Exclusive: Baker Hughes, AXA Group, 16 others quit Nord Stream 2 pipeline - U.S.


WASHINGTON Baker Hughes Co and AXA Group and 16 other companies recently quit work on Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and will not be sanctioned, according to a document the Biden administration sent to Congress last week which was seen by Reuters.


World auditors voice concern at access to Cyprus cash-for-passport scheme records 10:08am EST

NICOSIA A grouping of world auditors say they are concerned that the Cypriot government is limiting examiners' access to records from an axed citizenship-for-investment scheme that critics said was open to abuse.


Questions hover over whether Iran's shooting down of Ukrainian plane intentional: U.N. investigator Feb 23 2021

WASHINGTON Inconsistencies in the Iran government's explanation of the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane last year raise questions over whether it was intentional, an independent U.N. investigator said on Tuesday, but she had found no concrete evidence that it was.


Ukraine prosecutor says there are no plans to revisit Burisma probes Feb 19 2021

LONDON Ukraine's top prosecutor said on Friday investigations into Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Ltd, a matter closely tied to a scandal that led to former U.S. President Donald Trump's first impeachment, have been closed with no plans to reopen them.


Ukraine sanctions Kremlin ally Medvedchuk, says will take back fuel pipeline Feb 19 2021

KYIV Ukraine on Friday announced sanctions on Viktor Medvedchuk, a prominent opposition party leader with ties to the Kremlin, and also said it was taking back into state hands a pipeline that transports Russian oil products to Europe.


EU to impose sanctions on Russians over Navalny by March summit, diplomats say Feb 18 2021

BRUSSELS The European Union is set to impose travel bans and asset freezes on allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin in March, possibly in the run-up to an EU summit, after a meeting of envoys gave approval for punitive measures, diplomats said.

Dream come true for terminally-ill Ukrainian boy, 10, as he joins police Feb 17 2021

KYIV Wearing a custom-made police uniform, 10-year-old Oleksandr Andriychuk, who is terminally ill with brain cancer, enrolled in his local police force in western Ukraine this week in a special ceremony in front of his home and spent a day on patrol. | Video


Putin says Russia needs to safeguard parliamentary elections from foreign meddling Feb 17 2021

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia needed to ensure that its parliamentary vote scheduled for September is free of foreign meddling following mass protests calling for the release of one of his fiercest critics.

Russia detains 19 militants planning attacks: security service Feb 17 2021

MOSCOW Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Wednesday it had detained 19 suspected Islamist militants planning attacks in the North Caucasus.


Ukrainian minister says 'information attacks' hit vaccine buying Feb 17 2021

KYIV The Ukrainian health minister said on Tuesday that Kyiv's coronavirus vaccine purchases were being hampered by "dirty information attacks" that have triggered a corruption investigation against his ministry.


Biden CIA nominee Burns calls China an 'authoritarian adversary'

WASHINGTON U.S. President Joe Biden's nominee to be director of the CIA, William Burns, told a Senate committee on Wednesday that he saw competition with China - and countering its "adversarial, predatory" leadership - as the key to U.S. national security. | Video