At least 44 dead in Nepal’s worst plane crash in nearly five years

KATHMANDU, Jan. 15 (Reuters) – At least 44 people were killed when a domestic flight crashed in Nepal’s Pokhara on Sunday, an aviation authority official said. Hundreds of rescuers were scouring the hill where the Yeti Airlines plane carrying 72 people from the capital Kathmandu crashed. The weather was clear, said Jagannath Niroula, spokesman for … Read more

Moldova says missile remnants found in country’s north

CHISINAU, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – The president of Moldova, Ukraine’s western neighbour, on Saturday denounced a new wave of Russian attacks on Ukrainian targets after missile remnants were found just inside the border of the small former Soviet state. “Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine once again has direct consequences for Moldova. Moldovan border police found … Read more

Retired general, former Prime Minister in the second round of the Czech presidential election

Retired general Petr Pavel wins first round for former prime minister Presidents appoint officials, but have little executive power Pavel may have a lead in the second round in two weeks Babis would clash with the centre-right government PRAGUE, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – Retired General Petr Pavel narrowly defeated billionaire former Prime Minister Andrej Babis … Read more

Medvedev says Japanese prime minister should cut himself open

Jan 14 (Reuters) – Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday accused Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of shameful subservience to the United States and suggested he ritually cut himself open. It was the latest in a long line of shocking and provocative statements from Medvedev, who was once seen as a Western-oriented reformer but … Read more

Erdogan aide says time is running out to ratify Sweden and Finland’s NATO bids

ANKARA, Jan. 14 (Reuters) – Turkey is running out of time to ratify bids for NATO membership by Sweden and Finland before elections are held in May, a Turkish presidential spokesman said on Saturday. President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkey’s ratification of the countries’ bids depends on how quickly Stockholm fulfills anti-terrorism promises … Read more

Top US legislator objects to possible sale of F-16 to Turkey

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – The Biden administration has told Congress it is preparing the possible $20 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey, sources familiar with the matter said Friday, sparking an immediate objection from a senior US legislator who has long opposed the deal. The State Department sent the informal notice to … Read more

Explainer: Why Malaysia is considering a ban on palm oil exports to the European Union

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – Malaysia, the world’s second-largest palm oil producer, said on Thursday it could halt palm exports to the European Union after the bloc imposed additional import restrictions on the edible oil over deforestation concerns. WHAT IS THE DISCONCERN ABOUT? Malaysia and Indonesia have been at odds with the European Union … Read more

Last Russian war against Ukraine: Moscow and Kiev dispute control of Soledar

Jan 14 (Reuters) – Russia said on Friday its forces had taken control of Soledar in eastern Ukraine in what would be a rare success for Moscow after months of battlefield reversals, but Kiev said its forces are still in the city ​​were fighting. FIGHT * President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Ukrainian troops continued to fight … Read more

Lithuania-Latvia gas pipeline explodes, but no sign of attack

VILNIUS, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – A gas pipeline connecting Lithuania and Latvia was hit by an explosion on Friday but there was no immediate evidence of an attack, Lithuanian gas transporter Amber Grid said. Video published by Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT showed a fire raging at the site of the explosion in Panevezys county in … Read more

Explainer: Why Japan seeks military ties beyond its US ally

TOKYO, Jan. 13 (Reuters) – Before meeting President Joe Biden in Washington DC, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited Italy, France, Britain and Canada, in part to forge security ties that could help the country fight China, North Korea and repel Russia. RUGGED NEIGHBORHOOD In June, then-Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said his country was … Read more