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

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

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

US accuses Iranian of conspiracy to kill ex-Trump adviser Bolton

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday charged a member of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards with plotting to assassinate John Bolton, a national security adviser to former President Donald Trump. The Justice Ministry claimed Shahram Poursafi, also known as Mehdi Rezayi, 45, from Tehran, was likely motivated to kill Bolton in retaliation … Read more

The gaming industry’s fortunes are fading as spending pressures follow a pandemic

Aug 10 (Reuters) – Gaming companies are facing a slowdown in video game demand from pandemic highs, casting doubt on their ability to weather an economic downturn. Rising prices and a lack of hit titles have compounded problems for video game publishers Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI.O) and Electronic Arts (EA.O) who are also dealing with … Read more

US House panel has right to access Trump tax data, court rulings

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (Reuters) – A U.S. House of Representatives committee has the right to see former President Donald Trump’s tax returns, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, rejecting its claim that the request was invalid because it was politically motivated. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled against the … Read more

Oil dips lower as halted Russian pipeline flows appear temporary, demand fears mount

Sticker reads crude oil on the side of a storage tank in the Permian Basin in Mentone, Loving County, Texas, US Nov. 22, 2019. REUTERS/Angus Mordant Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Russia’s oil exports halted via southern leg of Druzhba . pipeline EU proposes ‘final’ text to revive Iran nuclear deal … Read more

Roblox slips as bookings raise concerns over gaming slowdown

A child looks back at a banner for Roblox, displayed on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, USA, March 10, 2021 to mark the company’s IPO. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Aug 9 (Reuters) – Roblox Corp (RBLX.N) missed estimates for quarterly bookings … Read more

Hollywood actress Anne Heche in coma since fiery car accident

Anne Heche attends the premiere of the movie “The Tender Bar” held at the TLC Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California, US, December 12, 2021. REUTERS/Aude Guerrucci Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8 (Reuters) – Hollywood actress Anne Heche remained hospitalized Monday in critical condition, comatose and connected … Read more