Blinken, Austin to visit Kyiv, discuss heavy weapons, Ukraine says

KYIV, Ukraine – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin were to visit Kyiv on Sunday, April 24, to discuss Ukraine’s request for more powerful weapons after months of combat with invading Russian forces. The visit, announced by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Saturday, would be the highest-level visit by US … Read more

Knicks’ Obi Toppin, Julius Randle discuss playing together next season

Obi Toppin’s recent offensive surge only has accentuated the intriguing question — and the clamoring of chanting fans — whether the Knicks can find him more playing time next season, particularly when Julius Randle is healthy and available. If the Knicks remain committed to Randle, who will miss his fifth consecutive game in Sunday’s season … Read more

Duterte, Xi discuss South China Sea, Ukraine in telesummit

The two leaders ‘stressed the need to exert all efforts to maintain peace, security, and stability in the South China Sea’ where the Philippines has recorded numerous Chinese incursions in Philippine waters MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping held an hour-long telephone summit where they discussed the South China Sea … Read more

Philippines, France discuss possible submarine deal, joint patrols

MANILA, Philippines – Looking to expand maritime cooperation, the Philippines and France discussed the possibility of joint patrols in the West Philippine Sea and developing a submarine fleet for Manila. Rear Admiral Jean-Mathieu Rey, joint commander of the French Armed Forces in the Asia-Pacific, said France suggested joint patrols in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. … Read more

US, Venezuela discuss easing of sanctions, make little progress – sources

US and Venezuelan officials discussed the possibility of easing oil sanctions on Venezuela but made scant progress toward a deal in their first high-level bilateral talks in years, five sources familiar with the matter said, as Washington seeks to separate Russia from one of its key allies. Both sides used the meeting in Caracas on … Read more