Why the EU’s Balkan Expansion Faces a Long and Winding Road
In the map of the European Union lies a conspicuous and large hole containing five former parts of Yugoslavia plus Albania. The leaders of those countries are keen to join the bloc. The EU, wary of Russia’s efforts to expand its influence over the region, is eager to accommodate them -- once a long list of conditions is met.washingtonpost.com
Letter bomb found at U.S. Embassy in Spain, the sixth device targeted to high-profile officials in 24 hours
Security officials at the U.S. Embassy in Spain discovered a letter bomb that was later handed over to bomb defusers in the Spanish police and safely destroyed in a controlled detonation.foxnews.com
Finland says it must ensure Ukraine wins war against Russia
Finland's leader says it must give more weapons and support to Ukraine to ensure it wins its war against Russia. Prime Minister Sanna Marin made the comments Wednesday in Auckland on the first-ever visit by a Finnish prime minister to New Zealand and Australia. Among the aims of the visit are improving diplomatic relations and trade ties.news.yahoo.com
House Republican says Congress doesn’t need to pass ‘Democrat bills’ that help Ukraine
Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) on Sunday said Congress does not need to pass “Democrat bills” with big price tags to help Ukraine, saying the incoming Republican majority in the House will spend less money to fund Kyiv’s war against Russia. Turner told ABC’s “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz that he personally told Ukrainian President Volodymyr…news.yahoo.com
Bodies of Wagner Group mercenaries packed in bags, taken from Horlivka to unknown destination
Medical staff at hospitals in the Russian-occupied town of Horlivka in Donetsk Oblast were ordered to seize the documents of dead mercenaries of Russia’s Wagner mercenary company, the Ukrainian military’s General Staff reported on Nov. 24.news.yahoo.com
2 volcanoes rumble into action in Russia's far east
Towering clouds of ash and glowing lava are spewing from two volcanoes on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula and scientists say major eruptions could be on the way. The peninsula, which extends into the Pacific Ocean about 6,600 kilometers (4,000 miles) east of Moscow, is one of the world's most concentrated areas of geothermal activity, with about 30 active volcanoes. The Russian Academy of Sciences' vulcanology institute said that at Klyuchevskaya Sopka, which at 4,754 meters (nearly 16,000 feet) is Eurasia's tallest active volcano, as many as 10 explosions an hour were being recorded.news.yahoo.com
Russians irritated by Ukrainian air defence; they try to find out its positions
Russia is trying to figure out the positions of the Ukrainian air defence systems, said Nataliia Humeniuk, spokeswoman for the press centre of the Operational Command Pivden (South). Source: Nataliia Humeniuk during the 24/7 national joint newscast Quote: "They [the occupiers - ed.news.yahoo.com
Ukraine war, tensions with China loom over big Bali summit
A showdown between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin isn’t happening, but the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and growing tensions between China and the West will be at the fore when leaders of the world’s biggest economies gather in tropical Bali this week.
EU pledges $250m to Moldova to tackle acute energy crisis
European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has paid an official visit to Moldova and announced a 250 million-euro (-dollar) support package to help the small nation overcome an acute winter energy crisis amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.
US economy returned to growth last quarter, expanding 2.6%
The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6% annual rate from July through September, snapping two straight quarters of contraction and overcoming high inflation and interest rates just as voting begins in midterm elections in which the economy’s health has emerged as a paramount issue.
Biden announces release of crude oil reserves to help drop gas prices in wake of OPEC+ cut
President Biden took action Wednesday to ease the pain at the pump announcing the release of 15 million barrels of crude oil from the nation’s emergency stockpile to help drop gas prices just three weeks away from mid-term elections.
Venezuela swaps 7 jailed Americans for Maduro relatives
Venezuela’s government has freed seven Americans imprisoned in the South American country in exchange for the release of two nephews of President Nicolás Maduro’s wife who had been jailed for years by the United States on drug smuggling convictions.
President Biden delivers remarks before the 77th Session of the United Nations
President Biden is expected to focus on Russia's war on Ukraine in his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday and will announce new support for countries facing food shortages caused in part by the war, the White House said.
Judge tosses Trump's Russia probe suit against Clinton, FBI
A federal judge in Florida has dismissed Donald Trump’s lawsuit against 2016 Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and former top FBI officials, rejecting the former president’s claims that they and others acted in concert to concoct the Russia investigation that shadowed much of his administration.
G20 environment ministers in Bali spur global climate action
Environment officials from the Group of 20 leading rich and developing nations have met on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali for talks on climate action and the global impact of the war in Ukraine, with Indonesia’s environment minister saying the world is already facing a climate crisis.