By Michelle NicholsUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations overwhelmingly isolated Russia on Thursday, marking one year since Moscow invaded Ukraine by calling for a “comprehensive, just and lasting peace” and again demanding Moscow withdraw its troops and stop fighting. Six countries joined Russia to vote no – Belarus, North Korea, Eritrea, Mali, Nicaragua and Syria. “This resolution is a powerful signal of unflagging global support for Ukraine,” Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy posted on Twitter after the vote. Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy dismised the action at the United Nations as “useless,” posting on Twitter: “Will it bring peace? “Adding fuel to the fire will only exacerbate tensions.”China’s abstentions appear to reflect a bid to stay on the diplomatic fence over the war in Ukraine.
United came out for the second half looking like a different side and levelled through Fred, the Brazilian steering home Fernandes’s pass two minutes after the break. A superb save from goalkeeper David de Gea kept out an effort from Barca’s Jules Kounde, a stop that proved crucial as Antony arrowed a superb finish into the bottom corner 17 minutes from time to send United through. United remain in four competitions this season as they bid to win their first major trophy since 2017. FERNANDES DENIEDUnited started well with captain Fernandes denied by a superb Marc-Andre ter Stegen save after being picked out by Casemiro. “United were very intense in that second half,” Barca coach Xavi Hernandez said.1 month ago KFGO
By Fernando KallasBARCELONA (Reuters) -Barcelona fought back to earn a 2-2 draw with Manchester United in a pulsating Europa League knockout round playoff first leg on Thursday. Barcelona will travel to next week’s second leg at Old Trafford with a depleted midfield as Pedri came off in the first half with a leg injury and Gavi will be suspended. The Italians had another chance nine minutes from time when Andrea Belotti’s close-range strike crashed against the crossbar. However, VAR showed his arm made contact with the ball when controlling it and the strike was chalked off. In Poland, Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk beat Stade Rennais 2-1 thanks to first-half goals from Dmytro Kryskiv and Artem Bondarenko, while Karl Toko Ekambi’s volley in the second half gave the French side hope for the second leg next week.1 month ago KFGO
“We are looking at additional banks and financial institutions to see how Russia deals with the outside world. Some European banks, including UniCredit and Raiffeisen Bank International, have large businesses there and must follow local rules to grant payment holidays to soldiers. The United States and European Union have sought to present a united front on sanctions, although their penalties differ, in part because Europe has closer economic ties to Russia. ENFORCEMENTO’Brien said that the United States would step up enforcement, something the EU also hopes to improve. “We are now looking at how sanctions, including financial sanctions, can be most effective,” he said.1 month ago KFGO
“This does suggest a possible inflection point in sentiment towards UK assets,” said Nick Kissack, a UK portfolio manager at Schroders, which manages roughly $910 billion of client funds. That, in short, is an outlook of higher global interest rates, weak growth and high inflation. However, analysts expect the FTSE 100’s rise to falter with a stronger global growth outlook combined with waning energy inflation. “The UK is the standout global economy where growth prospects have not improved,” said Baylee Wakefield, multi-asset portfolio manager at Aviva Investors, who expects gilts to continue outperforming Treasuries. Others were more cautious, given burgeoning future supply of gilts as the government rushes to bolster a slowing economy.1 month ago KFGO
By Steve Holland, Michael Martina and David BrunnstromWASHINGTON (Reuters) – China’s flight of a suspected surveillance balloon over the United States appears to mark a more aggressive – albeit puzzling – espionage tactic than relying on satellites and the theft of industrial and defense secrets, security experts said. Both the United States and China have for decades used surveillance satellites to keep an eye on each other from the air. But China’s recent balloons – a White House official said this week’s episode was not the first – have some in Washington scratching their heads. The United States also believes Beijing routinely seeks to capture proprietary information and knowledge from U.S. companies. China on Friday said the balloon was for civilian meteorological and scientific purposes.1 month ago KFGO
More than a year after the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Kabul, the number of Afghans crossing the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum in the United States has soared. Eleven said they made it to the United States; Reuters has not been able to confirm the whereabouts of one person a reporter interviewed in Mexico. All said they were unable to start new lives in Brazil and instead headed north by land to the United States. The United States has been slow to process visas, they say, and together with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)should be doing more to help other countries to assist Afghan refugees. From 51,000 applications to enter the United States on an emergency basis following the Taliban takeover, only around 600 Afghans have been approved, DHS said.1 month ago KFGO
The Wednesday meeting between Biden and McCarthy is likely to serve as the opening bell for months of back-and-forth maneuvering over raising the United States’ $31.4 billion borrowing cap. Biden will call on McCarthy to release a budget plan in the meeting and to commit to support the nation’s debt obligations, according to a White House memo seen by Reuters. The White House says it will only discuss future spending cuts after the debt ceiling is raised. House Republicans, meanwhile, will aim to produce their budget proposal in April, said House Republican Leader Steve Scalise. The showdown over the growing U.S. debt threatens to roil the global economy if the United States defaults.1 month ago KFGO