Australia ousts conservatives after nine years, Albanese to be prime minister

Climate key issue as conservatives punished in urban seats Morrison to quit as Liberal Party leader after loss Greens and ‘teal’ independents put on a strong showing Treasurer Frydenberg looks set to lose seat SYDNEY, May 21 (Reuters) – Australia’s Labor Party was set to end almost a decade of conservative rule as the government … Read more

Turkey’s Erdogan discusses concerns with NATO hopefuls Sweden and Finland

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey May 18, 2022. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register ISTANBUL, May 21 (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who has objected to Sweden and Finland … Read more

Explainer: How concerned should we be about monkeypox?

A section of skin tissue, harvested from a lesion on the skin of a monkey, that had been infected with monkeypox virus, is seen at 50X magnification on day four of rash development in 1968. CDC/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register NEW YORK, May 21 (Reuters) – Global health … Read more

Boeing’s Starliner capsule docks with space station in uncrewed flight test

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 20 (Reuters) – Boeing’s (BA.N) new Starliner crew capsule docked for the first time with the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, completing a major objective in a high stakes do-over test flight into orbit without astronauts aboard. The rendezvous of the gumdrop-shaped CST-100 Starliner with the orbital research outpost, currently … Read more

Biden, South Korea’s Yoon vow to stop North Korea but offer COVID aid

SEOUL, May 21 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden and his new South Korean counterpart agreed on Saturday to hold bigger military drills and deploy more US weapons if necessary to deter North Korea, while offering to send COVID-19 vaccines and potentially meet Kim Jong Un. Biden and Yoon Suk-yeol said their countries’ decades-old alliance needed … Read more

Shanghai inches towards COVID lockdown exit, Beijing plays defense

Shanghai cautiously works to restore transport services Shanghai reports mostly zero new community cases this week Beijing on edge as new infections keep appearing BEIJING/SHANGHAI, May 21 (Reuters) – Shanghai cautiously pushed ahead on Saturday with plans to restore part of its transport network in a major step towards exiting a weeks-long COVID-19 lockdown, while … Read more

Is Russia fielding laser weapons in Ukraine? Pentagon does not think so

Participants are seen at the stand of Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom during the International military-technical forum “Army-2021” at Patriot Congress and Exhibition Center in Moscow Region, Russia August 23, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com register WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Friday there were no … Read more

Russia advances in Ukraine’s Donbas as Mariupol steelworks siege ends

Weeks-long siege ends at Azovstal, Russia says Russia intensifies offensive in Donbas Zelenskiy seeks deal to secure Russian compensation Russia stops Finland gas flows over payment dispute KYIV, May 21 (Reuters) – Russia pressed for control of Ukraine’s Donbas region, claiming victory in the months-long battle for Mariupol’s steel plant and launching a major offensive … Read more

US says Turkey’s approach to Sweden, Finland NATO bid not a bilateral topic

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) – Turkey’s approach to the NATO accession process of Sweden and Finland is not a bilateral issue between Washington and Ankara, the US State Department said on Friday, but added that Washington was speaking with Ankara and it remained confident that the dispute would be overcome. Finland and Sweden say they … Read more

Russia says Azovstal siege is over, shows video of defenders surrendering

May 20 (Reuters) – Russia’s defense ministry on Friday said the last group of Ukrainian forces holed up in Mariupol’s Azovstal steel works had surrendered, marking an end to a weeks-long attack that left the city in ruins. The full abandonment of the bunkers and tunnels of the bombed-out plant by the Azov Regiment means … Read more