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Europe's plans to replace Russian gas are deemed 'wildly optimistic' — and could hammer its economy

Europe’s plans to replace Russian gas are deemed ‘wildly optimistic’ — and could hammer its economy

A drilling rig at a gas processing facility, operated by Gazprom. Maxim Shemetov | Reuters The European Union’s best chance to replace Russian gas imports this year is likely to miss the mark, analysts predict, putting further pressure on the region’s economy. The EU plans to replace two-thirds of Russian gas imports by the end …

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US officials back in Venezuela in a bid to rebuild ties

US officials back in Venezuela in a bid to rebuild ties

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Top U.S. government officials have quietly traveled to Caracas in the latest bid to bring home detained Americans and rebuild relations with the South American oil giant as the war in Ukraine drags on, forcing the United States to recalibrate another foreign policy. objectives A US State Department spokesman described the …

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Baltic nations push for change at NATO summit

Baltic nations push for change at NATO summit

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has said he plans to raise a confrontation with Russia at this week’s NATO summit. Images Alliance | Images Alliance | fake images Everything changed when Russia invaded Ukraine and NATO’s defense strategy must now take into account the new security environment on Europe’s eastern flank. That is the coordinated message …

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Jordan's king says he would support a Middle East version of NATO

Jordan’s king says he would support a Middle East version of NATO

King Abdullah II of Jordan said he would support the formation of a military alliance in the Middle East similar to NATO, and that it can be done with like-minded countries. The kingdom actively works with NATO and sees itself as an alliance partner, having fought “shoulder to shoulder” with NATO troops for decades, the …

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Double blow for UK's Boris Johnson as he loses two key by-elections

Double blow for UK’s Boris Johnson as he loses two key by-elections

Campaign posters in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, ahead of a key by-election triggered after Conservative MP Imran Ahmed Khan was found guilty of sexually assaulting a minor. Daniel Harvey Gonzalez/In pictures via Getty Images LONDON — UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a double whammy at the polls when his party lost two key parliamentary by-elections …

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Saudi Crown Prince visit Turkey in major posture change for Erdogan

Saudi Crown Prince visit Turkey in major posture change for Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan R welcomes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in Ankara, Turkey on June 22, 2022. Mustafa Kaya/Xinhua via Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has visited Turkey for the first time in years, marking a rapprochement between two of the …

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Putin is squeezing gas supplies. And Europe is getting seriously worried about a total shutdown

Putin is squeezing gas supplies. And Europe is getting seriously worried about a total shutdown

BRUSSELS — European leaders are growing concerned about the possibility of a complete shutdown of gas supplies from Russia, with Italy calling for a new meeting to discuss the matter. Gazprom, Russia’s state-backed energy provider, has cut its gas flows to Europe by about 60% in recent weeks, prompting Germany, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands …

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European leaders expected to formally accept Ukraine 's EU candidacy

European leaders expected to formally accept Ukraine ‘s EU candidacy

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (l) speaks at a joint press conference with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine. Michael Fisher | Images Alliance | fake images BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are expected to formally approve Ukraine’s candidate status to join the bloc Thursday, the first official step toward full membership. The …

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