in the city. STRUGGLE * President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Ukrainian forces continued to fight in … Read more

US strongly committed to defending Japan, Biden tells Kishida, welcomes military build-up

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden told Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday that the United States remains firmly committed to its alliance with Japan and hailed Tokyo’s “historic” defense reforms. Kishida is in Washington on the latest leg of a tour of G7 industrial powers and seeks to bolster longstanding … Read more

Explainer: Why Japan is looking for military ties beyond its US ally

TOKYO, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Ahead of meeting President Joe Biden in Washington DC, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited Italy, France, Britain and Canada, in part to forge ties of security that could help him fend off China, North Korea and Russia. RAW QUARTER In June, then Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said his … Read more

China’s COVID peak will last two to three months, then hit rural areas

Peak of the COVID wave observed for 2 to 3 months – epidemiologist Older people in rural areas particularly at risk People’s mobility indicators are picking up, but not yet fully recovering BEIJING, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The peak of the COVID-19 wave in China is expected to last two to three months and will … Read more

Russia appoints Private Gerasimov to oversee Ukraine campaign

Gerasimov will oversee the military campaign in Ukraine Latest reshuffle follows other battlefield setbacks Gerasimov has been the target of Russian pro-war criticism Jan 11 (Reuters) – Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday appointed Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov to oversee the military campaign in Ukraine, in Moscow’s latest military leadership reshuffle. Gerasimov, … Read more

How India’s ruling party is tightening its grip on Kashmir

More than a million people could vote in local polls for the first time BJP aims to take control of gathering of Muslim parties Pakistan accuses India of marginalizing Kashmiri Muslims JAMMU/SRINAGAR, India, Jan 12 (Reuters) – For the first time in her life, Asha, a street cleaner in the Indian city of Jammu, will … Read more

Chinese worry about elderly as WHO warns of COVID outbreak over holiday

Two billion trips expected for Lunar New Year The virus is spreading from cities to vulnerable villages WHO says China’s response challenged by lack of data China’s grand reopening spoiled by Japan and Korea spat BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) – People in China on Thursday worried about the spread of COVID-19 to elderly relatives as … Read more

Police tackle barricaded coal mine protesters in abandoned German village

LUETZERATH, Germany, January 11 (Reuters) – Hundreds of police began clearing climate protesters from an abandoned village on Wednesday during a standoff over the expansion of an open-pit lignite mine that has shed light on tensions around Germany’s climate policy during an energy crisis. Protesters formed human chains, made a makeshift barricade of old shipping … Read more

Tigray forces begin handing over heavy weapons to Ethiopian army

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Tigray forces, which have fought a two-year war against Ethiopia’s federal government, began handing over heavy weapons to the national army on Tuesday as part of a process of peace led by the African Union. The demobilization of Tigray forces is seen as a central element of the November … Read more