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

S&P 500 closes at month’s high, indices gain for a week as earnings kick in

JPMorgan and Wells Fargo shares jump US consumer inflation expectations are easing – survey Tesla drops after electric vehicle price cuts Indices: Dow up 0.3%, S&P 500 up 0.4%, Nasdaq up 0.7% NEW YORK, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended Friday at their highest levels in a month as shares of … 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

Lithuania-Latvia gas pipeline explodes, but no signs of attack

VILNIUS, Jan 13 (Reuters) – A gas pipeline linking Lithuania to Latvia was hit by an explosion on Friday but there was no immediate evidence of an attack, Lithuanian gas transmission operator Amber said. Grid. Video released by Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT showed a raging fire at the site of the blast in Panevezys county … Read more

China braces for historic demographic shift, accelerated by COVID trauma

HONG KONG, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Living under China’s strict COVID-19 restrictions for the past three years has caused Zhang Qi enough stress and uncertainty to consider not having babies in the country. When China abruptly dismantled its “zero COVID” regime last month to let the virus spread freely, the scales tipped to a definite … Read more

Cardinal Pell lies in state, funeral plans overshadowed by memo reveal

VATICAN CITY, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Australian Cardinal George Pell lay in state on Friday, with funeral preparations overshadowed by revelations he authored an anonymous note calling Pope Francis’ pontificate a disaster. Pell’s closed dark brown wooden coffin was placed on the floor of the small Church of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians, inside the … Read more

Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis, dies at 54

LOS ANGELES, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Singer Lisa Marie Presley, only daughter of ‘king of rock ‘n’ roll’ Elvis Presley, died aged 54 on Thursday after being rushed to a Los Angeles area hospital. , said his mother. “It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter … Read more

Tesla extends price cuts in US and Europe amid sales push

Tesla cuts prices in the US and Europe by up to 20% The move follows cuts in Asia last week Certain models are now eligible for US tax credits Model 3 price in Germany in line with Volkswagen’s ID.3 Jan 13 (Reuters) – Tesla (TSLA.O) has cut prices for its electric vehicles in the United … 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