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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday he's 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 unrestricted access to world markets.
Britain pledges to come to Sweden's aid if attacked
Britain has signed a security assurance with Sweden which like its neighbor Finland is pondering whether to join NATO following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, pledging to “bolster military ties” in the event of a crisis and support both countries should they come under attack.
How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Pushed Finland and Sweden Toward NATO
Despite their orientation toward the U.S. and western Europe, Finland and Sweden since the Cold War have bet that their national security was best protected by staying out of NATO. They aimed to avoid disturbing the military balance in the Baltic Sea region and provoking Russia. Now, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked a rethinking in both countries. For the first time, an entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization looks more likely than staying put at least for Finland. Sweden’s stawashingtonpost.com
US, Russia to hold latest nuclear arms talks in Finland
HELSINKI – The United States and Russia will hold a round of nuclear arms control talks in the Finland’s capital, Helsinki, on Monday to follow up on negotiations in Austria this summer, the Finnish president’s office said. The office said nuclear arms negotiators from Washington and Moscow met a previous time in Finland in 2017. “Finland welcomes the negotiators, this time (U.S.) Ambassador (Marshall) Billingslea and (Russian) Deputy Foreign Minister (Sergei) Ryabkov,” the statement said, adding that Niinisto would meet both representatives after the talks. The talks are aimed at producing a new agreement to replace the New START treaty that expires in February — the last remaining pact constraining the arsenals of the world’s two major nuclear powers. According to Russian news agency TASS, the previous round of consultations between Billingslea and Ryabkov were held in Vienna on Aug. 17-18.
World leaders criticize haphazard response to pandemic
Member state flags fly outside the United Nations headquarters during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. This year's annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters will be almost entirely "virtual." (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)TANZANIA – World leaders gathering remotely Wednesday criticized a haphazard global response to a microscopic virus that has unleashed economic havoc and taken nearly 1 million lives in its march across the globe. In the words of Kazakhstan’s president, it was “a critical collapse of global cooperation.”“Our world has been turned upside down,” said Ghana's president, Nana Akufo-Addo. Switzerland's President Simonetta Sommaruga, one of the few women leaders to speak, said the pandemic “has caused untold suffering in the world," with the most vulnerable hit hardest.
Anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List to spend $52 million to help Trump win in 2020
Anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List launched a $52 million effort on Friday to support President Donald Trump's reelection bid, a day after Planned Parenthood pledged $45 million to support candidates in favor of abortion rights. "Democratic contenders for president are lining up to support abortion on demand, and even infanticide, and declaring war on even the most modest pro-life policies. Meanwhile, President Trump has governed as the most pro-life president in our nation's history." "Our focused, battle-tested voter outreach method will ensure we reach the voters who can provide President Trump and pro-life Senate candidates the winning margin on Election Day." The Supreme Court in March will take up its first major abortion-related case with Trump's appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh on the bench.cnbc.com
Trump calls impeachment probe a 'lynching'
President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the House of Representatives's ongoing impeachment probe into his conduct "a lynching." But at least two Republican lawmakers defended Trump language as appropriate, and said the current impeachment process is in fact a lynching. Asked whether he understood that black Americans would be offended by the term lynching, Graham said, "No." McCarthy said that while he does not believe Democrats are conducting a fair impeachment process, "I don't agree with that language. "For three generations in South Carolina, we have understood the evil history of lynching in our state.cnbc.com
Trump 'strongly condemns' doctored video showing him killing news media outlets and political foes, press secretary says
As of three hours after Grisham's tweet, Trump had not issued a statement himself condemning the video. "#AMPFest19 always has and always will condemn political violence," the statement said. "The video, while graphic and violent, depicts enemies of President Trump threatening him and his family and his 'over the top' response. The only person that could potentially be "incited" by this video is Donald Trump himself, as the main character of the video is him. "The Kingsman video was played on a small tv in an empty room for a few hours during a 3 day event that FEATURED AN ANTI POLITICAL VIOLENCE PANEL.cnbc.com
Trump attacks Fox News over poll showing majority favors impeachment: 'Doesn't deliver for US anymore'
President Donald Trump blasted the conservative cable network Fox News on Thursday after it reported that its new poll on impeachment found a majority of respondents favoring his removal from office. "Whoever their Pollster is, they suck," Trump lashed out on Twitter, a day after the Fox poll showed that a new high of 51% of voters want Trump both impeached and removed from office and 40% opposed impeachment. A Fox poll in July found that 42% favored Trump's impeachment and removal, while 45% opposed impeachment. Fox News, Trump said, "doesn't deliver for US anymore." Also Tuesday, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 43% of Americans believe that Trump should be impeached and removed from office, compared with 49% who opposed impeachment.cnbc.com
Temperamental Trump blows his top over impeachment inquiry
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is mad as hell. Easily rankled when Democrats accuse him of wrongdoing, Trump boiled over on Wednesday at the impeachment inquiry they are pursuing over his July 25 phone call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint news conference with Finland's President Sauli Niinisto in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Leah MillisAll they want to do is try and win the election in 2020, so they come up with this impeachment nonsense! Trump said of the Democrats. Trump expressed condolences for a stabbing attack in Finland, and Niinisto talked about European security and melting Arctic sea ice.feeds.reuters.com
Trump says he will likely sue some people who were involved in Mueller probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he likely will bring lawsuits against some of the people involved in the investigation into whether he or his 2016 election campaign colluded with Russia. Trump did not name names but has long expressed frustration at some of the central figures in the investigation by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller such as former FBI Director James Comey. Trump fired Comey in May 2017. The Mueller probe found insufficient evidence to establish that Trump and his campaign had engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia. The Russian state did run a hacking and propaganda operation to disrupt the U.S. election, Mueller found.feeds.reuters.com
Trump attacks Democrats, whistleblower over impeachment
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with reporters during a meeting with Finland's President Sauli Niinisto in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump kept up his assaults on the Democratic lawmakers leading impeachment proceedings on Wednesday, accusing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of treason, as well as attacking the unidentified whistleblower who reported concerns about his behavior. Trump repeatedly says he did nothing wrong in his July 25 telephone call in which he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate a domestic political rival Joe Biden, the former U.S. vice president. He has repeatedly attacked the Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, who is leading the impeachment inquiry. He accused the Democrats impeachment efforts of being groundless and politically motivated.feeds.reuters.com
Watch: Trump holds joint press conference after raging against Democrats, impeachment inquiry
President Donald Trump is set to participate in a joint press conference at the White House on Wednesday with President Sauli Niinisto of Finland. The joint presser followed a morning of furious tweets from Trump about the ongoing impeachment inquiry announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., last week. After Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., took questions about the impeachment inquiry at a news conference Wednesday morning, Trump accused Democrats of "wasting everyone's time and energy on BULLSHIT." Pompeo confirmed earlier Wednesday that he was on the call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky that is now at the center of the impeachment inquiry. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday announced plans to issue a subpoena to the White House for documents related to Ukraine as part of the impeachment inquiry.cnbc.com