Drought in England, fires rage in France as heat wave continues

Firefighters from all over Europe help France with monster fire Drought officially declared in parts of England Europe hit by successive heat waves SAINT-MAGNE, France, Aug. 12 (Reuters) – Firefighters from across Europe came to the rescue for France on Friday to fight a massive bushfire, while fires also raged in Portugal and parts of … Read more

Russia could buy yuan, rupees and Turkish lira for rainy day fund, central bank says

National flag flies over the headquarters of the Russian Central Bank in Moscow, Russia, May 27, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register This content was produced in Russia, where the law limits coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MOSCOW, Aug. 12 (Reuters) – Russia is considering buying the … Read more

Exclusive: Europe looks to Musk’s SpaceX to bridge launch gap created by tensions in Russia

PARIS, Aug. 12 (Reuters) – The European Space Agency (ESA) has entered preliminary technical talks with Elon Musk’s SpaceX that could lead to the temporary use of its launch vehicles after the conflict in Ukraine blocked Western access to Russian Soyuz missiles. The privately held US competitor to Europe’s Arianespace has emerged as a key … Read more

Five Chinese state-owned companies are delisting from NYSE

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG, Aug. 12 (Reuters) – Five Chinese state-owned companies, including China Life Insurance (601628.SS) and oil giant Sinopec (600028.SS) said Friday they would delist the New York stock exchange amid heightened diplomatic and economic tensions with the United States. The companies, which also include Aluminum Corporation of China (Chalco) (601600.SS), PetroChina (601857.SS) and Sinopec … Read more

South Korea’s Yoon Pardons Samsung’s Jay Y. Lee to Fight ‘Economic Crisis’

Samsung scion spent 18 months in prison for bribery S.Korea says leaders needed to help overcome economic crisis Samsung may increase investment with Lee grace – analysts SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Reuters) – South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on Friday pardoned Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee, with the South Korean Ministry of Justice … Read more

Strikes at Ukraine nuclear power plant prompt UN chief to create demilitarized zone

Russia ambassador warns of ‘nuclear catastrophe’ Zelenskiy demands Russia return factory to Ukraine Satellite images show damage at Russian air base in Crimea KYIV/NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (Reuters) – Russia and Ukraine accused each other of shelling Europe’s largest nuclear power plant when the UN chief proposed a demilitarized zone at the site amid fears … Read more

Zelenskiy tells officials to stop discussing tactics, probe opens in leak

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy attends a joint press conference with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda as the Russian attack on Ukraine continues, in Kiev, Ukraine on July 28, 2022. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Aug 11 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told officials on Thursday … Read more

North Korea declares victory over COVID, leader Kim suggests had it

SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared victory over COVID-19 and his sister has indicated he also contracted the virus, while vowing “deadly retaliation” against South Korea, which blames the north for causing the outbreak. Kim ordered the lifting of maximum anti-epidemic measures imposed in May, but added that … Read more

Sierra Leone imposes nationwide curfew amid deadly anti-government protests

FREETOWN, Aug. 10 (Reuters) – At least two police officers and a civilian have been killed after a day of anti-government protests in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, officials at the city’s main morgue said Wednesday. Sierra Leone’s government previously said there had been deaths, but did not say how many, as protesters threw rocks and … Read more

South Korea and China clash over US missile defense system, making mediation difficult

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is seen in Seongju, South Korea, June 13, 2017. Photo taken June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Reuters) – China and South Korea clashed on Thursday over a US missile defense shield, undermining efforts by the … Read more