Russian energy major Lukoil has warned that Bulgaria’s decision to terminate its exemption from an EU embargo on Russian oil ahead of schedule will jeopardise operations at the country’s sole refinery, and poses risks to the nation’s fuel market.
Neftochim Burgas, Bulgaria’s largest refinery, is majority-owned and operated by Lukoil, a Russian private oil and gas corporation. The likely halt in production at the facility carries logistical risks that could cause a fuel supply crisis in the Balkan state.
“Cancelling quotas for exports of petroleum products that are not used on the Bulgarian market from January 1, 2024 is equivalent to termination of permission to use Russian oil starting December 2023,” Lukoil said, as cited by Bulgarian media.
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Finland’s border guards had to resort to “gassing” people at the nation’s border with Russia as the situation became heated ahead of the planned closure of crossing points, state broadcaster Yle reported on Friday. At least one person was “gassed in the face,” according to the report.
“There was a group that did not obey the orders … of the border guards,” Deputy Commander of North Karelia Border Guard Samuli Murtonen told Yle, adding that the group failed to properly declare their “intentions.” In response, “the mildest possible means of force had to be used,” he added.
“To shame me for something that helped create the life that I have today where I have opportunity … made me really mad," Casgraux said. "Because it felt like an attack on women, not just an attack on me."
Instead of folding to the frustration of having the video of her released into the world, she apparently decided to "reclaim her sexuality" by posting a Playboy profile and selling photos of herself for up to $150 each.
The HF-GCS is used by the United States Air Force to send instructions for their operations through messages, and most commonly send Emergency Action Messages (EAMs). The HF-GCS is not exclusive to the USAF, and is used by other countries too, but not as often. They also send higher priority messages known as “Skyking Messages” which will even be read over-top and interrupt an EAM to be read. Both of these messages are time sensitive and are read live in NATO Phonetic letters.
“For sure, Austria will be obstructive [to Ukraine’s integration], but it will hide behind Hungary,” the publication said, citing comment from the anonymous EU diplomat. “Despite its new rhetoric, France doesn’t really want Ukraine in the EU and Germany is playing a cynical game.”
This is the second attempt by the House Republicans to release the January 6 videos to the American public. In March, former Speaker Kevin McCarthy handed over some of the footage to TV host Tucker Carlson. Carlson aired some of it on his Fox News show, leading to the early release of Jacob Chansley, whom the media had dubbed the “QAnon Shaman.”
Estonian authorities have brought apparent “dragon teeth”-style anti-tank obstacles to the river bridge crossing in the town of Narva, located immediately across the border from Russia’s town of Ivangorod. The obstacles were delivered by a military truck and unloaded onto the bridge, footage circulating online shows.
Tallinn is prepared to reinforce – or even fully close – its border crossings with Moscow, multiple senior officials have said.
Thus far, the concrete pyramids and bundles of concertina wire have not been deployed and remain stashed on the side of the road.
West Jerusalem needs to maintain a good relationship with Moscow in order to keep its war on Hamas from escalating into a global conflict, retired Israeli Air Force general Israel ‘Relik’ Shafir has said.
Shafir is part of an elite corps of Israeli aviators, having flown the 1981 mission to bomb the Iraqi nuclear reactor in Osirak. He later commanded the main IAF airbase at Tel Nof and the pilot’s school at Hatzor, retiring in 2002 as a brigadier-general after 31 years in service.
Speaking to the Jerusalem Post in an interview published on Thursday, Shafir argued that there was no reason for Israel to antagonize Russia.
A significant majority of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza say that they don’t envision a future where they can coexist peacefully alongside Israel, according to the findings of a poll.
The densely-populated Gaza enclave has been subjected to an unprecedented bombardment for more than five weeks as part of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s vow to “eliminate Hamas” in response to the militant group’s cross-border attack on October 7.
But amid signs of an increasing erosion of international support for Israel’s military response, which aid organizations say is worsening an already alarming humanitarian crisis in the besieged strip of land, a large majority of Palestinians have indicated that they will be unable to “forgive” Israel for its actions.
A military pilot from the Armed Forces of Ukraine has defected to Russia, TASS reported on Saturday, citing a person who allegedly organized the pilot’s flight over the frontlines. The Ukrainian is an active-duty serviceman who held the rank of “senior officer” with Kiev’s forces, a Russian Telegram channel following the situation has claimed.
“The Ukrainian armed forces pilot is currently in Russia and is being interviewed by the Federal Security Service,” a Russian military strike helicopter pilot, identified by TASS as Aleksey Voevoda, told the agency. Russians were reportedly behind the operation.
Voevoda declined to reveal any details about the operation, adding that he could not share them now. Some Russian Telegram channels have claimed that an interview with the Ukrainian pilot might be published soon. His identity and rank remain unclear. According to Voevoda, the pilot was a flight commander in Ukraine.
Israel’s assault on Gaza, as well as the escalation of violence by Israeli settlers in the long-occupied West Bank, is, or should be, a wake-up call.
More than 11,000 Palestinians, including some 4,650 children, have now been killed in a war started in response to the October 7 Hamas attacks which themselves claimed around 1,200 lives.
A halfway even-handed international community would have to step in and protect the victims of the disproportionate Israeli retaliation, which multiple international voices have called a genocide and an ethnic cleansing. Failure to do so reveals profound bias and dysfunction. That much is obvious.
Patients from the Shifa hospital in northern Gaza will be transported to hospitals located in the southern part of the enclave within the next 24-72 hours, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday.
On Saturday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that it had allowed a number of people to evacuate from the Shifa hospital via a safe route, adding that medical personnel would remain at the facility to assist patients who are unable to evacuate.
"Over the next 24–72 hours, pending guarantees of safe passage by parties to the conflict, additional missions are being arranged to urgently transport patients from Al-Shifa to Nasser Medical Complex and European Gaza Hospital in the south of Gaza," the WHO said on X.
Israeli military and civilian leadership are locked in a debate “at the highest levels” about what next steps to take in Gaza, the Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday, citing sources familiar with the discussion.
The options reportedly include expanding the ongoing military operation into the southern part of the Palestinian enclave or reaching an interim deal with the Hamas militant group, exchanging at least some Israeli hostages for a pause in hostilities or the release of Palestinian prisoners.
According to the newspaper, even the possibility that Israel and Hamas might be close to some sort of deal “may currently be slowing the push into southern Gaza.”
The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) reported on Friday that over 800,000 Palestinians remain in the besieged Gaza City and northern areas, despite ongoing Israeli destructive ground operations, Anadolu Agency reports.
The PCBS said in a statement that this figure indicates that “two-thirds of the population of the northern governorates still reside in the northern areas of the Gaza Strip.”
It noted that Palestinians decided to stay in the northern parts of the enclave.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, led 11 members of the Senate Banking and Housing Committee in calling for an independent investigation into the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) after reports that the agency has failed to fix a toxic culture of sexual harassment and misconduct, discrimination, and misogyny.
About 200 people have been killed in an Israeli strike on the Al-Fakhoora school in Jabalia in northern Gaza Strip, the Qatari television channel Al Jazeera reported.
The bombed school has been controlled by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Numerous civilians, who were forced to flee their homes fearing Israeli bombardments, sought shelter at the school.
Israel's investigation into the Hamas movement's 7 October attack has determined that the group likely did not know about the music festival that was targeted before the attack was launched.
Investigators said that the target for Hamas' attack seemed to be a Kibbutz, but changed plans once the festival was discovered, Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported on Saturday.
In addition, the investigation found that an Israeli army helicopter that arrived on the scene following the attack was responsible for at least some of the deaths, as the helicopter mistakenly shot festival goers instead of Hamas operatives.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi rejected on Saturday the idea that Arab troops could enter the Gaza Strip to "clean up the mess" created by the Israeli invasion.
"Speaking on behalf of Jordan but having discussed this issue with almost all our brethren, there will be no Arab troops going to Gaza. None. We are not going to be seen as the enemy," Safadi said at a regional security forum underway in Bahrain.
Addressing the plenary of the IISS Manama Dialogue, the Jordanian diplomat stressed that the destruction of Gaza had to stop before the international community could discuss its future.
"How can anyone talk about the future of Gaza when we do not known what kind of Gaza will be left once this aggression ends ... By entertaining that, we are telling the Israeli government: ‘Do whatever you want. Go destroy Gaza. No one is stopping you. And once you are done we will clean up your mess.’ No, we will not," Safadi said.