Russia halts gas supply to Finland over refusal of rouble payment

Russia’s Gazprom has informed Finland it will halt flows of natural gas from Saturday morning, Gasum said on Friday, after the Finnish state-owned gas wholesaler refused to pay its Russian supplier in roubles. Gazprom Export has demanded that European countries pay for Russian gas supplies in roubles because of sanctions imposed over Moscow’s invasion of… Read More Russia halts gas supply to Finland over refusal of rouble payment

U.S. authorizes $100million military aid to Ukraine

President Joe Biden’s administration authorized $100 million of additional military aid to Ukraine on Thursday, the latest in a series of transfers to help Kyiv repel Russia’s invasion, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. The new transfers will be the tenth time that Biden has used his Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA) to help Ukraine… Read More U.S. authorizes $100million military aid to Ukraine

North Korea boosts drugs production and medical supplies to tackle coronavirus outbreak

North Korea is ramping up production of drugs and medical supplies including sterilisers and thermometers as it battles an unprecedented coronavirus outbreak, state media KCNA said on Thursday. The isolated country, which has imposed a nationwide lockdown, is also increasing production of traditional Korean medicines used to reduce fever and pain, KCNA said, calling them… Read More North Korea boosts drugs production and medical supplies to tackle coronavirus outbreak

McDonald’s to sell its Russian restaurants to local operator

McDonald’s Corp is selling its restaurants in Russia to one of its current local licensees, who will rebrand them under a new name, ending more than three decades of the “Golden Arches” in the country, the fast-food company said on Thursday. The world’s largest burger chain owns 84% of its nearly 850 restaurants in Russia.… Read More McDonald’s to sell its Russian restaurants to local operator

Twitter to place warning labels on misinformation regarding Ukraine conflict

Twitter Inc will begin placing warning notices in front of some misleading content regarding the conflict in Ukraine and limit the spread of claims debunked by humanitarian groups or other credible sources, the social media company said on Thursday. The step-up against misinformation around Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation,”… Read More Twitter to place warning labels on misinformation regarding Ukraine conflict

Israel’s ruling coalition becomes minority following defection of lawmaker

Israel’s ruling coalition became a minority in parliament on Thursday when an Arab lawmaker from a left-wing party quit, leaving Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with a more precarious grip on power. The defection by Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi leaves Bennett controlling 59 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. In a letter to the prime minister,… Read More Israel’s ruling coalition becomes minority following defection of lawmaker

UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet set to visit China

U.N. Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet will visit China next week, the foreign ministry said on Friday, making the first such visit since 2005and prompting fears among Western rights groups that it will be seen as an endorsement of China’s rights record. The office of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said earlier this week… Read More UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet set to visit China