Blinken to speak about aid and Nordic NATO candidacy during visit to earthquake-hit Turkey

MUNICH, Feb 19 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will arrive in Turkey on Sunday for an official visit and will discuss how Washington can further help Ankara as it grapples with the aftermath of a devastating land that killed tens of thousands of people. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Turkey and … Read more

Israeli missile hits building in central Damascus, five dead

AMMAN, Feb 19 (Reuters) – An Israeli rocket strike on Sunday morning hit a building in the Kafr Sousa neighborhood of central Damascus, near a large, heavily guarded security compound near Iranian facilities, killing five people, witnesses and officials said. The rare targeted strike damaged several buildings in the densely populated neighborhood near Umayyad Square … Read more

EU calls for joint arms purchases to help Ukraine

MUNICH, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The European Union is urgently exploring ways for its member countries to team up to buy ammunition to help Ukraine, following warnings from Kiev that its forces need more supplies soon, diplomats and officials said. EU foreign ministers are expected to discuss the idea of ​​a joint purchase of 155 … Read more

South Africa’s naval exercise with Russia and China raises Western alarm

South Africa holds 10-day exercise with Russia and China Government rejects criticism, says neutral on Ukraine The drills have sounded the alarm among key Western partners JOHANNESBURG, Feb 17 (Reuters) – South Africa was due to launch a joint naval exercise with Russia and China on Friday, a move it calls routine but has fueled … Read more

Top Israeli diplomat expelled from African Union summit as row escalates

ADDIS ABABA, Feb 18 (Reuters) – A senior Israeli diplomat was expelled from the annual African Union summit in Ethiopia on Saturday as the dispute over Israel’s accreditation to the bloc escalated. Footage posted online showed AU security officers confronting the diplomat during the summit’s opening ceremony, before she left the auditorium. “Israel views harshly … Read more

Body of Ghanaian winger Atsu found under rubble in Turkey

ANKARA, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu has been found dead under the building where he lived in southern Turkey after last week’s massive earthquake, his Turkish agent said on Saturday. Atsu had been missing since the February 6 earthquake following a building collapse in Hatay. He was 31 years old. “Atsu’s lifeless … Read more

Explosions hit western Ukraine after Russia fired four missiles, officials say

KYIV, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Explosions injured two civilians and shattered several hundred windows in the western Ukrainian town of Khmelnytsky as Russia fired missiles from the Black Sea on Saturday, officials said Ukrainian officials. The Ukrainian Air Force said Russia launched four Kalibr missiles from the Black Sea, two of which were shot down … Read more

Kim Jong Un’s daughter appears at sporting event

SEOUL, Feb 18 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his daughter attended a sporting event attended by government officials on Friday, according to state media, the first time the girl was seen at a a non-military event. The daughter, often described by state media as Kim’s ‘beloved child’ or ‘respected child’, was … Read more