Putin is open to talks and diplomacy over Ukraine, Kremlin says

Putin is open to talks about Ukraine Russia will not withdraw from Ukraine The Kremlin strikes a mild tone Biden says he is willing to talk to Putin under conditions MOSCOW, Dec. 2 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin is open to talks about a possible settlement of the Ukraine conflict and believes in a diplomatic … Read more

Ramaphosa’s future poised after South Africa’s ‘Farmgate’ scandal

Panel believes the president may have violated the constitution Ramaphosa has denied any allegations ANC manager meets to discuss findings Ramaphosa’s spokesperson says the announcement is imminent Rand, bonds fall on speculation that Ramaphosa may disappear CAPE TOWN, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Cyril Ramaphosa’s future as South Africa’s president hung in the balance on Thursday … Read more

Islamic State leader killed in US Free Syrian Army operation in mid-October

CAIRO, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The militant leader of the Islamic State (IS), Abu al-Hassan al-Hashemi al-Quraishi, was killed in mid-October in an operation carried out by the rebel-free Syrian army in the Syrian province of Daraa, the US Army. said Wednesday, another heavy blow to a group that once terrified the Middle East. A … Read more

The US appeals court rejects Biden’s bid to revive student debt plan

Nov 30 (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to stay the ruling of a Texas judge who said President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel hundreds of billions of dollars in student loans was illegal. The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Biden administration’s request to suspend a judge’s … Read more

Russia says it will focus on building nuclear weapons infrastructure by 2023

Nov 30 (Reuters) – Russia will pay special attention to building infrastructure for its nuclear forces in 2023, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday. Shoigu said in televised commentaries that Russia would also work to improve the combat capabilities of its missile forces and facilities were being built to house new missile systems. Russia … Read more

COVID hits HIV detection in Europe, threatens eradication progress

LONDON, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – The number of people in Europe with undiagnosed HIV has risen as testing rates fell during the COVID-19 pandemic, jeopardizing a global goal to end the disease by 2030, according to a report. The joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and … Read more

South Korea scrambles fighter jets as fighter jets from China and Russia penetrate air defense zone

SEOUL, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The South Korean military said it scrambled warplanes when two Chinese and six Russian warplanes entered the air defense zone on Wednesday. The two Chinese H-6 bombers repeatedly entered and exited the Korea Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) off the south and northeast coasts of South Korea from about 05:50 … Read more

The U.S. Senate passes a law to protect same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The US Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would protect federal recognition of same-sex marriage, a move taken in response to concerns the Supreme Court could overturn a 2015 decision that legalized it nationwide . The narrowly tailored law, which would require the federal government to recognize a marriage … Read more

S&P 500 ends as Apple falls and traders watch Powell speech

Investors look to Powell speech for interest rate clues US consumer confidence falls in November S&P 500 -0.16%, Nasdaq -0.59%, Dow +0.01% Nov 29 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 closed on Tuesday, with losses in Apple and Amazon ahead of an upcoming speech from US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell who could hint at the … Read more

Stocks and oil rise on hopes of loosening COVID curbs in China

Euro STOXX 600 up 0.4% Oil prices recover on China’s hopes, production cuts talk Dollar falls as investors look for riskier assets China real estate stocks rise on policy support http://tmsnrt.rs/2yaDPgn LONDON/SYDNEY, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Stocks and oil gained on Tuesday on hopes public unrest in China could lead to an earlier easing of … Read more