Ukraine forces to retreat from battleground city: governor

Ukraine says their troops will ‘hold on as long as necessary’ Ukrainian forces will retreat from Severodonetsk in the face of a brutal Russian offensive that is reducing the battleground eastern city to rubble, a senior Ukrainian official said Friday. The news came shortly after the European Union made a strong show of support for … Read more

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

At least 1,000 killed in Afghan quake as rescuers scramble for survivors

Damaged houses are pictured following a deadly earthquake in Gayan district in Afghanistan’s Paktika province on June 22, 2022 A powerful earthquake struck a remote border region of Afghanistan overnight killing at least 1,000 people and injuring 1,500 more, officials said Wednesday, with the rescuell expected to rise as desperate digrs dig through collapsed dwellings. … Read more

Zelensky hails EU backing as fierce battles rock Donbas

In the city of Lysychansk, also in Donbas, residents were preparing to be evacuated Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed Brussels’ support for Kyiv’s European Union bid as a historic achievement, as “fierce battles” raged again in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. The European Commission spearheaded a powerful show of solidarity on Friday by backing Ukraine for … Read more

EU backs Ukraine’s ‘European dream’ as Russia cuts gas supplies

Map of Ukraine showing position of military forces in Ukraine as of June 17, 0700 GMT Europe feels a powerful symbol of solidarity with Ukraine on Friday, when Brussels backed Kyiv’s bid for EU candidate status, even as Russia shelled frontline Ukrainian cities and cut back gas supplies to the West. With the European Commission’s … Read more

Kinder factory at centre of Salmonella cases can reopen

Ferrero’s Belgian factory is authorized to restart Kinder chocolate production subject to strict testing A factory in Belgium behind a Salmonella contamination in Kinder chocolates sold in Europe can reopen conditionally after a clean-up by owner Ferrero, health authorities said Friday. Belgium’s AFSCA food health safety agency “has decided to give Ferrero conditional authorization for … Read more

WTO talks go deep into overtime

Talks at the World Trade Organization went deep into overtime on Thursday with key holdout India talking up the prospects for a landmark deal spanning food security, fishing and fighting Covid-19. With ministers struggling to conclude agreements on each separate issue, countries were going round the clock making trade-offs which, they hope, could see several … Read more

Russia plans Severodonetsk plant evacuation as it bids to encircle city

Russia said Tuesday it would establish a humanitarian corridor to evacuate civilians from a chemical plant in Severodonetsk, as the two sides battled for control of the key city in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. Russian forces have stepped up efforts to cut off the Ukrainian troops still in the industrial hub, destroying all three bridges … Read more

‘We must change’: Japan’s morning-after pill debate

There are an estimated 610,000 unplanned pregnancies each year in Japan, according to a 2019 survey by Bayer and Tokyo University When Megumi Ota needed the morning-after pill in Japan, she couldn’t get the prescription in time under a policy activists call an attempt to “control” women’s reproductive rights. “I wanted to take it but … Read more