Ukraine braces for harsh winter as Russian strikes cripple power facilities

Ukrainians brace for winter with little or no heating Temperatures in several areas already below freezing Zelenskiy says half Ukraine’s power capacity crippled by Russia Kherson residents can express interest in moving elsewhere Ukraine: Russia bombing Kherson from across the river KYIV, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Ukrainians braced for a winter with little or no … Read more

EU warns of escalating Serbia, Kosovo car plates dispute

BRUSSELS/BELGRADE, Nov 21 (Reuters) – The European Union on Monday warned of “escalation and violence” after emergency talks between Kosovo and Serbia failed to resolve their long-running dispute over car license plates used by the ethnic Serb minority in Kosovo. “After many hours of discussion … the two parties did not agree to a solution … Read more

Russia’s ‘General Armageddon’ under pressure to deliver on battlefield after retreat

Top general argued for strategic but humiliating retreat Russian forces left west bank of River Dnipro as a result Russia war hawks rallied around General Sergei Surovikin But he’s now under pressure to show battlefield results LONDON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Russia’s leading war hawks rallied behind the humiliating decision for Moscow’s forces to retreat … Read more

‘Playing with fire’: UN warns as team to inspect damage at Ukraine nuclear plant

IAEA chief warns: ‘You’re playing with fire!’ after blasts Russia, Ukraine trade blame for shelling President Zelenskiy says eastern region hit by heavy artillery ‘Fiercest battles’ in Donetsk region, Zelenskiy says LONDON/LVIV, Ukraine, Nov 21 (Reuters) – The head of the UN nuclear watchdog has warned that whoever fired artillery at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power … Read more

COP27 delivers climate fund breakthrough at the cost of progress on emissions

COP27 climate summit ends after marathon weekend negotiations Final deal delivers on creating historic climate finance fund Negotiators say some blocked tighter emissions targets SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Countries closed this year’s UN climate summit on Sunday with a hard-fought deal to create a fund to help poor countries being battered by … Read more

COP27 nears breakthrough on climate finance in scramble for final deal

Countries studying details of new draft agreement Delegates herald possible breakthrough on loss and damage EU prepared to exit talks without positive outcome Some nations want firmer goals on long-term action SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Negotiators at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt neared a breakthrough deal on Saturday for a fund … Read more

How the Biden White House scrambled after Poland missile blast

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden has been adamant that the United States will back Ukraine in its nine-month fight to repel a Russian invasion. But he has insisted, “we will not fight the Third World War in Ukraine.” So when a missile struck a village in Poland near the Ukraine border on … Read more

Bankers bet billions on new wave of debt-for-nature deals

More countries linking debt costs to conservation goals Seychelles, Belize, Barbados among those to strike deals Ecuador swap could be biggest yet at $800 million Cape Verde, Sri Lanka and others are also exploring deals SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The Galapagos Islands, whose thousands of unique species inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution, … Read more

APEC summit disrupted by North Korean ICBM test

North Korea tests missiles as leaders gather for summit Thai pro-democracy protesters tussle with police Thai PM calls for change for sustainable future BANGKOK, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Several Asia-Pacific leaders gathered for an economic summit in the Thai capital broke away from their meeting on Friday to condemn North Korea after it test-fired an … Read more

Black Sea grain export deal extended, but Russia wants more on fertilizer exports

Ukraine and Russia are major global grain exporters Black Sea deal helps ease global food price crisis The UN-brokered deal is extended for four months Moscow wants removal of obstacles to grain, fertilizer exports Nov 17 (Reuters) – A deal aimed at easing global food shortages by facilitating Ukraine’s agricultural exports from its southern Black … Read more