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

US lends $700 million to Ioneer for Nevada lithium mine

WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Energy said on Friday it would lend ioneer Ltd (INR.AX) up to $700 million to build its Rhyolite Ridge lithium mining project in Nevada, a major step forward in President Joe Biden’s plan. develop a domestic supply chain of electric vehicles. Shares of Ioneer rose 16.3% … 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

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 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

China acquires ‘preferred shares’ in two Alibaba units

BEIJING, China, Jan 13 (Reuters) – China has acquired minority stakes with special rights in two domestic units of tech giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (9988.HK), according to company registration records, so that Beijing is extending its campaign to tighten control over the Internet. contents. Beijing has taken “preferred shares” in private online media and … 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