Biden hails Finland’s, Sweden’s move into NATO as proof of unity against Russia

Placeholder while article actions load President Biden hailed Finland’s and Sweden’s decision to join NATO as a “watershed moment in European security,” saying the entry of two well-armed, robust democracies would strengthen the Western alliance at a time of acute tension with Russia. Welcoming the Nordic nations’ leaders in the White House Rose Garden, Biden … Read more

Senate ships $ 40B Ukraine aid bill to Biden for signature

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate whisked a $ 40 billion package of military, economic and food aid for Ukraine and US allies to final congressional approval Thursday, putting a bipartisan stamp on America’s biggest commitment yet to turning Russia’s invasion into a painful quagmire for Moscow. The legislation, approved 86-11, was backed by every voting … Read more

On the front lines in Donbas: One Ukrainian soldier’s story

Ukrainian Cpl. Andrii Shadrin’s unit sets off daily from its makeshift base to points along the front lines in Luhansk Oblast in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, where the war with Russia rages on. “Some of the regions we have to reach, the only road available is under absolute fire control of the enemy,” … Read more

‘Extremists’ tear down barriers, clash with cops as Meron pilgrimage ends in chaos

Dozens of ultra-Orthodox worshipers broke through police barricades to enter the tomb site of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai on Mount Meron on Thursday afternoon, nearly trampling the people inside, in a chaotic capstone to the Lag B’Omer holiday after police had successfully managed to restrict crowd sizes from Wednesday evening. Footage showed the throngs of … Read more

Worshipers clash with cops as heavily secured Meron pilgrimage ends in chaos

Dozens of ultra-Orthodox worshipers broke through police barricades to enter the tomb site of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai on Mount Meron on Thursday afternoon, nearly trampling the people inside, in a chaotic capstone to the Lag B’Omer holiday after police had successfully managed to restrict crowd sizes from Wednesday evening. Footage showed the throngs of … Read more

Discovery CEO David Zaslav defends shut-down of doomed CNN + because there were ‘no subscribers’

CNN will be returning to straight news reporting, Discovery CEO David Zaslav said Wednesday, a departure from the 24-hour opinion channel it became under fired CEO Jeff Zucker. ‘People in America are looking for a place where people aren’t yelling and giving their opinions and they’re looking for more news. That’s what you’ll see from … Read more

Europe’s push to cut Russian gas faces a race against winter

While Europeans bask in the warmth of spring, governments are in a race against winter. Europe is trying to cut use of Russian natural gas because of the war in Ukrainebut still find enough fuel to keep the lights on and homes warm before it gets cold again. That has sent officials and utilities racing … Read more

Elections in Lebanon, does political change stand a chance? | Elections News

Beirut, Lebanon – As Lebanon’s election frenzy cools down, the country has awoken to a new chapter in its dizzying political history. After Sunday’s election result, shifts in the balance of power in the country’s 128-seat parliament and its fragile sectarian power-sharing system have occurred. Lawmakers who for many decades were constant variables in Lebanon’s … Read more

US officials seek clarity on Turkey’s view of NATO expansion: NPR

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a welcoming ceremony for his Algerian counterpart, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, May 16, 2022. Burhan Ozbilici / AP hide caption toggle caption Burhan Ozbilici / AP Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a welcoming ceremony for his Algerian counterpart, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, … Read more