US to expand combat training for Ukrainian troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will expand military combat training for Ukrainian forces, using the slower winter months to instruct larger units in more complex battle skills, the Defense Department and U.S. officials said Thursday. The U.S. has already trained about 3,100 Ukrainian troops on how to use and maintain certain weapons and other equipment, … Read more

Danish Prime Minister Frederiksen presents new government

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen on Thursday presented a three-party majority coalition that crosses the left-right divide and includes the leader of the Liberal Party and a former prime minister in key jobs. It was the first time in 44 years that such a centrist government had been formed, bringing an … Read more

Seoul: UN agency to boost efforts to monitor N. Korean nukes

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Thursday his organization will push to bolster its capacity to verify North Korean nuclear activities and raise international awareness of the urgency of its weapons program. Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, made the comments during his meeting … Read more

Gift from Ukraine explodes at Polish police headquarters

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A gift that Poland’s top police commander received during a recent visit to Ukraine exploded at national police headquarters in Warsaw, causing the commander and a civilian employee to suffer minor injuries, the Polish Interior Ministry said Thursday. The explosion happened in a room next to the office of Gen. Jarosław … Read more

Scottish Budget is about facing up to responsibilities while being open about challenges ahead, says John Swinney

In setting Scotland’s Budget for 2023-24, I have had to make difficult choices against a backdrop of global and domestic turmoil. But this is about facing up to responsibilities, while being open with Scotland’s people about the challenges ahead. Challenges made starker because of the UK Government’s path of austerity. We will not follow that … Read more

Trump’s Immigrant Crackdown Left A Critical Shortage Of Workers In U.S. Economy

Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration while president — along with the effect of the COVID pandemic — has left the U.S. economy in critical need of workers, significantly hobbling growth, according to economists. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has estimated that the economy is short an astonishing 3.5 million workers, and economists estimate half of … Read more

Top Israeli legal official: Planned laws undermine democracy

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s attorney general warned on Thursday against a raft of legislation being proposed by the expected next government, saying some of the planned new laws would imperil the country’s democratic principles. Gali Baharav-Miara’s comments set up what’s expected to be a major clash between the next government, a far-right coalition … Read more

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