Sri Lankan president flees to Maldives, protesters storm prime minister’s office

Sri Lankan president flees to Maldives, protesters storm prime minister’s office

President Rajapaksa flees hours before planned resignation Protesters demand ouster of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Wickremesinghe declares emergency, rolls back soon after COLOMBO, July 13 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled to the Maldives on Wednesday,bringing to an apparent end his family’s near two-decade dominance of the country after a massive popular uprising … Read more

Exclusive: U.S. weighs resumption of offensive arms sales to Saudis, sources say

Exclusive: U.S. weighs resumption of offensive arms sales to Saudis, sources say

WASHINGTON/RIYADH, July 11 (Reuters) – The Biden administration is discussing the possible lifting of its ban on U.S. sales of offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia, but any final decision is expected to hinge on whether Riyadh makes progress toward ending the war in neighboring Yemen, according to four people familiar with the matter. Senior Saudi … Read more

Solomon Islands’s pact with China made international headlines, but one island — led by one man — is saying no

Solomon Islands’s pact with China made international headlines, but one island — led by one man — is saying no

Solomon Islands made international headlines after signing a secretive security pact with China, but one island in the country is saying no.  The bridge, just outside of Auki. (ABC News: Luke Bowden) There’s an old bridge just outside the town of Auki in Solomon Islands. The “Fiu Bridge” as it’s known.(ABC News: Luke Bowden) It’s a one-lane rickety old-thing, well-passed its used … Read more

Russia signals an end to U.N. aid into Syria from Turkey

Russia signals an end to U.N. aid into Syria from Turkey

A boy carries food aid given by UN’s World Food Programme in Raqqa, Syria April 26, 2018. REUTERS/Aboud Hamam Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register UNITED NATIONS, July 8 (Reuters) – Russia on Friday signaled an end to a long-running U.N. aid operation into northwest Syria from Turkey after vetoing a one-year … Read more

‘No safe place’ from Russian artillery as offensive underway in Ukraine’s Donetsk

‘No safe place’ from Russian artillery as offensive underway in Ukraine’s Donetsk

Heavy shelling in Luhansk and Donetsk regions Residents remain in basements of ruined Lysychansk Russians pillage Lysychansk, Sievierodonetsk, says Ukraine Moscow says Ukraine a ‘terrorist state’ KYIV/SLOVIANSK, Ukraine, July 6 (Reuters) – Ukrainian defenders fought desperately to withstand a major Russian offensive in the Donetsk region, with the enemy laying down heavy artillery fire to … Read more

After losing Luhansk, Ukraine forces gather for defence of Donetsk

After losing Luhansk, Ukraine forces gather for defence of Donetsk

City of Lysychansk ‘doesn’t exist anymore’ – resident Putin claims biggest victory in near 5-month war Battle for Donetsk next Ukraine hopes for southern counter attack KYIV, July 5 (Reuters) – Russian forces set their sights on their next objectives in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk province on Tuesday after President Vladimir Putin claimed victory in neighbouring … Read more

Exclusive: Boris Johnson signals UK’s willingness to demine, help export grain from Ukraine

Exclusive: Boris Johnson signals UK’s willingness to demine, help export grain from Ukraine

KIGALI, June 23 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday Britain was willing to assist with demining operations off Ukraine’s southern coast and was considering offering insurance to ships to move millions of tonnes of grain stuck in the country. Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine and blockade of its Black Sea ports … Read more

EU grants Ukraine candidate status in ‘historic moment’

EU grants Ukraine candidate status in ‘historic moment’

EU leaders launch Ukraine’s membership process Zelenskiy urges West to speed up heavy weapons deliveries Battle for Donbas twin cities reaches critical stage KYIV, June 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine became a candidate to join the European Union on Thursday, a bold geopolitical step triggered by Russia’s invasion that Kyiv and Brussels hailed as an “historic … Read more

Battle for Donbas twin cities reaches ‘fearsome climax’, says Ukraine

Battle for Donbas twin cities reaches ‘fearsome climax’, says Ukraine

Zelenskiy urges West to deliver heavy weapons EU leaders to start Ukraine membership process Battle for Donbas twin cities reaches critical stage KYIV, June 23 (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Moscow’s massive air and artillery attacks were aimed at destroying the entire Donbas region and urged Ukraine’s allies to accelerate the shipment of heavy … Read more

Afghanistan earthquake kills at least 1,000 but toll expected to rise

Afghanistan earthquake kills at least 1,000 but toll expected to rise

KABUL, June 22 (Reuters) – The death toll from an earthquake in Afghanistan on Wednesday hit 1,000, disaster management officials said, with more than 600 injured and the toll expected to grow as information trickles in from remote mountain villages. Houses were reduced to rubble and bodies swathed in blankets lay on the ground, photographs … Read more