US, French troops in Romania hold NATO military drills
CAPU MIDIA, Romania — (AP) — U.S. and French troops that are part of a NATO battlegroup in Romania will hold a military exercise on Thursday to test the 30-nation alliance’s eastern flank defenses, as Russia’s full-scale invasion of neighboring Ukraine nears its one-year anniversary. — is to test NATO’s “interoperability of artillery systems” in a fictitious Article 5 collective defense scenario on the alliance's southeastern territory. Late last month, around 600 French soldiers deployed to Romania also held live combat exercises to test NATO's readiness in the region. That drill took place at a training range near Romania’s eastern town of Smardan and involved some 200 military vehicles, including four French Leclerc battle tanks. In January, NATO deployed surveillance planes to Romania, from where they will fly missions for several weeks to monitor Russian military activity near the alliance's borders.wftv.com
Lavrov in Khartoum to meet with Sudanese military leaders
CAIRO — (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to meet Thursday in Khartoum with Sudan's military rulers on Russia and other matters, the country’s state-run SUNA news agency said. Lavrov’s visit to Sudan comes as senior diplomats from the U.S. and other European nations conclude two days of talks with Sudanese military leaders and pro-democracy groups to push for a final agreement to restore the country’s transition to democracy. An October 2021 military coup derailed Sudan’s short-lived, democratic transition. Late last year, the generals reached an initial deal with major pro-democracy groups to establish a civilian government. Lavrov’s visit is part of a multi-leg Africa trip that has taken him to Mali and Mauritania.wftv.com
State of the Union: Biden to discuss strategy to 'reassert America's leadership' on world stage
President Biden will explain his strategy to “reassert America’s leadership around the world” during his second State of the Union address Tuesday, a White House official told Fox News.foxnews.com
Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine reflects on one-year mark since Russian invasion
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Feb. 24 will mark one year since Russia launched a large-scale attack on Ukraine, escalating the conflict that first erupted in 2014. READ: Thousands killed by powerful quake in Turkey, Syria; death toll expected to riseOur Washington News Bureau spoke one-on-one with former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, John Tefft. Today the United States announced critical new military assistance for Ukraine to help them defend their country. — Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) February 3, 2023The U.S. support for Ukraine has been largely bipartisan in Congress and among Americans.wftv.com
UN chief fears world is heading toward a wider war
The United Nations chief warned Monday that the world is facing a convergence of challenges “unlike any in our lifetimes” and expressed fear of a wider war as the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine approaches. In a wide-ranging address Guterres urged the General Assembly’s 193 member nations to change their mindset on decision-making from near-term thinking, which he called “irresponsible” and “immoral,” to looking “at what will happen to all of us tomorrow — and act.” Guterres said the transformation needed today must start with peace, beginning in Ukraine — where unfortunately, he said, peace prospects “keep diminishing” and “the chances of further escalation and bloodshed keep growing.”news.yahoo.com
Colorado State apologizes for ‘Russia’ chant directed toward Ukrainian player
Officials at Colorado State University apologized on Sunday after some of its basketball fans chanted “Russia” at a Utah State player from Ukraine during Saturday night’s game. Colorado State said in a series of tweets that the chant came from a “small group of individuals.”“On behalf of Colorado State, we apologize to the student-athlete and Utah State,” the school tweeted. — Colorado State Rams 🐏 (@CSURams) February 5, 2023Every participant, student, and fan should feel welcomed in our venues, and for something like this to have occurred is unacceptable at Colorado State. Colorado State basketball coach Niko Medved, Colorado State head men’s basketball coach, also apologized on Twitter. “We appreciate the Colorado State administration and basketball staff for not condoning such behavior.”Statement from Utah State Athletics regarding last night’s game againstColorado State.wftv.com
Colorado St. sorry for 'Russia' chant at Ukrainian player
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — (AP) — Colorado State has apologized for a group of fans who chanted “Russia” at a player on an opposing team who is from Ukraine during Saturday's game. “On behalf of Colorado State, we apologize to the student-athlete and Utah State. This is a violation of our steadfast belief in the Mountain West Sportsmanship Policy and University Principles of Community,” Colorado State said in a statement. "Every participant, student, and fan should feel welcomed in our venues, and for something like this to have occurred is unacceptable at Colorado State." Colorado State and its fans have apologized and I accept and appreciate the apology.”___AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Copyright 2023 The Associated Press.wftv.com
EU officials hold Kyiv talks in show of support for Ukraine
KYIV, Ukraine — (AP) — Top European Union officials were due to meet Friday in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a show of support for the country as it battles to counter Russia's invasion and strives to join the EU as well as NATO. EU assistance for Ukraine has reached almost 50 billion euros ($55 billion) since the fighting started, according to EU officials. The EU is providing Ukraine with financial and humanitarian aid, among other things. Ukraine wants to join the 27-nation bloc, though that could take years and require the adoption of far-reaching reforms. Von der Leyen, on her fourth visit to Kyiv since Russia’s invasion, said Thursday she was “comforted” by Ukraine’s anti-corruption drive.wftv.com
Inmate Humiliates Russia’s Shadow Army by Casually Taking Cab Home
Spencer Platt/GettyPrisoners recruited by Russia’s Wagner Group to fight in Ukraine seem to be increasingly realizing they’ve been duped, and that no one ever counted on bringing them back alive.One inmate recruited by the group back in November has absconded from his team in Ukraine’s Luhansk region and fled to Russia by bus and ride-sharing app, where he says he is now hiding out in fear of revenge.“We thought we’d be equal with the hired fighters, that we wouldn’t be any different, but in reanews.yahoo.com
Ukraine war, tensions with China loom over big Bali summit
A showdown between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin isn’t happening, but the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and growing tensions between China and the West will be at the fore when leaders of the world’s biggest economies gather in tropical Bali this week.
EU pledges $250m to Moldova to tackle acute energy crisis
European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has paid an official visit to Moldova and announced a 250 million-euro (-dollar) support package to help the small nation overcome an acute winter energy crisis amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.
US economy returned to growth last quarter, expanding 2.6%
The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6% annual rate from July through September, snapping two straight quarters of contraction and overcoming high inflation and interest rates just as voting begins in midterm elections in which the economy’s health has emerged as a paramount issue.
Venezuela swaps 7 jailed Americans for Maduro relatives
Venezuela’s government has freed seven Americans imprisoned in the South American country in exchange for the release of two nephews of President Nicolás Maduro’s wife who had been jailed for years by the United States on drug smuggling convictions.