Ukraine targets Russian soldiers threatening Europe’s largest nuclear power plant

Russians threatening Zaporizhzhia are “special targets” G7 nations call on Moscow to withdraw troops from plant Fear of nuclear catastrophe unless fighting stops Russia warns it may cut bilateral ties with the United States More grain ships depart Ukraine KYIV, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Ukraine is targeting Russian soldiers who shoot at Europe’s largest nuclear … Read more

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

Novelist Salman Rushdie on ventilator after New York stabbing

NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born novelist who spent years in hiding after Iran urged Muslims to kill him because of his writing, was stabbed in the neck and torso onstage at a lecture in New York state on Friday and airlifted to a hospital, police said. After hours of surgery, … Read more

UK in drought as apples burn on branches and hosepipe bans hit millions

Walking through their orchard on Lathcoats Farm, the apples on many trees have been visibly scorched, their skin browned in parts, the flesh underneath turned corky. A significant proportion of the farm’s harvest this year has been unsellable. A record-breaking heat wave in July literally baked the apples on their branches, but Philip Taylor, who … 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

England drought declared in parts after months of scant rainfall

The Environment Agency announced that England’s south, southwest and southeast are in drought, along with central and eastern regions, after convening the National Drought Group, made up of water companies, ministers and other water authorities. Parts of the capital, London, are also affected. The UK has had five consecutive months of below-average rainfall and back-to-back … Read more

Strikes at Ukraine nuclear plant prompt UN chief to call for demilitarized zone

Russia ambassador warns of ‘nuclear catastrophe’ Zelenskiy demands Russia return plant to Ukraine Satellite images show damage at Russian air base in Crimea KYIV/NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Russia and Ukraine accused each other of shelling Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant as the UN chief proposed a demilitarized zone at the site amid fears … Read more

Ukraine says 11 killed overnight, Britain flags new Russian force

Ukraine says 11 killed in central Dnipropetrovsk region Britain says almost certain of new Russian ground force Explosions at Russian army base in Crimea Fears over shelling near Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant Mass burial victims shot, tortured, says Ukraine Aug 10 (Reuters) – Russian shelling killed 11 people in Ukraine’s central Dnipropetrovsk region overnight, governor … 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