Sex, lies and video cams: Andrew Tate turned women into slaves, prosecutors say

BUCHAREST, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The woman from Moldova thought it was love. Internet celebrity Andrew Tate had offered her a new life. They’d even discussed marriage. He asked for only one thing: absolute loyalty. “You must understand that once you are mine, you will be mine forever,” Tate told her on Feb. 4 last … Read more

Turkey’s push into Iraq risks deeper conflict

SARARO, Iraq, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Looming over the deserted village of Sararo in northern Iraq, three Turkish military outposts break the skyline, part of an incursion that forced the residents to flee last year after days of shelling. The outposts are just some of the dozens of new military bases Turkey has established on … Read more

Exclusive: Pro-Kremlin activists in Germany gave money for Russian army gear

Jan 30 (Reuters) – A group of pro-Russian activists in Germany donated funds to a Russian army division fighting in Ukraine, and the money was used to purchase walkie-talkie radios, headphones and telephones, according to an officer in the division and messages from the group’s organizers seen by Reuters. The couple at the center of … Read more

Strong clan loyalty, locals, helped mafia boss Messina Denaro stay hidden

Mafia’s last godfather enjoyed unusually strong loyalty Omerta code of silence also helped boss stay hidden ‘Last godfather’ Messina Denaro was living near his mother PALERMO, Italy, Jan 25 (Reuters) – When Salvatore Catalano discovered that mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro had lived just a short walk from his house in the western Sicilian town … Read more

In Mexico, a reporter published a story. The next day he was shot dead

MEXICO CITY, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Just after sunset on Thursday, February 10th, two men in a white Dodge Ram pickup pulled up in front of Heber Lopez Vasquez’s small radio studio in southern Mexico. One man got out, walked inside and shot the 42-year-old journalist dead. Lopez’s 12-year-old son Oscar, the only person with … Read more

Exclusive: Brazil launches first anti-deforestation raids under Lula bid to protect Amazon

URUARA, Brazil, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Brazilian environmental agents cut through the rainforest with machetes on Thursday in search of criminals in the first anti-deforestation raids under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has pledged to end surging destruction inherited from his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro. Reuters exclusively accompanied raids led by environmental agency Ibama … Read more

Chinese who lost relatives to COVID angry at failure to protect elderly

BEIJING, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Former high school teacher Ailia was devastated when her 85-year-old father died after displaying COVID-like symptoms as the virus swept through their hometown in the southeastern province of Jiangxi. While her father was never tested, Ailia and her mother were both confirmed positive around the same time and she believes … Read more

Exclusive: Europeans dial down the heating, heed calls to save energy

BERLIN, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Europeans have dialed down their heating this winter, apparently heeding government calls to conserve energy amid the Ukraine crisis, with some delaying switching it on by almost a month and setting the temperature lower, data shows. The data, from hundreds of thousands of smart thermometers installed in households across the … Read more

Brazil’s crowdfunded insurrection leaves paper trail for police

BRASILIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) – With a Brazil flag draped around his neck and his feet propped up on a dark wooden table, Samuel Faria leaned back in the Brazilian Senate president’s ceremonial chair which he had just commandeered and surveyed the chaos on the lawn outside. “It’s kicking off out there,” he said, watching … Read more

Scale of alleged torture, detentions by Russian forces in Kherson emerges

KHERSON, Ukraine, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Oksana Minenko, a 44-year-old accountant who lives in the Ukrainian city of Kherson, said she was repeatedly detained and tortured by occupying Russian forces. Her husband, a Ukrainian soldier, died defending Kherson’s Antonivskyi bridge on the first day of full-scale war, she said. During several interrogations in the spring, … Read more