Nato backs Ukraine to retake annexed territory after Putin boasts its citizens are now his ‘forever’

Kyiv instantly rejected Russia’s offer of peace talks, insisting it would not come to the negotiating table while Mr Putin was still in charge of Russia. In response to the annexations, Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, on Friday announced his country had formally applied for fast-track membership of Nato. “Today, here in Kyiv, in the heart … 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

Macron threatens to ‘instantly’ dissolve parliament if MPs block his pension reforms

Emmanuel Macron has threatened to “instantly” dissolve parliament if French MPs block the pension reforms on which he has staked his political legacy. The threat, which has drawn comparisons to Boris Johnson’s proroguing of parliament, came as French schools, trains and businesses were hit on Thursday by the first major call for strikes since Mr … Read more

Giorgia Meloni ‘had no contact’ with drug-smuggling father for decades

The businessman told the court that he had agreed to transport the cannabis for a payment in pesetas equivalent to 300,000 euros or £268,000 GBP. Mr Meloni died of leukaemia  Three other people were arrested in the drugs bust, including two of his stepchildren. They were sentenced to four years in jail, despite his claims … Read more

Putin to sign off land grab after ‘sham’ referendums

The Kremlin-backed leaders of four Russian occupied regions of Ukraine were in Moscow on Thursday after calling for President Vladimir Putin to formally annex the territories into Russia. The Moscow-installed heads of Ukraine’s Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions claimed residents backed the move in hastily organised votes that the West says were a sham. “I am already … Read more

Storm batters Florida causing ‘worst flooding’ in state’s history

Sheriff Bull Prummell of Charlotte County, just north of Fort Myers, announced a curfew between 9pm and 6am on Wednesday night “for life-saving purposes”, saying violators may face prosecution. Emergency services have fielded dozens of calls, but in some areas the conditions were still too treacherous to go out and respond. There have not yet been … 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

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

UK economy is ‘strong’ and heading for ‘radical change’

She is also expected to say that the UK-US trading relationship must act as a counter to protectionism and authoritarian regimes. “The UK-US economic partnership is the clearest possible example of why free trade and free markets are not just integral to our growth but to the freedoms we share,” she is expected to say. … Read more

Russian forces on brink of encirclement in Donetsk town

Russian forces in the Donetsk region town of Lyman are on the brink of encirclement following Ukrainian gains to their north and east, pro-Russian military bloggers have said. The claims could not be immediately verified, but the reported Ukrainian gains appeared to match images and videos released on social media by Ukrainian soldiers. The fall … Read more