Allies to help Norway patrol platforms at sea after ‘sabotage’ – POLITICO

Norway’s allies will help patrol the country’s oil and gas platforms at sea after Western countries declared leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipelines a likely act of sabotage, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said. “We’re in a dialogue with our allies regarding increased presence in the Norwegian (offshore) sector and have said yes to … Read more

‘At least 12 dead’ as storm barrels inland to the Carolinas

But the death toll is expected to rise, with emergency services still responding to thousands of calls and Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis warning that water levels were likely to keep rising in what is “basically a 500-year flooding event”.  He said the full picture would become clearer in the coming days. US President Joe Biden said on … Read more

Joe Biden asks if dead congresswoman is in crowd during speech

In his statement in August, Mr Biden said: “We may have represented different parties and disagreed on many issues, but she was respected by members of both parties for her work. “She also served as co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus, and my team and I appreciated her partnership as we plan for a historic … Read more

The Russian military might yet finish Putin off

Putin’s latest nuclear threats signify above all that he is in grave danger at home. It was intended not just to cow the West but also to show strength to his henchmen who think he’s not been tough enough in Ukraine and to warn the plotters in Moscow that he will stop at nothing to … Read more

Even Russia’s friends are getting upset over its war – POLITICO

NEW YORK — By the time Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took the stage at the United Nations General Assembly this week, he and his country had already lost much of the audience. Throughout the annual gathering, world leader after world leader had expressed deep discomfort if not outright condemnation over Russia’s war in Ukraine. … Read more

White House suspends ‘special relationship’ label for British and US relations

Downing Street later confirmed that the then-prime minister “prefers not to use the phrase”, while stressing it “in no way detracts” from the importance of Britain’s relationship with its closest ally. There was speculation Mr Johnson’s successor also dislikes the phrasing, which was adopted by Mr Churchill in one of his most significant post-war speeches … Read more

Beyond empty threats, Putin has nothing left

Vladimir Putin’s televised address should be seen not so much as a rallying cry for the Russian people to maintain their support for his so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine, but more as an abject declaration of defeat. These are desperate times for the Russian autocrat, and each and every one of the measures he … Read more

‘Desperate’ Vladimir Putin will be defeated in Ukraine, vows Liz Truss

Other Western leaders gathered in New York vowed not to recognise the sham referendums and characterised Putin’s escalation as a sign of weakness. Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato secretary-general, said in response to Putin’s threats: “The answer is not to step down and to stop supporting Ukraine. The answer, if anything, is to step up and … Read more

World leaders know their place at the funeral of the century – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article LONDON — It was the grandest of state funerals. It was a rare moment of shared national reflection. It was also a masterclass in diplomatic choreography. Two full hours before Queen Elizabeth II’s solemn state funeral began at 11 a.m. Monday, the world leaders began to arrive. They … Read more

Joe Biden placed 14 rows back – behind Polish president

When members of the Royal family saluted as the late Queen’s coffin was carried into the Abbey, he gazed straight ahead. In the front of the south transept of Westminster Abbey were Realms governors general and then Commonwealth countries followed by other nations.  While Mr Biden arrived in his armoured car, nicknamed The Beast, others … Read more