The families of Ukrainian POWs wait for news – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Ukrainian intelligence said on Wednesday that 144 Ukrainian officers and soldiers were returned home from Russian captivity in exchange for Russian prisoners – the largest swap since the Kremlin’s invasion on February 24. That number includes 95 soldiers who had defended the Azovstal steelworks in the southern city … Read more

EU champion Airbus has deep links to Chinese military industrial complex, report says – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Top European planemaker Airbus has advanced technology sharing and manufacturing agreements with entities linked to China’s state-run military apparatus, a new report shows. The findings will beg questions about how long Europe’s aviation champion can continue to secure its strong market position in China with such local partnerships, … Read more

How Russia can beat EU sanctions – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Europe has deployed an unprecedented arsenal of economic sanctions against Moscow in an attempt to weaken Russia’s economy and force Vladimir Putin to abandon his war in Ukraine. But as the export bans bite over the coming months, Russia will start to crave banned goods that are essential … Read more

AFP warns Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group that foreign governments are supporting organized crime in Australia

Drug cartels and other organized crime groups are being infiltrated and assisted by hostile foreign governments to launder dirty cash and peddle illegal substances in Australia. Key points: AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw gave a speech to the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group The group includes the FBI, DEA, UK Met Police, NZ Police and Royal … Read more

China’s new vassal: Vladimir Putin – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article China can now enjoy turning the tables. When Chairman Mao Zedong visited Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in the winter of 1949, he was very much the junior supplicant. Stalin packed him off to wait for weeks in his snow-bound No. 2 dacha, 27 kilometers outside Moscow, where the … Read more

What’s wrong with Vladimir Putin? – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Never believe anything in politics until it’s officially denied. And even then, when it comes to Vladimir Putin’s health, you can still be forgiven for being at a loss about what to believe, given the bewildering frenzy of speculation over whether something is wrong with the Russian president. … Read more

As Putin health rumors swirl, Lavrov denies Russian leader is seriously ill – POLITICO

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has denied that Vladimir Putin is seriously ill in the wake of numerous reports suggesting that the Russian leader has cancer. “You know, President Putin appears in public every day. You can see him on the screens, read his speeches, listen to his speeches, ”Lavrov said, speaking to French media … Read more

EU moves step closer to deal on Russian oil embargo – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article EU leaders are set to discuss a plan to water down proposed sanctions on Russian oil in an attempt to bring Hungary on board, according to diplomats and draft summit conclusions seen by POLITICO. Under wording put forward by EU ambassadors, deliveries of Russian oil by pipeline would … Read more

Biden vows to defend Taiwan with US military if China invades – POLITICO

US President Joe Biden said Monday that the US would intervene militarily to defend Taiwan if the island was invaded by China. Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during his first trip to Asia since taking office, Biden again voiced concern over China’s growing assertiveness across the region. … Read more

The incredible shrinking Global Britain – POLITICO

LONDON – For nearly 150 years, the United Kingdom’s embassy to Japan occupied a prime piece of Tokyo real estate across the river from the Imperial Palace. The compound weathered a host of tragedies, including a break in diplomatic relations during World War II – and a 1923 earthquake. What it did not survive – … Read more