Top Taliban leader makes more promises on women’s rights but says ‘naughty women’ should stay home

Sirajuddin Haqqani, Afghanistan’s acting interior minister and the Taliban’s co-deputy leader since 2016, made the comments in an exclusive, first on-camera interview showing his face with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in Kabul. In March after many promises that girls would be able to attend secondary school, the Taliban reversed their decision, postponing the return indefinitely. When … Read more

Russian soldier pleads guilty in war crimes trial in Ukraine

KYIV, May 18 (Reuters) – A Russian soldier accused of war crimes in Ukraine pleaded guilty on Wednesday to killing an elderly unarmed civilian. Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old Russian tank commander, entered his plea in a Kyiv district court hearing its first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier who took part in Moscow’s Feb. … Read more

Macron tells Zelenskiy: French arms deliveries to Ukraine will intensify

UKRAINE-CRISIS-FRANCE-MACRONFrance’s President Emmanuel Macron attends a news conference with Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz (not pictured) at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany May 9, 2022. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register PARIS, May 17 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron told his Ukrainian counterpart on Tuesday that French arms deliveries to … Read more

Canada introduces bill to ban Russia’s Putin and others from entering country

OTTAWA, May 17 (Reuters) – Canada on Tuesday introduced a bill in the Senate that will ban Russian President Vladimir Putin and some 1,000 other members of his government and military from entering the country as it continues to ratchet up sanctions after the invasion of Ukraine . “Banning close associates and key supporters of … Read more

Sony readies for metaverse revolution with cross-platform push

TOKYO, May 18 (Reuters) – Japanese conglomerate Sony Group Corp (6758.T) said it is well-positioned to play a leading role in the metaverse, or immersive virtual worlds, which commentators speculate will massively disrupt industries and establish new powerhouses. The metaverse is a vague term encapsulating the idea that consumers will spend more time in online … Read more

Russia says it will evacuate wounded Ukrainian soldiers from Azovstal

Smoke rises above a plant of Azovstal Iron and Steel Works during Ukraine-Russia conflict in the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine May 2, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – Russia said on Monday that it had agreed to evacuate wounded Ukrainian soldiers from … Read more

Portugal blocks mansion sale over ‘strong conviction’ it belongs to Abramovich

Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea football club Roman Abramovich arrives at a division of the High Court in central London October 31, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Winning/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LISBON, May 14 (Reuters) – Portugal blocked the sale of a 10 million euro ($10.4 million) luxury house over … Read more

Flood saves Ukrainian village from Russian occupation

DEMYDIV, Ukraine, May 15 (Reuters) – The intentional flooding of a small village north of Kyiv that created a quagmire and submerged cellars and fields, but prevented a Russian attack on the capital, was worth all the sacrifice, residents said. Ukrainian forces opened a dam early in the war in Demydiv, causing the Irpin River … Read more

Russia’s behavior amounts to repudiation of agreement with NATO, Germany says

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, speaks during a news conference at a NATO meeting in Berlin, Germany May 15, 2022. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BERLIN, May 15 (Reuters) – Russia’s behavior amounts to the unilateral repudiation of a 1997 cooperation agreement with NATO, Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock … Read more

In first since Ukraine invasion, Pentagon chief speaks with Russian counterpart

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin responds to questions before the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Defense in Washington, US, May 3, 2022. Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/Pool via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) – US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine when he … Read more