Lesbian polar bears fine by me, says partner of Italy’s new hardline leader

Their daughter is their only child and they are not married, despite Ms Meloni’s promotion of traditional families. Asked whether he would live in Palazzo Chigi, the official premier’s residence overlooking a piazza and an ancient Roman obelisk in the capital, he said: “I really don’t think so. Do you think we could really bring … 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

Putin ‘will trigger world nuclear arms race if he bombs Ukraine’

On Friday night, Oleksiy Gromov, a senior army official, said the village of Yatskivka had been retaken, adding Ukrainian troops had “regained control over positions to the south of Bakhmut”. Yatskivka, about 10km east of Izyum, sits on the eastern bank of the strategic Oskil river, which Kyiv’s forces crossed after recapturing swathes of territory … Read more

Vladimir Putin set to declare occupied land in Ukraine part of Russia

Kremlin figures indicated that the expected annexations would heighten the prospect of Nato being drawn into the conflict if it did not accept Russian territorial gains. Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy chairman of Russia’s security council, said: “Encroachment onto Russian territory is a crime which allows you to use all the forces of self-defence. “This is … Read more