National Newswatch

Beto O’Rourke confronts Gov. Abbott on shooting: ‘This is on you’

May 25 2022 — — Surrounded by fellow Republicans on a high school stage, Gov. Greg Abbott was wrapping up his opening remarks about the killing of school children and teachers in Uvalde, Texas, when Beto O’Rourke strode forward from his seat in the audience. “Gov. Abbott, I have something to say,” the Democrat challenging Abbott for governor this fall […]

Trump’s hand-picked candidate defeated in Georgia primary in stinging rebuke

May 25 2022 — — Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia easily dispatched Donald Trump’s hand-picked challenger on Tuesday in a Republican primary that demonstrated the limits of the former president and his conspiracy-fuelled politics in a critical swing state. Kemp will face Democrat Stacey Abrams this fall in what will be one of the nation’s most consequential governor’s races. The […]

U.S. would intervene militarily if China invades Taiwan, Biden says

May 23 2022 — — President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, saying the burden to protect Taiwan is “even stronger” after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It marks one of the most forceful presidential statements in support of self-governing in decades. Biden, at a news conference in Tokyo, said “yes” […]

Russian soldier sentenced to life in Ukraine’s 1st war crimes trial

May 23 2022 — — A Ukrainian court sentenced a 21-year-old Russian soldier to life in prison Monday for killing a Ukrainian civilian, sealing the first guilty conviction for war crimes since Moscow’s invasion three months ago. Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin pleaded guilty to shooting a Ukrainian civilian in the head in a village in the northeastern Sumy region in the […]

US, others say APEC walkout aimed at Russia over invasion

May 23 2022 — — The United States and four other nations that walked out of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group meeting in Bangkok on the weekend underlined their support Monday for host nation Thailand, saying their protest was aimed solely at Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, as well as delegates from Japan, Australia, […]

Zelenskyy’s speech is focus of 1st day of Davos gathering

May 23 2022 — — A virtual keynote speech by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will be a focus of the first day of the World Economic Forum gathering of corporate executives, government officials and other VIPs that kicked off Monday in Davos, Switzerland. The village in the Swiss Alps has been transformed into a glitzy venue for the four-day confab […]

In meeting with US, Turkey gives mixed signals on wider NATO

May 18 2022 — — The United States struggled Wednesday to get clarity from Turkey over the severity of its opposition to Finland and Sweden joining NATO, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took an increasingly tough line against their membership bids. In a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the United Nations, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu […]

Finland, Sweden officially apply for NATO membership

May 18 2022 — — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the military alliance stands ready to seize a historic moment and move quickly on allowing Finland and Sweden to join its ranks, after the two countries submitted their membership requests. The official applications, handed over by Finland and Sweden’s ambassadors to NATO, set a security clock ticking. Russia, […]

Fall of Mariupol appears at hand; fighters leave steel plant

May 17 2022 — — Mariupol appeared on the verge of falling to the Russians on Tuesday as Ukraine moved to abandon the steel plant where hundreds of its fighters had held out for months under relentless bombardment in the last bastion of resistance in the devastated city. The capture of Mariupol would make it the biggest city to be […]

McDonald’s to sell its Russian business, try to keep workers

May 16 2022 — — McDonald’s said Monday that it has started the process of selling its Russian business, which includes 850 restaurants that employ 62,000 people, making it the latest major Western corporation to exit Russia since it invaded Ukraine in February. The fast food giant pointed to the humanitarian crisis caused by the war, saying holding on to […]

Finland announces plan to apply for NATO membership: ‘Historic day’

May 15 2022 — — A senior NATO official said Sunday that Russia’s military advance in Ukraine appears to be faltering and he expressed hope that Kyiv can win the war, as Russia’s neighbor Finland announced it wants to join the Western military alliance. Top NATO diplomats are meeting Sunday in Berlin to discuss providing further support to Ukraine and […]

NATO sees Russia’s war faltering, mulls expanding alliance

May 15 2022 — — A senior NATO official says Russia’s military advance in Ukraine appears to be faltering and he expressed hope that Kyiv can win the war. Top NATO diplomats are meeting Sunday in Berlin to discuss providing further support to Ukraine and moves by Finland, Sweden and others to join the western alliance in the face of […]

Finland’s president to Putin: we will apply to join NATO

May 14 2022 — — Finnish President Sauli Niinisto told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin Saturday that the militarily non-aligned Nordic country that shares a long border and history with Russia “will decide to apply for NATO membership in the coming days”. Niinisto’s office said in a statement that the Finnish head of state told Putin in a phone conversation […]