UAE’s newly elected ruler sees Iran, Islamists as threat to Gulf safe haven

De facto ruler elected president after brother’s death MbZ forged new axis with Israel against Iran, Islamists Perhaps the Gulf’s ‘savviest’ ruler, Obama wrote DUBAI, May 14 (Reuters) – United Arab Emirates strongman Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who was formally elected president on Saturday, led a realignment of the Middle East that created a … Read more

Ukraine collects Russian dead as war rages on multiple fronts

Hundreds of Russian war dead brought to rail yard Ukraine deputy PM says war “entering new, long phase” Ukraine military photographs show failed Russian river crossing Kyiv says it’s negotiating for evacuation of Mariupol wounded KYIV, May 14 (Reuters) – The bodies of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine were brought to a rail yard outside … Read more

Australia says Chinese spy ship’s presence off west coast ‘concerning’

SYDNEY, May 13 (Reuters) – A Chinese intelligence ship was tracked off Australia’s west coast within 50 nautical miles of a sensitive defense facility, Australia said on Friday, raising concern amid an election campaign about China’s behavior in the region. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Chinese navy vessel was not in Australian territorial waters … Read more

With China in focus, Biden makes $150 million commitment to ASEAN leaders

WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden opened a gathering of Southeast Asian leaders with a promise to spend $150 million on their infrastructure, security, pandemic preparedness and other efforts aimed at countering the influence of rival China. On Thursday, Biden started a two-day summit with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations … Read more

Ukraine says it damaged Russian ship, seeks evacuation of wounded Mariupol fighters

Ukraine says it Russian damaged supply ship in Black Sea Relatives of Mariupol fighters plead for rescue Finland wants security after Russian invasion of Ukraine Sweden expected to follow suit in bid to join alliance KHARKIV, Ukraine, May 13 (Reuters) – Ukraine said it had damaged a Russian navy logistics ship near Snake Island, a … Read more

North Korea reports first COVID-19 death after 350,000 sickened with fever

SEOUL, May 13 (Reuters) – At least one person confirmed to have COVID-19 has died in North Korea and millions of thousands have shown fever symptoms, state media said on Friday, offering hints at the potentially dire scale of country’s first confirmed outbreak of the pandemic. About 187,800 people are being treated in isolation after … Read more

Russia could cut gas supply to Finland on Friday -newspaper

A model of the natural gas pipeline is seen in front of displayed Finnish and Russian flag colors in this illustration taken April 26, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HELSINKI, May 12 (Reuters) – Key Finnish politicians have been warned that Russia could halt its gas supplies … Read more

Sri Lanka names new PM in bid to address growing crisis

Wickremesinghe has held the post five times before Island nation badly needs cash, in talks with IMF Protests turned deadly this week before subsiding COLOMBO, May 12 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka appointed a new prime minister on Thursday, as its embattled president seeks a way out of the country’s worst economic crisis since independence that … Read more

Europe’s gas supply crisis grows after Russia imposes sanctions

Russia imposes sanctions on European Gazprom subsidiaries Polish firm operating Yamal-Europe section also hit Germany to lose 10 mcm/day of gas supply Dutch gas prices close 12% higher BERLIN, May 12 (Reuters) – Pressure on Europe to secure alternative gas supplies increased on Thursday as Moscow imposed sanctions on European subsidiaries of state-owned Gazprom a … Read more

North Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles after reporting COVID outbreak

SEOUL, May 12 (Reuters) – North Korea fired three ballistic missiles towards the sea off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea and Japan said, in the latest such move as the isolated country races to advance its weapons programs on the day it first reported a COVID-19 outbreak. Three short-range ballistic missiles were fired … Read more