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

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

RBA interest rate hike aims to reduce economic spending

Economist Chris Richardson says the Reserve Bank of Australia has further raised interest rates in an attempt to reduce spending without burdening households. “That’s basically what the Reserve Bank is trying to do – tiptoe down the path to reducing spending without too terrifying families about what happens next,” he told Sky News business editor … Read more

Britain prepares for first national rail strike in 25 years

GGood Morning. The summer of discontent appears to have worsened after UK train drivers threatened their first national strike in more than 25 years. Aslef, the drivers’ union, will vote on union action at 10 rail companies to coincide with similar action by the Transport Salaried Workers Association (TSSA), which represents station and ticket office … Read more

Flight cancellations decrease a bit with the 4th of July weekend

DALLAS — Travelers returning home from their July 4th getaways faced flight delays on Monday, but airlines were canceling fewer flights than in the days leading up to the holiday weekend. Since holiday weekend travel increased on Thursday, airlines have canceled more than 2,200 US flights and another 25,000 have been delayed. Airports were crowded. … Read more

Displaced Ukrainians near Kyiv fear for war-damaged homes

BORODYANKA, Ukraine — Valentyna Klymenko tries to return home as late as possible to avoid the darkness of her war-damaged home outside the Ukrainian capital. She visits friends, goes to the well to get water or looks for a place to charge her cell phone. Klymenko, 70, then returns alone to an apartment that used … Read more

Australian central bank raises rate for 3rd consecutive month

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s central bank on Tuesday raised its benchmark interest rate for the third time in consecutive months, changing the interest rate to 1.35% from 0.85%. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s half-percentage point increase was the same size as the June increase. When the bank raised the rate by a quarter of a … Read more

6 killed and 30 wounded in shooting at Chicago-area 4th of July parade

HIGHLAND PARK, Illinois (AP) – A gunman on a rooftop opened fire at an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago on Monday, killing at least six people, injuring at least 30 and sending hundreds of protesters, parents with strollers and children on bicycles fleeing in terror, police said. Authorities said a 22-year-old man named as … Read more