News Wire | Thursday, June 30, 2022

Companies in China Are Aiding Russia’s Military, U.S. Alleges

By Jeanne Whalen | The Washington Post

The United States has accused several companies and research institutes in China of supporting Russia’s military after the Ukraine invasion began, in one of the first concrete signs of Chinese entities allegedly helping Russia against Washington’s wishes.

Joe Biden’s Administration Offers Support for Turkish F-16 Deal

By Felicia Schwartz & Laura Pitel | Financial Times

President Joe Biden’s administration has expressed public support for Turkey’s purchase of U.S. F-16 fighter jets after Ankara dropped its objections to Finland and Sweden’s bids to join NATO.

Mali Vows to Defy U.N. Call for Peacekeepers to Investigate Abuses

By The Editors | Reuters (free)

Mali says it will defy a United Nations Security Council call for it to allow freedom of movement for peacekeepers to investigate human rights abuses.

U.N. Envoy Warns Congo’s M23 Rebels Are Acting Like an Army

By Edith M. Lederer | Associated Press (free)

The U.N. special envoy for Congo warned Wednesday that the M23 rebel group has increasingly acted as a conventional army during escalating military action in the country’s volatile east and could threaten the U.N. peacekeeping force charged with protecting civilians.

Sudan’s Internet Access Disrupted Ahead of Anti-Coup Rallies

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

An advocacy group says Sudanese authorities disrupted internet access Thursday, ahead of scheduled mass protests denouncing last year’s military coup and demanding the immediate transfer of power to civilians.

Colombia’s Petro Picks Jose Antonio Ocampo as Finance Minister

By The Editors | Reuters

Colombia’s leftist President-elect Gustavo Petro said Thursday he had picked Jose Antonio Ocampo to be finance minister in his government when he begins his term in August.

Chile’s New Leftist President Gets Reality Check as Support Wanes

By Alexander Villegas | Reuters

The optimism engulfing Chile’s leftist President Gabriel Boric as he took power in March has dimmed as inflation, social unrest and political missteps dent his popularity and fuel doubts about a push to steer the economy away from market-friendly policies.

Marcos Jr. Sworn In as Philippine Leader in Resurgence of Ex-Dictator’s Family

By Regine Cabato | The Washington Post

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator Ferdinand Emmanuel Marcos, was sworn in to office Thursday, sealing a family comeback that was decades in the making.

China’s Leader Hails a Hong Kong ‘Reborn from Ashes’ Amid Crackdown

By Alexandra Stevenson, Zixu Wang & Austin Ramzy | The New York Times

Since the pandemic erupted in 2020, China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, has been hunkered down in a virus-free bubble within his country’s closed borders. On Thursday, he left the safe confines of the mainland for the first time, arriving in Hong Kong for a tightly scripted visit aimed at reinforcing his authority over the city.

Those 300,000 High-Readiness NATO Troops? ‘Concept,’ Not Reality

By Michael Birnbaum & Emily Rauhala | The Washington Post (free)

On Monday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced plans to put 300,000 troops at high readiness as part of the “biggest overhaul of our collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War.” By Wednesday, as NATO leaders gathered at a summit in Madrid, the vast new mobilization appeared to be more fearsome on paper than in reality, more of an aspiration than a dramatic new commitment to defend Europe.

Twenty Men Convicted in November 2015 Paris Terrorist Attack

By Constant Méheut & Aurelien Breeden | The New York Times

Twenty men were convicted Wednesday for their roles in the worst Islamist terrorist attack in French history, a coordinated spree of shootings and bombings in November 2015 that killed 130 people in and near Paris and injured more than 500, leaving lasting scars on the nation’s psyche.

Israel Heads to Nov. 1 Election With Lapid as Caretaker PM

By James Mackenzie | Reuters

Israeli lawmakers voted Thursday to dissolve parliament following the collapse of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s ruling coalition, opening the way for a Nov. 1 election that will be Israel’s fifth in less than four years.

Israeli Military, Palestinians Clash at West Bank Shrine

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

Palestinian gunmen opened fire at Jewish worshipers Thursday at a flashpoint holy site in the occupied West Bank, wounding an Israeli military officer and two civilians, the Israeli army said.

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