Ukrainian Donbass ‘destroyed’ as Russian artillery and planes step up strikes

Russia intensifies its offensive in Donbass Zelensky says the area is completely destroyed The G7 will send billions more to Ukraine Civil infrastructure damage Senate approves $40 billion in additional aid Kyiv, Ukraine (May 20) (Reuters) – The Ukrainian military said on Friday that Russian forces had bombed areas in eastern Donbass by land and … Read more

Michael Sussman trial: Testimony from a former FBI official supports the case of Durham v. Clinton campaign lawyer

CNN – A former senior FBI official testified Thursday that he was “100% confident” that Hillary Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussman told him he had not provided information about Donald Trump’s possible ties to Russia on behalf of the campaign or any agent, critical testimony that Supports Special Counsel John Durham’s allegations that Sussman He … Read more

Russia says more Ukrainian fighters have surrendered in Mariupol

Ukrainian soldiers, many of whom were wounded, moved to Russian-controlled towns The United States reopens the Kyiv embassy Ukraine says saboteurs targeted a Russian armored train Kyiv/MARIPOL, Ukraine, May 19 (Reuters) – Nearly 700 additional Ukrainian fighters have surrendered in Russia-controlled Mariupol, Moscow said, as it consolidated major gains in the south, while the United … Read more

Russia uses new laser weapons in Ukraine and Zelensky mocks ‘wonderful weapon’

Russia indulges in its own secret laser arsenal Zelensky sarcastically compares the use of lasers to the Nazis’ wondrous weapons Satellites 1,500 km away can go blind LONDON (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday it was using a new generation of powerful lasers in Ukraine to incinerate drones and deploying some of Moscow’s secret weapons … Read more

Performers push for copyright protection from AI deep forgeries

AI is increasingly common in entertainment and audio Performers fear losing work and rights to technology Calls for new legal protections on shows Tbilisi, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When a friend texted voice actor Bev Standing to ask if TikTok’s text-to-speech feature sounded, the Canadian artist’s surprise quickly turned to anger. She had … Read more

Yellen: It is not legal for the United States to seize official Russian assets

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Wednesday that the United States had no legal authority to seize Russian Central Bank assets frozen over its invasion of Ukraine, but was in talks with U.S. partners about ways to make Russia. Pay the bill for post-war reconstruction in Ukraine began. Yellen also said that a special license … Read more

Facts: How the EU plans to abandon Russia’s fossil fuels

Pictures of solar panels are taken at a solar park in Saelices, Spain, May 11, 2022. The image was taken with a drone. Photograph: Guillermo Martinez/Reuters Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register (Reuters) – The European Union published plans on Wednesday to end its dependence on Russian gas, oil and coal … Read more

Stock market recovery recovers, UK inflation hits 40-year high

LONDON (Reuters) – A stock rally ran out of steam on Wednesday as concerns about the outlook for economic growth and rising inflation dampened sentiment, while the UK’s 9% inflation reading underlined how far higher interest rates could go. Asian stocks managed to post gains for the fourth consecutive session, but equities in Europe were … Read more

Finland and Sweden have applied to join NATO and are facing Turkish objections

The request was submitted to NATO headquarters A move was seen redrawing the geopolitical map of Europe The Ukraine war, due to decades of non-alignment, has caused turmoil in politics Countries seeking to resolve Turkish objections to NATO bids BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Finland and Sweden formally applied to join NATO on Wednesday at the allies’ … Read more

Stocks rebound and Treasury yields rise on stronger data

Stocks gain from retail sales, China optimism Dollar falls as risk appetite returns Crude oil dips amid fears of Fed tightening Powell keeps a hawkish message from the Fed NEW YORK (Reuters) – Global stock markets rebounded and Treasury yields rose on Tuesday, as strong retail sales in April signaled economic growth could strengthen, as … Read more