Iran seizes two Greek tankers amid row over US oil grab

Iran seizes two Greek tankers amid row over US oil grab

DUBAI / ATHENS, May 27 (Reuters) – Iranian forces seized two Greek tankers in the Gulf on Friday, shortly after Tehran warned it would take “punitive action” against Athens over the confiscation of Iranian oil by the United States from a tanker held off the Greek coast. “The Revolutionary Guards Navy today seized two Greek … Read more

China strategy is about rules-based order, not ‘new Cold War,’ Blinken says

Blinken calls China the most serious challenge to global order In response, China says both stand to gain from cooperation WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) – The United States will not block China from growing its economy, but wants it to adhere to international rules, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday in a long-awaited … Read more

‘Stop playing’ with Russia, end war: Zelenskiy tells West

Ukraine president critical of EU, urges tougher sanctions ‘Stop playing’ with Russia, end ‘senseless war’-Zelenskiy Russia forces reach key highway from Donbas cities Kyiv says 25 battalions involved in assault Russia warns West against giving long-range arms KYIV, May 27 (Reuters) – President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged the West to stop playing around with Russia and … Read more

Boris Johnson takes responsibility but will not quit over lockdown parties

Official report blames senior leadership failures Time to go, Labor leader tells UK prime minister LONDON, May 25 (Reuters) – Boris Johnson said he was humbled and took responsibility but refused to quit after a damning official report on Wednesday detailed a series of illegal lockdown parties at the British leader’s Downing Street office. Opposition … Read more

Ukraine says Russia shells more than 40 towns in Donbas push

Russian forces shell 40 towns in eastern Ukraine – military Mass graves for civilians killed – Luhansk governor 8,000 Ukrainian POWs in Luhansk and Donetsk – Tass KYIV, May 26 (Reuters) – Russian forces shelled more than 40 towns in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, forcing Ukrainians to bury civilians killed in mass graves, as Tass … Read more

Ukraine’s embattled farmers running on empty as world faces food crisis

More than 20 million tons of grain stuck in silos Farmers waiting weeks for diesel deliveries Ukraine seeks other export routes as blocked ports PARIS / LONDON, May 25 (Reuters) – After making it through the spring planting season, sometimes with the help of bulletproof vests and helmets, Ukraine’s farmers are facing another challenge – … Read more

Russia seeks to put stranglehold on twin Ukrainian cities

As war enters fourth month, Russia concentrates on east Russia tries to encircle Ukrainian troops in twin cities EU’s von der Leyen says Moscow weaponising food KYIV / SLOVYANSK, Ukraine, May 25 (Reuters) – Russian forces sought to encircle Ukrainian troops in twin eastern cities straddling a river as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned that Moscow … Read more

Russian and Chinese jets deliver pointed send-off on last day of Biden Asia trip

TOKYO / SEOUL / WASHINGTON, May 24 (Reuters) – Russian and Chinese bombers flew joint patrols near Japanese and South Korea air defense zones on Tuesday in a pointed farewell to US President Joe Biden as he concluded a trip to Asia that ranked Beijing. The patrols came hours after Biden angered China by saying … Read more

Beijing ramps up COVID quarantines, Shanghai residents decry uneven rules

Beijing sends 1,800 to quarantine in Hebei – media Vice Premier Sun Chunlan says Beijing curbs cannot ease Shanghai stocks record biggest drop in a month Airbnb latest Western internet firm to exit China BEIJING / SHANGHAI, May 24 (Reuters) – Beijing stepped up quarantine efforts to end its month-old COVID outbreak as fresh signs … Read more

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

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