Alibaba lays off 40% of AliExpress Russia staff amid Ukraine war – Nikkei

A man walks past a logo of Alibaba Group at its office building in Beijing, China August 9, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/ Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register May 13 (Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding (9988.HK) has laid off about 40% of the staff in its Russian joint venture as the ongoing Ukraine … Read more

“Moles in the dark”: survival and escape from the Mariupol steelworks

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, May 13 (Reuters) – Five stores below the besieged Azovstal steelworks, Ukrainian soldiers told Nataliya Babeush she had a few minutes to prepare to escape the underground bunker she called home for more than two months. The 35-year-old grabbed little more than a handful of children’s drawings: some sketches of flowers and food … 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

Replenishing US arms supplies a matter of ‘urgency’ amid huge shipments to Ukraine

The US is expected to amplify its military assistance to Ukraine in the coming days as the Senate is anticipated to pass a bill giving Kyiv billions of additional weapons and military assistance. But the sheer extent of US arms donations has sharply reduced its own supplies – and analysts warn it will take time … Read more

Israeli police beat mourners at funeral of slain Palestinian journalist

JERUSALEM, May 13 (Reuters) – Israeli police officers charged at Palestinian mourners carrying the coffin of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Friday, before thousands led her casket through Jerusalem’s Old City in an outpouring of grievance and anger over her killing. Packed around Abu Akleh’s coffin, dozens of Palestinians, some waving Palestinian flags … 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

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

Benjamin Ferencz is the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor. He says Vladimir Putin is “certainly” a war criminal.

London — As Ukrainian authorities and the international community work to meticulously collate mounting evidence of Russian war crimes in Ukrainethe last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials of World War II-era Nazi officials told CBS News that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “certainly” a war criminal. Benjamin Ferencz, now 102, fought in some of … Read more

Pussy Riot rocker escapes Russia to raise money for Ukraine

A member of dissident punk group Pussy Riot escaped Russia while disguised as a food delivery worker — a daring journey to “make a statement” against the invasion of Ukraine, she said. Maria Alyokhina — who spent nearly two years in prison along with bandmate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova after their 2012 arrest for criticizing Russian President … 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