Exclusive: Europe eyes Musk’s SpaceX to bridge launch gap left by Russia tensions

PARIS, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The European Space Agency (ESA) has begun preliminary technical discussions with Elon Musk’s SpaceX that could lead to the temporary use of its launchers after the Ukraine conflict blocked Western access to Russia’s Soyuz rockets. The private American competitor to Europe’s Arianespace has emerged as a key contender to plug … Read more

Ukraine says its troops advance towards Izium as fighting rages in Donbas

Heavy Russian shelling reported along Donbas front Fresh Ukrainian attacks damage key bridge in Kherson Both sides blame the other for shelling nuclear plants KYIV, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Ukraine reported intense Russian shelling across the frontlines on Tuesday as both sides traded blame for the weekend strike on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex which triggered … Read more

Exclusive: Russian weapons in Ukraine powered by hundreds of Western parts, report says

LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) – More than 450 foreign-made components have been found in Russian weapons recovered in Ukraine, evidence that Moscow acquired critical technology from companies in the United States, Europe and Asia in the years before the invasion, according to a new report by the Royal United Services Institute defense think tank. Since … Read more

Hiroshima prays for peace, fears new arms race on atomic bombing anniversary

TOKYO, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Bells tolled in Hiroshima on Saturday as the city marked the 77th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing, with officials including the United Nations secretary general warning of a new arms race following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, and, shortly after, Russian President Vladimir … Read more

Taiwan says Chinese planes, ships carry out attack simulation exercise

Chinese ships aircraft conduct simulated attack Blinken calls China’s cessation of dialogue ‘irresponsible’ China calls for US to ‘rectify mistakes’ TAIPEI, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Taiwan officials said Chinese aircraft and warships rehearsed an attack on the island on Saturday, part of Beijing’s retaliation for a visit there by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that … Read more

China fires missiles in largest ever drills in waters off Taiwan

Chinese military exercises include firing of missiles Suspected drones fly over outlying Taiwanese islands Taiwan says several government websites hacked China says it’s an internal affair TAIPEI, Aug 4 (Reuters) – China fired multiple missiles around Taiwan on Thursday as it launched unprecedented military drills a day after a visit by US House of Representatives … 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

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

Fresh COVID wave sweeps Asia; New Zealand warns of pressure on hospitals

WELLINGTON / TOKYO, July 14 (Reuters) – A new wave of coronavirus infections is rapidly spreading through Asia, prompting warnings for residents from New Zealand to Japan to take precautions to slow the outbreak and help prevent healthcare systems from being overwhelmed. The renewed surge in cases, mostly of the BA.4 / 5 Omicron variants, … Read more

US, Japan agree to address currency, economic impact of Ukraine war

US Treasury Sec, Japan finally agrees to ‘further strengthen’ ties – statement Committed to address higher food, energy and commodity prices Two sides say Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has raised FX volatility Agree to cooperate ‘as appropriate’ on FX issues in line with G7, G20 commitments Talks come before weekend G20 meeting TOKYO, July 12 … Read more