Turkey Says It Is ‘Meaningless’ to Restore NATO Dialogue With Sweden, Finland

Turkey Says It Is 'Meaningless' to Restore NATO Dialogue With Sweden, Finland

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday it was “meaningless” to hold a trilateral meeting with Sweden and Finland to discuss their NATO bids after protests this month in Stockholm. Speaking at a news conference, Cavusoglu also said there is no offer to evaluate Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO membership seperately. Swedish … Read more

Lebanon’s Mikati Says Divisions in Judiciary May Have “Dangerous Consequences” if Not Resolved

Lebanon's Mikati Says Divisions in Judiciary May Have “Dangerous Consequences” if Not Resolved

(Reuters) – Lebanon caretaker prime minister Najib Mikati says the divisions in the judiciary body may have “dangerous consequences” if the concerned people themselves do not work to resolve this dilemma wisely, a statement from Mikati’s office said on Wednesday. Lebanon’s top public prosecutor on Wednesday charged the judge investigating the Beirut port blast of … Read more

Ukraine Confirms Its Troops Have Withdrawn From Soledar

Ukraine Confirms Its Troops Have Withdrawn From Soledar

KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine confirmed on Wednesday its troops had withdrawn from Soledar in eastern Ukraine, almost two weeks after Russian troops said they had captured the small salt-mining town. “In order to preserve the lives of service personnel, the Defence Forces withdrew from Soledar,” military spokesman Serhiy Cherevatyi was quoted as saying by state … Read more

U.S. Sanctions Lebanon Money Exchanger for Alleged Ties to Hezbollah

Moldova Says Missile Debris Found in North of the Country

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury said on Tuesday it was placing sanctions on Lebanese money exchanger Hassan Moukalled and his business for alleged financial ties to blacklisted group Hezbollah. The Treasury said his business, CTEX, was licensed by Lebanon’s central bank. Neither Moukalled nor the central bank immediately responded to Reuters’ requests for comment. … Read more

Iran Condemns Sanctions Imposed by EU, Britain and Threatens Retaliation

Iran Condemns Sanctions Imposed by EU, Britain and Threatens Retaliation

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran on Tuesday strongly condemned new sanctions imposed by the European Union and Britain and said it would retaliate, after the West stepped up pressure on Iran over its crackdown on protests. “The Islamic Republic will soon announce the list of new sanctions against the human rights violators of EU and England,” … Read more

Sweden Should Not Expect Turkey’s Support for NATO Membership After Stockholm Protest – Erdogan

Sweden Should Not Expect Turkey's Support for NATO Membership After Stockholm Protest - Erdogan

ANKARA (Reuters) – Sweden should not expect Turkey’s support for its NATO membership after a protest near the Turkish embassy in Stockholm at the weekend including the burning of a copy of the Koran, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. “Those who allow such blasphemy in front of our embassy (in Stockholm) can no longer … Read more

Russian Spy Service Says HIMARS, Other Weapons Deployed at Nuclear Power Stations in Ukraine

Moldova Says Missile Debris Found in North of the Country

(Reuters) – Russia’s foreign intelligence service (SVR) accused Ukraine on Monday of storing Western-supplied arms at nuclear power stations across the country. It provided no evidence and Reuters was unable to verify the claims. In a statement, the SVR said U.S.-supplied HIMARS rocket launchers, air defence systems and artillery ammunition had been delivered to the … Read more

Indonesian President Jokowi’s Approval Rating at All-Time High: Poll

Indonesian President Jokowi's Approval Rating at All-Time High: Poll

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s approval rating has hit an all-time high after the government eased COVID-19 restrictions last month, a poll showed on Sunday. Figures released by pollster Lembaga Survei Indonesia (LSI) showed satisfaction with the president, widely known as Jokowi, had risen consistently over recent months to reach 76.2% at the … Read more

EU’s Michel in Kyiv With Message of Support for Ukraine

EU's Michel in Kyiv With Message of Support for Ukraine

KYIV (Reuters) – European Union chairman, Charles Michel, arrived in Kyiv on Thursday for talks about the bloc’s support for Ukraine as it fights a Russian invasion, and reforms needed in the ex-Soviet republic to one day join the European alliance. Two weeks before an EU-Ukraine summit on Feb. 3, Michel, who chairs meetings of … Read more

Lavrov Says Russia’s Relations With Arab World Are on the Up

Lavrov Says Russia's Relations With Arab World Are on the Up

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow was building its relations with the Arab world following the imposition of sweeping Western sanctions against it over Ukraine. Copyright 2023 Thomson Reuters. Source link