US approves potential sale $3.75 billion of M1A1 Abrams tanks to Poland

US approves potential sale .75 billion of M1A1 Abrams tanks to Poland

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The US State Department has approved a potential sale of 116 General Dynamics (GD.N) made M1A1 Abrams tanks, other vehicles and munitions to Poland in a deal valued at up to $3.75 billion, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The sale comes just months after Poland was authorized to buy 250 … Read more

Ukraine appears to show ability to strike far inside Russia

Ukraine appears to show ability to strike far inside Russia

Third Russian airfield reported hit in drone strike Ukraine’s Zelenskiy meets troops near eastern front Oil price cap gives G7 leverage on Russia – US official Dec 7 (Reuters) – A third Russian airfield was set ablaze by a drone strike, a day after Ukraine demonstrated an apparent new ability to penetrate hundreds of kilometers … Read more

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

Putin drives across Crimea bridge in a Mercedes

Putin drives across Crimea bridge in a Mercedes

MOSCOW, Dec 5 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Monday drove a Mercedes across the Crimean Bridge linking southern Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula, less than two months since an explosion tore through one of the Kremlin chief’s showcase infrastructure projects. The 12-mile (19 km) road and rail bridge, which was personally opened by … Read more

Canada’s deep yield curve inversion adds to BoC rate hike dilemma

Canada’s deep yield curve inversion adds to BoC rate hike dilemma

TORONTO, Dec 4 (Reuters) – As the Bank of Canada considers ditching oversized interest rate hikes, it is dealing with an economy likely more overheated than previously thought but also the bond market’s clearest signal yet that recession and lower inflation lie ahead. Canada’s central bank says that the economy needs to slow from overheated … Read more

‘We are not your enemy’, say South Korean truckers striking for minimum wage protections

‘We are not your enemy’, say South Korean truckers striking for minimum wage protections

UIWANG, South Korea, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Inside five white tents outside the Uiwang container depot near Seoul, about 200 striking truckers huddle around gas heaters, trying to fight the bitter cold and the government narrative that they are well paid “labour aristocracy .” They are all too aware of the impact their strike has … 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

Ukrainians in Kherson wait for loved ones to cross frontline river

Ukrainians in Kherson wait for loved ones to cross frontline river

KYIV, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Ukrainian families waited in bitter cold on Sunday for their loved ones to cross from the Russian-held bank of the Dnipro River to Kherson, a city that since Ukraine recaptured it from Russian forces last month has been under heavy shelling. Military officials in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson … Read more

Kherson officials ease river crossings from Russian-held territory

Kherson officials ease river crossings from Russian-held territory

KYIV, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Officials in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson announced on Saturday they would help citizens evacuate from parts of Russian-occupied territory on the east bank of the Dnipro River amid fears of intensified fighting. Yaroslav Yanushevych, the regional governor, said officials were temporarily lifting a ban on crossings to allow … 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