West: More sanctions, isolation if Putin carries out threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — How do American leaders and their allies intend to respond if President Vladimir Putin seeks to escalate his way out of a bad situation on Ukraine’s battlefields, and makes good on renewed threats of annexing territory or even using nuclear weapons? At least to start with, by trying to double down on … Read more

US fiscal policy is undermining the Fed’s efforts to fight inflation

Inflation remains the top issue on investors’ minds, with many trying to determine when the relentless rise in prices will stop and whether the Federal Reserve’s aggressive interest rate hikes to try to halt the spiral will engineer a so-called soft-landing for the economy. — or, instead, send us into a deep recession. Indeed, your … Read more

Unprecedented leak exposes inner workings of UK Labor Party Investigation News

Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit (I-Unit) has obtained the largest leak in British political history, exposing how unelected officials undermined democracy within the Labor Party. The leaked data comprises 500 gigabytes of documents, emails, video and audio files from the Labor Party dating from 1998 to 2021. The I-Unit will be releasing a series of reports … Read more

Occupied parts of Ukraine vote on joining Russia in ‘sham’ referendums

CNN — Four Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine are expected on Friday to begin voting in referendums on joining Russia, in a move that raises the stakes of Moscow’s invasion seven months after fighting began. The referendums, which are illegal under international law, could pave the way for Russian annexation of the areas, allowing Moscow to … Read more

Putin’s nuclear threats raise the risk of disaster

Speaking in a rare, televised address on Wednesday, Putin warned that if the territorial integrity of Russia is threatened, the Kremlin would “certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. It is not a bluff.” Gavriil Grigorov Afp | Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ultimatum to the West … Read more

World opinion shifts against Russia as Ukraine worries grow

NEW YORK (AP) — The tide of international opinion appears to be decisively shifting against Russia, as a number of non-aligned countries are joining the United States and its allies in condemning Moscow’s war in Ukraine. and its threats to the principles of the international rules-based order. Western officials have repeatedly said that Russia has … Read more

Four occupied Ukraine regions begin voting on joining Russia Russia-Ukraine war News

Four areas of Russian-occupied Ukraine have started to hold referendums, which have been condemned as illegitimate by Kyiv and are seen as paving the way for Moscow to formally annex some 15 percent of Ukrainian territory. Voting in Luhansk and Donetsk, self-proclaimed “independent republics” controlled by Moscow-backed separatists since 2014, as well as in southern … Read more

Liz Truss pursues ‘trickle-down economics’ despite scorn from Biden

British Prime Minister Liz Truss and US President Joe Biden formally met for the first time at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, following clashes in economic policy between the two leaders. Wpa Pool | Getty Images LONDON — The British government is set to announce sweeping tax cuts for businesses and … Read more

Inflation is a global problem, here’s how central banks are addressing it

New York CNN Business — Just like misery, inflation loves company. And as price increases linger near 40-year highs, the United States has plenty of it. A perfect storm of stimulus cash during the pandemic, a strong demand for goods, geopolitical chaos and supply chain kinks have led to a surge in prices globally. In … Read more

Trump’s legal woes mount without protection of presidency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stark repudiation by federal judges he appointed. Far-reaching fraud allegations by New York’s attorney general. It’s been a week of widening legal troubles for Donald Trump, laying bare the challenges piling up as the former president operates without the protections afforded by the White House. The bravado that served him well in … Read more