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NATO force on alert amid Kosovo tensions

The NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) peacekeepers were spotted late on Saturday in the city of Kosovska Mitrovica, located in the north of Serbia’s breakaway region of Kosovo. The force, apparently Italian carabinieri units, were spotted guarding a bridge across the Ibar river, footage from the scene circulated by local media …

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US Air Force Kabul plane probe complete

The US Air Force has determined that the crew of a Boeing C-17 military transport plane were not responsible for the deaths of Afghan civilians who tried to cling to the jet as it took off from Kabul in August 2021, amid the chaotic mass-withdrawal of US forces from the …

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Gas prices force US cops to ration call outs – media

Surging gas prices around the US are beginning to put a strain on police departments as they try to cut down on fuel consumption. One Michigan police force has already asked its officers to handle “whatever calls are acceptable” by phone. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has reported that Michigan …

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China explains reason for show of force near Taiwan

China said it deployed warplanes and warships near Taiwan as a show of force a week after US President Joe Biden vowed to defend the island. Beijing has conducted a “joint combat-readiness security patrol involving multiple services and arms in the waters and airspace around the Taiwan Island,” Senior Colonel …

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US tries to force Russian default

The US Treasury Department announced on Tuesday that it would not extend the sanctions waiver that allowed Russia to make sovereign debt payments to Americans, in a move officials previously said would cause Moscow to be in technical default of its debt obligations.  The general license waiver, which is set …

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US ready to use force to defend Taiwan

US President Joe Biden indicated on Monday that Washington is willing to use military force to defend Taiwan if necessary. Speaking at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo, he said the US sees the idea of China “going in” with its troops as unacceptable. …

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Zelensky reveals size of Ukrainian force fighting Russia

The size of the Ukrainian military is now almost six times larger than it was at the beginning of the conflict between Kiev and Moscow, President Volodymyr Zelensky has claimed. “We needed an army of more than 250,000 or 260,000, but there were only around 120,000” battle-ready troops in Ukraine …

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US oil giant declares Russia force majeure

ExxonMobil said on Wednesday that its Russian unit Exxon Neftegas has declared force majeure for its Sakhalin 1 operations due to sanctions. It has become increasingly difficult to ship crude to customers, the company explained. The Sakhalin 1 project produces Sokol crude oil off the coast of Sakhalin Island in …

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