Ukrainian authorities call for calm as they see no imminent Russian invasion

World 01/25/22, 14:02

While acknowledging that the threat is real, Ukrainian leaders are asking the nation for calm, assuring that a Russian invasion was not imminent, according to the Associated Press. Although Russia denied that it was preparing an attack, it has gathered near the Ukrainian border approximately 100,000 soldiers, which has provoked the ...

US forces join NATO exercise ahead of potential Russian invasion

U.S. 01/24/22, 22:14

American forces will participate in an intergovernmental military alliance exercise. The move comes amid escalating border tension between Ukraine and Russia. The USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier strike group will lead the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) latest exercise in the Mediterranean Sea. Dubbed Neptune Strike 2022, the occasion will exhibit ...

Breaking: US prepares 8,500 soldiers for the Ukraine-Russia border

U.S. 01/24/22, 20:18

The Pentagon announced Monday, Jan. 24, that it ordered the readiness of some 8,500 troops to be sent to the Ukraine-Russia border if the NATO defense protocol is activated. "Secretary Austin has placed a range of units in the United States on a heightened preparedness to deploy, which increases our readiness ...

China to lose 4 decades old financial help from Japan

Insights 01/24/22, 19:09

Japan is ending its four-decades-old financial aid to China this March.  The official Development Assistance (ODA) program was implemented in December 1979 and has played a significant role in China's economic growth. Economic aid is Yen loans that provide necessary funds for developing countries over a long period at low-interest rates, ...

The US votes against a proposal to strengthen the World Health Organization

News 01/24/22, 16:53

According to a World Health Organization (WHO) document published online on Jan. 4, a WHO working committee proposed increasing each member state's annual payment. However, according to four individuals participating in the deliberations, the Biden administration rejects ideas to make the agency more independent. This casts doubt on the Biden ...

Biden may send 3,000-5,000 troops to counter Russia

U.S. 01/24/22, 03:34

President Joe Biden has been briefed on the possibility of deploying thousands of U.S. troops to Eastern Europe to counter Russia amid the recent tensions in the region, Fox News reported. In a briefing at Camp David on Sunday, Jan. 23, Biden's advisors presented him with various options if Russian troops move ...

American Embassy staff flee Ukraine due to potential Russian invasion

U.S. 01/23/22, 23:01

Some U.S. representatives to Ukraine evacuated amid escalating military tension with Russia on Jan. 23. The State Department confirmed it ordered non-essential American Embassy employees and their family members to leave the Eastern European nation due to a potential Russian invasion. All Americans in Ukraine are urged to evaluate whether they ...

US mulls pulling diplomats’ family members from Ukraine amid rising tensions with Russia

U.S. 01/23/22, 03:46

The United States is considering evacuating members of diplomat families in Ukraine as the West’s tensions with Russia rise. Bloomberg, citing sources, mentioned the evacuation plan, described as prudent preparation, after Russia masses more than 100,000 troops near its borders with Ukraine. Following the plan, U.S. diplomats’ family members stationed in Ukraine ...

Holiday cruise ship cancels voyage due to COVID wave

World 01/21/22, 19:47

A 10-night trip to the Caribbean was canceled mid-journey on Thursday, Jan. 20, owing to "COVID-related circumstances," Norwegian Cruise Line's Gem ship will return to New York. Following the announcement, the ship docked overnight at Philipsburg, St. Maarten, according to a Norwegian spokesman, and will be back in New York "soon." ...

President Jair Bolsonaro’s mother dies at 94 years of age

South America 01/21/22, 19:23

The mother of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Olinda Bonturi Bolsonaro, died today Jan. 21 at the age of 94, after two heart attacks. Her funeral honors are being prepared in the city of Eldorado, in the state of São Paulo. President Bolsonaro canceled his trip to Guyana and will return to ...