UK teachers and civil servants join biggest strikes in years on ‘Walkout Wednesday’

UK teachers and civil servants join biggest strikes in years on ‘Walkout Wednesday’

Up to 500,000 people expected to join UK strikes Government says steep pay rises will fuel inflation Schools will close, most trains will not run More strikes involving health workers planned for next week LONDON, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Up to half a million British teachers, civil servants, train drivers and university professors walked off … Read more

‘Hands off Africa,’ Pope Francis tells the rich world

‘Hands off Africa,’ Pope Francis tells the rich world

Pope begins trip to DR Congo and South Sudan François meets the victims of the war in the Congo Trip postponed from July due to Pope’s knee disease KINSHASA, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Pope Francis denounced the “poison of greed” driving conflict in Africa as he began a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo … Read more

Russia continues its Donetsk campaign; Ukraine wants fighter jets

Russia continues its Donetsk campaign;  Ukraine wants fighter jets

The city of Bakhmut comes under new fire – The Ukrainian army Zelenskiy talks to senior defense officials US prepares $2.2 billion arms package for Ukraine KYIV, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Russian forces are gradually gaining ground in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk province, focusing on the town of Bakhmut, north of the regional capital. After finally … Read more

Two years on, Myanmar coup has ‘catastrophic record’

Two years on, Myanmar coup has ‘catastrophic record’

Jan 31 (Reuters) – Two years after Myanmar’s military coup, a young factory worker turned resistance fighter is mourning the loss of his leg in battle. A former diplomat has not seen his family for four years. A beauty queen adjusts to a new life in wintery Canada. And an exiled teacher dreams of going … Read more

Three years later, Britain is still awaiting the Brexit dividend

Three years later, Britain is still awaiting the Brexit dividend

UK lags peers in growth, investment and trade Many economists say Brexit is contributing to underperformance Polls show Britons increasingly regret leaving the EU Lyons, pro-Brexit economist: UK problems have long roots LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Three years after leaving the European Union, Britain has yet to benefit from the promised Brexit dividend for … Read more

Turkey’s push into Iraq risks aggravating the conflict

Turkey’s push into Iraq risks aggravating the conflict

SARARO, Iraq, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Overlooking the deserted village of Sararo in northern Iraq, three Turkish military outposts shatter the skyline, part of an incursion that has forced residents to flee the year after days of shelling. The outposts are just some of dozens of new military bases Turkey has established on Iraqi soil … Read more

Scholz’s bid to rally Ukraine’s support in South America falls flat

Scholz’s bid to rally Ukraine’s support in South America falls flat

SANTIAGO/BRASILIA, Jan 30 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s attempt this week to rally support for Ukraine in the face of a Russian invasion on his first South American tour has fallen flat, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva reiterating his view of both sides shared blame. Scholz sought to project unity on Ukraine … Read more

Western allies diverge on jets for Ukraine as Russia claims gains

Western allies diverge on jets for Ukraine as Russia claims gains

Biden says ‘no’ when asked about F-16s for Ukraine Zelenskiy says Moscow is looking for ‘big revenge’ A Russian administrator claims a foothold in Vuhledar Kyiv could regain ground as Western weapons arrive – group KYIV, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s defense minister is expected in Paris on Tuesday to meet President Emmanuel Macron amid … Read more

In diplomatic coup, Taiwanese president holds talks with Czech president-elect

In diplomatic coup, Taiwanese president holds talks with Czech president-elect

Pavel won the Czech presidential election on Saturday Taiwan’s Pavel and Tsai highlight shared values ​​on call China opposes other countries dealing with Taiwan Beijing sees Taiwan as a renegade province TAIPEI/PRAGUE, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen held a phone call with Czech President-elect Petr Pavel on Monday, a highly unusual move … Read more

Pope Francis will visit two fragile African nations

Pope Francis will visit two fragile African nations

VATICAN CITY, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Tuesday begins a trip to two fragile African countries often forgotten by the world, where protracted conflicts have left millions of refugees and displaced people struggling with hunger. The January 31-February 5 visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan takes the 86-year-old … Read more