Western Balkans leaders meet in bid to speed up reforms for EU growth plan

TIRANA, Albania — The leaders of five Western Balkan countries met Thursday in an effort to push ahead a European Union plan that promises financial aid and a faster road to membership in return for economic reform. Brussels’ plan calls for 6 billion euros (about $6.5 billion) to be sent to the Balkan states over … Read more

Caribbean leaders say Haitian prime minister agrees to hold long-awaited elections by mid-2025

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Caribbean leaders said late Wednesday that embattled Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry has agreed to hold general elections by mid-2025 as the international community pushes to raise money for a foreign armed force to fight gang violenc there. Members of the Caricom regional trade bloc issued a statement at the end of … Read more

South Korea Files Criminal Complaint Against Alleged Doctors Strike Leaders

As South Korea’s health care system reels from a doctors’ strike that has left hospitals desperately understaffed for a little over a week now, authorities have issued their first legal crackdown on alleged organizers of the collective action. On Tuesday, the health ministry lodged a criminal complaint against five doctors affiliated with the Korean Medical … Read more

Czech, Polish leaders say they’re united in their support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia

PRAGUE — The prime ministers of Czech Republic and Poland said Tuesday their countries are united in their support for Ukraine and pledged to look for ways to increase their help in its fight against Russian military aggression. “I’m glad that we absolutely share the same view of Ukraine, the Russian aggression and what we … Read more

Caribbean leaders meet with Haiti’s prime minister. Foreign force deployment is on the agenda

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Caribbean leaders met with embattled Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Sunday to talk about his country’s unrelenting gang violence, with one top official noting that his continued presence as head of government remains a main stumbling block to progress. Bahamian Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell told The Associated Press that opposition leaders … Read more

Western leaders in Kyiv pledge support on war anniversary

STORY: After initial successes in pushing back the Russian army, Ukraine has suffered recent setbacks on the eastern battlefields, with its generals complaining of growing shortages of both arms and soldiers. Looking to dispel concerns the West is losing interest in the conflict, Italy’s Giorgia Meloni and Canada’s Justin Trudeau came to Kyiv early on … Read more

Leaders appeal for greater support as Russia makes major gain

Mette Frederiksen, Denmark’s prime minister, speaks on day two of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024.  Bloomberg | Getty Images MUNICH, Germany — The West is suffering a “colossal failure of imagination” in thinking Russia’s war in Ukraine will not hit them next, European policymakers have been told amid … Read more

Want to be a data scientist? Do these 4 things, according to business leaders

KrulUA/Getty Images Data scientists are in such high demand that the role has been described by Harvard Business Review as “the sexiest job of the twenty-first century.” In an age of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), people who can help businesses collect, analyze, and interpret data are in huge demand, with the US … Read more

World leaders react to reports of Putin critic Navalny’s death

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a rally in support of political prisoners in Prospekt Sakharova Street in Moscow, Russia on September 29, 2019.  Sefa Karacan | Anadolu | Getty Images World leaders and the wife of prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny reacted with dismay and suspicion to reports of the Kremlin critic’s death … Read more

Elon Musk’s X Gave Check Marks to Terrorist Group Leaders, Report Says

A watchdog group’s investigation found that terrorist group Hezbollah and other US-sanctioned entities have accounts with paid check marks on X, the Elon Musk–owned social network that still resides at the Twitter.com domain. The Tech Transparency Project (TTP), a nonprofit that is critical of Big Tech companies, said in a report on Wednesday that “X, … Read more