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Davos updates | Spain believes Finland, Sweden to join NATO

May. 24, 2022 07:57 AM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says he believes Sweden and Finland will succeed in joining NATO despite Turkey’s objections to their membership. In an address Tuesday to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Sánchez says that “the political will...

Live updates | Russian officials: War goals to be achieved

May. 24, 2022 08:15 AM EDT

Two top Russian security officials vowed on Tuesday that Moscow will achieve all the goals set for the “military operation” in Ukraine, appearing to address the fact that the invasion, expected by many to be a blitzkrieg, has entered its fourth month this week. The secretary of...

At Davos, climate debate over role of oil in 'going green'

May. 24, 2022 08:15 AM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — As government officials, corporate leaders and other elites at the World Economic Forum grapple with how to confront climate change and its devastating effects, a central question is emerging: to what extent can oil and gas companies be part of a transition to...

EU to keep budget rules looser for longer amid war fallout

May. 23, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has moved to prolong looser limits on spending by member countries for an extra year in a bid to counter the economic fallout from Russia’s war in Ukraine. The European Commission recommended on Monday suspending the EU’s regular rules on...

Climate to conflict, Davos' post-COVID return has full plate

May. 22, 2022 10:03 AM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Davos — the hub of an elite annual gathering in the Swiss Alps — is back, more than two years after the coronavirus pandemic kept its business gurus, political leaders and high-minded activists away. There’s no shortage of urgent issues for the World Economic...

Russia to cut Finland's natural gas in latest energy clash

May. 20, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Russia will cut off natural gas to Finland after the Nordic country that applied for NATO membership this week refused President Vladimir Putin's demand to pay in rubles, the Finnish state-owned energy company said Friday, the latest escalation over European energy amid...

Live updates | Brink confirmed as US ambassador to Ukraine.

May. 18, 2022 22:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Bridget Brink late Wednesday as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, filling the post as officials plan to return American diplomats to Kyiv during the nation’s continuing battle against the Russian invasion. The veteran foreign service officer, who has...

Live updates | UN Chief: War in Ukraine driving world hunger

May. 18, 2022 18:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations chief said Wednesday he is in “intense contacts” with Russia and other countries to stop escalating global hunger exacerbated by the war in Ukraine by allowing the export of grain stored in Ukrainian ports and ensuring Russian food and fertilizers have...

4 EU nations to harness North Sea wind for green transition

May. 18, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Four European Union countries plan to speed up the continent’s green transition and help wean it off Russian energy imports through a large new project to build wind farms in the North Sea, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Wednesday. She...

Davos returns from pandemic with Ukraine, climate in mind

May. 18, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — After a nearly 2-1/2-year hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Swiss town of Davos is set to again host global elites from business, government and activist groups for the World Economic Forum. Russia’s war in Ukraine and climate change worries are...