Ukraine war: Wave of drone strikes hits several Russian regions

Moscow has vowed Ukraine will “not go unpunished” after drone strikes hit targets in Russia, while Kyiv saw its heaviest bombardment in months. By Paul Adams, diplomatic correspondent, Tiffany Wertheimer & George Wright BBC News The drones hit several Russian regions and damaged two military planes, a fuel depot and a microelectronics factory. Meanwhile Ukrainian[…]

UK health needs a plan, not ideology

Liz Truss, in her first speech as UK Prime Minister, identified three priorities for her new Government. She pledged to deliver on “the economy, on energy, and on the NHS”. The first was to be expected, and the second is a necessity in the face of the energy crisis, but to prioritise the NHS, and[…]

North Korea: What missiles does it have?

North Korea has been causing alarm in the Pacific region by stepping up its tests of long-range missiles. It has fired more than 30 of them so far this year, including one that went directly over Japan. It’s thought North Korea’s military may soon test another nuclear device. What missiles has North Korea been testing?[…]

Russia’s terror bombing will fail if NATO helps Ukraine withstand it

Analogies between contemporary atrocities and those of previous wars are always risky; at times, commentary about Russia’s war on Ukraine has strained to make such analogies. Just now, though, it takes effort not to. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s launching of missiles against Kyiv, Kharkiv and other places Monday recalls past terror-bombing attempts ranging from the mutual[…]

Charles III and the future of the UK monarchy: looking abroad for clues

King Charles III takes the throne at an uncertain time for the British monarchy. Republicanism is on the rise, both in the UK and across the Commonwealth. Meanwhile the withdrawal of three family members from royal duties – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex by personal choice, and Prince Andrew by order of his late mother – has[…]

Ukraine conflict: What is Nato and how has it responded to Russia’s invasion?

Nato has rejected calls to enforce a no-fly zone, saying it could lead to direct conflict with Russia. Nato member states such as Britain are already sending weapons to help Ukraine fight the Russian invasion. The EU says it will provide hundreds of millions of pounds to help arm Ukraine. Russia has put its nuclear[…]

How close are we to a coronavirus vaccine?

Latest news on the search for a vaccine against the new coronavirus By Annelies Gartner ; Lizzie Roberts and Christopher Hope, Chief Political Correspondent 18 June 2020 • 12:34am Alok Sharma, the Business Secretary, said that the clinical trial at the University of Oxford is progressing well and, if it proves successful, the doses could[…]

Death toll rises to 50 in New Zealand mosque shootings

(CNN)The staggering death toll from the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques has climbed to 50, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. The body of the 50th victim was discovered at the al Noor mosque, where most victims were killed, when officials were removing the victims’ bodies on Saturday, Bush told reporters on Sunday.[…]

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

New York (CNN)Anthony Bourdain, the gifted chef, storyteller and writer who took TV viewers around the world to explore culture, cuisine and the human condition for nearly two decades, has died. He was 61. CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide. Bourdain was in France working on an[…]