Macron ‘compromise’ call meets opposition resistance

France risked prolonged political deadlock Thursday after parties gave a frosty reception to President Emmanuel Macron’s call for “commitments” to keep France governable after an indecisive parliamentary election. Macron made his plea in an address to the nation late Wednesday days after failing to retain a majority in parliament, a setback that threatens to cripple … Read more

EU weighs Ukraine candidacy as Russia inflicts ‘hell’ in east

A partially destroyed educational and laboratory building at a Kharkiv college struck by Russian rocket fire EU leaders met in Brussels on Thursday to discuss making Ukraine a candidate to join the bloc, a “decisive” moment likely to infuriate Russia as its forces battled stiff resistance to advance in the embattled eastern Donbas region. Western … Read more

UK’s wounded Johnson presses on despite Tory rebellion

The vote came after public and political outrage at lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson convened his cabinet on, vowing to “get with the job” after surviving a confidence vote of Conservative MPs that has left him on Tuesday severely weakened. The beleaguered leader has claimed that Monday evening’s dramatic ballot, … Read more

Ukraine warns only talks can end war as Russia cuts Finland gas

Dmytro Mosur, 32, who lost his wife during shelling in nearby Severodonetsk on May 17, holds his two-year-old twin daughters as they wait to be evacuated from the city of Lysychans’k, eastern Ukraine Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Saturday that only a diplomatic breakthrough rather than an outright military victory could end Russia’s war on … Read more

Russia says Mariupol battle at end as Ukrainian defenders surrender

US President Joe Biden is backing Finland and Sweden in their bid to join NATO Russia has declared victory in its months-long operation to capture the strategic port of Mariupol after Ukraine ordered the last of its troops holed up in the city’s Azovstal steelworks to lay down their arms. Moscow’s flattening of Mariupol has … Read more

Ukraine orders end to defence of Mariupol

Ukraine on Friday ordered its last troops holed up in Mariupol’s besieged Azovstal steelworks to lay down their arms after nearly three months of desperate resistance against a ferocious Russian assault. Russia’s flattening of the strategic port city has drawn multiple accusations of war crimes, including a deadly attack on a maternity ward, and Ukraine … Read more

Ukraine steelworks troops surrender as Russian soldier says sorry

US President Joe Biden receives Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson at the White House Russia said Thursday that 1,730 Ukrainian soldiers had surrendered this week at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, showing some emerging on crutches after a desperate battle that has become emblematic of the nearly three-month-old war. … Read more

Ukraine steelworks defenders surrender but Kyiv vows ‘unbreakable’ spirit

The first war crimes trial since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, against a Russian soldier accused of killing an unarmed civilian, underway in Kyiv. Russian serviceman Vadim, 21, appears at a district court, Shi Shi Ukraine, accused of killing a 62-year-old man in north-east and charged with war crimes and premeditated murder. The trial, expected to … Read more

Finland seeks to reassure Russia about NATO bid

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto spoke to Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Saturday about his country’s NATO ambitions Finland on Saturday sought to allay Moscow’s fears about its bid to join NATO, as fierce fighting raged in Ukraine’s east, slowing down a hoped-for Russian advance. Wives and parents of Ukrainian fighters trapped in the bowels of a … Read more

EU sees reopening of Iran nuclear talks but US cautious

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani welcomes EU envoy Enrique Mora in the capital Tehran on May 11, 2022. The European Union said Friday it had unblocked stalled talks with Iran after a mission to Tehran but the United States raised doubts on whether it was enough to revive the nuclear deal. EU envoy … Read more