Ukraine war: US wants to see a weakened Russia

Ukraine war: US wants to see a weakened Russia

This post was originally published on this siteUS Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said he hoped to see the Russian military depleted in Ukraine.

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Biden denounces Putin as he ends Europe trip

Biden denounces Putin as he ends Europe trip

This post was originally published on this siteThe president said the Russian leader “cannot remain in power,” but the U.S. has clarified it is not pursuing regime change in Moscow.

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Kremlin: Russian oil embargo would squeeze Europe, not US

Kremlin: Russian oil embargo would squeeze Europe, not US

This post was originally published on this siteA spokesperson for the Kremlin warned Monday against the oil embargo proposed by members of the European Union, saying it would put pressure on Europe but not on the U.S.Russia says that the embargo would cut off energy supplies to many member…

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As COVID rates rise in Europe and Asia, how worried should Americans be about another wave?

As COVID rates rise in Europe and Asia, how worried should Americans be about another wave?

This post was originally published on this siteThe U.S. is in a “messy” time of the pandemic, experts say. COVID cases are rising in Europe and Asia, but It’s not yet clear what will happen here.     

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Putin’s possible endgames in Ukraine

Putin’s possible endgames in Ukraine

This post was originally published on this siteAs the US seeks to convince the world that Russia is bluffing about a drawdown of troops near Ukraine, it’s worth considering what’s informing Russia’s decision-making and what the possible endgame scenarios might be. Michael Kimmage, an expert on US-Russia relations, weighs in.

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Iran Nuclear Deal Inches Toward Revival but Faces Critics in U.S.

Iran Nuclear Deal Inches Toward Revival but Faces Critics in U.S.

This post was originally published on this siteRepublicans warned that any new agreement would “likely be torn up” by the next administration.

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Ford says truck blockade in Canada hurts customers and workers ‘on both sides of the border’

Ford says truck blockade in Canada hurts customers and workers ‘on both sides of the border’

The blockade at the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit with Windsor, Ontario, is impacting several automakers, who say they are now facing parts shortages.
This is the third day the bridge, which carries 25 percent of all trade between the United States and Canada, has been blocked. There are about 50 to 74 vehicles and 100 protesters at the bridge, The Associated Press reports, with the demonstrators demanding that Canada end its COVID-19 safety policies. About 90 percent of Canadian truck drivers are vaccinated, and most of the protesters are in pickup trucks, AP reports, not big rigs.
Vehicles are able to enter the U.S. at the bridge, but are prevented from entering Canada. To get around this, trucks leaving the Detroit area are driving 70 miles north to Port Huron, Michigan, where on Wednesday they faced a delay of nearly five hours, AP says.
Ford announced on Wednesday that the blockade forced the company to close an engine plant in Windsor and run an assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario, on a reduced schedule. “The interruption on the Detroit-Windsor bridge hurts customers, auto workers, suppliers, communities, and companies on both sides of the border,” Ford said in a statement. “We hope this situation is resolved quickly because it could have widespread impact on all automakers in the U.S. and Canada.”
General Motors said while it had to cancel the second shift at a factory near Lansing, Michigan, because of the blockade, it expects business to be back to normal on Thursday. Toyota announced it will shut down production at three Canadian plants for the rest of the week, but blamed the weather and the supply chain for the parts shortages.
Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens told AP law enforcement has been wary of removing protesters and their vehicles over safety concerns, but they won’t let the blockade “happen for a prolonged period of time.” Dilkens also shared that some of the demonstrators have said they are willing to die for the cause. “I’ll be brutally honest: You are trying to have a rational conversation, and not everyone on the ground is a rational actor,” he said. “Police are doing what is right by taking a moderate approach, trying to sensibly work through this situation where everyone can walk away, nobody gets hurt, and the bridge can open.”

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US and Japan set to announce steel trade deal

US and Japan set to announce steel trade deal

This post was originally published on this siteThe US and Japan are set to announce a deal that would cut Trump-era tariffs on steel, a person familiar with the matter said.

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