Factbox-Jenin City in the West Bank

(Reuters) – Israeli forces hit the city of Jenin with drone strikes on Monday in one of the biggest incursions into the occupied West Bank in 20 years, killing at least eight people. Here’s what you need to know about Jenin, a hotbed of growing violence between Israel and the Palestinians: REFUGEES CAMP A city … Read more

Exclusive insurers seek to relax UN climate alliance rules after members exodus

By Tommy Wilkes LONDON (Reuters) – The remaining insurers of a United Nations-backed coalition aimed at tackling climate change are set to ease terms for joining the alliance, after a recent exodus of members, according to two people close to the discussions. The UN-convened Net-Zero Insurance Alliance (NZIA) is set to scrap a six-month deadline … Read more

Brexit spokesman joins budget watchman

Ms de la Feria’s appointment comes amid heightened OBR oversight The government’s spending watchdog has appointed an economist critical of Brexit to its advisory board. University tax expert Rita de la Feria, also opposed to VAT cuts, joins the supervisory board of the Office for Budget Responsibility. She has particular expertise in VAT and how … Read more

China seeks to strengthen ‘solidarity’ with Russia, Iran, India and others

New Delhi – China’s Xi Jinping on Tuesday urged the leaders of Russia, Iran and other allied allies to strengthen ties and resist Western sanctions as Shanghai Cooperation Organization leaders met virtually for a summit hosted by India. The Shanghai alliance encompasses a vast swath of the globe from Moscow to Beijing and includes about … Read more

Putin tries to assure Chinese leader he is still in charge after Prigozhin mutiny

Putin tries to assure Chinese leader he is still in charge after Prigozhin mutiny Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has tried to assure Chinese leader Xi Jinping and other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) that he retains control over Russia after the Wagner PMC mutiny led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, reported the Moscow Times quoting … Read more

Putin says Russia is ‘united like never before’ at India-China summit

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the Russian people were “united as never before” as he sought to project confidence following a short-lived uprising, during a meeting of a rare international organization where he can find a sympathetic audience. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting, hosted by video conference by India, … Read more