Drought in England, fires rage in France as heatwave persists

Firefighters from across Europe help France with monster fire Drought officially declared in parts of England Europe hit by successive heatwaves SAINT-MAGNE, France, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Firefighters from across Europe came to France’s rescue on Friday to battle a massive wildfire, while fire also raged in Portugal and parts of England faced a severe … Read more

Climate risks dwarf Europe’s energy crisis, space chief warns

PARIS, Aug 11 (Reuters) – The head of the European Space Agency (ESA) has warned economic damage from heatwaves and drought could dwarf Europe’s energy crisis as he called for urgent action to tackle climate change. Director General Josef Aschbacher told Reuters successive heatwaves along with wildfires, shrinking rivers and rising land temperatures as measured … Read more

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

The high price of a Sri Lankan family’s bid to flee crisis

KUDAMADUWELLA, Sri Lanka, Aug 10 (Reuters) – As anarchy gripped the Sri Lankan city of Colombo in May, Meenu Mekala and Nirosh Ravindra gambled their family’s life savings on a two-week, 4,700-km voyage aboard a rusting trawler with their two young sons. The decision ended in ruin. Meenu, a Buddhist, and Nirosh, a Christian, met … Read more

Ukraine halted oil flows to Europe over payment issue, Russia’s Transneft says

The receiver station of the Druzhba oil pipeline between Hungary and Russia is seen at the Hungarian MOL Group’s Danube Refinery in Szazhalombatta, Hungary, May 18, 2022. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Ukraine pipeline operator was paid but money returned -Transneft Shipments halted since Aug. 4 Slovakia, Hungary … Read more

Exclusive: Russia starts stripping jetliners for parts as sanctions bite

This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MOSCOW, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Russian airlines, including state-controlled Aeroflot ( AFLT.MM ), are stripping jetliners to secure spare parts they can no longer buy abroad because of Western sanctions, four industry sources told Reuters. The steps are … Read more

UN chief demands international access to Ukraine nuclear plant after new attack

Kyiv, Moscow trade blame for hits on Zaporizhzhia site UN’s Guterres says any attack on a nuclear plant is “suicidal” Four ships with Ukrainian food sail from Black Sea ports Aug 8 (Reuters) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Monday for international inspectors to be given access to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant after Ukraine … Read more

COVID lockdown turns Chinese tourist hotspot Sanya into nightmare for stranded tourists

People are seen next to restaurants at Houhai village in Sanya, Hainan province, China November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Aug 7 (Reuters) – When Chinese businesswoman Yang Jing was planning this year’s summer holiday in 2021, she chose the tropical southern island of Hainan … Read more

UN’s nuclear watchdog warns on Ukraine plant; Russia shells ‘dozens’ of towns

Two sides exchange blame over nuclear plant danger Ukraine says Russian forces are trying to attack in six eastern areas Four more ships depart with foodstuffs Aug 7 (Reuters) – The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency raised grave concern about shelling at a nuclear power plant in Ukraine, as its military said Russian … 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