India will buy oil from ‘wherever we have to’ if terms are beneficial, energy minister says

India will secure oil from anywhere as long as the terms are beneficial, India’s energy minister told CNBC. India is the third largest oil consumer in the world, and according to Hardeep Singh Puri, accounts for 30% of global consumption. “Today we feel confident that we’ll be able to use our market to source from … Read more

Facebook Questioned Over Sensitive User Data Access Granted to China

Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio, Chair and Vice Chair of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, wrote to Facebook parent Meta Platforms on Monday about documents that show it knew developers in China and Russia had access to user data that could be used for espionage. “It appears from these documents that Facebook … Read more

‘He was one of these rockstars’: Former FBI agents shocked at the indictment of one of their own | CNN Politics

Washington CNN — The insular world of FBI counterintelligence agents was rocked last month when one of their own, Charles F. McGonigal, formerly the FBI’s top counterintelligence official in New York, was indicted for allegedly selling access to Russian and Albanian officials in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. After retiring from … Read more

Colorado State apologizes for ‘Russia’ chant at Utah State’s Ukrainian player during basketball game | CNN

CNN — Colorado State University has apologized to Utah State’s Ukrainian junior guard after spectators chanted ‘Russia” toward him at a men’s basketball game in Fort Collins, Colorado, on Saturday night. “We became aware that a small group of individuals in our student section chanted ‘Russia’ at a student-athlete from Utah State, who is from … Read more

Live: Fighting intensifies around Ukraine’s eastern city of Bakhmut

Issued on: 05/02/2023 – 11:42 Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said the situation on the front lines in the east of the country was getting tougher with Russia throwing more and more troops into battle, hours after the two sides agreed to exchange dozens of prisoners of war. Earlier on Saturday, Ukrainian officials said a serious accident at … Read more

Opinion: Suspected spy balloon shows how diplomacy can go way off course | CNN

Editor’s Note: David A. Andelmana contributor to CNN, twice winner of the Deadline Club Award, is a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, author of “A Red Line in the Sand: Diplomacy, Strategy, and the History of Wars That Might Still Happen” and blogs at Andelman Unleashed. He formerly was a correspondent for The … Read more

Live: Dozens of soldiers freed in Russian-Ukrainian prisoner swap

Dozens of Russian and Ukrainian prisoners of war have returned home following a prisoner swap, officials on both sides said on Saturday. Kyiv said 116 Ukrainians were freed, whereas Moscow announced 63 Russian troops had returned from Ukraine. The EU, G7 and Australia said on Friday that they had adopted a price cap on Russian … Read more

Europe is set to ramp up its oil war against Russia — and markets are bracing for more disruption

The European Union’s ban on Russian oil product exports is slated to kick in on Feb. 5. Picture Alliance | Picture Alliance | Getty Images Europe is once again poised to ratchet up the pressure on Russia’s oil revenues, seeking to deplete President Vladimir Putin’s war chest as the Kremlin’s nearly year-long onslaught in Ukraine … Read more

Russia’s missiles pummel more Donetsk cities as leaders implore people to leave | CNN

Kramatorsk, Ukraine CNN — Russia is bringing its war against Ukraine closer to the industrial cities of Donetsk with a series of missile strikes against densely populated areas. On Thursday, two S-300 missiles were fired at the center of the city of Kramatorsk, landing about a minute apart and less than a hundred meters from … Read more

Sanctions on Russian crude oil have ‘failed completely,’ oil analyst says

The European Union’s ban on Russian oil product exports is slated to kick in on Feb. 5. Picture Alliance | Picture Alliance | Getty Images Sanctions imposed on Russian crude oil have so far “failed completely” and new price caps could prove immaterial as well, analysts told CNBC. The European Union is planning to ban … Read more

Fact check: Trump and viral meme remove key words from Biden’s quote about Ukraine and ‘World War III’ | CNN Politics

Washington CNN — Former President Donald Trump, who is now running for president again, made an inaccurate claim on Wednesday about his successor’s response to the Russian war in Ukraine. Trump said in an online video that President Joe Biden is “now doing what he said 10 months ago would lead to World War III: … Read more

A travel insider explains how people who hate cruising — can learn to enjoy it

Canadian Tammy Cecco wasn’t a fan of cruising. “The thought of being on a ship with thousands of other people and not being able to get off,” she said, “was something that I wanted to avoid.” That didn’t change when Cecco, a travel magazine publisher, boarded a surprise cruise booked by her husband to renew … Read more

After getting tanks, Ukraine escalates public pressure over F-16 fighter jets | CNN Politics

Washington CNN — Top Ukrainian officials have in recent days escalated their public lobbying campaign for US-made F-16 fighter jetsarguing they need them urgently to defend against Russian missile and drone attacks. But that push is being met with skepticism by US and allied officials who say the jets would be impractical, both because they … Read more

Euro zone economy posts surprise expansion in the fourth quarter, curbing recession fears

The latest euro zone growth numbers are out as the ECB considers what to do next. Nurphoto | Nurphoto | Getty Images The euro zone beat expectations on Tuesday by posting positive growth in the final quarter of 2022 and reducing fears of a potential regional recession. Preliminary Eurostat data released Tuesday showed that the … Read more

IMF hikes global growth forecast as inflation cools and household spending surprises

The IMF has revised its global economic outlook upwards. Norberto Duarte | Afp | Getty Images The International Monetary Fund on Monday revised upward its global growth projections for the year, but warned that higher interest rates and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine would likely still weigh on activity. In its latest economic update, the IMF … Read more

Former Wagner commander describes brutality and incompetence on the frontline | CNN

Oslo, Norway CNN — A former Wagner mercenary says the brutality he witnessed in Ukraine ultimately pushed him to defect, in an exclusive CNN interview on Monday. Wagner fighters were often sent into battle with little direction, and the company’s treatment of reluctant recruits was ruthless, Andrei Medvedev told CNN’s Anderson Cooper from Norway’s capital … Read more

Erdogan suggests Turkey could accept Finland into NATO — without Sweden

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrives for a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain June 29, 2022. Sweet Nacho | Reuters Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan handed another blow to Sweden’s NATO bid, suggesting that his government could approve Finland’s NATO membership application without its Nordic neighbor. Finland and Sweden both formally applied to join the 73-year-old … Read more

How Russia misread Germany’s growing influence | CNN

CNN — Two years ago, Moscow eyed a US-German standoff over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline as a litmus test of transatlantic power. Russia had invested heavily in the 750-mile undersea pipeline linking it to Germany and wanted to increase global sales and ramp up economic leverage over Europe and its power-hungry heavy industries. … Read more

Live: Ukraine repels attack around Blahodatne in Donetsk region

Issued on: 29/01/2023 – 10:54 Ukraine’s military said on Sunday its forces had repelled an attack in the area of Blahodatne in the eastern part of the Donetsk region, while Russia’s Wagner private military group said it took control of the village. Follow our live blog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time … Read more

Russian teen faces years in jail over social media post criticizing Ukrainian war | CNN

CNN — Olesya Krivtsova sports an anti-Putin tattoo on one ankle and a bracelet that tracks her every move on the other. The 19-year-old from Russia’s Arkhangelsk region must wear the device while she is under house arrest after she was charged over social media posts that authorities say discredit the Russian army and justify … Read more

Live: ‘Fierce’ battle raging in Ukraine for control of Vuhledar, near Donetsk

At least three people were killed on Saturday after Russian forces struck a residential neighbourhood in Kostiantynivka in Donetsk Oblast, said the regional governor. Meanwhile, Ukrainian troops remained locked in a “fierce” confrontation with Russian fighters for control of the town of Vuhledar, southwest of Donetsk city, as the two sides battle along the southern front. … Read more

Big Oil poised to smash annual profit records — sparking outcry from campaigners and activists

U.S. President Joe Biden has previously singled out Exxon Mobil for making “more money than God” last year. Brandon Bell | Getty Images Some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies are poised to report record annual profits, raking in extraordinary revenues following a year of volatile fossil fuel prices amid Russia’s onslaught in … Read more

Ukraine’s new tanks won’t be the instant game-changer some expect | CNN

CNN — Those hoping that main battle tanks donated by NATO allies to Ukraine will have an immediate impact in its war with Russia may have to adjust their expectations. After confirming it will receive deliveries of the American M-1 Abrams, German Leopards and British ChallengersKyiv is now confronted with the logistical and operational realities … Read more

‘We will get F-16s’: Ukraine aims for NATO’s fighter jets after winning battle for Western tanks

A Belgian F-16 jet fighter takes part in the NATO Air Nuclear drill “Steadfast Noon” at the Kleine-Brogel air base in Belgium on October 18, 2022. Kenzo Tribouillard | Afp | Getty Images The dust has barely settled on the decision by the U.S. and Germany to supply battle tanks to Ukraine, but talk has … Read more

Deadly and disposable: Wagner’s brutal tactics in Ukraine revealed by intelligence report | CNN

Kyiv CNN — Wagner Group fighters have become the disposable infantry of the Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine, but a Ukrainian military intelligence document obtained by CNN sets out how effective they have been around the city ​​of Bakhmut – and how difficult they are to fight against. Wagner is a private military contractor run … Read more