National Newswatch

Russia-Ukraine crisis: Severe sanctions could trigger crippling Moscow response

Jan 28 2022 — — The U.S. is threatening painful sanctions against Russia if it launches an attack on Ukraine, but Moscow could hit back at the West by throttling natural gas supplies to Europe or triggering a spike in oil prices, experts and former U.S. officials say. The Biden administration says it’s holding talks with gas companies and European […]

Ukraine urges calm, saying Russian invasion not imminent

Jan 25 2022 — — Ukraine’s leaders sought to reassure the nation that a feared invasion from neighbouring Russia was not imminent, even as they acknowledged the threat is real and prepared to accept a shipment of American military equipment Tuesday to shore up the country’s defences. Russia has denied it is planning an assault, but it has massed an […]

Police to investigate Downing Street lockdown parties

Jan 25 2022 — — The Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation into parties held in No 10 during the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Cressida Dick said they were looking into “potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations” in Downing Street and Whitehall since 2020. Boris Johnson does not believe he has broken the law, his spokesman said. Dame Cressida said the investigation […]

Biden to video call European allies over Ukraine

Jan 24 2022 — — US President Joe Biden will hold a video call on Ukraine with European allies later on Monday, after the US warned a Russian invasion could come “at any time”. The leaders are expected to discuss their response to Russia’s troop build-up on its shared border with Ukraine. Moscow continues to deny it is planning military […]

Ukraine: Boris Johnson warns Russian invasion would be disastrous

Jan 24 2022 — — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned Russia that invading Ukraine would be “disastrous” and a “painful, violent and bloody business”. Speaking as the Foreign Office pulled some embassy staff out of Ukraine, the PM said the situation was “pretty gloomy” but war was not inevitable. He said the UK was “leading on creating a package […]

France bars unvaccinated from restaurants, sports venues

Jan 24 2022 — AP — People who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer allowed in France’s restaurants, bars, tourist sites and sports venues unless they recently recovered from the virus. The new law came into effect Monday requiring a “vaccine pass” that is central to the government’s anti-virus strategy. France is registering Europe’s highest-ever daily coronavirus infection numbers, and […]