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

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

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

Emergency ECB meeting lifts Europe, Fed ready to go big

News of emergency ECB meeting sends Italian markets soaring Market almost fully priced for Fed to hike 75 bps Euro rally knocks dollar off 20-yr peak, US yields off decade top China economic data slightly beat forecasts, still weak LONDON / SYDNEY, June 15 (Reuters) – European markets rallied on Wednesday on news the European … Read more

Russia tells Ukraine to lay down arms in Sievierodonetsk battle

Sievierodonetsk city focus of fight for eastern Ukraine Hundreds trapped in Sievierodonetsk’s Azot chemical plant NATO defense ministers due to discuss Ukraine military aid KYIV, June 15 (Reuters) – Russia told Ukrainian forces holed up in a chemical plant in the embattled city of Sievierodonetsk to lay down their arms by early Wednesday, pressing its … Read more

Asian stocks slide as Fed hike fears tip Wall St into bear market

HONG KONG, June 14 (Reuters) – Asian shares slid sharply and the safe-haven dollar held near a two-decade peak on Tuesday after Wall Street hit a confirmed bear market milestone on fears aggressive US interest rate hikes would push the world’s largest economy into recession. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan (.MIAPJ0000PUS) fell … Read more