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Finland, Sweden on Path to NATO Membership as Turkey Drops Veto

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Jun,2022
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NATO ally Turkey lifted its veto over Finland and Sweden’s bid to join the Western alliance on Tuesday after the three nations agreed to protect each other’s security, ending a weeks-long drama that tested allied unity against Russia’s invasion of…

US Accuses 5 Firms in China of Supporting Russia’s Military

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Jun,2022
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President Joe Biden’s administration added five companies in China to a trade blacklist on Tuesday for allegedly supporting Russia’s military and defense industrial base, flexing its muscle to enforce sanctions against Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine. The Commerce Department,…

NATO Leaders Arrive in Madrid For Crucial Summit On Countering Russia, China

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Jun,2022
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NATO leaders began arriving in Madrid Tuesday for a crucial summit on the alliance’s future – dominated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the threat Moscow poses to the West. Henry Ridgwell reports from the Spanish capital. …

As Key French Terror Trial Ends, Europe Faces New Security Landscape 

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Jun,2022
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One of France’s most high-profile trials in history wraps up this week amid a sharply changing security landscape across Europe, where the war in Ukraine and far-right violence have reshaped threat perceptions once dominated by Islamist extremism. Verdicts are expected…

Zelenskyy Calls for Missile Defense System Ahead of NATO Talks

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Jun,2022
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Tuesday he stressed the need for a “powerful missile defense system for Ukraine to prevent Russian terrorist attacks” in talks with NATO’s leader.  The phone call with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg came ahead of…

G-7 Assures Aid to Ukraine, Pain to Russia, as Russia Strikes Ukrainian Targets

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Jun,2022
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Giving aid to Ukraine and pain to Vladimir Putin – those are the measures leaders of the world’s wealthiest liberal democracies zeroed in on Monday as they listened to Ukraine’s president plea for more help. VOA White House correspondent Anita…

Russia Edges Toward Debt Payment Default

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Jun,2022
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Russia moved closer Sunday to defaulting on international debt payments for the first time in a century.  Interest payments totaling $100 million on two bonds were originally due May 27, but carried a 30-day grace period.  Russia has struggled to…

Turkey Maintains Threat to Veto Sweden, Finland from Joining NATO

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Jun,2022
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads to this week’s NATO summit in Madrid, threatening to veto Finland’s and Sweden’s bid to join the Atlantic alliance. Ankara is warning it’s not ready to lift its veto threat of their NATO membership…

G-7 Heightening Russia Sanctions for Ukraine War

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Jun,2022
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The United States announced Monday new sanctions it and other G-7 countries are enacting against Russia in response to its war in Ukraine, including measures to cut off Russia from materials and services needed by Russia’s industrial and technology sectors. …

Ukraine War Could Boost Illegal Drug Production, says UN

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Jun,2022
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The war in Ukraine could allow illegal drug production to flourish, while the opium market’s future hinges on the fate of crisis-wracked Afghanistan, the United Nations warned Monday.  Previous experience from the Middle East and Southeast Asia suggests conflict zones…

Erdogan to Meet With Leaders of Sweden, Finland Before NATO Summit in 4-Way Talks

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Jun,2022
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will attend a round of talks with the leaders of Sweden and Finland, as well as NATO on Tuesday ahead of the summit in Madrid, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Sunday. Finland and Sweden applied…

Greece to Triple Length of Border Fence With Turkey

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Jun,2022
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Greece is set to further seal its land frontiers with rival neighbor Turkey, tripling the length of a soaring fence built to block illegal migrants from sneaking in. The plan comes as Greece faces a sudden surge in refugees, both…

Germany to Charge Most Citizens for COVID Rapid Tests

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Jun,2022
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Germany will start charging for rapid COVID-19 tests that were previously free, though vulnerable groups will be exempt from the fee. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said that starting July 1 the rapid tests widely available at centers across Germany will…

Thousands Protest in Madrid against NATO Summit

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Jun,2022
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Carrying the hammer and sickle flags of the former Soviet Union, thousands protested in Madrid on Sunday against a NATO summit which will take place in the Spanish capital this week. Amid tight security, leaders of the member countries will…

Despite Strong Summer Start, Europe’s Aviation Industry Frets 

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Jun,2022
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Air traffic is booming this summer, but after European vacations are over will passenger demand hold up? The question was the focus of the annual congress of the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe in Rome this week, held at the…

Russia Attacks Ukraine Capital

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Jun,2022
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Russia launched an attack on Ukraine’s capital Sunday. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said at least one apartment building was hit in the shelling. The attack Sunday comes on the same day that Group of Seven leaders from the world’s richest…

Biden: G7 to Ban Russian Gold in Response to Ukraine War

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Jun,2022
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U.S. President Joe Biden said Sunday that the United States and other Group of Seven leading economies will announce a ban on imports of gold from Russia, a step the leaders hope will further isolate Russia economically over its invasion…

Life in Donbas: ‘We Would Like to Live a Little Bit Longer’

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Jun,2022
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The prolonged roar of Grad rockets can be heard as locals in the east Ukrainian town of Siversk crowd around a van selling essentials such as bread, sausages and gas for camp stoves. “Everyone is suffering. All of us here…

Biden Arrives in Europe for Summits Focused on Ukraine, Economy

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Jun,2022
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President Joe Biden touched down in Germany on Saturday, where he will attend the G-7 summit with the leaders of key U.S. allies to discuss their united front against Russia and troubling weakness in the world economy.  Biden flew from…

Suspected Terror-Linked Shooting In Oslo Kills 2, Wounds 14

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Jun,2022
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An overnight shooting in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, that killed two people and wounded more than a dozen is being investigated as a possible terrorist attack, Norwegian police said Saturday. In a news conference Saturday, police officials said the man…