Why the West is making Ukraine wait for fighter planes – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. The West isn’t really saying “never” on fighter jets for Ukraine — it just wants to focus first on getting Kyiv weapons for a looming offensive. That’s the sentiment emerging in the wake of US President Joe Biden’s blunt “no” — echoed to various … Read more

US, Germany sending battle tanks to aid Ukraine war effort

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and the United States announced Wednesday that they will send battle tanks to Ukraine, the first stage of a coordinated effort by the West to provide dozens of the heavy weapons to help Kyiv break combat stalemates as Russia’s invasion enters its 12th month. US President Joe Biden said the US … Read more

5 things to know for Jan. 23: California shooting, Tax refunds, Biden, Ukraine, Eggs

CNN — The FBI maintains a public list of its 10 most-wanted fugitives, all of whom have been linked to abhorrent crimes. The only woman currently on the list is known as a “cryptoqueen” who scammed people out of $4 billion and then disappeared without a trace. Here’s what else you need to know Get … Read more

5 things to know for Jan. 23: California shooting, Tax refunds, Biden, Ukraine, Eggs

CNN — The FBI maintains a public list of its 10 most-wanted fugitives, all of whom have been linked to abhorrent crimes. The only woman currently on the list is known as a “cryptoqueen” who scammed people out of $4 billion and then disappeared without a trace. Here’s what else you need to know Get … Read more

China turns on the charm – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Beijing wants to be friends again. Chinese diplomats are fanning out with a new softer message for international partners and adversaries alike. Gone is the aggressive “wolf warrior” rhetoric. In its place, a warmer tone and a promise of economic cooperation. Vice Premier Liu … Read more

Netherlands says it will send Patriot assistance to Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Tuesday that his country plans to “join” the US and Germany’s efforts to train and arm Ukraine with advanced Patriot defense systems. Rutte signaled the Netherlands’ intentions at the start of a White House meeting with President Joe Biden. The Dutch defense ministry said that Rutte’s … Read more

Who’s not coming to Davos – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. DAVOS, Switzerland — The World Economic Forum’s annual conclave in the Swiss Alps is the greatest intersection of wealth and political power on the global calendar, but this year the balance is shifting. Each January, forum organizers became used to announcing another record-setting list … Read more

Oil CEO Sultan Al Jaber is the ideal person to lead COP 28

ABU DHABI — If the world gets lucky, this could be the year fossil fuel producers and climate activists bury their hatchets and join hands to reduce emissions and ensure our planet’s future. If that sounds hopelessly Utopian, take that up with the leaders of this resource-rich, renewables-generating Middle Eastern monarchy. The United Arab Emirates … Read more

Japanese prime minister’s visit spotlights Biden’s foreign policy strategy

CNN — As President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met privately in Tokyo last year, Biden delivered a message that was as strategic as it was genuine. US support for a more assertive defense and security posture from Japan was understood, but Biden made it clear that if there was anything he … Read more

German defense chief reportedly set to quit ahead of key Ukraine tank decision – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Germany’s controversial Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht is reportedly set to step down as early as Monday, suffering the consequences from a series of blunders that hurt her credibility and increasingly weighed on Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his declared sea-change in German defense policy. The … Read more