Strikes signal Kremlin fury that Odesa, an imperial symbol, has turned its back on Russia:

Strikes signal Kremlin fury that Odesa, an imperial symbol, has turned its back on Russia:

ODESA, Ukraine – Viktoria Sibir remembered when she was called a Nazi for painting the words “Slava Ukraini,” or “Glory to Ukraine,” on her balcony, which overlooked Derybasivska Street, a pedestrian walkway that meanders through the heart of this port city . A popular vacation spot for Russians prior to 2014, Odesa has long contended … Read more

Will Hezbollah’s election setback change anything in Lebanon?

Will Hezbollah’s election setback change anything in Lebanon?

The country’s new parliament remains largely split between pro-Iran and pro-Saudi blocs. Hezbollah still commands the largest single parliamentary bloc and the new political makeup signals that the country is headed, yet again, for a costly stalemate. Yet within those apparently immutable divisions, important political shifts have taken place. Reformists from outside Lebanon’s traditional political … Read more

Latest Russia-Ukraine War News: Live Updates:

Latest Russia-Ukraine War News:  Live Updates:

BRUSSELS – The world economy is heading into a potentially grim period as rising costs, shortages of food and other commodities and Russia continuing invasion of Ukraine threaten to slow economic growth and bring about a painful global slump. Two years after the pandemic coronavirus emerged and left much of the globe in a state … Read more

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields:

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields:

Iraq persuaded Lukoil to halt sale to Sinopec – sources: Baghdad concerned China becoming too dominant – sources: Western firms not happy with terms of Iraqi deals: LONDON / BASRA, May 17 (Reuters) – Iraq’s oil ministry thwarted three prospective deals last year that would have handed Chinese firms more control over its oilfields and … Read more