EXCLUSIVE US and Ukraine discuss danger of escalation as new arms extend Kyiv’s reach

WASHINGTON, May 26 (Reuters) – As the United States and its allies provide Ukraine with increasingly sophisticated arms, Washington has held discussions with Kyiv about the danger of escalation if it strikes deep inside Russia, US and diplomatic officials tell Reuters. The behind-the-scenes discussions, which are highly sensitive and have not been previously reported, do … Read more

Blinken says US ready to increase diplomacy with China in “this charged moment of the world”

Washington CNN – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken outlined the Biden administration’s strategy towards China, seeking to refocus attention on what he called “the most serious long-term challenge to the international order.” In a lengthy speech delivered at George Washington University Thursday, the top US diplomat outlined the administration’s approach as “invest, align, compete,” … Read more

Crypto is dead. Long live crypto

A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business’ Before the Bell newsletter. Not a subscriber? You can sign up right here. You can listen to an audio version of the newsletter by clicking the same link. London CNN Business – The deepening chasm between the crypto evangelists and naysayers may never have been … Read more

At Tokyo summit, Quad offers ‘tangible benefits’ to counter China | News

The leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia have launched a maritime initiative to combat illegal fishing and pledged to invest more than $ 50bn in developing infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific as part of their efforts to counter China’s growing influence in the region. . The pledges were announced on Tuesday after the … Read more

1.1 million Afghan children could face severe malnutrition

ISLAMABAD – In Afghanistan, 1.1 million children under the age of 5 will likely face the most severe form of malnutrition this year, according to the UN, as increasing numbers of hungry, wasting-away children are brought into hospital wards. UN and other aid agencies were able to stave off outright famine after the Taliban takeover … Read more

Ukraine’s embattled farmers running on empty as world faces food crisis

More than 20 million tonnes of grain stuck in silos Farmers waiting weeks for diesel deliveries Ukraine seeks other export routes as blocked ports PARIS / LONDON, May 25 (Reuters) – After making it through the spring planting season, sometimes with the help of bulletproof vests and helmets, Ukraine’s farmers are facing another challenge – … Read more

Russia seeks to put stranglehold on twin Ukrainian cities

As war enters fourth month, Russia concentrates on east Russia tries to encircle Ukrainian troops in twin cities EU’s von der Leyen says Moscow weaponising food KYIV / SLOVYANSK, Ukraine, May 25 (Reuters) – Russian forces sought to encircle Ukrainian troops in twin eastern cities straddling a river as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy warned that Moscow … Read more

China-Taiwan conflict: What you need to know

Hong Kong CNN – US President Joe Biden’s warning the US would defend Taiwan against Chinese aggression has made headlines around the world – and put growing tensions between the small democratic island and its neighboring autocratic superpower back under the spotlight. Less than a decade ago, ties seemed to be on the mend as … Read more

Biden says no change on ‘strategic ambiguity’ as Taiwan overshadows Quad talks

TOKYO, May 24 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said on Tuesday there was no change to a US policy of “strategic ambiguity” on Taiwan, a day after he angered China by saying he would be willing to use force to defend the democratic island. . The issue of Taiwan loomed over a meeting in Tokyo … Read more

What is the Quad? The partnership between the US, Japan, Australia and India explained

The Quad, or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, is an informal group focused on security that dates back to the early 2000s. It has become more active in recent years as part of efforts to counter China’s reach and territorial claims in the Indo-Pacific. The war in Ukraine, North Korea’s weapons program, Taiwan, and a controversial new … Read more