Paris attacks: Lone surviving attacker gets life, no parole

PARIS (AP) – The only surviving attacker from the 2015 terrorist massacre at the Bataclan theater and other sites in Paris has been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. That is the most severe sentence possible in France, and very rare. Salah Abdeslam was the chief suspect in … Read more

NATO deal between Turkey, Sweden and Finland brings wins for Erdogan

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan holds a news conference during the NATO summit at the Alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 14, 2021. Facebook Facebook logo Sign up for Facebook to connect with Yves Herman Reuters NATO officials on Tuesday celebrated Turkey’s lifting of its veto against Sweden and Finland joining the transatlantic alliance, a move … Read more

Here’s why this trader is piling back into one of the year’s hottest commodities

The end of June is nigh and good riddance. Down about 7%, only March has delivered a win for S&P 500 SPX investors this year, as pandemic fallout has been compounded by Russia’s brutal and deadly invasion of Ukraine that has seemingly driven up prices of everything. While still an ugly month, stocks saw a … Read more

Europe’s plans to replace Russian gas are deemed ‘wildly optimistic’ – and could hammer its economy

A drilling rig at a gas processing facility, operated by Gazprom. Maxim Shemetov | Reuters The European Union’s best shot at replacing Russian gas imports this year is likely to miss the mark, analysts predict, exerting further pressure on the region’s economy. The EU plans to replace two-thirds of Russian gas imports by the end … Read more

Ukraine’s president: Russia has become ‘a terrorist’ state

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia on Tuesday of becoming “a terrorist” state carrying out “daily terrorist acts” and urged Russia’s expulsion from the United Nations. In a virtual address to the UN Security Council, Zelenskyy urged the UN to establish an international tribunal to investigate “the actions of Russian occupiers … Read more

Europe’s plans to replace Russian gas are deemed ‘wildly optimistic’ – and could hammer its economy

A drilling rig at a gas processing facility, operated by Gazprom. Maxim Shemetov | Reuters The European Union’s best shot at replacing Russian gas imports this year is likely to miss the mark, analysts predict, exerting further pressure on the region’s economy. The EU plans to replace two-thirds of Russian gas imports by the end … Read more

FDA panel recommends changing Covid shots to fight omicron this fall

The Food and Drug Administration’s panel of independent vaccine experts on Tuesday voted 19 to 2 to recommend new Covid-19 shots that target the omicron variant this fall, when public health officials are expecting a new wave of infections. It is the first time the panel has proposed that vaccine makers modify the shots to … Read more

US unveils new Russia sanctions, implements ban on new imports of Russian gold

The moves are the latest in response to Russia’s months-long war in Ukraine and were taken after G7 leaders in Germany agreed to steps, including the gold import ban, meant to weaken Moscow. In a statement, the US Treasury Department announced sanctions on 70 entities, including State Corporation Rostec-“a massive Russian state-owned enterprise formed to … Read more

Inside Biden’s successful six-month bid to expand NATO

Leaving his meeting with King Felipe VI at the Royal Palace, Biden took the call from Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö and Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. They walked him through what they’d agreed to with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey. And he gave the sign-off. In the six-and-a-half months since Biden placed his first … Read more

Biden officials privately doubt that Ukraine can win back all of its territory

A congressional aide familiar with the deliberations told CNN that a smaller Ukrainian state is not inevitable. “Whether Ukraine can take back these territories is in large part, if not entirely, a function of how much support we give them,” the aide said. He noted that Ukraine has formally asked the US for a minimum … Read more