Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan

Biden: US would intervene with military to defend Taiwan

TOKYO (AP) – President Joe Biden said Monday the US would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan, declaring the commitment to protect the island is “even stronger” after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It was one of the most forceful presidential statements in support of Taiwan’s self-governing in decades. Biden, at a news conference … Read more

‘Warmongering, lies and hatred’: Russian diplomat in Geneva resigns over Ukraine invasion | Russia

‘Warmongering, lies and hatred’: Russian diplomat in Geneva resigns over Ukraine invasion |  Russia

A veteran Russian diplomat in Geneva has resigned over his country’s invasion of Ukraine in a rare political protest from within the Russian foreign policy establishment. Boris Bondarev, a counselor at the Russian permanent mission to the United Nations in Geneva, wrote in a public statement: “Never have I been so ashamed of my country.” … Read more

Climate change made India and Pakistan’s record March and April 30 times more likely

Placeholder while article actions load The punishing heat experienced by India and Pakistan in March and April was the most intense, widespread and persistent in the region’s history. A study released Monday finds that human-caused climate change had made this historic event at least 30 times as likely. It determined that climate change elevated temperatures … Read more

Covid-19: A new billionaire has been minted nearly every day during the pandemic

Some 573 people have joined the billionaire ranks since 2020, bringing the worldwide total to 2,668, according to an analysis released by Oxfam on Sunday. That means a new billionaire was minted about every 30 hours, on average, so far during the pandemic. The report, which draws on data compiled by Forbes, looks at the … Read more

Russian Soldier Sentenced to Life in Prison in Ukraine War-Crimes Trial

KYIV, Ukraine — A Russian soldier was convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to life in prison on Monday in Ukraine’s first war-crimes trial since the invasion began in February, a verdict that prosecutors hope will provide momentum to bring more cases to court. A three-judge panel in a court in the Ukrainian capital found … Read more

Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin sentenced to life in prison in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial since invasion

Almost three months after Russia launched its invasion, Ukraine saw its first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier end Monday with a life sentence. A court in Kyiv handed a Russian soldier the sentence for the shooting of an unarmed civilian in the early days of the war. Vadim Shishimarin, 21, was convicted Monday … Read more

Biden Says US Would Intervene Militarily if China Invaded Taiwan

TOKYO — President Biden said the US would respond militarily to defend Taiwan if China tries to take it by force, sparking uncertainty over whether the US was moving away from its longstanding policy of strategic ambiguity and prompting a clarification from the White House. Mr. Biden’s comments were met with anger from Beijing and … Read more

Russian ruble leaps to near 7-year high vs euro

A Russian ruble banknote is placed on euro banknotes in this illustration taken March 1, 2022. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration / File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Register Russia’s ruble hits near 7-yr high vs euro Currency propped up by capital controls Hits 58.68 vs euro, gains over 4% … Read more