Russian call-up sparks exodus by some men as air fares soar

Air tickets from Moscow sell out Heavier traffic at Russia’s land borders ‘Panic demand’ for air tickets – source TBILISI/VAALIMAA, Finland, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Some Russian men rushed for the borders on Thursday after President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization, with traffic at border crossings with Finland and Georgia surging and prices for … Read more

Ukraine hopes to ship grain again this week despite Russian attack

Russia confirms Odesa strike, says warship was hit Ukraine says grain exports will suffer if strikes continue Grain agreement signed on Friday aims to avert global food crisis Russian-occupied regions may vote to join Russia in September KYIV, July 25 (Reuters) – Ukraine said on Monday it hoped a UN-brokered deal aimed at easing global … Read more

Outraged by strike on Odesa, Ukraine still prepares to resume grain exports

Moscow, Kyiv had signed a grain export deal on Friday Accord had sought to avert major global food crisis Zelenskiy: attack shows Moscow can’t be trusted on deal KYIV, July 24 (Reuters) – Ukraine was pressing ahead on Sunday with efforts to restart grain exports from Odesa and other Black Sea ports after a missile … Read more

Wildfires rage across Europe as climate alarm sounded

Hundreds flee in Tuscany as fire-hit gas tanks explode Blaze contained near Athens after hundreds evacuated Step up climate fight, UK warned, after hottest day New power use records expected as US braces for heatwave China girds for new heatwave; could last well into August ATHENS / LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Emergency services battled … Read more

Ukraine seeks debt freeze as war ravages economy

Police officers look at a bus stop, a mosque and buildings damaged by a Russian military strike, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kharkiv, Ukraine July 20, 2022. REUTERS / Nacho Doce Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register KYIV / LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) – Ukraine has asked its international creditors, … Read more

France battles massive wildfires, Britain records highest ever temperature

Wildfires burn forests in Gironde, southwest France UK temperatures exceed 40C for the first time Germany, Belgium brace for possible record-breaking temperatures More than 30 wildfires ravage parts of Spain LONDON / PARIS July 19 (Reuters) – Firefighters in southwestern France battled on Tuesday to contain massive forest wildfires and Britain recorded its highest ever … Read more

EXCLUSIVE United Arab Emirates set to run Kabul airport in deal with Taliban, sources say

Members of the Taliban stand on the runway of the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 9, 2021. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY./File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register UAE set to beat rival joint Qatar-Turkey bid … Read more

In China’s Shenzhen, nostalgia persists for the old days of Hong Kong culture

SHENZHEN, China, July 7 (Reuters) – A trip to glamorous Hong Kong was a distant dream for most Chinese mainlanders in the mid-1990s, but for schoolgirl Tracey Chen in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen, it was just a lunchtime stroll. As Hong Kong loses autonomy after 25 years of Chinese rule, Chen is among many … Read more

Hong Kong has ‘risen from the ashes’, China’s Xi says on rare visit

China’s Xi arrives in Hong Kong via high-speed rail Will swear in city’s new leader and mark anniversary Britain and US say China failed to meet commitments Police warn against violence, disorder Tight security around train station HONG KONG, June 30 (Reuters) – Hong Kong has overcome its challenges and “risen from the ashes”, China’s … Read more

EXCLUSIVE EU nears compromise deal to defuse standoff with Russia over Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad depends on rail and road through Lithuania Clampdown on sanctioned freight angers Moscow EU seeks compromise with Lithuania to resume normal trade VILNIUS / BRUSSELS, June 29 (Reuters) – Trade through Lithuania to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad could return to normal within days, two sources familiar with the matter said, as European officials … Read more