Hungary vetoes EU aid for Ukraine, bloc delays decision on funds for Budapest

Hungary vetoes EU aid for Ukraine, bloc delays decision on funds for Budapest

Hungary against 18 bln euro EU loan to Kyiv, OECD minimum tax Other 26 EU countries to finance Ukraine in a different way Ministers delay decision on funds worth nearly 9% of Hungary GDP BRUSSELS, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Hungary vetoed an 18 billion euro ($19 bln) loan to Ukraine from the European Union on … Read more

Protests in Malta as parliament debates abortion amendment

Protests in Malta as parliament debates abortion amendment

VALLETTA, Dec 4 (Reuters) – A large picture of an unborn baby was placed outside the office of Malta’s prime minister on Sunday as demonstrators called on the government to halt plans to amend the country’s strict anti-abortion laws. The protest, the biggest in years, attracted several thousand people including Malta’s top Catholic bishop and … Read more

Honduras to suspend some constitutional rights to fight gang violence

Honduras to suspend some constitutional rights to fight gang violence

TEGUCIGALPA, Dec 3 (Reuters) – The government of Honduras announced on Saturday that it will suspend some constitutional rights in areas of two main cities controlled by criminal groups. The rights would be suspended under a national security emergency that would last for 30 days and be implemented on Tuesday in some of the poorest … Read more

Crypto meltdown a boon for bankruptcy lawyers

Crypto meltdown a boon for bankruptcy lawyers

Dec 2 (Reuters) – Turmoil in the cryptocurrency industry has rattled major exchanges and sent the value of digital assets tumbling, but at least one group stands to gain: bankruptcy lawyers. High-profile bankruptcies involving crypto exchange FTX, hedge fund Three Arrows Capital and crypto lenders BlockFi, Celsius Network and Voyager Digital Ltd are generating new … Read more

EU proposal would send proceeds of frozen Russian funds to Ukraine

EU proposal would send proceeds of frozen Russian funds to Ukraine

Russia must pay for devastation in Ukraine, von der Leyen says Proposal includes fund to invest Russian cbank liquid assets The assets would be returned to owners once sanctions lifted Frozen funds include $300 bln of Russia’s foreign reserves Moscow says such a move would amount to theft BRUSSELS, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The European … Read more

Sam Bankman-Fried says he ‘didn’t ever try to commit fraud’

Sam Bankman-Fried says he ‘didn’t ever try to commit fraud’

NEW YORK, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and former CEO of now-bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, attempted to distance himself from suggestions of fraud in his first public appearance since his company’s collapse stunned investors and left creditors facing losses totaling billions of dollars. Speaking via video link at the New York Times’ … Read more

Cuba says its allies have pledged help to end its economic crisis

Cuba says its allies have pledged help to end its economic crisis

HAVANA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – China, Russia, Algeria and Turkey have pledged to restructure Cuba’s debt, provide new trade and investment financing, and help ease an energy crisis, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel told state-run media following a rare trip abroad last week. Any help would be a blessing for crisis-racked Cuba. The Communist-run country has … Read more

Italy lawmakers call off vote on extending Ukraine arms supplies

Italy lawmakers call off vote on extending Ukraine arms supplies

Govt considers issuing new decree on weapons Arming Ukraine contentious in ruling coalition PM Meloni says peace requires maintaining balance of power ROME, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Italy’s ruling rightist parties on Tuesday withdrew an amendment that would have allowed the government to continue sending weapons to Ukraine throughout 2023, a parliamentary source said, after … Read more

Buffalo supermarket shooter pleads guilty to terrorism, murder

Buffalo supermarket shooter pleads guilty to terrorism, murder

Nov 28 (Reuters) – An avowed white supremacist pleaded guilty on Monday to first-degree murder and other state charges in a mass shooting in May that killed 10 people at a supermarket in an efficiently Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York, prosecutors said. At a hearing at Erie County Court, Payton Gendron, 19, pleaded guilty … Read more

BBC says Chinese police assaulted one of its journalists at Shanghai protest

BBC says Chinese police assaulted one of its journalists at Shanghai protest

LONDON, Nov 27 (Reuters) – The BBC said on Sunday that Chinese police assaulted and detained one of its journalists covering a protest in Shanghai, before later releasing him after several hours. “The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in … Read more