Yemen’s Houthi rebels sink ship  in Red Sea in second attack

Yemen’s Houthi rebels sink ship in Red Sea in second attack

Thursday, 20 June 2024 | AP | dubai

A bulk carrier sank days after an attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels believed to have killed one mariner on board, authorities said early Wednesday, the second ship sunk in the rebels’ campaign. The sinking of the Tutor in the Red Sea marks what appears to be a new escalation by...

Swedish diplomat says his release from detention in Iran like a dream

Wednesday, 19 June 2024 | Agencies | Copenhagen (Denmark)

The Swedish European Union diplomat who was held in Iran for two years and freed in a prisoner swap over the weekend said on Tuesday that his release was “the dream that I sometimes did not dare to believe in”. Johan Floderus and a second Swedish citizen, Saeed Azizi, returned to...

China urges Biden not to sign Tibet Bill

Wednesday, 19 June 2024 | PTI | beijing

China on Tuesday urged US President Joe Biden not to sign the Tibet policy bill, warning of “resolute measures”, as it expressed “strong concern” over the visit of a high-level US Congress delegation to Dharamshala to meet the Dalai Lama. A bipartisan US congressional delegation, led by House Foreign Affairs Committee...

NATO troops join drills in Baltic Sea region

Wednesday, 19 June 2024 | AP | warsaw (poland)

Some 9,000 troops from 20 NATO countries have been participating this month in military exercises in the Baltic Sea region, which has become strategically sensitive following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.   Sweden, which had joined the drills in the past, took part in the Baltops exercises for the first time in...

Ukraine claims its drones hit Russian oil facility, sparking huge blaze

Wednesday, 19 June 2024 | AP | Kyiv

Ukraine claimed responsibility on Tuesday for an overnight drone attack on a Russian oil facility that started a massive blaze in the latest long-range strike by Kyiv’s forces on a border region. Ukraine has in recent months stepped up aerial assaults on Russian soil, targeting refineries and oil terminals in an...

Talks by EU leaders on job nominees ends sans result

Wednesday, 19 June 2024 | AP | brussels

Leaders of European Union countries reached no final agreement on candidates for the bloc’s top jobs Monday, but several praised the record of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and she appeared on track to secure their endorsement later this month for a second term in office. “There is no...

China targets farmers in response to EU tariffs on electric cars

Wednesday, 19 June 2024 | AP | BEIJING

The Chinese government is taking aim at European farmers instead of German automakers by launching an investigation into European Union pork imports, just days after the EU said it plans to impose provisional tariffs on China-made electric vehicles. The Commerce Ministry didn’t mention the EV tariffs when it announced Monday...

Tens of millions in US under dangerous heat warnings

Wednesday, 19 June 2024 | AP | phoenix

Extreme heat alerts continued for tens of millions of people in the United States on Tuesday as cities including Chicago broke records at the start of a week of sweltering weather. States in the Midwest started to bake Monday in what the National Weather Service called a dangerous and long...

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