US warns North Korea could greet Biden with nuclear, missile tests

WASHINGTON / SEOUL, May 18 (Reuters) – US intelligence shows there could be a North Korean nuclear test, or a long-range missile test, or both, before, during or after President Joe Biden’s trip to South Korea and Japan starting this week , the US national security adviser Jake Sullivan, said on Wednesday. The White House … Read more

More Ukraine fighters surrendering in Mariupol, Russia says

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, taken to Russian-held towns US reopens Kyiv embassy Ukraine says saboteurs targeted Russian armored train KYIV / MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 19 (Reuters) – Moscow said nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters had surrendered in Russian-held Mariupol as it shored up a key gain in the south, while the United States became the … Read more

US housing market cooling as building permits tumble, starts fall

Residential single family homes construction by KB Home are shown under construction in the community of Valley Center, California, US June 3, 2021. REUTERS / Mike Blake Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Building permits decline 3.2% in April Single-family permits drop 4.6%; multi-family fall 1.0% Housing starts slip 0.2%; single-family dives … Read more

India, the world’s largest buyer of Russian arms, looks to diversify suppliers

The Sukhoi-30MKI jet is seen during the 88th Air Force Day parade at Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, India, October 8, 2020. REUTERS / Anushree Fadnavis Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Search gets more urgent as Russia faces economic sanctions India steps up emphasis on making equipment at home Also … Read more

When Africans asked for COVID shots, they didn’t get them. Now they don’t want them

Demand for COVID shots drops in Africa as supply rises Countries turn to mobile campaigns to boost uptake Africa, average age 20, has fared better in pandemic Experts warn new variants could emerge on the continent DAKAR / ACCRA, May 18 (Reuters) – It’s noisy inside the Mamprobi clinic in Accra as kids clamber over … Read more

Russia says nearly 700 more Mariupol fighters surrender

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, taken to Russian-held towns Mariupol is a win for Putin as Russian forces fall back elsewhere Finland and Sweden formally apply to join NATO KYIV / MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 18 (Reuters) – Nearly 700 more Ukrainian fighters surrendered at the Mariupol steelworks in the past 24 hours, Russia said on Wednesday, … Read more

Strong US retail sales, manufacturing output boost economic outlook

Retail sales increase 0.9% in April March retail sales gain increased to 1.4% from 0.5% Core retail sales up 1.0%; March revised to show 1.1% gain Manufacturing production increases 0.8% in April WASHINGTON, May 17 (Reuters) – US retail sales rose strongly in April as consumers bought more motor vehicles amid an improvement in supply … Read more

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields

Iraq persuaded Lukoil to halt sale to Sinopec – sources Baghdad concerned China becoming too dominant – sources Western firms not happy with terms of Iraqi deals LONDON / BASRA, May 17 (Reuters) – Iraq’s oil ministry thwarted three prospective deals last year that would have handed Chinese firms more control over its oilfields and … Read more

Ukraine counter-attacks Russian forces in the east

NATO chief says Russian offensive not going to plan Russia’s Donbas campaign has lost momentum – British military Finland confirms bid for NATO membership RUSKA LOZOVA, UKRAINE, MAY 16 (Reuters) – Ukraine counter-attacked Russian forces on the eastern front on Monday with fighting reported near its second-largest city of Kharkiv, after Western military agencies said … Read more

Front lines shift in Donbas as Ukraine mounts counteroffensive

Russian forces make some advances in Donbas – Ukraine military Ukraine says it is on the offensive near Izium Russian Donbas campaign has lost momentum – British military Preparations made for NATO bids by Nordic sates – Germany KYIV, Ukraine, May 15 (Reuters) – The front lines in the Ukraine war had shifted on Sunday … Read more