Russia’s relationship with EU has been ‘destroyed,’ Lavrov says

Russian Foreign Minister in China – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as they exchange signed documents during a signing ceremony after their meeting. – -/Russian Foreign Ministry/dpa The European Union has “destroyed” its relationship with Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday, in the […]

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Britain imposes sanctions on Chinese officials, company over Xinjiang

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain imposed sanctions on Monday on four Chinese officials and a construction company over human rights abuses against the mainly Muslim Uighur community in Xinjiang, part of coordinated action by some Western countries to put pressure on Beijing. Earlier on Monday, the United States announced sanctions on two more Chinese officials linked […]

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Sending signal, lawmakers declare the EU an LGBTIQ ‘freedom zone’

European Parliament plenary session in Brussels – German MEP Terry Reintke speaks during a Plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels. – Alain Rolland/European Parliament/dpa The European Parliament voted to declare the bloc a “freedom zone” for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LBGTIQ) community on Thursday, in a swipe at conservatism […]

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Brexit activist Nigel Farage withdraws from politics

Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage withdraws from politics – Brexit party leader Nigel Farage points to a small Britain flag during a plenary session of the European Parliament. Farage has announced he is retiring from politics and stepping down from his role as chairman of the Reform UK party. – Michael Kappeler/dpa British politician and Brexit […]

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EU not interested in protecting Belfast peace agreement: Northern Ireland first minister

LONDON (Reuters) – Northern Ireland’s first minister said the European Union’s promise of legal action over the UK extending grace periods for trade showed its priority was protecting the trading bloc, not the Belfast peace agreement. “What they’re only interested in is protecting their bloc, they’re not interested, as they claim to be, in protecting […]

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Kremlin shrugs off impact of U.S./EU sanctions, but pledges retaliation

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin on Wednesday played down the impact of sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union over Moscow’s treatment of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, but said it would retaliate with reciprocal measures. In President Joe Biden’s most direct challenge yet to the Kremlin, the United States on Tuesday imposed […]

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US, EU say vaccine programs on track as Asia rollouts gather steam

The United States hailed progress in turning around its troubled Covid-19 vaccine rollout, as the European Union said it was on track to meet jab targets and Asia’s inoculation drive gained pace on Friday. Brazil hit 250,000 fatalities — the second-highest national death toll after the United States — while the worldwide vaccine campaign received […]

Moscow court rejects Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s appeal against prison sentence

A Moscow appeal court on Saturday upheld a prison sentence imposed on Alexei Navalny after he returned to Russia from Germany following a poisoning attack, shortening his nearly three-year jail term by just 1.5 months. Judge Dmitry Balashov rejected Navalny‘s appeal of the February 2 ruling, which had turned a 2014 suspended sentence on embezzlement […]

Germany, Sweden and Poland toss out Russian diplomats over Moscow expulsions

Germany, Sweden and Poland on Monday each threw out a Russian diplomat in retaliation for Moscow’s expulsion last week of their diplomats for allegedly taking part in protests in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The three EU countries announced the tit-for-tat moves in coordinated statements, drawing an angry response from Russia which accused them […]

Russia expels European diplomats over Alexei Navalny protests, EU ‘strongly condemns’ move

Russia on Friday said it was expelling diplomats from Germany, Poland and Sweden for participating in unauthorized demonstrations in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, a move the EU’s top diplomat and several European leaders condemned as “unjustified” and “completely unfounded”. The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that an unspecified number of […]

By jailing Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin may turn him into an even more potent opposition symbol

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny was today sentenced to two years, eight months in a prison colony for violating the probation terms of a suspended sentence on a 2014 conviction, which he claims was politically motivated. This comes on the heels of a second weekend of unauthorised protests in which thousands of Russians took to […]

Wuhan marks a year since lockdown as Biden warns of 600,000 dead

The Chinese city of Wuhan marked one year since the start of its traumatic 76-day coronavirus lockdown Saturday while the pandemic continued to rage elsewhere, with US President Joe Biden warning America’s death toll could pass 600,000. Traffic hummed, sidewalks bustled, and citizens packed parks and public transport in Wuhan, underscoring the scale of the […]

European official declares Trump a ‘political pyromaniac’ — Pompeo cancels trip: report

America’s relationship with Europe continues to disintegrate during the final days of the Donald Trump administration. Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn blasted the U.S. president the day after the fatal attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters seeking to overturn the election — and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled a planned trip in […]

Twitter’s ‘problematic’ Trump ban troubles Europe

Twitter’s decision to impose a permanent ban on US President Donald Trump’s account has sparked some consternation in Europe, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel calling it “problematic”. The move, prompted by fears of “further incitement of violence” after last week’s attack on the US Capitol building that was partly blamed on the US president, reignited […]

‘Tampon tax’ scrapped in Britain

A tax on sanitary products has been abolished in Britain, in a change hailed by the government as a result of Brexit. The levy, known as “the tampon tax,” saw 5 per cent added on to the price of sanitary towels and tampons as they were classed as “luxury items”. It was applied under EU […]

US imposes new tariffs on French, German products in Airbus-Boeing spat

The United States announced Wednesday that it will impose additional tariffs on French and German products as part of a long-running dispute over subsidies for aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing. The tariffs are on “aircraft manufacturing parts from France and Germany, certain non-sparkling wine from France and Germany, and certain cognac and other grape brandies […]