EU oil embargo ‘within days’ as Ukraine’s isolation drives Russia closer to China

EU oil embargo ‘within days’ as Ukraine’s isolation drives Russia closer to China

EU criticized for being too slow to respond to Russian energy Russia sees growing economic ties with China Eastern Donbas remains the focus of action on the battlefield LVIV, Ukraine/BERLIN, May 24 (Reuters) – The European Union is likely to agree an embargo on Russian oil imports “within days,” its largest member Germany said, as … Read more

On Asia Trip, Biden Says Willing To Use Force To Defend Taiwan

On Asia Trip, Biden Says Willing To Use Force To Defend Taiwan

White House official says no change in policy China says US should not defend Taiwan’s independence US wants to tighten policy without provoking Beijing – analyst Biden in Japan for presidency’s first Asia trip TOKYO, May 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said Monday he would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan, … Read more

Biden says ‘hello’ to North Korea’s Kim amid tensions over weapons tests

Biden says ‘hello’ to North Korea’s Kim amid tensions over weapons tests

SEOUL, May 22 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden, who was in Seoul before going to Japan as part of his first Asia trip as president, had a simple message for North Korean Kim Jong Un: “Hello. .. point,” he said. reporters on the last day of his visit to South Korea on Sunday. Biden … Read more

South Korea’s Biden, Yoon pledges to deter North Korea but offers COVID aid

South Korea’s Biden, Yoon pledges to deter North Korea but offers COVID aid

SEOUL, May 21 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden and his new South Korean counterpart on Saturday agreed to conduct larger military exercises and deploy more U.S. weapons if necessary to deter North Korea, while offering to fight COVID-19. 19 vaccines and possibly meeting Kim Jong not. Biden and Yoon Suk-yeol said their countries’ decades-old alliance … Read more

US, others walk away from APEC talks over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

US, others walk away from APEC talks over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

BANGKOK, May 21 (Reuters) – Representatives from the United States and several other countries left a meeting of Asia-Pacific trade ministers in Bangkok on Saturday to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, officials said. The strike was “an expression of disapproval at Russia’s illegal war of aggression in Ukraine and its economic impact in the APEC … Read more

US criticizes China, UN chief of rights, ahead of visit to Xinjiang

US criticizes China, UN chief of rights, ahead of visit to Xinjiang

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a United Nations event in Geneva, Switzerland, Nov. 3, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – The United States is “deeply concerned” that China will restrict access during a visit by UN human rights chief … Read more

Biden arrives in South Korea with first stop at Samsung

Biden arrives in South Korea with first stop at Samsung

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea, May 20 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden arrived in South Korea on Friday, the first stop on his first trip to Asia as president, where his efforts to counter China’s influence and economic ties are likely to have been overshadowed by North Korean threats. Biden landed at the US Air … Read more

Stock market recovery is buzzing, UK inflation hits 40-year high

Stock market recovery is buzzing, UK inflation hits 40-year high

LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – A stock recovery ran out on Wednesday as concerns over the economic growth outlook and rising inflation undercut sentiment, while UK inflation of 9% underlined how much higher interest rates could go. Asian stocks managed their fourth straight session of gains, but in Europe, equities were mixed and Wall Street … Read more

Japan to announce limited “test tourism” from May as step towards full reopening

Japan to announce limited “test tourism” from May as step towards full reopening

Tourists wearing protective face masks after an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are seen in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, Japan March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Ju-min Park/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TOKYO, May 17 (Reuters) – Japan said on Tuesday it would begin conducting “test tourism” in the form … Read more

Kim Jong Un orders North Korea’s military to ‘stabilize’ drug supply during COVID outbreak

Kim Jong Un orders North Korea’s military to ‘stabilize’ drug supply during COVID outbreak

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wears a facemask during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as he inspects a pharmacy in Pyongyang, in this undated photo released on May 15, 2022 by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of North Korea. KCNA via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, May 16 … Read more