Five things to watch for at this week’s NATO meeting

Five things to watch for at this week’s NATO meeting

President Biden will convene with allies this week at a NATO summit in Madrid, which is expected to focus on the security alliance projecting its unity and coordination amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.  The meeting, which follows the Group of Seven summit in Germany, is expected to cover a hosts of issues beyond the Russian … 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

Russia strikes Kyiv as Western leaders meet in Europe

Russia strikes Kyiv as Western leaders meet in Europe

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia shattered weeks of relative calm in the Ukrainian capital with long-range missiles fired toward Kyiv early Sunday, an apparent Kremlin show-of-force as Western leaders meet in Europe to strengthen their military and economic support of Ukraine. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the missiles hit at least two residential buildings, and … Read more

Biden urges Western unity on Ukraine amid war fatigue

Biden urges Western unity on Ukraine amid war fatigue

ELMAU, Germany (AP) — President Joe Biden and western allies opened a three-day summit in the Bavarian Alps on Sunday intent on keeping economic fallout from the war in Ukraine from fracturing the global coalition working to punish Russia’s aggression. Britain’s Boris Johnson warned the leaders not to give in to “fatigue” even as Russia … Read more

How the melting Arctic could lead to huge riches—and world war

How the melting Arctic could lead to huge riches—and world war

Santa’s getting company. Fast-melting sea ice has opened a potential new Arctic shipping lane across the North Pole, which will give powerful nations easier access to the frozen zone’s vast riches — but has also sparked fears of war. The Arctic Council predicts that, during the summers, sea ice will be gone by 2040 — allowing for … Read more

Iran attacks stopped by Middle East air defense alliance: Israel

Iran attacks stopped by Middle East air defense alliance: Israel

The US and Israel are building an air defense coalition in the Middle East that has already thwarted attacks by Iran, Israel’s defense minister announced Monday. Benny Gantz gave few details about what he called the “Middle East Air Defense Alliance,” or MEAD, in testimony before the Knesset’s powerful Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee — … Read more

Ukraine’s top negotiator calls for more weapons

Ukraine's top negotiator calls for more weapons

Ukrainian police officers document the destruction at one of Europe’s largest clothing market “Barabashovo” (more than 75 hectares) in Kharkiv on May 16, 2022, which was destroed as aresult of shelling, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine.  Sergey Bobok | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON – The Ukrainian negotiator leading the now-stalled talks with Russian officials … Read more

Biden’s optimism collides with mounting political challenges

Biden's optimism collides with mounting political challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are going to hold onto the House after November’s midterm elections. They will pick up as many as four seats in the Senate, expanding their majority and overcoming internal dissent that has helped stifle their agenda. As the challenges confronting President Joe Biden intensify, his predictions of a rosy political future … Read more

The graph that disproves Biden’s claim that inflation is worse everywhere else in the world

Data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development from April 2021 until April 2022 shows U.S. inflation has been rising steadily above all other nations

President Joe Biden has been under fire for inflation that has reached its highest point in 41 years and has squeezed the finances of millions of Americans. He has blamed Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and the COVID pandemic for the surge in prices – and now has pointed to inflation being a global issue. … Read more

Summary of weapons U.S. has given to Ukraine

Summary of weapons U.S. has given to Ukraine

A Soldier conducts registration and calibration for the M777A2 howitzer weapon system in Syria, Sept. 30, 2021. U.S. Army Spc. Isaiah Scott | U.S. Army WASHINGTON — From heavy artillery to tactical drones to armored vehicles, the U.S. has committed $5.6 billion in military aid to Ukraine since Russia invaded in late February. The latest assistance … Read more