UK government accused of ‘blackmail’ to keep scandal-plagued Johnson in power

Senior lawmaker says lawmakers were targeted Johnson promises to keep fighting Wakeford said he was threatened because of a vote Unaware of any evidence, Downing Street says LONDON, Jan. 20 (Reuters) – A senior Conservative lawmaker on Thursday accused the British government of intimidating and “blackmailing” lawmakers it believes are trying to force Prime Minister … Read more

West stresses unity on Ukraine after Biden implies divided response

Russia has gathered troops near the border with Ukraine Top US diplomat Blinken holds talks with allies BERLIN, Jan. 20 (Reuters) – Western countries urged on Thursday that they would be united to respond strongly to any Russian attack on Ukraine, moving towards damage reduction after US President Joe Biden suggested division over how to … Read more

China says it warned away U.S. warship in South China Sea, U.S. denies

BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Reuters) – Chinese troops tracked and warned a US warship entering waters near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, the country’s military said Thursday, but the US Navy denied the ship had been warned . The People’s Liberation Army’s Southern Theater Command said the USS Benfold “illegally” entered Chinese territorial … Read more

Blinken vows ‘relentless’ diplomacy to avert Russian attack on Ukraine

Blinken says Russia can attack Ukraine in the short term Kremlin says arms supplies to Ukraine are raising tensions Blinken meets the Russian Lavrov in Geneva on Friday KYIV, Jan. 19 (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that Russia could launch another attack on Ukraine at very short notice, but … Read more

Oil hit 7-year highs as tight supply bites

Benchmarks jump to highest level since October 2014 Tensions in the Middle East and Russia add to supply concerns Some OPEC+ sources say it is possible to get oil at $100/bbl Goldman expects crude inventories to fall to their lowest level since 2000 NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Oil prices rose to their highest … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Ukraine suspects group linked to Belarus intelligence over cyberattack

Ukrainian government websites hit by cyber attack Russia has gathered troops near Ukraine’s borders US held security talks with Russia this week Kiev, Jan. 15 (Reuters) – Kiev believes a hacker group linked to Belarusian intelligence this week carried out a cyber attack that hit Ukrainian government websites and used malware similar to that of … Read more

Swedish police hunt for drone seen flying over Forsmark nuclear plant

A general view of the nuclear power plant at Forsmark, Sweden, June 14, 2010. REUTERS/Scanpix/Bertil Ericson Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register STOCKHOLM, Jan. 15 (Reuters) – Police in Sweden deployed patrols and helicopters at the Forsmark nuclear power plant to hunt for a large drone that flew over the site late … Read more

Philippines to acquire missile system from India for $375 mln

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana answers questions during an interview with Reuters at the military headquarters of Camp Aquinaldo in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Feb. 9, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MANILA, Jan. 15 (Reuters) – The Philippines has signed a deal to purchase India’s shore-based anti-ship … Read more

Sweden to withdraw from French-led special forces mission in Mali

BREST, France, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – Sweden will withdraw troops from a European special forces mission to the Sahel region this year and review its participation in a UN force in Mali due to the presence of private Russian military contractors, it said the Minister of Foreign Affairs . Secretary of State Ann Linde criticized … Read more