UK airports face Christmas disruption as border staff to strike

UK airports face Christmas disruption as border staff to strike

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Border Force workers at several major British airports including the country’s busiest, Heathrow, will go on strike for eight days this month in a dispute over pay, threatening disruption to Christmas travel. The PCS trade union said staff employed by Britain’s interior ministry in passport booths would take action at … Read more

Putin acknowledges Russia’s war in Ukraine could be a long one

Putin acknowledges Russia’s war in Ukraine could be a long one

Nuclear weapons threat risen but ‘we haven’t gone mad’ – Putin Russia fired over 1,000 times at Ukraine power grid – report LONDON/KYIV, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has acknowledged that his army could be fighting in Ukraine for a long time, but for now there will be no second call-up of … Read more

China’s Xi on ‘epoch-making’ visit to Saudi as Riyadh chafes at US censorship

RIYADH, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping began a visit to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday that Beijing said marked its biggest diplomatic initiative in the Arab world, as Riyadh expands global alliances beyond a longstanding partnership with the West. The meeting between the global economic powerhouse and Gulf energy giant comes as Saudi … Read more

Putin says Russia may be fighting in Ukraine for a long time

Putin warns of “long process” in Ukraine The risk of nuclear war is growing, he tells the rights council Russia won’t recklessly “brandish” nuclear weapons No need for a new round of mobilization LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that his army could be fighting in Ukraine for a … Read more

Sister of Iran’s leader condemns his rule, urges Guards to disarm – letter

DUBAI, Dec 7 (Reuters) – A sister of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has condemned his crackdown on nationwide protests and called on the widely-feared Revolutionary Guards to lay down their weapons, according to a letter published by her France-based son . Iran has been gripped by unrest since the death of 22-year-old Kurdish … Read more

Judge dismisses Khashoggi lawsuit against Saudi prince; Biden granted him immunity

Dec 6 (Reuters) – A federal judge in Washington on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the fiance of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi against Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, citing President Biden’s grant of immunity. US District Judge John Bates suggested he was reluctant to throw out the lawsuit but had no choice … Read more

US approves potential sale $3.75 billion of M1A1 Abrams tanks to Poland

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The US State Department has approved a potential sale of 116 General Dynamics (GD.N) made M1A1 Abrams tanks, other vehicles and munitions to Poland in a deal valued at up to $3.75 billion, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The sale comes just months after Poland was authorized to buy 250 … Read more

Suspected suicide blast at Indonesian police station kills two

BANDUNG, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Two people were killed and eight wounded in the Indonesian city of Bandung on Wednesday when a suspected Islamic militant who may have been angered by the country’s new criminal code blew himself up at a police station, authorities said. Ahmad Ramadhan, head of the public information bureau for the … Read more

Ukraine appears to show ability to strike far inside Russia

Third Russian airfield reported hit in drone strike Ukraine’s Zelenskiy meets troops near eastern front Oil price cap gives G7 leverage on Russia – US official Dec 7 (Reuters) – A third Russian airfield was set ablaze by a drone strike, a day after Ukraine demonstrated an apparent new ability to penetrate hundreds of kilometers … Read more

Indonesia bans sex outside marriage in new criminal code

New criminal code ushers in controversial changes Sex outside of marriage, insulting the president banned New laws will hamper tourism, investment, critics say JAKARTA, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s parliament approved a new criminal code on Tuesday that bans sex outside marriage with a punishment of up to one year in jail, despite worries the … Read more