Inside the super-secure Swiss lab trying to stop the next pandemic

SPIEZ, Switzerland, July 31 (Reuters) – The setting is straight from a spy thriller: Crystal waters below, snow-capped Swiss Alps above and in between, a super-secure facility researching the world’s deadliest pathogens. Spiez Laboratory, known for its detective work on chemical, biological and nuclear threats since World War Two, was tasked last year by the … Read more

Fear and suspicion as Ukraine hunts for traitors in the east

KUTUZIVKA, Ukraine, July 28 (Reuters) – As Ukraine hunts for traitors, the fear of Russian infiltration extends east, far from the capital. The sense of paranoia runs deepest here, in eastern Ukraine, where suspicions of treason committed by locals divide formerly occupied villages like Kutuzivka, a once-sleepy hamlet east of Kharkiv, where signs of a … Read more

In fighting gun crime, Canada has an American problem

OTTAWA/TORONTO, July 27 (Reuters) – A Texas man bought dozens of guns from licensed dealers in the state before illegally reselling at least 16, US officials say. Twelve were traced to crimes committed in America. The other four were traced to crimes in Canada. The case of the 31-year-old, indicted last month on charges that … Read more

Exclusive: Glaciers vanishing at record rate in Alps following heatwaves

MORTERATSCH GLACIER, Switzerland, July 26 (Reuters) – From the way 45-year-old Swiss glaciologist Andreas Linsbauer bounds over icy crevasses, you would never guess he was carrying 10 kg of steel equipment needed to chart the decline of Switzerland’s glaciers. Normally, he heads down this path on the massive Morteratsch Glacier in late September, the end … Read more

Exclusive: US and Taliban make progress on Afghan reserves, but big gaps remain

KABUL/WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – US and Taliban officials have exchanged proposals for the release of billions of dollars from Afghan central bank reserves held abroad into a trust fund, three sources familiar with the talks said, offering a hint of progress in efforts to ease Afghanistan’s economic crisis. Significant differences between the sides remain, … Read more

Exclusive: Sherman, Kennedy to visit Solomons, where fathers fought and US now vies with China

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman speaks during a panel with the Friends of Europe in Brussels, Belgium, April 21, 2022. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) – US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and US Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy plan next … Read more

Satellite imagery, ship data indicates path of Russian vessel Kyiv says shipped “looted” grain

July 22 (Reuters) – Late last month, a Russian-flagged cargo ship carrying corn pulled into the Turkish port of Izmir on the Aegean Sea. The SV Nikolay had loaded the grain at Port Kavkaz, in Russia, six days earlier on June 18, according to documentation provided by an employee of the Russian company that owns … Read more

In occupied south Ukraine, some fear a return to Soviet times under Russia

KYIV, July 21 (Reuters) – In Nova Kakhovka, a city in southern Ukraine occupied by Russian troops five months ago on the first day of its invasion, the signs of creeping annexation by Russia are mounting and some residents fear a return to Soviet times . A statue of Russian Communist leader Vladimir Lenin, erected … Read more

How Netflix plans to find its inner ‘Star Wars’

LOS ANGELES, July 18 (Reuters) – Netflix (NFLX.O) broke Hollywood’s rules to create a $ 82 billion global streaming colossus that the rest of the entertainment industry rushed to copy. But as growth slows, it is looking backwards for a way forward, borrowing a page from Walt Disney’s (DIS.N) playbook. The company that changed the … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Britain and Japan aim to merge Tempest and FX fighter programs-sources

TOKYO / LONDON, July 14 (Reuters) – Britain and Japan are close to an agreement to merge their next-generation Tempest and FX fighter jet programs, with the two countries aiming for a deal on a new joint project by year-end, three sources told Reuters. It would be the first time Japan has sought a non-US … Read more