‘Hands off Africa!’: Pope explodes foreign plunder of Congo

‘Hands off Africa!’: Pope explodes foreign plunder of Congo

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Pope Francis demanded on Tuesday that foreign powers stop plundering Africa’s natural resources for the “poison of their own greed” when he arrived in Congo and received a raucous welcome from Congolese, thankful he drew the world’s attention to their forgotten plight. Tens of thousands of people lined the main road … Read more

Exxon crushes Western oil company profits by $56 billion by 2022

Exxon crushes Western oil company profits by  billion by 2022

HOUSTON, Jan. 31 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) posted a net profit of $56 billion for 2022, the company said Tuesday, taking home about $6.3 million an hour last year and not just set a company record, but also a historic high point for the Western oil industry. Oil companies are expected to break … Read more

Following tank pledges, Ukraine seeks Western fighter jets

Following tank pledges, Ukraine seeks Western fighter jets

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine is urging its Western allies to supply it with fighter jets, a week after winning pledges of advanced modern tanks to help it beat back the Russian invasion force after nearly a year of fighting. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov was due to be in Paris on Tuesday to discuss … Read more

France hit by new wave of strikes against Macron’s pension reform

France hit by new wave of strikes against Macron’s pension reform

The reform would raise the retirement age to 64 Schools, transportation networks, refinery supplies are affected Macron: Reform vital to ensure the viability of the pension system SAINT-NAZAIRE, France, Jan. 31 (Reuters) – Striking workers disrupted deliveries to French refineries, public transport and schools on Tuesday during a second day of nationwide protests over President … Read more

IMF: Global economic outlook slightly ‘less gloomy’ than expected

IMF: Global economic outlook slightly ‘less gloomy’ than expected

London CNN — The global economy will weaken this year as rising interest rates and the Russian war in Ukraine continue to weigh on activity. But economists are more optimistic than they were a few months ago. The International Monetary Fund said Monday it now expects global growth to slow from 3.4% in 2022 to … Read more

Turkey’s advance in Iraq brings with it a deeper conflict

Turkey’s advance in Iraq brings with it a deeper conflict

SARARO, Iraq, Jan. 31. (Reuters) – Three Turkish military outposts, towering over the abandoned village of Sararo in northern Iraq, pierce the skyline, part of a raid that forced residents to flee after days of shelling last year. The outposts are just a few of dozens of new military bases Turkey has established on Iraqi … Read more

‘Surprisingly resilient’: IMF raises forecasts for global growth | International Monetary Fund

‘Surprisingly resilient’: IMF raises forecasts for global growth |  International Monetary Fund

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has slightly raised its global growth outlook for 2023 due to “surprisingly resilient” demand in the United States and Europe and the reopening of China’s economy after Beijing abandoned its strict zero-COVID strategy. The IMF said global growth would still fall to 2.9 percent in 2023 from 3.4 percent in … Read more

Ukraine: Drone operators hidden in the forest are crucial to the battle in the east

Ukraine: Drone operators hidden in the forest are crucial to the battle in the east

Near Kreminna, Ukraine CNN — The pine forests near the city of Kreminna have become one of the hottest combat zones in the war in eastern Ukraine. Almost every weapon seems to be at work here, artillery, howitzers, tanks and mortars. But perhaps the most important is the smallest: the reconnaissance drone. Ukrainian and Russian … Read more

Ukraine warns it cannot defend itself against Iranian ballistic missiles

Ukraine warns it cannot defend itself against Iranian ballistic missiles

Ukrainian Air Force Command spokesman Yurii Ihnat briefs press in Kiev in 2022. (Evgen Kotenko/Ukrinform/NurPhoto/Shutterstock) Should Russia acquire Iranian ballistic missiles for use in its war in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Air Force has warned it lacks the resources to defend against them. “Russia is still willing to receive UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and Fateh and … Read more