Lebanon holds first parliament election since financial collapse, blast

Lebanon holds first parliament election since financial collapse, blast

Voting marred by disputes, power cuts, low turnout ‘Lebanon deserves better’, voter in Beirut says Hariri stronghold sees informal boycott Hezbollah voter says she votes for ‘ideology’ BEIRUT, May 15 (Reuters) – Lebanese voted on Sunday in the first parliamentary election since the country’s economic collapse, with many saying they hoped to deal a blow … Read more

Frontlines moving in ‘Battle of the Donbas’, Ukraine mounts counter-offensive

Ukrainian forces press towards Russian-held Izium in east Russian forces make some advances in Donbas – Ukraine military Russian Donbas campaign has lost momentum – British military Russia has lost about a third of its ground force – British military Ukraine in ‘complex talks’ on evacuating Mariupol wounded KYIV, Ukraine, May 15 (Reuters) – A … Read more

US hails ‘new era’ with ASEAN as summit commits to raise level of ties

WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden said on Friday at the first summit in Washington that leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) marked the launch of a “new era” in the relationship between the United States and the 10-nation bloc. In a joint 28-point “vision statement” after a two-day … Read more

North Korea’s Kim says COVID ‘great turmoil’, 21 new deaths reported

No sign of rigorous testing or treatment campaign Learn from China’s success in battling COVID – Kim About 280,810 people being treated with symptoms Kim offers to donate family’s medical supplies SEOUL, May 14 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said on Saturday the spread of COVID-19 had thrust his country into “great … Read more

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 seeks evacuation of wounded fighters as war rages on

Ukraine in ‘complex talks’ on evacuating wounded fighters Ukraine deputy PM says war ‘entering new, long phase’ Hundreds of Russian war dead brought to rail yard KYIV, May 14 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s president said very difficult talks were underway on evacuating “a large number” of wounded soldiers from a besieged steelworks in the strategic southeastern … 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 grief and anger over her killing. Packed around Abu Akleh’s coffin, dozens of Palestinians, some waving Palestinian flags … Read more

G7 backs more aid and weapons to Ukraine in show of unity against Russia

G7 foreign ministers walk for dinner during their summit in Weissenhaeuser Strand, Germany May 12, 2022. Foreign ministers pictured: Elizabeth Truss of Britain, Jean-Yves Le Drian of France, Melanie Joly of Canada, Annalena Baerbock of Germany, Hayashi Yoshimasa of Japan, Luigi Di Maio of Italy, Josep Borrell, head of EU foreign policy and Victoria Nuland … Read more

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

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, May 13 (Reuters) – Five storeys 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

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 … Read more