Blinken sets G-20 meeting with Chinese FM; silence about russia

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with his Chinese counterpart this week at a meeting of foreign ministers from the group of 20 countries likely to exacerbate divisions over Russia’s war in Ukraine. While strained US-China ties are the focus of Blinken’s talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the broader Indonesia … Read more

EU urges N Macedonia to support proposed Bulgaria deal

SKOPJE, North Macedonia — European Council President Charles Michel on Tuesday urged North Macedonia to support a proposed compromise by France to end a dispute with neighboring Bulgaria that is blocking a long-delayed European Union membership bid. Violent protests erupted in North Macedonia’s capital Skopje, where protesters tried to storm government buildings, after French President … Read more

Profiles of Sunak and Javid, who left Johnson’s office

LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government faced a new crisis on Tuesday after two of its most senior ministers resigned within minutes of each other. Treasury Chief Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid resigned, saying the government under Johnson was no longer competent or “acting in the national interest”. The apparently coordinated … Read more

South African president to attend funeral of 21 teenagers

EAST LONDON, South Africa — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to attend a funeral in east London on Wednesday for 21 teenagers who died in a mysterious tavern tragedy nearly two weeks ago. A large tent was erected for the service, which is expected to be attended by hundreds of bereaved family members … Read more

Bonnie becomes a major hurricane on the Pacific coast of Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Bonnie strengthened into a major hurricane on Tuesday, the first of the season in the eastern Pacific. Bonnie continued to move approximately parallel to the Pacific coast of Mexico after crossing Central America from the Caribbean and heavy rain, contributing to at least two deaths. Meteorologists said they expected the hurricane, now … Read more

US seeks focus on Ukraine’s ‘urgent’ needs at Swiss meeting

LUGANO, Switzerland — A top US diplomat on Tuesday urged Ukraine’s allies to help the war-torn country meet its “immediate and urgent” needs – not just long-term reconstruction – as dozens of countries wrap up a two-day conference aimed at to help Ukraine recover from the crisis. Russia’s war when it ends one day. Scott … Read more

Greece: Massive wildfire forces evacuations west of Athens

Athens, Greece — Greek firefighters battled a massive wildfire that forced the evacuation of a small village west of Athens, the latest in a series of wildfires that erupted as strong winds swept across parts of Greece. The fire department said more than 130 firefighters and volunteers, aided by 10 water-dropping aircraft, were struggling to … Read more

Ukrainian city warned to evacuate before Russian attack

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine — A day after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory in seizing an eastern Ukrainian province essential to his war aims, the mayor of a city in the path of Moscow’s offensive warned residents on Tuesday to evacuate before of an expected attack. The Sloviansk mayor’s warning highlighted fears that Russian forces are … Read more

Johnson’s new scandal deepens with allegations by former civil servant

LONDON — The latest scandal to hit British Prime Minister Boris Johnson deepened on Tuesday when a former civil servant publicly said that Johnson’s cabinet was not telling the truth about how he handled allegations of misconduct against a member. senior of your government. Johnson has been under pressure to explain what he knew about … Read more

NATO nations sign accession protocols for Sweden and Finland

BRUSSELS — NATO’s 30 allies signed Sweden and Finland’s accession protocols on Tuesday, sending the two nations’ membership proposals to alliance capitals for legislative approval. The move further adds to Russia’s strategic isolation following the invasion of neighboring Ukraine in February and military infighting since then. ‚ÄúThis is truly a historic moment for Finland, for … Read more