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May 11 2022
Finland and Sweden could apply for Nato membership within days - a monumental shift for two nations with a long history of wartime neutrality and staying out of military alliances.
Russia strongly opposes the two states joining and uses the expansion of the West's defensive military alliance as a pretext for its war in Ukraine.
If they do, it will end over 200 years of SwedishBBC News
Feb 20 2022
It’s been more than 75 years since the U.S. last faced an axis of strategic threats. Fortunately, that axis proved dysfunctional. Had it been otherwise, Japan and Germany would have systematically attacked the Soviet Union, not America, first.
Our current strategic adversaries, Russia and China, aren’t an axis. They’ve formed an entente, tighter today than any time since de-Wall Street Journal (Opinion)
May 04 2022
The head of the European Union has called for a full ban of Russian oil imports to take effect by the end of 2022.
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen proposed "a complete import ban on all Russian oil" Wednesday alongside more potential sanctions against Russia. The new sanctions would target Russian banks, media outlets and Russian officials believed to be responsibleAxios Fox Business CNN Business
Mar 03 2022
The United States and 30 countries have agreed to release 60m barrels of oil from their strategic reserves to stabilise global energy markets, the US Department of Energy said on Tuesday, as oil prices surged to a seven-year high.
The move, ahead of Joe Biden’s State of the Union address to Congress, failed to calm fears about supply disruption from the Ukraine crisis and sanctionsThe Guardian
Feb 07 2022
International efforts to defuse the standoff over Ukraine intensified Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron holding talks in Moscow and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Washington to coordinate policies as fears of a Russian invasion mounted.
The buildup of an estimated 100,000 Russian troops near Ukraine has fueled Western worries of a possible offensive. White House nationalAssociated Press
Apr 13 2020
American cuisine reflects the history of the United States, blending the culinary contributions of various groups of people from around the world, including indigenous American Indians, African Americans, Asians, Europeans, Pacific Islanders, and Latin Americans. Though much of American cuisine is fusion cuisine reflecting global cuisine, many regional cuisines have deeply rooted ethnicWikipedia
Aug 03 2021
Anyone who wants to dine, drink, exercise or enjoy a live performance indoors in New York City will soon have to show proof of coronavirus vaccination or be denied entry, Mayor de Blasio announced Tuesday in his most aggressive push yet to jack up the city’s flagging immunization rates.
The requirement, which mirrors mandates on leisure activities enforced in some European countries, isNew York Daily News
Mar 02 2022
President Joe Biden addressed the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, said the United States has “reached a new moment” in the COVID-19 pandemic, and called on Congress to approve piecemeal elements of his stalled agenda to deal with the increasing costs for Americans in his first State of the Union Address on March 1.
Biden led the speech with Russia–Ukraine, referring to RussianThe Epoch Times
Mar 02 2022
U.S. President Joe Biden assailed Russian President Vladimir Putin, barred Russian flights from American airspace and led Democratic and Republican lawmakers in a rare display of unity on Tuesday in a State of the Union speech dominated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
"Let each of us if you're able to stand, stand and send an unmistakable signal to Ukraine and to the world," BidenReuters
Oct 13 2019
The U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, intends to tell Congress this week that the content of a text message he wrote denying a quid pro quo with Ukraine was relayed to him directly by President Trump in a phone call, according to a person familiar with his testimony.
Sondland plans to tell lawmakers he has no knowledge of whether the president was telling him theWashington Post