“You will set these terms for yourself”
The US will not press Ukraine to negotiate a ceasefire even if Russia makes steady gains in the country’s embattled east, Colin H. Kahl, a senior Pentagon official, said yesterday. “We will not tell Ukrainians how to negotiate, what to negotiate and when to negotiate,” he added. “You will set these terms for yourself.”
The comments came as Ukraine’s attempt to hold its territory in the eastern Donbass region reached a critical juncture. Some Western officials are now questioning Ukraine’s ability to hold off Russian forces, while Western European nations fear a prolonged war that increases the risk of drawing NATO into the fighting. Follow the latest updates from the war.
NATO Defense Ministers are meeting in Brussels today and tomorrow. Finland and Sweden’s bids for membership are being held up over objections by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who argues that the potential members are sympathetic to the Kurdish militants, whom he sees as terrorists. “It’s not possible for us to be for it,” he said.
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Biden’s ability to contain inflation is dwindling
President Biden is considering rolling back some of the tariffs imposed on Chinese goods during the Trump administration in hopes of curbing the fastest price increases in 40 years, officials said.
Business groups and some outside economists said it was a significant step the president could take to immediately bring down costs for consumers. However, some administration economists privately estimate that the tariff cuts would bring headline inflation down just a quarter of a percentage point after it hit 8.6 percent in May.
The tariff discussion comes at a precarious time for the economy. Persistent inflation has shaken consumer confidence, pushed markets into bear territory – down 20 percent from January – and fueled fears of a recession. Biden said taming inflation rests primarily with the Federal Reserve trying to cool demand by raising interest rates.
Context: China tariffs raise the price of goods for American consumers by essentially adding a tax to what they already pay for imported goods. In theory, removing tariffs could reduce inflation if companies cut prices on those products — or stop raising prices.
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Court halts deportations of migrants to Rwanda
A last-minute ruling by the European Court of Human Rights grounded a chartered plane meant to take migrants from the UK to Rwanda in an unexpected setback to a new, hard-hitting policy by the UK government, which is trying to deport a potential 4,000 asylum-seekers miles away.
The verdict came at the end of a day of uncertainty as the small number of people awaiting deportation tried to go to court to oppose deportation from Britain. Although Britain is no longer part of the EU, it is a member of the Council of Europe and a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights, and therefore accepts judgments from the court.
The plan drew harsh criticism from human rights defenders, civil servants and high-profile public figures such as Prince Charles. It comes at a time when immigration to the UK from outside the EU is increasing. Critics have accused Boris Johnson, Britain’s struggling prime minister, of deliberately stoking the issue for political gain.
Answer: In a statement, Home Secretary Priti Patel called the verdict “very surprising”. She added: “We will not be deterred from doing the right thing and implementing our plans to control our country’s borders. Our legal team is reviewing every decision made on this flight and preparations for the next flight are now beginning.”
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Eric Kim is a Times Magazine columnist, cookbook author and son of South Korean immigrants. He watched his mother cook all his life. “I’ve been Korean all my life and I’ve been cooking since I was 13, but it’s only recently that I’ve felt like a Korean Korean cook,” he writes.
In his daily cooking, Eric draws on classic Korean ingredients: soybean paste, tongbaechu kimchi, grassy perilla leaves, seaweed in many different forms. His mother Jean is omnipresent in his kitchen. “The way I cook now, the way I move and breathe in my New York City kitchen has echoes of her movements, her breath.”
When asked to pick just 10 Korean dishes, these recipes would be Eric’s choice. “Some of these dishes are more than their ingredients, they tell not only the story of a divided nation and a war, but also a great story of empires,” he adds. “I wrote the recipes in English but know their souls are in Korean.”
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