French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Pope Francis, Vatican officials over Ukraine crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron and Pope Francis held talks on Monday, with the crisis in Ukraine and prospects for peace there expected to have been their main topic of discussion. The Vatican said their private talks lasted 55 minutes but, as is customary, did not specify what they discussed. Prior to Macron’s visit, victims of… Read More French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Pope Francis, Vatican officials over Ukraine crisis

Armenia, Azerbaijan agree to EU civilian mission along border

The European Council on Friday said Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a civilian EU mission alongside the countries’ border, where the worst fighting between the two ex-Soviet states since 2020 killed more than 200 people late last month. It also said the next meeting of a border delimitation commission will take place in Brussels… Read More Armenia, Azerbaijan agree to EU civilian mission along border

Russian-backed separatists begin referendum in occupied regions of Ukraine

Russia launched referendums in four occupied areas of Ukraine on Friday expected to be used by Moscow to justify annexation, but Kyiv said the voting was mandatory with residents being threatened with punishment if they did not take part. The votes on whether the regions should become part of Russia began after Ukraine earlier this… Read More Russian-backed separatists begin referendum in occupied regions of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin orders partial military mobilisation

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s first mobilisation since World War Two, warning the West that if it continued what he called its “nuclear blackmail” that Moscow would respond with the might of all its vast arsenal. “If the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will use all available means to protect… Read More Russian President Vladimir Putin orders partial military mobilisation

French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi

French President Emmanuel Macron held face-to-face talks with his Iranian counterpart President Ebrahim Raisi on Tuesday with the French leader saying he hoped to be able to “discuss all subjects”. The meeting is Raisi’s first head-to-head with a major Western leader since he was elected last year. It comes amid a complete stalemate to revive… Read More French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi

Dozens dead as fresh clashes erupt between Azerbaijan and Armenia

At least 49 Armenian soldiers and an undisclosed number of Azeris were killed on Tuesday in the deadliest fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia since a 2020 war, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to call for calm. Armenia and Azerbaijan each blamed the other for the renewed fighting which began overnight at several points along their… Read More Dozens dead as fresh clashes erupt between Azerbaijan and Armenia

France, Algeria to set up joint historian committee on French colonial rule

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday he wanted to build the future of Franco-Algerian relations by confronting a painful colonial past but also by focusing on future challenges. “We have a complex, painful common past. And it has at times prevented us from looking at the future,” Macron said after meeting with Algeria President… Read More France, Algeria to set up joint historian committee on French colonial rule

Ukraine bans Independence Day rallies due to fear of Russian rocket attacks

Ukraine’s capital Kyiv banned public celebrations this week to commemorate independence from Russian-dominated Soviet rule, citing a heightened threat of Russian attack in a war that the United Nations said on Monday has killed more than 5,500 civilians. Near frontlines in the south of the country, Ukraine said Russia fired rockets into several southern Ukrainian… Read More Ukraine bans Independence Day rallies due to fear of Russian rocket attacks