Putin promises to bolster Russia’s IT security in face of cyber attacks

May 20 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the number of cyber attacks on Russia by foreign “state structures” had increased several times over and that Russia must bolster its cyber defenses by reducing the use of foreign software and hardware. The websites of many state-owned companies and news websites have suffered … Read more

Germany and Italy approved Russian gas payments after nod from Brussels – sources

A model of the natural gas pipeline is seen in front of displayed word EU and Russia flag colors in this illustration taken March 8, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Some EU states refuse to comply with Russian payment demands Others approve Russian payments after talks with EU … Read more

Asian shares bounce as China moves to boost housing

FILE PHOTO – An investor stands in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Shanghai, China, August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MSCI Asia ex-Japan +1.8%, Nikkei +1.3% European shares set to follow Asia’s lead Equities rally after China cuts loan … Read more

After delay, U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approves $40 billion in Ukraine aid

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – The US Senate overwhelmingly approved nearly $40 billion in new aid for Ukraine on Thursday sending the bill to the White House for President Joe Biden to sign into law as Washington races to keep military assistance flowing nearly three months after Russia’s invasion. The Senate voted 86-11 in favor … Read more

EU to map out escape route from Russian fossil fuels

A 3D printed Natural Gas Pipes are placed on displayed EU and Russian flags in this illustration taken, January 31, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) – The European Commission will on Wednesday unveil a 210 billion euro plan for how Europe can end its … Read more

Stock market rebound fizzles, UK inflation hits 40-year high

LONDON, May 18 (Reuters) – A rebound in stocks ran out of steam on Wednesday as concerns about the economic growth outlook and rising inflation knocked sentiment, while a UK inflation reading of 9% underlined just how much higher interest rates might be headed. Asian stocks managed to eek out their fourth straight session of … Read more

Finland, Sweden apply to join NATO, face Turkish objections

Application submitted at NATO headquarters Move seen redrawing geopolitical map of Europe Non-aligned for decades, Ukraine war caused policy upheaval Countries seeking to resolve Turkish objections to NATO bids BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) – Finland and Sweden formally applied to join the NATO alliance on Wednesday at allied headquarters, a decision spurred by Russia’s invasion … Read more

Macron tells Zelenskiy: French arms deliveries to Ukraine will intensify

UKRAINE-CRISIS-FRANCE-MACRONFrance’s President Emmanuel Macron attends a news conference with Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz (not pictured) at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany May 9, 2022. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register PARIS, May 17 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron told his Ukrainian counterpart on Tuesday that French arms deliveries to … Read more

EU says legal Russian gas payments possible, warns against rouble accounts

A pressure gauge is pictured at a Ukrainian gas compressor station in the village of Boyarka near the capital kyiv January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BRUSSELS, May 17 (Reuters) – The European Commission said on Tuesday opening accounts in roubles at a Russian bank to pay … Read more

Mariupol siege appears over as Ukrainian defenders emerge from ruins

Ukrainian soldiers, many wounded, bussed to Russian-held towns ‘Defenders of Mariupol are heroes of our time’- Ukraine military Finland, Sweden set to file NATO applications MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 17 (Reuters) – More than 250 Ukrainian fighters surrendered to Russian forces at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol after weeks of desperate resistance, bringing an end to … Read more