NATO set to increase its high-readiness forces

NATO set to increase its high-readiness forces

Stoltenberg has said NATO’s updated Strategic Concept will likely refer to Russia as the “most significant and direct threat” to security. Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday said the military alliance is poised to increase the number of its high-readiness forces to well over 300,000 as part … Read more

Recession, currencies, oil, Russian debt

Recession, currencies, oil, Russian debt

SINGAPORE — Shares in the Asia-Pacific traded higher on Monday as investors assess inflation and recession fears. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index led gains in the region, rising 2.41% in its final hour of the day after trading more than 3% higher in the session. The Hang Seng Tech index popped 4.63%. Alibaba’s shares in … Read more

Baltic nations push for change at NATO summit

Baltic nations push for change at NATO summit

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has said he plans to bring up a stand-off with Russia at this week’s NATO summit. Picture Alliance | Picture Alliance | Getty Images Everything changed when Russia invaded Ukraine and NATO’s defense strategy must now account for the new security environment on Europe’s eastern flank. That’s the coordinated message from … Read more

G-7 nations to announce import ban on Russian gold

G-7 nations to announce import ban on Russian gold

The move would add to a series of punitive penalties imposed by the West on Russia since its onslaught of Ukraine began on Feb. 24. Maxim Shemetov | Reuters The leaders of the G-7 nations will announce a ban on Russian gold imports for Moscow’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, U.S. President Joe Biden confirmed on Sunday … Read more

Double blow for UK’s Boris Johnson as he loses two key by-elections

Double blow for UK's Boris Johnson as he loses two key by-elections

Campaign posters in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, ahead of a key by-election triggered after Conservative MP Imran Ahmed Khan was convicted of sexually assaulting a minor. Daniel Harvey Gonzalez/In Pictures via Getty Images LONDON — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suffered a double blow at the ballot box as his party lost two key parliamentary … Read more

Saudi Crown Prince visit Turkey in major posture change for Erdogan

Saudi Crown Prince visit Turkey in major posture change for Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan R welcomes Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in Ankara, Turkey, on June 22, 2022. Mustafa Kaya/Xinhua via Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has visited Turkey for the first time in years, marking a rapprochement between two of … Read more

Isolated Putin says trade with China and India is increasing

Isolated Putin says trade with China and India is increasing

Russian President Vladimir Putin is here seen at during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping weeks before the launch of the unprovoked Russian attack on Ukraine. During the meeting, both countries signed a “no-limits pact” Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images In a transparent attempt to end his international isolation after the … Read more

Germany triggers ‘alert level’ of emergency gas plan, sees high risk of long-term supply shortages

Germany triggers 'alert level' of emergency gas plan, sees high risk of long-term supply shortages

Habeck has previously warned the situation is going to be “really tight in winter” without precautionary measures to prevent a gas supply shortage. Picture Alliance | Picture Alliance | Getty Images Germany has declared it is moving to the so-called “alert level” of its emergency gas plan, as reduced Russian flows exacerbate fears of a … Read more

China’s Xi vows ‘more forceful’ tools to achieve economic goals

China's Xi vows 'more forceful' tools to achieve economic goals

China is hosting the annual BRICS summit virtually this year. Pictured here is Chinese President Xi Jinping speaking via video at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping made a rare statement Wednesday about his country’s … Read more