Russia hits civilian targets again, EU officials visit Kyiv

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missiles hit residential areas in an eastern Ukrainian city Thursday for the second time in 24 hours, while top European Union officials held talks with the government in Kyiv as the war with Russia approaches its one-year milestone. The latest strikes in Kramatorsk came as rescue crews searched for survivors … Read more

10 years after EU’s ‘never again’ tragedy, little has changed

BRUSSELS (AP) – A decade ago this year, the head of the European Union’s executive branch stood, visibly shaken, before rows of coffins holding the corpses of migrants drowned off the Italian island of Lampedusa. Some of them, small and bone-white, contained the bodies of infants and children. “That image of hundreds of coffins will … Read more

France, Germany renew alliance strained amid war in Ukraine

PARIS (AP) – France and Germany committed Sunday to give Ukraine “unwavering support” and to strengthen the European Union as they sought to overcome differences over defense, energy and economic issues on the 60th anniversary of their post-World War II friendship treaty. The German government’s entire Cabinet was in Paris for joint meetings with their … Read more

US designates Russian Wagner mercenary force a criminal organization Conflict News

The United States has designated Russia’s Wagner mercenary group as a “transnational criminal organization”, piling pressure on the private army that has recruited tens of thousands of Russian prisoners to fight in Ukraine. White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said on Friday that Wagner, controlled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman close to Russian President … Read more

China records first population decline in 60 years: How does Europe’s demographic data compare?

For the first time in six decades, China’s population shrank last year, as deaths outnumbered births. The country had 1.41175 billion people at the end of 2022, according to figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics, a drop of 850,000. Not only is China’s birth rate plunging, its population is also aging, and experts … Read more

Ukraine faces a grim start to 2023 after fresh Russian attacks

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians faced a grim start to 2023 as Sunday brought more Russian missile and drone attacks following a blistering New Year’s Eve assault that killed at least three civilians across the country, authorities reported. Air raid sirens sounded in the capital shortly after midnight, followed by a barrage of missiles that … Read more

Brexit has cracked Britain’s economic foundations

London CNN – It’s been two years since former Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed his Brexit trade deal and triumphantly declared that Britain would be “prosperous, dynamic and contented” after completing its exit from the European Union. The Brexit deal would enable UK companies to “do even more business” with the European Union, according to … Read more

More questions than answers as the EU corruption scandal unfolds

BRUSSELS (AP) – No one answered the door or the phone at the offices of the two campaign groups linked to a cash-for-favors corruption scandal at the European Union’s parliament, allegedly involving Qatar. No light is visible inside. No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ), a pro-human rights and democracy organization, and Fight Impunity, which seeks to … Read more

It’s no great surprise that the European Parliament has a corruption problem

CNN – The European Union has spent the past few days reeling from one of the worst scandals to hit Brussels in decades. Belgian police said late last week that they had carried out raids and arrested four people in connection with an ongoing corruption probe into alleged payments and gifts from Qatar to members … Read more

Tensions run high in northern Kosovo as Serbs block roads

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Tensions were high in northern Kosovo on Sunday, with Serbs blocking roads as shots and explosions rang out and the Serbian president warned that Serbian troops are ready to defend their “homeland” if peace does not prevail. The roads in Serbia’s former province of Kosovo, which proclaimed independence in 2008, were blocked … Read more