Wide disagreements, low expectations as Biden, Putin meet

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin square up on Wednesday for their first meeting since Biden took office with deep disagreements likely and expectations low for any breakthroughs. Both have said they hope their talks in a lakeside Geneva villa can lead to more stable and predictable relations, even though they remain…

Israel launches air raids on Gaza Strip

Israel mounted air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the first since the end of 11 days of cross-border fighting last month, in response to incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian territory. The Israeli military said its aircraft attacked Hamas armed compounds in Gaza City and the southern town of Khan Younis and was…

Car bomb explodes inside Colombia military base; 36 injured

A car bomb exploded inside a military base in the Colombian border town of Cucuta on Tuesday, leaving 36 people injured, including three in critical condition, officials said. During an emergency visit to the base, Defense Minister Diego Molano described the blast as a "vile terrorist attack" that targeted Colombian soldiers and sought to injure…

Biden arrives in Geneva ahead of tense summit with Putin

Air Force One with U.S. President Joe Biden arrives at Cointrin airport ahead of a meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, June 15, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Pool U.S. President Joe Biden arrived in Geneva on Tuesday a day ahead of his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a Reuters witness said. Biden's…

Outgoing UN aid chief slams G7 for failing on vaccine plan

Outgoing UN aid chief Mark Lowcock slammed the Group of Seven wealthy nations on Monday for failing to come up with a plan to vaccinate the world against Covid-19, describing the G7 pledge to provide 1 billion doses over the next year as a "small step." "These sporadic, small-scale, charitable handouts from rich countries to…

South Korea begins navy drills amid Olympics territory row with Japan

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