Poland says Russia-Ukraine tensions not seen in decades
WARSAW, Poland — (AP) — Russian troop movements near Ukraine’s border that have ratcheted up fears of a potential invasion have complicated the international political scene to a degree not seen in decades, Poland's president said Friday. President Andrzej Duda said the situation is “difficult” and reminiscent of 1989 when Moscow-led communist rule collapsed in Central and Eastern Europe. Duda said that the “security, sovereignty and freedom” of neighboring Ukraine and Belarus are of great, “strategic” importance to Warsaw. Russia has amassed more than 100,000 Russian troops near Ukraine. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.wftv.com
Deadly storm Ana strands tens of thousands in southern Africa
IMAGES At least 10 people have died in flash floods triggered by torrential rain that battered Madagascar's capital Antananarivo overnight. Some 20 districts around the capital of 1.3 million are on red alert for flooding, with built-up urban areas with poor drainage systems seen as especially vulnerable.news.yahoo.com
UniCredit drops bid for Russian bank over Ukraine tensions
MILAN — (AP) — Italian bank UniCredit has decided not to pursue a possible takeover bid for Russian bank Otkritie due to rising tensions over Ukraine, the bank’s CEO said Friday. UniCredit had started due diligence on an offer, but “given the geopolitical environment, we decided to withdraw,” Andrea Orcel said in a media call. UniCredit operates the AO UniCredit Bank in Russia, the 12th bank in the country with 70 branches and 400 employees. “We are generally happy with it, and committed to it,” Orcel said, saying it represents less than 5% of the bank’s equity activities. Orcel was on the list of attendees for a video conference of Italian business leaders and Russian president Vladimir Putin to discuss business opportunities.wftv.com
Belarus leader tells opposition leaders: 'Repent and kneel'
KYIV, Ukraine — (AP) — Belarus' authoritarian leader on Friday advised exiled opposition activists to “come home, repent and kneel,” while repeating a vague promise to step down if the people “make the decision” for him. Protesters demanded a new election and Lukashenko's ouster and faced a brutal crackdown from the authorities, with more than 35,000 arrested and thousands brutally beaten. Key opposition figures, including Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Lukashenko's main contender in the election, have left the country amid the clampdown, along with thousands of ordinary Belarusians. “It will get worse further on.”After suppressing the protests, Lukashenko repeatedly aired vague and non-committal promises to step down. The amendments bring back limits on presidential terms that had been abolished during Lukashenko’s tenure, allowing a president only two five-year terms in office.wftv.com
Belarus leader tells opposition leaders: 'Repent and kneel'
Belarus' authoritarian leader on Friday advised exiled opposition activists to “come home, repent and kneel,” while repeating a vague promise to step down if the people “make the decision” for him. President Alexander Lukashenko made the remarks in his yearly state of the nation address, seeking to underscore his grip on power after suppressing an unprecedented wave of mass protests against his rule. In 2020 Lukashenko, who has run Belarus with an iron fist for almost three decades, survived the largest and the most sustained wave of mass protests in the country's history.news.yahoo.com
Is Russell Wilson on the move? NFL insider confirms massive interest in landing Seattle QB
NFL on Fox's Jay Glazer joined Sports Seriously this week and forecasted the biggest moves that could be made this offseason. Expect more than a handful of teams to make a run at Russell Wilson.news.yahoo.com
How a Country Joins NATO (and Why Putin Cares)
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s massing of troops on Ukraine’s border has sparked a standoff with the West and raised fears of an invasion. At the heart of the dispute are Russian concerns about the eastward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the security alliance founded in 1949 to protect Europe against Soviet attack during the Cold War. Of the 14 countries bordering Russia, five are in NATO, and Ukraine is among the countries also hoping to get in. But that’s not as fastwashingtonpost.com
Biden, German leader to discuss Ukraine at Feb. 7 meeting
Germany France German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speaks during a media conference with French President Emmanuel Macronhead of their meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. German and French leaders are meeting in Berlin over the Ukraine crisis and other European issues. (Tobias Schwarz/Pool Photo via AP, File) (Tobias Schwarz)WASHINGTON — (AP) — President Joe Biden and new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will discuss Russian aggression toward Ukraine during a meeting next month in Washington, the White House announced Thursday. The one-on-one meeting will be Scholz's first Oval Office sit-down since he took over leadership of his country in December. The White House announced the visit a day after the U.S. told Russia in writing that it is rejecting its main demands for resolving the long-simmering crisis over Ukraine.wftv.com
NATO back in its comfort zone after the chaos of Afghanistan
Ukraine Tensions Nato FILE - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, center, participates in a media conference with Finland's Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, left, and Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde, right, at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. As tensions mount with Russia, the world's biggest military organization is focused on security: defending the territory of its 30 member countries. As tensions mount with Russia, the world’s biggest military organization is focused on security: defending the territory of its 30 member countries. Indeed, the dispute with Russia over Ukraine is almost a relief after the debacle in Afghanistan, which the Taliban overran after NATO left last year. In an effort to ward off an attack, NATO has extended the offer of wide-ranging talks to Moscow.wftv.com
U.S. delivers written responses to Russia's demands
The United States has sent written responses to Russia over their grievances. NATO and the U.S. are preparing for Russia to potentially invade Ukraine with bolstered supplies. CBS News correspondent Christina Ruffini gives the latest information on the tensions on "Red and Blue."news.yahoo.com
U.S. responds to Russian demands amid military buildup
The U.S. ambassador to Moscow delivered a written response to Russia's demand that NATO halt its expansion and never allow former Soviet states, including Ukraine, to join the alliance. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said no such concessions will be made. Margaret Brennan reports.news.yahoo.com
Biden reacts to news of Justice Breyer's retirement
President Joe Biden reacted to news of liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement Wednesday, saying he would speak to the issue after Breyer makes the announcement himself. The opening gives Biden his first pick for the high court. (Jan. 26)news.yahoo.com
Blinken says no change to NATO’s open-door policy
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said a written response had been delivered to Russian officials in an effort to avert an invasion of Ukraine. While Blinken did not give the letter’s details, he said NATO has not changed the alliance’s open-door policy, which gives any European country the opportunity to join the organization.news.yahoo.com
Norway's PM says Russia build-up is `a sign of weakness'
Norway’s prime minister, whose country borders Russia and is a founding member of NATO, said Wednesday he believes it’s “a sign of weakness” that President Vladimir Putin has to express Moscow’s political views by an “extraordinary” military buildup. Jonas Gahr Støre said in an interview with The Associated Press that he calls it a sign of weakness because it’s at the negotiating table where issues that matter to people should be discussed, not by “that kind of military demonstration,” and by pursuing Russia’s interests where “the weapons will speak.”news.yahoo.com
What Trump’s and Tucker Carlson’s rationalization of Putin means for the Ukraine standoff
There is evidence of more GOP sympathy for Vladimir Putin — as pushed most prominently by Trump and Carlson — but it hasn't manifested in big partisan differences when it comes to Ukraine, at least yet.washingtonpost.com
WorldView: Boris Johnson braces for report on lockdown parties
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is bracing for the conclusions of an investigation into parties that violated his own lockdown policies. And a Mexican journalist who told the country’s president she feared for her life is shot and killed. CBS News foreign correspondent Lucy Craft joins “CBS News Mornings” from Tokyo with these and other international headlines.news.yahoo.com
Global shares mixed ahead of Fed policy statements
Hong Kong Financial Markets A man wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. Asian shares were mixed in muted trading Wednesday as many stayed on the sidelines ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that will indicate how aggressive it will be in fighting inflation. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung) (Kin Cheung)TOKYO — (AP) — Global shares were mixed on Wednesday, with many investors staying on the sidelines ahead of an update on how aggressively the Federal Reserve will tackle inflation. Some on Wall Street worry that the Fed may signal it plans a half-point increase in its key rate. Higher inflation has been squeezing businesses and consumers, and the Fed is expected to combat it in 2022 by raising interest rates.wftv.com
Prospects dim as US, Russia prepare to meet over Ukraine
With the fate of Ukraine and potentially broader post-Cold War European stability at stake, the United States and Russia are holding critical strategic talks that could shape the future of not only their relationship but the relationship between the U.S. and its NATO allies.
US warships stay in Mediterranean amid Ukraine, Russia fears
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier strike group to stay in the Mediterranean Sea region rather than move on to the Middle East, amid worries about the buildup of thousands of Russian troops near the Ukraine border.
The Latest: SKorea to give shots to elders in long-term care
AdHe also sanctioned a bill that makes the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines easier. However, the actual numbers of COVID-19 cases, like elsewhere in the world, are thought to be far higher, in part due to limited testing. Murphy, who’s running for re-election this, said the state’s COVID-19 trends are headed in the right direction, though they’ve been up a bit this week. ___SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s governor says all adults in the state will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines on April 1. Ad___PHOENIX — Arizona on Wednesday reported 830 confirmed coronavirus cases and 78 deaths, following two days of no new deaths.
17% of food production globally wasted, UN report estimates
A United Nations report released on Thursday, March 4, 2021 estimates 17% of the food produced globally each year is wasted. The U.N. report estimates 17% of the food produced globally each year is wasted. The U.N. is pushing to reduce food waste globally, and researchers are also working on an assessment of waste that includes the food lost before reaching consumers. “Food waste is a consequence of sensible decisions by people acting on the best information available,” he said. Now, he said, awareness about the scale of food waste globally could help shift attitudes back to that era.
Ukraine gets first vaccine shipment as hospitals struggle
After several delays, Ukraine finally received 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine marketed under the name CoviShield, the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccine doses. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)KYIV – Ukraine on Tuesday received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccine, raising hopes that authorities can start beating back the virus' spread in a country where cases have strained the fragile health care system. Ukraine also expects to receive more vaccine doses under the COVAX distribution program, including those produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and Novavax. AdAmong those who are reluctant to receive a shot is Sergei Khabustov, 63, who is in the Kolomyya hospital along with his 85-year-old mother. —-=Mstyslav Chernov in Kolomyya, Ukraine, contributed to this story.
Daughter of Bills, Sabres owners into all-US QF in Australia
United States' Jessica Pegula celebrates after defeating Ukraine's Elina Svitolina in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. “I’m just happy I’m here; she's been playing some good tennis, solidifying herself as a top player.”AdThe 61st-ranked Pegula beat No. “A lot of people were complaining, and I told myself I wasn’t going to complain,” Brady said. Also on that half of the draw, Rafael Nadal moved closer to a men's-record 21st Grand Slam trophy by overwhelming No. “I’m super excited for her making her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Georgia's ruling party claims victory in parliamentary vote
In this handout photo released by Georgian Dream Party Press office, Georgian businessman Bidzina Ivanishvili, who created Georgian Dream party, wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, speaks to the media after voting at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Tbilisi, Georgia, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Ivanishvili quickly congratulated his supporters on winning the vote after several exit polls showed his party with a strong lead. After the polls closed, billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili quickly claimed victory for his ruling Georgian Dream party, but it wasn't immediately clear if it won enough votes to stay at the helm. “It needs to be emphasized that the Georgian Dream wins the elections for the third time," he said. “This is practically a great triumph of the Georgian opposition, despite the harassment, intimidation and pressure,” he said in televised remarks from Ukraine.
A virus surge in Ukraine puts hospitals under strain again
A nurse checks the temperature of a patient with coronavirus in Stebnyk, western Ukraine, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. As coronavirus cases increase, every bed in the hospital in this city in western Ukraine is in use and its chief doctor is watching the surge with alarm and anguish. The World Health Organization warns that the number of infections in Ukraine could continue to grow and reach 7,000-9,000 a day. The government wants to avoid imposing a new lockdown, but officials acknowledge that the rising number of infections could make it necessary. “When I got here I saw that people get sick en masse.”___Karmanau reported from Kyiv, Ukraine.
The Latest: 19-year-old Swiatek into French Open semifinals
(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)PARIS – The Latest from the French Open (all times local):___10:25 p.m.Polish teenager Iga Swiatek made it to her first Grand Slam semifinal by ending the surprising French Open run of qualifier Martina Trevisan of Italy. The reports said suspicious betting patterns concerned the fifth game of the second set when Sizikova was serving and broken to love. ___2:55 p.m.Nadia Podoroska is the first female qualifier in the Open Era to reach the French Open semifinals. Collins looked in control at 3-0 up in the second set but her Tunisian opponent won five straight games. This was her best run at the French Open while Collins had never previously been past the second round here.
Ukraine marks 79th anniversary of the Babi Yar massacre
People look an art installation to mark 79th anniversary of the 1941 Babi Yar massacre at a menorah monument close to a Babi Yar ravine where tens of thousands of Jews were killed during WWII, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Ukraine marked the 79th anniversary of the 1941 Babi Yar massacre. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Dems drop Pompeo contempt threat after records turned over
WASHINGTON – The House Foreign Affairs Committee has dropped a threat of contempt against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after the State Department turned over 16,000 pages of records related to a Senate investigation of Democrat Joe Biden’s son. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., had subpoenaed Pompeo and threatened to hold him in contempt of Congress after months of requesting the records, which had already been turned over to the Republican-led Senate. The chairman of that committee, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, has said he will issue a final report in the coming weeks. “It shouldn’t have taken a subpoena, let alone the threat of contempt, for Secretary Pompeo to comply with the Committee’s oversight request,” Engel said in a statement. The president and his associates asked Ukraine for the probes as he was withholding military aid to the country.