France votes, with Macron facing tough battle for control of parliament

Projections from voting expected at 1800 GMT Macron needs 289 seats for absolute majority in parliament Pollsters say he may fall short as smaller parties make gains One minister already eliminated in overseas vote PARIS, June 19 (Reuters) – Voting was underway in France on Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deprive newly re-elected … Read more

NATO warns of long Ukraine was as Russian assaults follow EU boost for Kyiv

NATO’s Stoltenberg says war could last years Allies must show they will back Ukraine for long haul -Johnson Ukraine admits setback at village near Sievierodonetsk “All that is ours we will take back” -Zelenskiy Two Azovstal defense commanders moved to Russia for probe -TASS KYIV, June 19 (Reuters) – The war in Ukraine could last … Read more

Ukraine’s fight grinds on, Boris Johnson pledges long-haul support

EU summit expected to back Ukraine candidate status Ukraine candidacy endorsement marks major shift Britain’s Johnson warns against ‘Ukraine fatigue’ Battle for Sievierodonetsk grinds on More rocket strikes, shelling across east, central Ukraine KYIV, June 18 (Reuters) – With a fresh blessing for its European Union ambitions and a promise of continued strong support from … Read more

Remains of British journalist found in Amazon, police name new suspect

SAO PAULO, June 17 (Reuters) – A forensic exam carried out on human remains found in the Amazon rainforest confirmed on Friday that they belonged to British journalist Dom Phillips, Brazil’s federal police said, adding that a search was underway for a man suspected of involvement in his killing. Work is proceeding to determine the … Read more

WikiLeaks’ founder Assange vows to fight extradition from UK to United States

UK’s Patel approves extradition request Assange has 14 days to appeal Assange’s wife says dark day for press freedom Australia says case has dragged on too long LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) – The wife of Julian Assange vowed to fight using every possible legal avenue after British Home Secretary Priti Patel on Friday approved the … Read more

Week of rate hikes has stocks on course for steepest slide since 2020

Everyone except the BOJ is hiking Stocks sink as economy risks grow Yen slips as BOJ leaves policy unchanged SINGAPORE, June 17 (Reuters) – World stocks headed for their worst week since markets’ pandemic meltdown in March 2020, as interest rate hikes in the United States and Britain and a surprise one in Switzerland put … Read more

EU leaders criticized for tepid support bring ‘message of unity’ to Ukraine

Arms needed to fend off Russian advances in south and east Ukrainian troops, civilians holed up in Sievierodonetsk plant KYIV, June 16 (Reuters) – The leaders of Germany, France and Italy – all criticized in the past by Kyiv for support viewed as too cautious – made a joint visit to Ukraine on Thursday, touring … Read more

Two US citizens missing, feared captured, in eastern Ukraine families

June 15 (Reuters) – Two US citizens who traveled to Ukraine as volunteer fighters against Russian forces have been missing for a week and are feared captured, family members said on Wednesday. Alexander Drueke, 39, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Andy Huynh, 27, of Hartselle, Alabama, were last in contact with their families on June 8 … Read more

Biden announces new $ 1 bln in weapons for Ukraine, Kyiv seeks more heavy arms

WASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced a fresh US infusion of $ 1 billion in weapons for Ukraine that includes anti-ship rocket systems, artillery rockets, howitzers and ammunition. In a phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Biden said he told the embattled leader about the new weaponry. “The United … Read more

Wall Street rallies to close higher after Fed statement

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, US, June 13, 2022. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid / File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Fed announces biggest rate hike since 1994 Powell: does not expect 75 bps to be the norm S&P 500 … Read more