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Lithuanian Nauseda calls victory in presidential election

Vilnius, Lithuania Reuters Lithuanian Gitanas Nauseda announced his re-election in a presidential ballot on Sunday, following a campaign dominated by security concerns in the European Union and NATO member next door to Russia. The Baltic nation of 2.8 million people has been a staunch ally of Ukraine since Russia’s 2022 invasion. Like other countries in […]

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy pushes allies to step up aid and involvement in war

Kyiv, Ukraine Reuters Western allies are taking too long to make key decisions on military support for Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told Reuters in an exclusive interview in Kyiv on Monday. He also said he was pushing partners to get more directly involved in the war by helping to intercept Russian missiles over Ukraine and […]

Putin and Xi pledge a new era and condemn the United States

Beijing, China/Moscow, Russia Reuters China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Thursday pledged a “new era” of partnership between the two most powerful rivals of the United States, which they cast as an aggressive Cold War hegemon sowing chaos across the world. Xi greeted Putin on a red carpet outside the Great Hall of […]

EU urges Georgia to withdraw ‘foreign agent’ bill as protests continue

Brussels, Belgium/Tbilisi, Georgia Reuters The European Union urged Georgia on Wednesday to withdraw its highly contested “foreign agents” bill, saying the measure would set back the nation’s ambitions to join the bloc, as protests against the legislation continued in a rolling political crisis. Georgia’s parliament on Tuesday passed the third and final reading of the […]

Blinken, in Kyiv, vows unwavering US support as Russian attacks intensify

Kyiv, Ukraine Reuters The US will stand by Ukraine until its security sovereignty is guaranteed, Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged on Tuesday in a visit to Kyiv, at a time when Russia is mounting fresh attacks in the country’s east. The top US diplomat is the first senior US official to travel to Ukraine […]

Georgian PM vows to pass ‘foreign agent’ bill next week after thousands protest

Tbilisi, Georgia Reuters Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Kobakhidze vowed on Sunday to push ahead with a law on “foreign agents” that has sparked a political crisis, after opponents of the bill rallied in one of the largest protests seen since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Kobakhidze told a televised briefing that the ruling […]

US “alarmed”, 50,000 protest Georgia’s foreign agent bill

Tbilisi, Georgia Reuters About 50,000 opponents of a “foreign agents” bill marched peacefully in heavy rain through the Georgian capital on Saturday, after the United States said the country had to choose between the “Kremlin-style” law and the people’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations. “We are deeply alarmed about democratic backsliding in Georgia,” White House national security adviser […]

North Macedonia opposition wins big on election night

Skopje, North Macedonia Reuters North Macedonia’s right-wing opposition won big in parliamentary and presidential elections on Wednesday, on a night that saw the Balkan country also elect its first female head of state. Hundreds of jubilant supporters of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE party braved the rain outside their party headquarters in downtown Skopje waving national and […]

North Macedonia votes in elections crucial for EU accession

Skopje, North Macedonia Reuters North Macedonia will head to the polls on Wednesday in parliamentary and presidential elections in which the rightist opposition is expected to gain ground against a ruling party that has failed to progress talks to join the EU and stamp out corruption. No polls have been published ahead of the vote, […]

China’s Xi Jinping visits Serbia on anniversary of 1999 NATO bombing

Belgrade, Serbia Reuters Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Serbia on Tuesday evening escorted by MIG-29 jets in a tightly secured visit coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the NATO bombing of China’s embassy in which three Chinese journalists were killed. Belgrade, after France, is the second stop on Xi’s first visit to Europe in […]