Oil tumbles as Europe defers banning Russian crude imports | Oil and Gas News

[ad_1] Markets sold off after the EU and US announced an agreement to cut reliance on Russian natural gas. By Julia Fanzeres and Paul BurkhardtBloomberg Published On 25 Mar 202225 Mar 2022 Oil fell as the European Union shied away from banning Russian crude imports, while Kazakhstan said disruption at a key export terminal is set to ease. … Read more

Irish foreign minister evacuated from Belfast event for security | News

[ad_1] A suspicious device was discovered in a hijacked van in the car park of the venue where Simon Coveney was on stage. Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has been taken off stage by officials during a speech in Northern Ireland after a suspicious device had been discovered in a hijacked van in the car … Read more

Germany to halve imports of Russian oil by summer | Russia-Ukraine war News

[ad_1] Economy minister lays out measures to boost energy independence for Europe’s economic powerhouse. Germany has unveiled plans to halve its imports of Russian oil by the summer (beginning in June), as Western nations seek to cut off economic ties with Moscow as punishment for invading Ukraine. Before the war began on February 24, a … Read more

Russian author Akunin: Putin sees Ukraine as a threat to his rule | Arts and Culture News

[ad_1] Russian author Boris Akunin is among several celebrities and cultural figures to have spoken out against the war in Ukraine. Of Georgian and Jewish descent, Akunin, whose real name is Grigory Chkhartishvili, is best known for his series of historical mystery novels centred around Erast Fandorin, a 19th-century Russian detective. Chkhartishvili is also a … Read more

Sri Lankan papers run out of newsprint as economic crisis worsens | Freedom of the Press News

[ad_1] Privately owned Upali Newspapers says their English-language daily, The Island, and its sister Sinhalese version, Divaina, will only be available online. Two major Sri Lankan newspapers are suspending their print editions because of a lack of paper, their owner said, the latest casualties in the island nation’s economic crisis. The South Asian nation of … Read more

Is the Ukraine war weakening Putin’s position in Russia? | Russia-Ukraine war News

[ad_1] Despite ongoing peace talks, an end to Russia’s war on Ukraine appears nowhere in sight. And as Ukrainian cities are attacked, a quieter pressure is growing in Russia as it becomes increasingly isolated on the international stage. Punishing sanctions are taking effect and dissent – which authorities are determined to crush – is rising, reportedly … Read more

Three years on, US still views Syria’s Golan as Israeli territory | Occupied Golan Heights News

[ad_1] Washington, DC – When powerful states flout the rules of international law, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the United Nations Security Council last May, “it sends the message that others can break those rules with impunity”. Yet, three years after former US President Donald Trump recognised Israeli claims to Syria’s occupied Golan … Read more

Salah-Mane rivalry highlights Africa’s Qatar World Cup playoffs | Football News

[ad_1] Two-legged playoffs set to kick off on Friday as five teams from Africa will qualify for Qatar 2022. Africa’s World Cup playoffs will serve up a Mohamed Salah versus Sadio Mane sequel as the Liverpool teammates face off on opposite sides again with their countries, this time for a place at football’s biggest show. … Read more

Australia alarm over China security deal with Solomon Islands | Military News

[ad_1] Leaked document indicates pact would allow Beijing to deploy police and troops to the Pacific nation at the government’s request, but also to protect its own nationals and interests. Australia’s defence minister said on Friday any move to establish a Chinese military base in neighbouring Solomon Islands would be a concern after a wide-ranging … Read more

Tourism in Sri Lanka: One step forward, two steps back | Business and Economy News

[ad_1] Colombo, Sri Lanka – Tourism in Sri Lanka just can’t seem to catch a break. Three years ago, the number of tourists was down 18 percent following the Easter Sunday bombings in April 2019. The coronavirus pandemic that followed in 2020 was particularly bad. Arrivals fell drastically and there were no signs of recovery … Read more