Lawmakers from Poland’s ruling coalition agreed to judicial reforms the government says will unblock billions of euros of European Union funding, helping the country’s economy as it grapples with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in neighbouring Ukraine.
Polish lawmakers reach compromise on judicial reforms
Conflicts and natural disasters forced tens of millions to flee within their own country last year, pushing the number of internally displaced people to a record high, monitors said Thursday.
Nearly 60m people internally displaced worldwide in 2021
‘Vienna agreement within reach if U.S. acts logically’
Political Desk
Iran FM: Tehran backs diplomatic efforts to settle Ukraine’s conflict
Finland and Sweden formally applied to join the NATO alliance on Wednesday, a decision spurred by Russia's military operation in Ukraine, but face objections from Turkey to an accession process that is expected to take only a few weeks.
Finland, Sweden apply to join NATO amid Turkish objections
Russia said on Wednesday it was expelling a total of 85 embassy staff from France, Spain and Italy in response to similar moves by those countries, highlighting the damage to relations with leading EU members since it launched a military operation in Ukraine.
Russia expels 85 diplomats from France, Spain and Italy
Nearly 700 more Ukrainian soldiers surrendered at the Mariupol steelworks in the past 24 hours, Russia said on Wednesday, but leaders were reported to still be holed up inside.
Nearly 700 more Mariupol forces surrender: Russia
Iran emphasized the significance of strong bilateral ties between the Islamic Republic and Russia, saying Tehran will not allow anything to disrupt ties between the all-weather allies.
Iran says won’t allow anything to disrupt its strategic ties with Russia
British consumers are reacting to the cost of living crisis by trading down in both stores and products, switching from supermarkets to discounters and from branded to lower priced and private label products, a report from consultants McKinsey said on Monday.
Britons are trading down amid cost of living crisis: McKinsey
The Kremlin said on Tuesday it would be "outright theft" for the Group of Seven economic powers and European Union to seize Russia's frozen reserves and spend them on behalf of Ukraine.
Kremlin: G7 using Russia's reserves for Ukraine would be 'outright theft'
The UK will draft a new post-Brexit trade protocol with Northern Ireland "in coming weeks", but prefers a negotiated solution with the European Union, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said Tuesday.
UK to unilaterally alter N. Ireland post-Brexit trade deal

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