New Zealand’s Ardern labels anti-vaccine mandate protests ‘imported’ as crowds defy calls to leave

WELLINGTON, Feb 14 (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she felt demonstrations against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate now entering their second week were an “imported” phenomenon, and nothing like anything she had seen before in the country . Hundreds of protesters continue to occupy lawns in front of the distinctive … Read more

US begins OSCE staff pullout from eastern Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 13 (Reuters) – US staff at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) started to leave the rebel-held city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, a Reuters journalist said, amid fears of a possible Russian invasion. Several armored cars with the OSCE’s logo were loaded with suitcases and seen … Read more

US says diplomacy still open to end Ukraine standoff with Russia

Service members take part in military exercises held by the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at the Gozhsky training ground in the Grodno region, Belarus, February 12, 2022. Leonid Scheglov / BelTA / Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Register Blinken held talks with Asian allies Russia calls US … Read more