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Watch Live: Garland Delivers a Statement
  + stars: | 2022-08-11 | by ( The Associated Press | )   time to read: 1 min
1:08‘Look at That Thing’: Footage Shows Pilots Spotting Unknown Object10:45Why U.S. Weapons Sold to the Saudis Are Hitting Hospitals in YemenNOW PLAYINGWatch Live: Garland Delivers a Statement1:21Albuquerque Police Arrest Suspect in Killings of Muslim Men0:51Biden Gives U.S. Approval to Sweden and Finland’s NATO Bids1:16Biden Signs $280 Billion Bill to Boost Domestic Chip Manufacturing0:54Biden Promises Federal Aid to Rebuild After Flooding in Kentucky1:04Senate Passes Major Climate and Tax Bill0:53Firefighter’s Relatives Among 10 Dead in Pennsylvania Fire1:10U.S. and Russia Ready to Negotiate Over Griner, Top Diplomats Say1:04South Korea Launches First Lunar Spacecraft1:01
Persons: Garland Organizations: Weapons, Biden, Finland’s NATO, Diplomats, Korea Locations: Yemen, Sweden, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Russia
Myanmar ambassador to China died on Sunday
  + stars: | 2022-08-08 | by ( Yew Lun Tian | )   time to read: +1 min
A man walks past a paramilitary police officer keeping watch outside the Myanmar embassy in Beijing, China August 8, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia RawlinsBEIJING, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Myanmar's ambassador to China died suddenly on Sunday in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming, according to an obituary in Myanmar state media and diplomatic sources in Beijing. The obituary for Ambassador U Myo Thant Pe by Myanmar's foreign ministry in a state newspaper on Monday did not specify his cause of death. U Myo Thant Pe was appointed ambassador to China in 2019 and stayed in his post after Myanmar's military took power in a coup in February 2021. Ukraine ambassador Serhiy Kamyshev, 65, died in February during or shortly after a visit to a Beijing Winter Olympics venue.
Persons: Carlos Garcia Rawlins, U, Pe, Jan Hecker, Serhiy Kamyshev, Jose Santiago, Yew Lun Tian, Lincoln Organizations: REUTERS, Carlos Garcia Rawlins BEIJING, Diplomats, Beijing, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Myanmar, Beijing, China, Kunming, Chinese, Yunnan, Ukraine, Philippines, Sta, Romana, Anhui
Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterAnd they are keeping to that approach as the Chinese military launches live firing exercises in waters surrounding, and in some bisecting, Taiwan's territory, they say. The plane carrying Pelosi and her congressional delegation skirted the South China Sea - and its fortified islands - as it flew from Singapore on Tuesday, taking a longer route over the island of Borneo and eastern side of the Philippines. Four powerful vessels - the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, the amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli and the guided missile cruiser USS Antietnam are east of Taiwan, Reuters has confirmed. The passage of the Reagan strike group was particularly closely watched by regional security analysts in the days before Pelosi's mission. Radio Free Asia last month reported it was due to call in the central Vietnamese port of Danang in July after patrols in the southern South China Sea near China's fortifications in the Spratlys.
Persons: Ronald Reagan, Milius, Erwin Jacob V, Nancy Pelosi's, Pelosi, Alexander Neill, Spratlys archipelagos, Taiwan's, Reagan, Collin Koh, Greg Torode, Idrees Ali, Marius Zaharia, Lincoln Organizations: Japan, Self, Defense Force, Inazuma, Suzutsuki, U.S . Navy, REUTERS, Reuters, U.S . Air Force, Pacific Command, U.S, . Naval Institute, Radio Free Asia, Diplomats, Thomson Locations: South, REUTERS HONG KONG, Borneo, Taipei, U.S, China, Taiwan . U.S, Taiwan, Hawaii, Singapore, Philippines, Southeast Asia, Beijing, Pacific, Tripoli, Japan, Danang, Hong Kong, Washington
read moreBrussels has urged countries to curb gas use now to help fill storage ahead of winter, and warned that a full cut-off of Russian gas is likely. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterDiplomats from EU countries will discuss a revised proposal on Monday. The proposal, seen by Reuters, would keep the voluntary target for all countries to curb gas use, but set different mandatory targets. Diplomats from EU countries had mixed views on the latest draft, with some welcoming it and others concerned by the large number of exemptions. The proposal needs approval from a reinforced majority of at least 15 EU countries to become law.
Persons: Kate Abnett, Philip Blenkinsop, David Evans Organizations: Union, European Commission,, Diplomats, Reuters, Energy, Thomson Locations: BRUSSELS, Europe, Russia, Brussels, Czech Republic, Ireland, Malta, Spain
A protestor wears a band as he attends a protest against Sri Lanka's newly elected President Ranil Wickremesinghe, amid the country's economic crisis, in Colombo, Sri Lanka July 20, 2022. REUTERS/Adnan AbidiCOLOMBO, July 24 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new President Ranil Wickremesinghe told diplomats this week that non-violent protests against his government will be allowed to continue, including in the commercial capital Colombo, his office said in a statement on Sunday. read more"President Ranil Wickremesinghe has reaffirmed Sri Lanka's commitment to upholding the rights of peaceful, non-violent assembly," his office said in a statement, describing a meeting with Colombo-based envoys. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Register"The Diplomats were also briefed on the measures being taken to ensure that non-violent protests were allowed to proceed within the city without endangering property or lives." Wickremesinghe took office following victory in a parliamentary vote after his successor, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, fled the country and resigned after mass protests triggered by his mishandling of the economy.
Persons: Sri Lanka's, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Adnan Abidi COLOMBO, Wickremesinghe, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Uditha Jayasinghe, Devjyot Ghoshal, Andrew Cawthorne Organizations: Sri, REUTERS, Diplomats, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Colombo, Sri Lanka
It was May 1985, and Ramirez had only been with the Border Patrol for two and a half years. But he also knew that at the end of that road, just before the international port of entry, was a Border Patrol station. The Lord of the SkiesWithin a decade of that traffic stop, Amado would be the most significant drug trafficker in Mexico. David Ramirez, a native of of El Paso, arrived in Presidio in 1982, shortly after joining the Border Patrol. It's the border," Ford told me recently when I reached him by phone.
Persons: he'd, David Ramirez, Ramirez, Marquis, , Ramirez holstered, John Moore, Rachel Mendelson, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, Amado, Ernesto, Don Neto, Fonseca — Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Rafael Caro Quintero, Loera, Amado —, Félix Gallardo, Caro Quintero, Enrique, Kiki, Camarena, who'd, Henry Romero, Black, Pablo Acosta, " Ramirez, Manuel Carrasco, Terrence Poppa, Acosta, " Acosta, Gerardo Taraceno, Poppa, Little, Acosta's, Don Henry Ford , Jr, Amado Carrillo, Ford, Don Henry Ford Jr, Oscar, I'm, Amado didn't, El Paso Ramirez, Ramirez fingerprinted, didn't, Ramirez doesn't pester, Félix, vacuums, wouldn't, Jesús Héctor Gutierrez Rebollo, Guttierrez Rebollo, Amado couldn't, Larry Villalobos, Villalobos, Amado's Organizations: Border Patrol, Mercury, Immigration, Naturalization Service, Federal Security Directorate, DFS, Marquis, Presidio, Netflix, Coast Guard, Reuters, West, Rio, Patrol, Mexican, Miami, Alcohol, Tobacco, ATF, Arellano, Ciudad Juárez, El, U.S, Diplomats, Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, DEA Locations: Presidio , Texas, Texas, Presidio, Mexico, , Ojinaga, Sinaloa, Guadalajara, Colombia, Caribbean, Florida, United States, U.S, Los, Texas , Presidio, Rio Grande, Big, El Paso, Big Bend, Narcos, Washington, Coahuila, Acosta's, Chihuahua, Torreon, bam, flagrante, Pecos, El, Sonora, Tijuana, Ciudad, Juárez, Santa Mónica, Mexico City, Polanco, Chile, Lomas Altas
Pipes at the landfall facilities of the 'Nord Stream 1' gas pipeline are pictured in Lubmin, Germany, March 8, 2022. Thursday's flows were back at that 40% capacity level, Nord Stream figures showed, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that supplies could be cut further or even stop. Gas flows via other pipeline routes, such as Ukraine, have also fallen since Russia invaded its neighbour in February, in what Moscow calls a "special military operation". Gazprom (GAZP.MM), which has a monopoly on Russian gas exports by pipeline, did not respond to a request for comment. Kremlin-controlled Gazprom had cut gas exports via the Nord Stream route in June to 40% of capacity, blaming sanctions for delaying the return of a pipeline turbine that Siemens Energy (ENR1n.DE) was servicing in Canada.
Persons: Hannibal Hanschke, Vladimir Putin, Klaus Mueller, Berlin, Wood Mackenzie, Penny Leake, Ursula von der Leyen, Von der, Dmitry Peskov, Putin, Austria's, Italy's ENI, Eileen Soreng, Bharat Govind Gautam, Brijesh Patel, Arpan Varghese, Nina Chestney, Francois Murphy, Kate Abnett, Christoph Steitz, Rachel More, William Mallard, Edmund Blair Organizations: REUTERS, FRANKFURT, Twitter, Gazprom, European Commission, Diplomats, Reuters, Siemens Energy, Thomson Locations: Lubmin, Germany, Russia, Moscow, LONDON, Europe, Nord, Baltic, Ukraine, German, Greece, EU, Brussels, Canada, Gazprom, Bengaluru, London, Vienna, Frankfurt, Berlin
BRASÍLIA — President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil called dozens of foreign diplomats to the presidential palace on Monday to tell them that he believed the country’s voting systems could be rigged, a potential preview of his strategy for an election that is 75 days away and that polls forecast he will lose in a landslide. While Mr. Bolsonaro’s presentation was not new — he has repeated those claims for years — his audience was. He had invited officials from most of the embassies in Brazil’s capital, Brasília, elevating his claims from a matter of domestic politics to foreign policy. He had promised to share evidence that showed fraud in the past two presidential elections, yet much of his 47-minute presentation, which he broadcast to the public, focused on rehashing information about a 2018 hack of Brazil’s elections agency, as well as his accusations that certain Supreme Court justices were trying to sabotage his re-election bid.
Persons: BRASÍLIA, Jair Bolsonaro Locations: Brazil
The Department of Justice (DOJ) logo is pictured on a wall after a news conference to discuss alleged fraud by Russian Diplomats in New York December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo AllegriWASHINGTON, July 12 (Reuters) - Two financial asset managers have been charged in an alleged $1.2 billion Venezuelan money laundering scheme, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. The indictment alleges that the asset managers laundered funds corruptly obtained from Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), Venezuela's state-owned energy company, the department said in a statement. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Katharine JacksonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Carlo Allegri WASHINGTON, corruptly, Chris Gallagher, Katharine Jackson Organizations: of Justice, Russian Diplomats, REUTERS, U.S . Justice, Venezuela S.A, Thomson Locations: New York, Petroleos
NUSA DUA, Indonesia—The chief U.S. and Chinese diplomats sat down Saturday with the aim of improving communication despite deep-seated differences. PREVIEWThe Blinken-Wang meeting is at least the fifth exchange among senior U.S. and Chinese officials since early June after a lull of many months in which relations already at their lowest point in decades drifted further. Both governments are looking for ways to stabilize, if not improve ties, according to current and former officials. “There is no substitute for face-to-face—or sometimes mask-to-mask—diplomacy,” Mr. Blinken said. Mr. Biden is looking at removing some of the Trump-era tariffs on Chinese imports, in a move that is likely to be seen positively in Beijing.
Persons: , Wang Yi, Antony Blinken, ” Mr, Blinken, Mr, Wang, Biden, doesn’t, Xi Jinping, Xi, lockdowns, Christopher Wray, Ken McCallum, Wray, McCallum, Janet Yellen, Mark Milley, Jake Sullivan, Yang Jiechi, William Mauldin, Charles Hutzler Organizations: U.S, Street, Trump, Communist Party, Atlantic Treaty Organization, Federal Bureau of, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Locations: NUSA DUA, Indonesia, China, United States, Bali , Indonesia, , Russia, Moscow, Bali ., Ukraine, Beijing
Western countries “used the G-20 for purposes other than those for which it was created—this is obvious,” he said. Instead, officials watched as Mr. Lavrov walked out during the remarks of German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, according to Western officials familiar with the meeting. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Associated PressMr. Lavrov also left a second meeting—one on global food security—before Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba addressed the group via video link, the Western officials said. Western officials blame Russia’s invasion, seizure of ports, destruction of grain infrastructure and effective blockade for slowing exports of corn and wheat from Ukraine. Mr. Lavrov met with his Brazilian, Indian and Argentine counterparts in Bali, according to Russia’s Foreign Ministry.
Persons: Sergei Lavrov, Mr, Lavrov, , , Antony Blinken, Retno Marsudi, Annalena Baerbock, Stefani Reynolds, Dmytro Kuleba, Blinken, Adele Morgan, António, Marsudi, — Georgi Kantchev, William Mauldin Organizations: , German, South, Associated, Ukrainian, State Department, Mr, United Nations, Moscow, U.S, Argentine, Foreign Ministry, Atlantic Treaty Organization Locations: NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Moscow, Ukraine, Russia, Ukrainian, Bali, Marsudi ., Nusa Dua, Russian, Turkey, Berlin
Russia vetoed on Friday a Western-backed measure in the United Nations Security Council to continue supplying aid to more than four million people in a rebel-held area of northern Syria, prompting fears of a humanitarian crisis. At issue was the U.N.’s continued use of the Bab al-Hawa crossing from Turkey, the corridor through which the overwhelming amount of aid is provided. Russia has long said that the Bab al-Hawa border crossing undermines the authority of President Bashar al-Assad’s government, which it has supported politically and militarily. The U.N.’s current authorization to use the Bab al-Hawa border crossing expires Sunday. In 2021, President Biden spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the importance of keeping the cross-border aid flowing.
Persons: Bashar al, Assad, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Dmitry Polyanskiy, , Polyanskiy, Biden, Vladimir Putin, , , Yakzan Shishakly, Jared Malsin, Michael R, Gordon Organizations: United Nations Security Council, Security, ” U.S, Sunday, Diplomats, Maram Foundation, michael.gordon Locations: Russia, Syria, U.S, Turkey, China, , Damascus, Western, Ukraine, Norway, Ireland, Britain, France, Moscow, Reyhanli
Higher prices for food and energy are expected to dominate a divisive meeting of top diplomats from the world’s leading economies, with U.S. officials looking to put pressure on Russia to allow a freer flow of grain from war-torn Ukraine via the Black Sea. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to meet with counterparts from the Group of 20 nations Friday on the Indonesian island of Bali—while avoiding Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, U.S. officials said.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Sergei Lavrov Organizations: U.S, Russian Locations: Russia, Ukraine, . U.S, Indonesian, Bali
BEIJING — Chinese authorities refused to allow Canadian diplomats to attend the trial of a Chinese-born Canadian tycoon who disappeared from Hong Kong five years ago, Canada’s government said Tuesday. Xiao Jianhua was last seen at a Hong Kong hotel in January 2017 and is believed to have been taken to the mainland by Chinese authorities. Our attendance was denied by Chinese authorities,” a Canadian government statement said. Xiao Jianhua, a Chinese-born Canadian tycoon, vanished from a Hong Kong hotel in January 2017. Since then, Beijing has tightened control over Hong Kong, prompting complaints it is violating the autonomy promised when the territory returned to China in 1997.
Persons: Xiao Jianhua, Xiao, Organizations: NBC, Next, Tomorrow, Communist Party, Ming Pao Locations: BEIJING, Hong Kong, Canada, Chinese, British, Beijing, China, Xiao’s
Mourners show portraits near bodies which were exhumed from a mass grave in Tarhouna, before getting reburied in Tripoli, Libya January 22, 2021. read moreAlready, Libyan authorities have recovered 247 bodies in mass and individual grave sites in the Tarhouna area in Western Libya. The mission used satellite imagery showing signs of soil disturbances among other evidence to identify three new likely sites. "According to insider knowledge, there might still be up to 100 as of yet undiscovered mass graves," the report said. Diplomats and U.N. sources told Reuters that Libya had in the past expressed reservations about continuing the mission, which expires this month.
Persons: Hazem Ahmed, Muammar Gaddafi's, Khalifa Haftar, Emma Farge, William Maclean Organizations: REUTERS, Human Rights,, National Accord, Libyan National Army, Diplomats, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Tarhouna, Tripoli, Libya, GENEVA, Western Libya, Geneva
Russian diplomats to depart Bulgaria amid soaring tensions
  + stars: | 2022-07-03 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Two Russian airplanes were set to depart Bulgaria on Sunday with scores of Russian diplomatic staff and their families amid a mass expulsion that has sent tensions soaring between the historically close nations, a Russian diplomat said. Filip Voskresenski, a high-ranking Russian diplomat, told journalists at the airport in Bulgaria's capital Sofia he was among the 70 Russian diplomatic staff declared "persona non grata" last week and ordered to leave the country before Monday. On Friday, Russian Ambassador Eleonora Mitrofanova issued Bulgaria an ultimatum to reverse its decision and threatened that Moscow would fully sever diplomatic ties. The expulsion, which has severely strained diplomatic ties, is the greatest ever number of Russian diplomats expelled by Bulgaria, which has European Union and NATO membership. Bulgaria's defense minister was also ousted in early March for referring to Russia's war as a "special military operation," the Kremlin-preferred description.
Persons: Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Kiril Petkov, Filip Voskresenski, Petkov, Eleonora Mitrofanova Organizations: Bulgaria's, Embassy, European Union, NATO, Moscow Locations: Ukraine, Kyiv, Bulgaria, Russian, Bulgaria's, Sofia, Russia, Moscow, Embassy of Russia, Bulgarian
The fight for the twin cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk in Ukraine's Luhansk region is "entering a sort of fearsome climax", said Oleksiy Arestovych, adviser to Zelenskiy. TWIN CITIESThe fierce war of attrition in the Donbas is at its most critical in Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk. Hundreds of civilians are trapped in a chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk, with Ukraine and Russia disputing who controls the bombed-out city. Arestovych said Russian forces in both cities were conscripts of varying levels of training after Ukraine inflicted heavy losses on Russian forces. EU MEMBERSHIPRussia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24 in what the Kremlin calls a "special operation" to ensure Russian security and denazify Ukraine.
Persons: Oleksandr Ratushniak, West, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Ukraine's, Oleksiy Arestovych, Zelenskiy, Serhiy Gaidai, Sieviersk, Arestovych, Michael Perry, Himani Sarkar Organizations: REUTERS, EU, Ukrainian Television, Tass, Reuters, Ukraine, Russia, Kremlin, denazify, European Union, NATO, Diplomats, Seven, Thomson Locations: Sievierodonetsk, Ukraine, Donbas, KYIV, Russia, Ukraine's Luhansk, Zelenskiy, Luhansk, Donetsk, Brussels, Ukraine's, Lysychansk, Moscow, Ukrainian, Russian, denazify Ukraine, Europe, Soviet, Amsterdam, Finland, Sweden
Register now for FREE unlimited access to Register"A historic moment," European Council chief Charles Michel tweeted, adding: "Our future is together." HOT SUMMERRussian forces were trying to encircle Ukrainian troops defending Lysychansk, senior Ukrainian defence official Oleksiy Gromov said in a briefing on Thursday. Ukrainian forces were defending Sievierodonetsk and nearby Zolote and Vovchoyrovka, Gaidai said, but Russian troops had captured Loskutivka and Rai-Oleksandrivka to the south. Hundreds of civilians are trapped in a chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk while Ukraine and Russia dispute who controls the bombed-out city. With a range of 70 km, the systems can challenge the Russian artillery batteries that have bludgeoned Ukrainian cities from afar.
Persons: Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Charles Michel, Vladimir Putin, Boris Johnson, Oleksiy Arestovych, Oleksiy Gromov, Serhiy Gaidai, Johanna Geron Read, Gaidai, Loskutivka, Zelenskiy, Ukraine's, Oleksii Reznikov, Volodymyr Yanishan, Angus MacSwan, Alexandra Hudson, Mark Heinrich, Catherine Evans Organizations: European Union, EU, Soviet Union, Russia, Union, REUTERS, Defence, NATO, Diplomats, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Donbas, KYIV, Ukraine, Kyiv, Brussels, Ukrainian, Russia, Moldova, Britain, Sievierodonetsk, Luhansk province, Belgium, Russian, Hirske, Lysychansk, Zolote, Mykolaiv, Ukraine's, Odesa, United States, Soviet, Sweden, Finland
Any deployment of special operators would complement security teams from the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service. Insider understands that Diplomatic Security Service special agents are among the staff who have returned to Kyiv. The State Department's Diplomatic Security Service complements host-nation security and support and is responsible for the security of diplomatic facilities and locations, to include physical, technical, and procedural security. Special agents with the Diplomatic Security Service' Office of Mobile Security Deployments help secure a street in Manhattan, September 23, 2018. With offices in 29 US cities and 270 locations around the world, the Diplomatic Security Service has the broadest global responsibilities in the US federal law-enforcement community.
Persons: , Sergei Supinsky, Aleksandr Gusev, Command —, Stavros Atlamazoglou Organizations: Diplomatic Security Service, Service, Ukraine —, Getty, Wall Street Journal, State Department, Department of Defense, State, Security Service, Pentagon, Diplomatic Relations, Command, Delta Force, Warfare Development Group, Nigerien, US State Department, Local Guard, Diplomatic, of Mobile Security, US State Department Diplomatic Security Service, Regional Security Officers, Marine Corps Embassy Security, Hellenic Army, 575th Marine Battalion, Army, Johns Hopkins University Locations: Kyiv, Ukraine, Russia, AFP, Vienna, Tehran, Niger, Manhattan
French diplomats strike over reforms, cost cuts
  + stars: | 2022-06-02 | by ( John Irish | )   time to read: +3 min
REUTERS/Johanna GeronSummary First strike in 20 years comes amid war in UkraineAmbassadors, senior diplomats join young strikersBehind U.S., China, France has largest diplomatic networkPARIS, June 2 (Reuters) - French diplomats went on strike on Thursday for the first time in 20 years in protest at staff cuts and reforms by President Emmanuel Macron that they say could hurt France's global standing. The core grievance centres around the merging of career diplomats into the broader civil service, increasing competition for posts, but which diplomats say would dilute the service that they say needs expertise garnered from years of experience. "Defending the interests of France and serving France is not improvised," France's Consul General in San Francisco Frederic Jung wrote on Twitter. Strikers are also concerned about years of budget cuts that have seen staffing fall some 20% since 2007. "French diplomats are devoted with body and soul, but are overworked, underpaid and understaffed," France's ambassador to Azerbaijan Zacharie Gross said on Twitter.
Persons: Emmanuel Macron, Johanna Geron, San Francisco Frederic Jung, Azerbaijan Zacharie Gross, John Irish, Catherine Evans, Alison Williams Organizations: European Union, REUTERS, Twitter, Strikers, Thomson Locations: Ukraine, Brussels, Belgium, China, France, PARIS, United States, San Francisco, Paris, Azerbaijan
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia conducts a service to consecrate the renovated Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Mother of God in Rostov-on-Don, Russia October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Sergey Pivovarov/File PhotoBRUSSELS, June 1 (Reuters) - Hungary was holding up the finalisation of the European Union's sanctions package against Russia on Wednesday, insisting on the removal of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill from the list of sanctioned individuals, three diplomats said. European Union leaders agreed in principle earlier this week on a 6th sanctions package against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine and EU government envoys were to turn that political agreement into a legal text on Wednesday so it can enter into force. Crucially, the package includes a decision to ban purchases of all seaborn Russian oil and refined products six to eight months from the moment the package become law. "Agreement is held up because Hungary is objecting to sanctions on Patriarch Kirill," one EU diplomat said.
Persons: Kirill of Moscow, of God, Sergey Pivovarov, Kirill, Jan Strupczewski, John Chalmers, David Holmes Organizations: Russia, REUTERS, European Union, Thomson Locations: Rostov, Don, Russia, BRUSSELS, Hungary, Russian, Ukraine
French Diplomats to Strike Over Loss of Separate Status
  + stars: | 2022-05-31 | by ( Roger Cohen | )   time to read: +2 min
Mr. Macron committed to opening up the clubby world of the overwhelmingly white and predominantly male mandarins who run France after the eruption of the Yellow Vest protest movement in late 2018. The protests highlighted the disconnect between urban elites and overlooked communities in the rural hinterland or underserved projects surrounding big cities. “We are risking the disappearance of our professional diplomats.”The government argues that the change will lead to greater competence by dispensing with entrenched traditions and an attachment to status, while also giving diplomats more varied opportunities that bring them closer to the reality of French life. “Diplomats will serve as ambassadors to Burundi,” he said. “Rome or London will be reserved for friends.”
Persons: Macron, , Jean Castex, Mr, Araud, , Organizations: French, Foreign Affairs Ministry, “ Diplomats Locations: France, Burundi, “ Rome, London
Oil rallied Monday to its highest levels since March, with the EU in a sanctions crunch and as China eased COVID curbs. Diplomats failed to break through Hungary's opposition to a Russian oil embargo ahead of EU leaders' talks Monday. Boosting investors' hopes for the oil supply outlook were moves by China to loosen zero-COVID restrictions in key regions. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyden is proposing a complete ban on all Russian oil imports. Read more: Rising oil prices are just a sliver of what's to come, says an energy expert.
Persons: , Brent, WTI, Jeffrey Halley, Halley, Ursula von der Leyden, Warren Patterson, Robert Habeck, Viktor Orbán, Giovanni Stauvino Organizations: Oil, EU, Diplomats, Service, Union, US, Reuters Locations: China, Beijing, Shanghai, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, Europe, Slovakia, Czechia, U.S
The endorsement came as a multipronged Kremlin assault closed in on the easternmost Ukrainian-controlled city, Sievierodonetsk. Russian forces continued their pattern of bombarding cities and towns, including civilian areas, reducing them to depopulated wastelands before attempting to seize control. With the war driving up prices, the European Union countries alone have been paying $23 billion a month for Russian oil. Russian forces have held onto most of the areas they conquered in the south early in the war. And in the first weeks of the war, Russian offensives in the north aimed at Kyiv, the capital, and Kharkiv, the second-largest city, became hopelessly bogged down.
Persons: Volodymyr Zelensky, Charles Michel, Finbarr O'Reilly, Vladimir V, Russia —, Viktor Orban, Orban, Mr, Putin, Johanna Geron, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of, , Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, Iryna Vereshchuk, , Frédéric Leclerc, Imhoff, Serhiy Haidai, Ivan Fyodorov, Melitopol —, , Mariupol, ” Matina, Richard Pérez, Matthew Mpoke Bigg, Marc Santora, Valerie Hopkins, Neil MacFarquhar, Cassandra Vinograd, Stanley Reed, Carlotta Gall, Aurelien Breeden, Monika Pronczuk Organizations: BRUSSELS, The, Union, The New York Times, European Council, Kremlin, European Union, Analysts, European, NATO, Diplomats, ., Donbas, Russian, Battalions, Associated Press, Institute for Locations: Ukraine, Brussels, Russia, Europe, Ukrainian, Sievierodonetsk, Russian, wastelands, Ukraine’s, Donetsk, Kherson, Melitopol, E.U, United States, Western Europe, Hungarian, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Turkey, Finland, Sweden, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, French, Lysychansk, Luhansk, Moscow, Dnipro, Washington, , , Mariupol, Kyiv, Kharkiv, New York, Krakow, Poland, Istanbul, London, Druzhkivka, Paris
The United States is presiding over the Security Council this month and has held a series of meetings touching on the plight of Syrians who have been become homeless or otherwise need assistance to survive. But three foreign diplomats said Russia had sent vague signals suggesting it might try to use the vote to gain concessions in the standoff over Ukraine. The United States and European countries have imposed a variety of sanctions on Russia to punish the country for invading its neighbor. The diplomats would not describe the signals in detail and said Moscow had stopped short of directly tying the corridor’s fate to the war in Ukraine. One of the diplomats also predicted Russia would counter accusations that its invasion had violated Ukraine’s sovereignty by denouncing the aid convoys as an infringement on Syria’s territorial integrity.
Persons: U.N, Dmitry Polyanskiy, , Polyanskiy Organizations: Security Locations: United States, Moscow, Idlib, , Russia, Ukraine
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