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

Some Ethiopians claim forced recruitment by Tigrayan forces:

Some Ethiopians claim forced recruitment by Tigrayan forces:

War in Ethiopia has killed thousands, uprooted millions: Tigrayans tell of many arrests to force people into local army: Elders, pregnant woman among those rounded up, residents say: ‘He said my mother would be jailed,’ recounts one fighter: ADDIS ABABA / NAIROBI, May 16 (Reuters) – Authorities in Ethiopia’s war-shattered Tigray region are forcing young … Read more

The underground networks of Russians helping Ukrainian refugees:

The underground networks of Russians helping Ukrainian refugees:

TBILISI, May 11 (Reuters) – Ukrainian refugees who reluctantly find themselves under Moscow’s rule are receiving help from an unlikely quarter: networks of Russian volunteers helping those displaced by the war to leave Russia. When Bogdan Goncharov, his wife and 7-year-old daughter fled the shelling in their hometown of Mariupol in mid-March, they ended up … Read more

South Korea hunts tungsten treasure in race for rare minerals:

South Korea hunts tungsten treasure in race for rare minerals:

S.Korean tungsten mine gets $ 100 million makeover: Dozens of new mineral projects launched globally: Green, digital booms fuel demand for rare minerals: China is pre-eminent in critical minerals supply: GRAPHIC-S.Korea’s reliance on China: SANGDONG, South Korea, May 9 (Reuters) – Blue tungsten winking from the walls of abandoned mine shafts, in a town that’s … Read more