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

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

Kenyans anxious for news on next president, two days after tight vote

Opposition leader Odinga faces Deputy Pres. Ruto Election commission yet to say when it’ll announce winner Kenyans anxious for updates; average tallies inconclusive Previous elections marred by violence, claims of rigging NAIROBI/ELDORET, Kenya, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Kenyans crowded round radios and televisions on Thursday, increasingly anxious for news of who their next president might … Read more

North Korea declares victory over COVID, suggests leader Kim had it

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at a politburo meeting of the Worker’s Party on the country’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak response in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 21, 2022. KCNA via Reuters Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, Aug 11 … 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

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

Air strikes, rocket attacks push Israel, Gaza into second day of fighting

Fourteen killed, at least 110 wounded -Palestinian Health Ministry At least 160 rockets fired towards Israel – military Israel killed Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza on Friday GAZA/JERUSALEM, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Israel struck in Gaza and Palestinians fired rockets at Israeli cities on Saturday after an Israeli operation against the Islamic Jihad militant group … Read more

Shelling hits power lines at Ukraine nuclear plant, both sides trade blame

Technicians close reactor at Europe’s largest nuclear plant Three grain ships leave Ukrainian Black Sea ports Turkey’s Erdogan meets Putin in Russia Fighting in east centers on fortified village KYIV, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Shelling hit a high-voltage power line on Friday at a major Ukrainian nuclear power station captured by Russia, prompting the plant’s … Read more

Palestinian militants fire rockets at Israel after Gaza air strikes

Israeli airstrikes kill at least 10, wound dozens Islamic Jihad says it will hit Tel Aviv, other cities in response Israel says strikes aimed against ‘concrete threat’ Sirens sound in Israeli cities as authorities warn of rockets GAZA, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Palestinian militants in Gaza fired dozens of rockets into Israel on Friday in … Read more

Bank of England raises rates by most since 1995 despite recession’s approach

BoE raises Bank Rate by 50 bps to 1.75% Bank warns UK economy to start shrinking in Q4 Returning inflation to target ‘absolute priority’ – Bailey BoE expects to start selling gilts stockpile from Sept Aug 4 (Reuters) – The Bank of England raised interest rates by the most in 27 years on Thursday in … Read more

Three grain ships leave Ukraine; NATO chief says Russia must not win

Three grain ships leave Ukraine ports First ship due to arrive in Ukraine since start of war Eastern fighting “hell”, says Zelenskiy Amnesty says Ukraine troops are endangering civilians NATO chief warns Putin not to go further ISTANBUL/KYIV, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Three ships loaded with grain left Ukrainian ports on Friday under a recently … Read more