Sirens wail in Kyiv as city hit by Russian drone attack

Sirens wail in Kyiv as city hit by Russian drone attack

Drone attack forces Kyiv residents to shelter Follows biggest aerial assault of war a day earlier NATO chief calls for more weapons for Ukraine Britain sends metal detectors to clear landmines Both sides in eastern frontline of Ukraine still dug in KYIV, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Residents of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv were urged to … Read more

Explosions rock Ukrainian cities as Russia launches ‘more than 100 missiles’ in waves

Explosions rock Ukrainian cities as Russia launches ‘more than 100 missiles’ in waves

KYIV/BAKHMUT, Ukraine, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Air raid sirens rang across Ukraine as Russia unleashed more than 100 missiles on Thursday morning, according to a Ukrainian presidential adviser, and blasts were heard in several cities, including the capital Kyiv.”A massive air raid. More than 100 missiles in several waves,” presidential office adviser Oleksiy Arestovych wrote … Read more

Serbs in northern Kosovo to start removing barricades from Thursday

Serbs in northern Kosovo to start removing barricades from Thursday

Third major border crossing closed on Wednesday Serbs in northern Kosovo resist moves they see as anti-Serb Kosovo declared independence, with backing of West, in 2008 MITROVICA, Kosovo, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Kosovo Serbs who have been blocking roads in northern Kosovo for 19 days have agreed to start removing barricades from Thursday morning, bowing … Read more

Ship insurers to cancel war cover for Russia, Ukraine from Jan 1

Ship insurers to cancel war cover for Russia, Ukraine from Jan 1

LONDON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Ship insurers said they are cancelling war risk cover across Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, following an exit from the region by reinsurers in the face of steep losses. Reinsurers, who insure the insurers, typically renew their 12-month contracts with insurance clients on Jan. 1, giving them the first opportunity to … Read more

Kosovo closes main border crossing after roadblock in Serbia

Kosovo closes main border crossing after roadblock in Serbia

Merdare crossing most important for road freight Serb president visits troops near border Kremlin backs Serbia, denies Russia is stoking tensions MERDARE, Kosovo, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Kosovo closed its biggest border crossing with Serbia on Wednesday after protesters blocked it on the Serbian side to support their ethnic kin in Kosovo in refusing to … Read more

Taiwan to extend conscription to one year, citing rising China threat

Taiwan to extend conscription to one year, citing rising China threat

Taiwan to extend military service to one year from four months President cites rising threat from China President says we choose democracy over dictatorship China held mass air force drills near Taiwan on Sunday TAIPEI, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Taiwan will extend compulsory military service to one year from four months from 2024 due to … Read more

Russia’s Lavrov: Either Ukraine fulfils Moscow’s proposals or our army will decide

Russia’s Lavrov: Either Ukraine fulfils Moscow’s proposals or our army will decide

Dec 27 (Reuters) – Moscow’s proposals for settlement in Ukraine are well known to Kyiv and either Ukraine fulfils them for their own good or the Russian army will decide the issue, TASS agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying. “Our proposals for the demilitarization and denazification of the territories controlled by the … Read more

Russian missiles rain down on Ukraine towns

Russian missiles rain down on Ukraine towns

KVIV/MOSCOW, Dec 26 (Reuters) – Russian forces bombarded scores of towns in Ukraine on Christmas Day as Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was open to negotiations, a stance Washington has dismissed as posturing because of continued Russian attacks. Russia on Sunday launched more than 10 rocket attacks on the Kupiansk district in the Kharkiv … Read more

Blasts reported at Engels air base deep inside Russia – online media

Blasts reported at Engels air base deep inside Russia – online media

Dec 26 (Reuters) – Blasts were heard at Russia’s Engels air base, hundreds of kilometres (miles) from the frontlines in Ukraine, Ukrainian and Russian media outlets reported early on Monday. There was no immediate official confirmation of the blasts and Reuters was not able to independently verify the reports. The RBC-Ukraine news agency reported that … Read more

Taliban bans female NGO staff, jeopardizing aid efforts

Taliban bans female NGO staff, jeopardizing aid efforts

Taliban orders NGOs to stop female staff from working Comes after suspension of female students from universities U.N. says order would seriously impact humanitarian operations U.N. plans to meet with Taliban to seek clarity KABUL, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban-run administration on Saturday ordered all local and foreign NGOs to stop female employees from … Read more